8 passenger Luxury
Experience ultimate luxury on the Renaissance, a Belgium built vessel that was converted to a hotel boat in 1999. Her interior has been extensively refitted and includes a beautifully appointed and spacious lounge area with comfortable seating. The extremely generous accommodation features four suites, each at least 260sq ft. including a large en suite bathroom. The forward deck has a roof extension for al Fresco dining and you will also enjoy the heated spa pool on this luxurious boat.
The itinerary is no less exciting. From a visit to the medieval town of Chateau-Landon, to a visit to the moated fortress Chateau de Sully sur-Loire to a wine tasting in Sancerre, you will be impressed by the beauty and history of this region.
A Visit to Château de Fontainebleau; a cruise across the Pont Canal de Briare built by Gustave Eiffel and wine tasting in Sancerre
Length: 126 feet
4 twin/double Suites
Fully air conditioned
8 tour bikes
2 air conditioned mini-buses for tours
Accommodations & Pricing 2019
Suite per person
Single Supplement per person
Charter Max. 6 pax.
Charter Max. 7 pax.
Charter Max. 8 pax.
2019 Sunday Departure Dates
April 7-13, 14-20, 21-27
July 21-27, 28-3
August 4-10, 11-17, 18-24
October 6-12, 13-19, 20-26
May 5-11, 12-18, 19-25, 26-1
June 2-8, 9-15, 16-22, 23-29, 30-6
July 7-13, 14-20
September 1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5
In the afternoon, you will be met by a crew member of the Renaissance at the designated meeting point in Paris. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored in Montargis. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard. End the evening with a nightcap in the hot tub.
Montargis to Montbouy
A morning cruise presents the perfect opportunity to relax on deck with a cup of coffee, or explore the towpath with a gentle pedal or leisurely stroll. In the afternoon, your Tour Guide escorts you to the Chateau of Fontainebleau, the only royal chateau to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. Ornately decorated and opulently furnished, your guided tour provides an unparalleled view of European history, French culture, and ornamental architecture. An early evening cruise precedes tonight's gourmet dinner.
Monybouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses This morning we visit the privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the ‘fishermen’s castle’, with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Following lunch back on board, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to our mooring at the pretty village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, near its 350-year-old 7 lock-flight, which is well worth visiting on foot. Dinner on board.
Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to La GazonneAfter a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery, renowned for its beautifully decorated and vibrant dinnerware, and also explore the town’s bustling market. After lunch, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.
La Gazonne to BriareA morning cruise to our mooring at the little town of Briare, site of Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct across the River Loire, again with excellent walking and bicycling opportunities. We preview Friday’s crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. Our afternoon visit is to a renowned winery in Sancerre, such as Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol, for a tour and private tasting. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant region which has known viticulture since Roman times. Dinner on board.
Briare to Châtillon-sur-LoireThis morning we wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare before returning to the hotel barge for a short cruise across the aqueduct and lunch on board. This afternoon, we visit the delightful Château de Ratilly and its rather spectacular selection of turreted towers, construction of which began in 1270! Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Paris**.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
**other locations available for Private Charter bookings
Your Cruise Includes:
Transfers by chauffeured Mercedes Minibus between Paris and the hotel barge, a luxury 6 night cruise, all meals, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 6 crew and use of barge facilities, which include bicycles and spa pool.