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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Meanderer' - Canal de Briare & Canal Latéral à la Loire 2020


7 days from $6,350

Limited to 6 guests

Stylish 'Meanderer' cruises the Upper Loire, offering a heated spa pool from which guests can savor the lush, historic countryside. Visit magical châteaux, view the abandoned seven-lock staircase at Rogny-les-Sept Écluses and taste fine wine in the Sancerre region.
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Vessel Information

125 feet long, 17 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 6 in 3 queen/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom and flat-screen television

Salon with stereo system and assortment of CDs

Sun deck, partially covered for al fresco dining, with spa pool

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
DAY 1
SUNDAY

Meet in Paris and privately transfer to 'Meanderer,' moored in the picturesque village of Montbouy, near Montargis. Enjoy a welcome reception and relax on deck before gathering for your first dinner on board.

'Meanderer'
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
MONDAY

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 spectacular Château de Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty.

'Meanderer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
TUESDAY

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 to La Gazonne in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.

'Meanderer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
WEDNESDAY

Today, explore the splendid 16th-century Château de Saint-Fargeau and learn its surprising history. 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.

'Meanderer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
THURSDAY

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. Then, visit the beautiful Château La Bussière, with its 18th-century gardens.

'Meanderer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
FRIDAY

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.

'Meanderer'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
SATURDAY

After breakfast on board today, transfer back to Paris.

'Meanderer'
Meals: Breakfast

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

Book a 2021 cruise at 2020 pricing when you reserve by May 31, 2020. Contact A&K for details.


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

  • Departing Every Sunday Between Apr 19 - 26, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $6,350
    Single Supplement
    $3,800
    Cabin Class
    Private Charters
    Price
    $35,850
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between May 3 - Oct 11, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $6,850
    Single Supplement
    $4,200
    Cabin Class
    Private Charters
    Price
    $37,800
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Oct 18, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    Cabin
    Price
    $6,350
    Single Supplement
    $3,800
    Cabin Class
    Private Charters
    Price
    $35,850
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Minimum age for Individual Travel is 16 years.

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

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

Cycling and golf theme cruises available for Private Charters.

'Meanderer' can also cruise a more northern route along the Canal du Loing. Contact A&K for details.


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