Sunday, Day 1 Châtillon-sur-Loire to Briare
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the spacious Renaissance moored in Châtillon-sur-Loire, where a champagne welcome awaits you. We cruise to Briare crossing Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct over the River Loire, an amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal, which was completed in September 1896. Time for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Briare to La Gazonne
This morning, we enjoy a cruise to La Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds with the River Seine on one side and the River Saone on the other. After lunch, we drive to Golf du Sanserrois. Located on the banks of the Loire, this golf course, set amongst century-old trees and ornamented by natural water hazards, is considered one of the most attractive in this part of France. The quality of the greens, the friendly atmosphere and the backdrop of Sancerre vineyards make for a splendid round of golf. (18 hole, par 71, 5,820m). Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 La Gazonne to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
A morning cruise further along the canal, with plenty of opportunities for walking or cycling along the towpath, to our mooring at the village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses near its 350-year-old 7 lock-flight. This afternoon we drive for 1 hour to Roncemay Golf & Country Club. This international standard course, designed by Jean Garaialde in 1991 has hosted many of France’s top competitions. Overlooked by the château in whose grounds the course has been laid out, the length and technical nature of the course offer a challenge to even the most advanced player. (18 hole, par 72, 6,401m). Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to Montbouy
After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery. There is also time to explore the bustling market. After lunch back on board the hotel barge, we enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise to the lovely village of Montbouy, with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities. Dinner ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.
Thursday, Day 5 Montbouy to Montcresson
We leave Montbouy this morning for a gentle cruise to just outside of the village of Montcresson and our peaceful mooring. After lunch on board, we drive to Fontainebleau Golf Club, regarded by many as the best golf course within the southern Paris area. This attractive, all-weather course lies deep in the private forest that forms part of the Fontainebleau estate. (18 holes par 72, 6,074m). Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6 Montcresson to Montargis
We enjoy a morning cruise through Little Venice, past flower-bedecked bridges and medieval watercourses joining France’s oldest canal. This afternoon we drive to Château Cely Golf Club. Situated close to our overnight mooring, this recently refurbished golf course is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost courses in the Parisian region. Set in the grounds of a former private château, the course has received great reviews from former Renaissance guests. (18 holes par 72, 6,000m). Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Montargis
After breakfast disembark Renaissance and transfer to the designated drop off point.
*Golf 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.