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'Renaissance' - Canal de Briare

7 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 SUNDAY
Meet in Paris and transfer to ‘Renaissance,’ moored in Montargis. After a welcome reception, there is time to settle into your spacious cabin before a gourmet dinner on board. (Dinner)
 
DAY 2 MONDAY
The morning cruise to Montbouy offers excellent opportunities for walking or cycling. After lunch, visit the distinguished palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty who continuously added personal embellishments. The immense estate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes acres of landscaped parkland. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 TUESDAY
Visit Château de la Bussière today with its formal garden designed by renowned 17th-century landscape architect André le Nôtre. Then cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to see the impressive staircase of seven locks, originally built to connect the Loire and Seine rivers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 4 WEDNESDAY
Tour Gien, known for its production of faïence (glazed ceramic earthenware). Then cruise to La Gazonne and enjoy a sumptuous dinner ashore at the acclaimed Auberge des Templiers, a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5 THURSDAY
Cruise to Briare this morning. After lunch on board the barge, visit a family-run vineyard at Sancerre for a private tour and tasting of local vintages. The picturesque village here has many old houses lining narrow streets. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6 FRIDAY
Wander the market in Briare today before 'Renaissance' crosses the Pont-Canal de Briare, a magnificent canal bridge built in the late 19th century by Gustav Eiffel. Then visit Château de Ratilly, a charming medieval castle dating from the 13th century. Cruise to Châtillon-sur-Loire for a celebratory farewell dinner on board to end the cruise week. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7 SATURDAY
After breakfast, transfer to Paris, where your journey ends. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
All This Included
Hosting just eight guests, 'Renaissance' cruises the lovely Canal de Briare in the Upper Loire. Disembark at a renowned family-run vineyard in Sancerre for a tasting, enjoy a gourmet dinner ashore at a Michelin-starred restaurant, cruise on Gustav Eiffel's famous canal bridge and visit the privately-owned Château de la Bussière.
 
  • 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 Renaissance
Notes
  • Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 12 years old.
  • Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.
  • 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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