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Cruise In France In The Upper Loire On the Canal de Briare and Canal Lateral a la Loire Aboard the Deluxe Hotel-Barge COLIBRI


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 4-passenger luxury hotel barge Colibri is one of the prettiest and most comfortable barges currently cruising the canals of France. Consider her your own private hotel with ever changing views. Come aboard and allow the crew to take care of every need and make you feel truly pampered. For 2018 the Colibri is offering private charters with full board (two meals at selected restaurants included) or half board cruises (five dinners not included) from Sunday noon to Friday morning. The Colibri cruises in the Upper Loire on the Canal de Briare and Canal Lateral a la Loire between Chatillon-sur-Loire and Nevers.

Colibri is a classic Dutch Luxemotor canal barge built in Friesland, Holland in 1931 and lovingly converted into a hotel barge from her cargo carrying days. Colibri was completely refitted in 2004 with added touches of luxury and elegance. Despite her generous size, Colibri takes only four guests, thus affording space and maximum comfort for everyone. Sleeping accommodations include two staterooms with generous en-suite bathrooms with hairdryers and bathrobes. The beds are European king-size, or you may choose two twin beds to afford flexibility to guest's arrangements. The cabins are furnished with French oak furniture with ample hanging space and drawers to unpack your belongings and to feel at home. The interior is air conditioned to ensure your well-being. The dining area and salon are light and spacious, the perfect place to relax and feel at home, read a book, or chat over dinner and a glass of wine. There is a music system and collection of music, a small library of books, games and DVD's available to you. Guidebooks for the area are available for you to browse and help us to customise the cruise to your wishes.

On deck, there is the canopied wheelhouse where you will be shaded while chatting with the Captain. The large deck space also allows for shaded al fresco dining, and the chance to relax and find yourselves in awe of the scenery as you pass ancient villages and vineyards.There are lounge chairs for those who wish to take some sun while cooled by the gentle breeze. Four bicycles are at your disposal for riding the towpaths or exploring the villages and surrounding areas. The chauffeured and air-conditioned minibus will take you on excursions so that you can enjoy the sights in the area surrounding the canal.

ABOUT YOUR HOSTS: Owners Earl and Fiona worked for many years in the luxury yachting industry, cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean, from Australia to Alaska and have now chosen to make the canals of France their cruising ground. They married in France and fell in love with the country, life style, food and wines. They cannot think of a better place to cruise.With a background in catering and luxury service including chief stewardess / head of household on yachts up to 75 metres, Fiona delights guests with her gastronomic tour of the region and the Mediterranean. Earl is Australian, and has cruised widely with many ocean passages as an officer on vessels up to 75 meters, but is delighted to be in command of his own vessel. With the knowledge and experience gained from his super yacht chartering days and his love of people, Earl is fulfilling his dreams in welcoming and entertaining guests aboard his own boat. His enthusiasm for life will be evident as soon as you meet him. Earl and Fiona offer their service to make your holiday a magnificent experience that you will remember for a lifetime. They believe that after spending a great deal of their lives working on luxury super yachts, everyone deserves to be pampered in the same way! The owners have two dogs, Harry and Toby, on board. They are calm and friendly, less than knee high, and are normally found lying in the shade, out of the way. We have visited Earl and Fiona on the Colibri several times and think it's a beautiful barge that has offered a great cruise in a variety of cruise areas.


Features




Colibri's Deck Plan


Colibri's Deck Plan

Dining Aboard The Colibri:
SAMPLE MENU


Lunches are an assortment of salads and platters served 'family style' so you may help yourselves
and enjoy the relaxed informal setting. Dinners are four course feasts, using the best ingredients to
produce fine dining. Desserts are a favorite course of Fiona's, they are all delicious and 'mostly fruit'!




Passenger Comments:


The high points were the wine and the food. Earl and Fiona were most accomodating and a very delightful couple. the excursions were well planned and private with good information from the leader. There was nothing that could have been improved. I want to do a repeat in another part of the Canal.
D.H., KS, USA, October 2012



SAMPLE ITINERARY*
Upper Loire
Chatillon-Coligny to Nevers 2018


Sunday - Châtillon-Coligny
Guest will be met by Captain Earl at noon, from the pre-arranged pick up point and transferred to Colibri. Warm welcome aboard, followed by your first Colibri lunch. After lunch we begin our cruise from Châtillon-Coligny towards Rogny Les Sept Ecluses. A short walk from our mooring are the original ecluses, pre-dating the Canal du Midi and a wonderful engineering feat. Return to Colibri for your first splendid dinner aboard.

