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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Meanderer' - Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire 2017

7 Days from TBA

Limited to 6 guests

Stylish 'Meanderer' is well-named - she drifts along the Canal de Briare in France's Upper Loire Valley on a picturesque route between Montbouy and Léré, offering a heated spa pool from which its six guests can savor the lush, historic countryside. Explore the market town of Montargis and view the abandoned seven-lock staircase at Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses. Cross over the Loire River on the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct and visit Gien, known for its famous Faïence earthenware. Unique itineraries can be arranged for chartering parties with special interests, such as bicycling or wine appreciation.
'Meanderer' - Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire Vessel

Vessel Information

125 feet long, 17 feet wide with air conditioning and central heating

Capacity for 6 with three twin/queen suites, each with en suite bathroom featuring a selection of L'Occitane toiletries, one robe per person and hairdryer. Windows can be opened, including a skylight window. Each cabin has a flat-screen TV/DVD and a small combination safe.

Salon/dining area features 800 square feet of living space with carpeting in the salon and hardwood flooring in the dining area and walkways. The salon offers a CD player.

Teak sun deck offers an additional 500 square feet of space and features a heated spa pool. The area is partially shaded for comfortable al fresco dining.

Touring/hybrid bicycles provided

All meals and alcoholic beverages included

Deck Plan

Meet in Paris and privately transfer to 'Meanderer,' moored in the picturesque village of Montbouy. Enjoy a welcome reception and early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson and back. Relax on deck and watch life pass by onshore before gathering for your first dinner on board.

Meals: Dinner

This morning, cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to view its historic 17th-century, seven-level staircase of locks, considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, visit the magnificent Château de Sully or the spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty. You may also opt to visit the Baroque Château Vaux-le-Vicomte.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark in Montargis to explore this busy market town, capital of its region. People-watch or shop for souvenirs as well as the exquisitely packaged confectionery from the famous Mazet praline shop. Return to the barge for an afternoon cruise through the six locks that replaced the "staircase” at Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses. Moor overnight at La Gazonne in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, explore the splendid 16th-century Château de Saint-Fargeau and learn its surprising history. Alternatively, set out on an excursion to Guédelon, a 25-year project to recreate a medieval-era castle using only the kinds of materials, tools and techniques available in the 13th century. This afternoon, cruise through some of the most beautiful and rural parts of the canal to the spectacular town of Briare, on the bank of the Loire River, to the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Port Canal), which carries the Canal Latéral à la Loire over the Loire River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise over the amazing Pont Canal to visit the town of Gien — its many attractions include the famous Faïence Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Château de Gien. Drive to the beautiful private Château La Bussière, with its 18th-century gardens. You also have the option to visit Vézelay, site of the 11th-century Vézelay Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, continue along the Canal Latéral à la Loire on the way to your journey’s final mooring in the charming town of Léré. Enjoy the passing scenery as fields and pastures slowly give way to vineyard-covered hills. This afternoon, disembark for an excursion to the world-famous wine region of Sancerre to sample local wines and explore its lovely hilltop village. Visit La Charité-sur-Loire, surrounded on all sides by the Loire River and enjoy the option to visit two wineries: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Celebrate the conclusion of your relaxing week of cruising with a special farewell dinner on board ‘Meanderer’ this evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast on board today, transfer back to Paris.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

Journey Details

Minimum age (for Independent Bookings) is 16 years old.

Minimum age (for Private Charters) is 12 years old.

Independent Bookings available with a minimum of 2 booked cabins.

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 4-5 guests.

Cycling and golf theme cruises available for Private Charters. 'Meanderer' can also cruise the Canal du Loing. Contact A&K for details.

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