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'C'est la Vie' - Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire

7 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Meet in Paris and then drive to luxurious 'C’est la Vie,' moored in the hamlet of Les Fouchards, six miles from Sancerre. After a welcome reception and crew introductions, settle into your spacious cabin before a gourmet dinner on board. (Dinner)
Cruise to the village of Beaulieu this morning. After lunch on board, disembark for a short drive through local vineyards to visit to the fortified town of Sancerre, where you will enjoy a private wine tasting of the region's famous Sauvignon Blanc. Take in panoramic views over the Loire River and the neighboring vineyards of Pouilly Fumé from this medieval hilltop village. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Cruise to Ouzouer-sur-Trézée, crossing over the Loire River at Briare on the famous 19th-century canal bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Then visit Château de Saint-Fargeau. Dating from the 10th century, it was built by the Bishop of Auxerre and has undergone many additions and restorations over the centuries. Tonight, enjoy dinner ashore at one of the finest restaurants in the region. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Drive to the town of Gien, the world-famous center for French faïence (tableware). After an opportunity to look over its renowned pottery, walk through this market town and discover its remarkable history. After lunch on board, cruise to the town of Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to see an amazing staircase of seven locks dating from the 16th-century reign of Henry IV. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Montbouy this morning. Then, visit Château de la Bussière with its works of art and wonderful gardens. Return to the barge with time to relax before dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Cruise to Montargis today — with its many canals and 131 bridges, it is often called a "Little Venice." Take a stroll to discover the feudal castle and half-timbered buildings. Perhaps stop to enjoy one of the town's famous pralines. Return to the barge for a gala Captain's dinner tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, transfer back to Paris, arriving in late morning. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
Relax in oversized cabins aboard lovely 'C'est la Vie' while you explore the Upper Loire. Visit Sancerre for a private wine tasting of Sauvignon Blanc. Cross over the Loire River at Briare on the canal bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Visit Gien, famous for its faïence (glazed pottery). View the staircase of seven locks in Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses and tour Château de la Bussière as you cruise to the "Little Venice" of Montargis.
  • 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 C'est la Vie
  • Minimum age for Individual Travel is 17 years.
  • Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 6-7 guests.
  • 'C'est la Vie' also cruises in Burgundy from Apr 12 to Jun 07 and in the Champagne region from Jun 21 to Aug 9. Contact A&K for details.  
  • 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.
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* 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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