Monday - Briare - Visit Chatau Saint Fargeau
Today we visit the Chateau of Saint Fargeau, there are so many to choose from! This is a splendid chateau with beautiful gardens. Returning to Colibri for lunch and an afternoon cruise across the summit of the canal, descending towards the town of Briare, our mooring for this evening.

Tuesday - Visit Gien
This morning we will visit the town of Gien, on the banks of the river Loire. You may know the town for its fine faience china. Our cruise this afternoon will take us across the Pont Canal and the River Loire. This magnificent structure opened in 1896 is 663 metres long and carries 13000 tonnes of water. Here we join the Canal Lateral a la Loire. Stopping for dinner in a secluded mooring.

Wednesday - Visit hilltop wine village of Sancerre
Our visit today will be to the very pretty hilltop wine village of Sancerre, exploring the village and some of the wines. After a lovely lunch on board, we will continue our cruise up stream through some of the many villages along the Canal.

Thursday - Visit Apremont Village
Our visit today will allow us to step back in time to the 18th century at the one of the most beautiful villages in France, Apremont. The gardens created in 1977 will find us stroll along its wooded paths taking in its immense flower gardens, its water falls and its follies, and the village of Apremont. Our afternoon cruise will take us onward toward Nevers and our final mooring for dinner aboard.

Friday - Nevers
After a leisurely breakfast, depart Colibri to continue your adventures.

Note: This is a sample itinerary. There are many sites, wineries and markets we can visit. We would be delighted to modify the itinerary to enhance your cruise. The Colibri cruises in the opposite direction on alternate weeks.



Colibri
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Apr 8 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Apr 15 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Apr 22 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Apr 29 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
May 6 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
May 13 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
May 20 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
May 27 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jun 3 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Jun 10 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jun 17 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Jun 24 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jul 1 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Jul 8 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jul 15 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 22 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jul 29 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Aug 5 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Aug 12 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Aug 19 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Aug 26 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Sep 2 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Sep 9 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Sep 16 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Sep 23 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Sep 30 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Oct 7 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Oct 14 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Oct 21 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Oct 28 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main

2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 1 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Apr 8 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Apr 15 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Apr 22 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Apr 29 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
May 6 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
May 13 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
May 20 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
May 27 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jun 3 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Jun 10 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jun 17 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Jun 24 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jul 1 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Jul 8 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jul 15 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Jul 22 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Jul 29 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Aug 5 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Aug 12 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Aug 19 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Aug 26 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Sep 2 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Sep 9 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Sep 16 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Sep 23 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Sep 30 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Oct 7 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Oct 14 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main
Oct 21 Nevers-Chatillon-Coligny Main
Oct 28 Chatillon-Coligny-Nevers Main


*Note: Cruise directions and sample itineraries may be in reverse and are subject to change and may depend on bookings and local navigation conditions. Alternate excursions of equal appeal are substituted when needed. For charter cruises special itineraries can be arranged.





COLIBRI
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE MAIN
Apr 1 thru Nov 3
Charter for up to 4
$22,000
Half Board Charter for up to 4
$21,000


SOLD OUT FOR 2017 SEASON

What's Included, Full Board
- 6 days and 5 nights on the barge in 2 cabins with private baths
- Transfers from local rail station, hotel or other point in the cruise area to the barge and return, as agreed with the barge owner
- All meals on board beginning with lunch on Sunday through breakfast on Friday
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included, Full Board
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transfers from Paris to the barge pickup point and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent Euros

What's Included, Half Board
- 6 days and 5 nights on the barge in 2 cabins with private baths
- Transfers from local rail station, hotel or other point in the cruise area to the barge and return, as agreed with the barge owner
- All breakfasts, lunches and Sunday dinner on board, beginning with lunch on Sunday through breakfast on Friday
- All wines with lunches and Sunday dinner
- Open bar
- All escorted side-excursions (golf, etc at extra cost)
- Use of bicycles

What's Not Included, Half Board
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Transfers from Paris to the barge pickup point and return
- Four dinners on shore at passenger's expense
- Any gratuities gratefully received




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This page last updated December 8, 2017