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'Meanderer' - Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire

7 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 SUNDAY
Meet in Paris and privately transfer to 'Meanderer,' moored in the picturesque village of Montbouy. Enjoy a welcome reception and early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson. Relax on deck before gathering for your first dinner on board. (Dinner)
 
DAY 2 MONDAY
This morning, cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to view its historic 17th-century, seven-level staircase of locks, considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, visit the spectacular Château de Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 TUESDAY
Disembark in Montargis to explore this busy market town, capital of its region. People-watch or shop for souvenirs as well as the exquisitely packaged confectionery from the famous Mazet praline shop. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY
Today, explore the splendid 16th-century Château de Saint-Fargeau and learn its surprising history. This afternoon, cruise through some of the most beautiful and rural parts of the canal to the spectacular town of Briare, on the bank of the Loire River, to the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Port Canal), which carries the Canal Latéral à la Loire over the Loire River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5 THURSDAY
Cruise over the amazing Pont Canal to visit the town of Gien — its many attractions include the famous Faïence Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Château de Gien. Then, visit the beautiful Château La Bussière, with its 18th-century gardens. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6 FRIDAY
This morning, continue along the Canal Latéral à la Loire on the way to your journey’s final mooring in the charming town of Léré. Enjoy the passing scenery as fields and pastures slowly give way to vineyard-covered hills. This afternoon, disembark for an excursion to the world-famous wine region of Sancerre to sample local wines and explore its lovely hilltop village. Visit La Charité-sur-Loire, surrounded on all sides by the Loire River, and enjoy the option to visit two wineries: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Celebrate the conclusion of your relaxing week of cruising with a special farewell dinner on board ‘Meanderer’ this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7 SATURDAY
After breakfast on board today, transfer back to Paris. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
Stylish 'Meanderer' is well-named — she drifts along the Canal de Briare in France's Upper Loire Valley on a picturesque route between Montbouy and Léré, offering a heated spa pool from which its six guests can savor the lush, historic countryside. Explore the market town of Montargis and view the abandoned seven-lock staircase at Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses. Cross over the Loire River on the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct and visit Gien, known for its famous faïence earthenware.
 
  • Hand-Selected Canal Barges with Independent Bookings and/or Private Charters Available
  • All Meals and Drinks on Board
  • All Sightseeing Excursions during the Cruise
  • Transfers to/from Barges (as per Individual Itinerary)
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Meanderer
Notes
  • Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 16 years old.
  • Independent Bookings available with a minimum of 2 booked cabins.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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