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A Classic Cruise in the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy 2020
(La Nouvelle Etoile)

7 days with European Waterways  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Sunday, Day 1 Moret-Sur-Loing
Guests are met in Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a champagne welcome perhaps take a stroll through the medieval walled town of Moret-sur-Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. Tonight enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
 
Monday, Day 2 Moret-Sur-Loing to Nemours
Today, we begin our cruise into the Upper Loire region. Affectionately known as the “Garden of Paris”, this little known region gently reveals its secrets. After lunch, we visit the Château de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France where each French Royal Family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. On our drive back to the barge we may visit the artist community of Barbizon.  We moor for the night in Nemours. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday, Day 3 Nemours to Montargis
Today, we have a full day cruise to Montargis with plenty of opportunity to bicycle or walk along the towpath of the canal. After lunch we visit this charming town, also called “the Little Venice of the Gatinais” because of its numerous canals. Visit one of the many museums, or shop at the famous Mazet Praline shop with its exquisitely packaged delicacies. Dinner on board.
 
Wednesday, Day 4 Montargis to Châtillon Coligny
After breakfast, we set off on a leisurely cruise to the charming village of Châtillon Coligny. This afternoon, we take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Château de Saint Fargeau, which is over  1,000 years old and probably the most important place of historical interest in this unspoilt rural region, the Puisaye. Later, in the evening, there is time to stroll around the ramparts surrounding Châtillon-Coligny. Dinner on board.
 
Thursday, Day 5 Châtillon Coligny to Rogny
Today, we continue our cruise higher up the canal we reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. This “staircase” of seven locks was built in 1648 and is an impressive monument to the engineers of the past. After a relaxing lunch, we take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, on the banks of the River Loire, and famous for its faïence earthenware. We also visit the International Hunting Museum at Chateau de Gien. Dinner on board.
 
Friday, Day 6 Rogny to Briare
After passing through the locks of Rogny, we reach the highest point of the canal and start to descend slowly towards the River Loire. At Briare, we cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare, designed and built by Gustav Eiffel in 1890.  Later, we drive to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and perhaps taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on our way back to the barge. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
 
Saturday, Day 7 Briare
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Paris**.
Tour Map
All This Included
  • Local transfer to and from the barge
  • A luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • An open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • The services of 4 crew and use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles and spa pool
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard La Nouvelle Etoile
Notes
  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
  • On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. 
  • The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris**. Other locations available for Private Charter bookings.
  • 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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