Luxury Hotel Barge Cruises

Loire and Burgundy on Renaissance

A 6-night luxury cruise on the Loire River visiting the historic towns of Briare and Montbouy aboard Hotel Barge Renaissance. Includes transfers, excursions, open bar and meals prepared by a Master Chef

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6 nights from £4275pp

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Blend history, culture and charm on this 6-night luxury cruise through the beautiful Loire countryside and Burgundy, visiting charming towns, spectacular castles and cultural gems.

Highlights of this superb voyage include a wine tasting in picturesque Sancerre, the impressive 7 lock-flight at Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses and dinner at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards, not forgetting a behind the scenes tour of the French Military School of Horse-riding at the Chateau de Fontainebleau.

Renaissance has a very elegant, country-house interior, topped off with a sun deck and spa pool, and there is a cosy bar. Eight passengers are accommodated in 4 luxurious suites with large private bathrooms, and looked after by a crew of five which includes the captain, Tour Guide, a master chef and two housekeepers. Bicycles are available for rides along the tow paths or for exploring independently.

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Upper Loire and Burgundy Itinerary

Day 1 - Montargris (France)

Guests are met in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits you and you meet the Captain and crew. Time enough for a walking tour of the pretty village of Montargis before dinner on board.

Day 2 - Montbouy

This morning, we embark on our first cruise through the Loire countryside, with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities, to moor at Montbouy. After lunch on board, we visit the Château de Fontainebleau, a national museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site where we enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the French Military School of Horse-riding, accompanied by a French Colonel. We continue our tour through the magnificent château itself; the only royal and imperial residence to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries, to walk the halls of Fontainebleau is to stroll through the history of France. Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses

This morning we visit the privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the ‘fishermen’s castle’, with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Following lunch back on board, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to our mooring at the pretty village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, near its 350-year-old 7 lock-flight, which is well worth visiting on foot. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - La Gazonne

After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery, renowned for its beautifully decorated and vibrant dinnerware, and also explore the town’s bustling market. After lunch, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.

Day 5 - Briare

A morning cruise to our mooring at the little town of Briare, site of Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct across the River Loire, again with excellent walking and bicycling opportunities. We preview Friday’s crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. Our afternoon visit is to a renowned winery in Sancerre, such as Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol, for a tour and private tasting. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant region which has known viticulture since Roman times. Dinner on board.

Day 6 - Chatillon-sur-Loire

This morning we wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare before returning to the hotel barge for a short cruise across the aqueduct and lunch on board. This afternoon, we visit the delightful Château de Ratilly and its rather spectacular selection of turreted towers, construction of which began in 1270. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Chatillon-sur-Loire

After breakfast, guests are transferred to Paris.

PLEASE NOTE: On alternate weeks, this itinerary operates in reverse. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation onboard 8 passenger Hotel Barge Renaissance
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per itinerary
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles, TV and DVD player in each cabin, open fire, internet access and spa pool
  • Transfers to and from barge

Save 10% per cabin! Applies to 7, 14, 21 Apr 2019 departures. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability. Book by 7 Jan 2019

Save 10% per charter! Applies to 7, 14, 21 Apr 2019 departures. Prices shown include discount. Subject to availability. Book by 7 Jan 2019

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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 7th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4275
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Brochure Price from: £4750 Brochure Price from: £33100 Brochure Price from: £34300 Brochure Price from: £35500
      Blue Water Price from: £4275 Blue Water Price from: £29790 Blue Water Price from: £30870 Blue Water Price from: £31950
    • Apr 14th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4275
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Brochure Price from: £4750 Brochure Price from: £33100 Brochure Price from: £34300 Brochure Price from: £35500
      Blue Water Price from: £4275 Blue Water Price from: £29790 Blue Water Price from: £30870 Blue Water Price from: £31950
    • Apr 21st - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4275
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Brochure Price from: £4750 Brochure Price from: £33100 Brochure Price from: £34300 Brochure Price from: £35500
      Blue Water Price from: £4275 Blue Water Price from: £29790 Blue Water Price from: £30870 Blue Water Price from: £31950
    • Apr 28th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
  • May
    • May 5th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • May 12th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • May 19th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • May 26th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
  • June
    • Jun 2nd - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Jun 9th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Jun 16th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Jun 23rd - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Jun 30th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
  • July
    • Jul 7th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Jul 14th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Jul 21st - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Jul 28th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500
  • August
    • Aug 4th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Aug 11th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Aug 18th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Aug 25th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
  • September
    • Sep 1st - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Sep 8th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Sep 15th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Sep 22nd - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
    • Sep 29th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £5550
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £5550 Blue Water Price from: £38400 Blue Water Price from: £39600 Blue Water Price from: £40800
  • October
    • Oct 6th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Oct 13th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500
    • Oct 20th - Montargris to Chatillon-sur-Loire - Sailing on: Renaissance From: £4750
      Suite per Person Charter Barge 6 Passengers Charter Barge 7 Passengers Charter Barge 8 Passengers
      Blue Water Price from: £4750 Blue Water Price from: £33100 Blue Water Price from: £34300 Blue Water Price from: £35500

Price Information

  • Single supplement: £1750 - £2000
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