Renaissance - Family Cruise in Western Burgundy & the Upper Loire
Chatillon-sur-Loire to Montargis
Sunday, Day 1 Chatillon sur Loire
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to the spacious Renaissance where a Champagne Welcome awaits you. We preview Monday’s crossing of Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct across the River Loire, an amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal, which was completed in September 1896. Time for a walk, cycle ride or game of boules before your first dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Chatillon sur Loire to Briare
Morning cruise across the River Loire on Eiffel’s Aqueduct to Briare. Before lunch, time to wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare. Afternoon visit to Guedelon Castle in Treigny located deep in secluded woodland, an abandoned quarry reveals a landscape, seemingly untouched since the dawn of the last millennium. Out of this wood and stone, using 13th century building techniques, a castle is being created. Evening cruise across the River Loire on Eiffel’s aqueduct. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 Briare to La Gazonne
This morning we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery and hunting museums and Chateau de Gien. Another option is kayaking near Chatillon-sur-Loire for all the family. Afternoon cruise to the village of La Gazonne. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 La Gazonne to Rogny les Sept Ecluses
This morning we visit Chateau Sully sur Loire. The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Trémoïlle, who infuriated Joan of Arc by encouraging the Dauphin to devote himself to idle hunting in the forests around Sully. After Joan's failure to liberate Paris 1430, de la Trémoïlle virtually imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18thC Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the Château. Afternoon cruise to the historical town of Rogny. Another option today for lake swimming. Dinner ashore at Michelin starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.
Thursday, Day 5 Rogny les Sept Ecluses to Montbouy
We leave Rogny this morning for a gentle cruise to Montbouy. Today’s excursion is to Chateau-Landon. With a history going back 20,000 years to the first evidence of primitive habitation, this seldom visited, mainly medieval town was captured by Caesar in 52 BC. We have a private guided walking tour and see the 11th century Saint Severin Abbey, as well as enjoy a tasting of Loire wines. (If you prefer to replace Chateau Landon we can visit Parc Animalier de L’Emprunt, a children’s animal farm in Souppes-sur-Loing, or karting at Planete Karting in Pannes (payment for karting is made by customer directly to karting on the day). If you prefer this afternoon to trek around the local country-side on horseback with experienced guides, visit the super stables where palomino horses are raised and given a maximum of freedom. (payment should be made by clients directly to stables on the day).Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Montbouy to Montargis
We enjoy a morning cruise through Little Venice, past flower-bedecked bridges and medieval watercourses joining France’s oldest canal. The cruise takes us through the Loiret countryside with towpath cycling to Montargis. After lunch we visit The Château de Fontainebleau, a residence of Napoleon 1st, from where he abdicated his reign in 1814, also boasts the finest example in France of Renaissance interior design and magnificent gardens. A tour will also be taken in a horse drawn carriage. On the way back to the barge we can stop at Souppes-sur-Loing and if the weather is fine there is time for a swim in the beautiful beach lake or tennis. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Montargis
After breakfast we return you to the **designated drop off point
*Family themed cruises are charter only. This sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. **Various pick up and drop off points are avaiable for charter groups.