'Meanderer' - Canal de Briare

European Canal Barge Cruises: Tranquil voyages along Europe's scenic canals and rivers

Itinerary

Day 1: SUNDAY

Meet in Paris and transfer to ‘Meanderer,’ moored at Montargis, for a champagne welcome. A cruise through the lovely town precedes your gourmet dinner this evening.

'Meanderer'   |   Meals: D
Day 2: MONDAY

This morning, cruise to Montcresson with an afternoon excursion to the magnificent royal residence at Fontainebleau, one of largest royal châteaux in France and home to its kings since the 12th century.

'Meanderer'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: TUESDAY

Return to Montargis today to explore this busy market town, known as the “Venice of the Gâtinais” for its many canals and bridges. Be sure to visit Mazet, a famous confectionery shop, for a delectable treat. In the afternoon, cruise to the charming village of Châtillon Coligny.

'Meanderer'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: WEDNESDAY

Today, visit the 16th-century Château de St-Fargeau with its beautifully restored interiors, tree-lined lake and collection of vintage steam locomotives. Afterward, return to ‘Meanderer’ for a cruise to Rogny-les- Sept-Écluses, where a staircase of seven locks stands as a monument to 16th-century canal engineering.

'Meanderer'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: THURSDAY

After breakfast, see the beautiful Château de la Bussière with its impressive 18th-century vegetable garden and collection of veteran cars. Then cruise to a secluded mooring in the natural reserve at La Gazonne.

'Meanderer'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 6: FRIDAY

Visit a family-run vineyard in the heart of the world-famous region of Sancerre to sample the fabulous wines and cheeses. Cruise to Châtillon-sur-Loire via the Briare Canal, a remarkable aqueduct over the River Loire, completed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century. This evening, enjoy a delectable farewell dinner on board.

'Meanderer'   |   Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: SATURDAY

After breakfast, return to Paris where your journey concludes.

Meals: B

Canal Barge Cruising in Europe is a relaxed way of travel that is inherently flexible and subject to change. The above itinerary is an example of the places you may see and visit during your cruise; your actual itinerary may vary.

Cruise itinerary operates in reverse direction on alternate weeks.

Alternate routes (by request):
Canal Latéral à la Loire (Nevers to Briare or reverse)
Canal du Loing & River Seine (Montargis to Paris or reverse)
Surcharge applies for Paris mooring.
Contact A&K for details.