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Cruise In France On The Canal De Briare And Canal Lateral A La Loire In The Upper Loire Aboard The Deluxe Hotel-Barge MEANDERER


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 6-passenger Meanderer offers you a chance to restore mind and body with a luxury barge vacation in the Upper Loire region. Like the fine wines and produce of France, this historic countryside of France is best savored slowly, and there is simply no better way to enjoy France than to glide aboard the luxury barge Meanderer. Visit magical chateaux, savor great cuisine, discover vineyards and galleries -- a Meanderer voyage lets you have the French dream vacation on your terms. Cruise aboard the Meanderer and connect with a time and place where life moves a little more slowly and elegantly. The barge will tailor the experience that's perfect for you -- whether you prefer to bicycle or walk down country lanes, or simply lounge on board the Meanderer with your favorite vintage wine and watch one of the world's greatest landscapes go by.

Many experienced travelers are discovering canal barge cruises. France is one of the most popular destinations for this kind of adventure and the Hotel-Barge Meanderer is a perfect choice for this unique vacation. Essentially a floating luxury hotel, you view gorgeous vistas and make enchanting day trips while being pampered by the Meanderer's courteous, gifted and knowledgeable crew. The canals weave charmingly through small towns and countryside creating a perfect barge vacation. Gourmet meals are served daily by a renowned Chef, and a wide selection of regional wines and cheeses make this one of the best barges in France.

The Meanderer boasts three deluxe cabins for a total of 6 passengers. Each cabin can be configured into a king or two twin sized bed suite (your choice), and each has its own private, en-suite bathroom with shower, high windows that open and skylights to bring the enchanting outdoors inside. You will never sleep better than in these beautiful accommodations. The gentle and soothing sounds of the moving water is audible through the open windows.

The cabins, lounge and dining area are all spacious and decorated to complement discriminating tastes. An outdoor sundeck in teak is a perfect spot to watch the world go by, and an onboard spa pool adds to your relaxation and enjoyment. Nothing compares to a barge vacation for a total luxury experience, so we hope that you will make this your year to meander through the French countryside!

The Meanderer is owner-operated by George and Susan Kovalik, who we have known since 2007 when they purchased the barge. We have stayed on board and visited many times and know they always provide a great barge experience -- a beautiful cruise route, excellent accommodations, cuisine and wines and interesting excursions. We spent a wonderful week on board in August 2017 and were particularly impressed with the beautiful new bathrooms, the excursions that George and Susan led, and the exceptional meals.

The regular itinerary provides the best of the Canal de Briare and Canal Lateral a la Loire, east of the Loire Valley between Montargis and Sancerre. There is also an alternate northern itinerary from Montargis to Samois-sur-Seine on the Canal du Loing and Seine River, which is available on request. They also offer a guided biking tour for all levels as well as an excellent golf charter. See the itineraries below.

Video Introduction to Hotel Barge Meanderer

Video Introduction
to Hotel Barge Meanderer



Features

  • Number of Passengers: 6
  • Number of Cabins (all with private bath):3
  • Crew: 6
  • Air Conditioning and Central Heating: Yes
  • Salon: Bright and cheerful salon with built in bar, comfortable sofas, internet access, picture windows and dining area with table seating 7.
  • Bar: Open bar.
  • Deck: Teak deck with 6 reclining chairs, dining table, and a large sun canopy.
  • Spa Tub: Yes
  • Cabin Features: Three light, airy suites over 125 sq ft each including skylights, satellite TVs and DVD players, twin beds or king bed and an ensuite bathroom with large shower.
  • Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions: A 9-seater air-conditioned Renault Trafic van and Range Rover
  • Accessibility: 4 steps from the deck to the salon and 4 steps from the salon to the cabins.
  • Bicycles: Six TREX DS8.5 series high end touring bikes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes - limited in some areas



  • Meanderer's Deck Plan
    Meanderer's Deck Plan


    Dining Aboard The Meanderer:
    SAMPLE MENU



    A taste of
the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Meanderer. LUNCH
    DINNER
    DESSERTS SAMPLE WINE LIST
    Pouilly Fumé, Domaine Henri Bourgeois; Bordeaux Supérieur, Château Recougne; Santenay, Domaine Chapelle; Givry 1er Cru, Domaine Ragot; Sancerre la Bourgeoise, Domaine Henri Bourgeois; Nuit St. George, Château de Premeaux; Viognier, Domaine Talayrach; Coteaux de Languedoc, Château Puech Haut; Chablis 1er Cru, Domaine Christophe Camu; St. Joseph, Domaine Cuilleron; Vendange de la St. Charles, Domaine Henri Bourgeois; Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine PIllot; St Emilion, Château Pindefleurs

    Passenger Comments:

    This is our second trip on the Meanderer and we enjoyed it just as much this time as we did the last. Everyone went out of his way to make our trip special.....and we hope to return for a third trip!
    V.&T.T., MO, USA, September 2016

    All of us remember the trip with GREAT pleasure. It was a week of great food, fascinating trips, and so much laughter. The service was what really made the trip. We were treated not just with respect, but with what seemed like pleasure. WOW! dinners were incredible, despite the fact that as a family we have some very difficult tastes (vegetarian and nonvegetarian, No garlic, Yes garlic, but no onions, no avocados etc.) And all the meals were beautifully presented and unusual, as well as very tasty. We went home eager to sign up for one of next year's Meanderer cruises.
    L.H. PA, USA, September 2014

    The Meanderer was fantastic and couldn't be any better. Max in the kitchen was incredible, the staff was wonderful and the owners a delight. I couldn't believe that Max could prepare cuisine like that on a barge. We have eaten in a lot of top restaurants in the world, and this matches up with most. Incredible! The excurions were fun and entertaining. George and Susan have studied and prepared for each one, and their knowledge and company during the excursions made them most enjoyable. When George heard that 4 of us wanted to take a morning bike ride, he showed up with his bike and led us through a nice ride in the French countryside. We caught up with the barge a few locks down. My wife thought it one of the most memorable parts of the trip. The cruise route is pretty and entertaining. It is not as pretty scenery wise as the Canal du Midi. That said, they can't make the canal more beautiful and what it lacked in comparative beauty, it made up in peacefulness. There was not as much traffic - fewer barges and much fewer rental bumper boats. The high point was of course the food. But also the bike ride with George, the attentiveness of the staff, the winery trip, and the joy of relaxing on the barge. The group liked the excursions, but two of us each took a day off to rest, wander around and enjoy the barge.
    R & L W, AL, USA, June 2014

    Some of the best food and wine that we have every tasted. The whole experience could have not been surpassed. Overall each tour was informative and interesting, especially the knowledge of our guide, Susan.
    D & B H, GA, USA, June 2014

    Spectacular in every possible way. There are not enough superlative descriptions of the people, places, food, wine and comfort. We can't wait to book another trip!! 5 star gourmet meals for breakfast lunch and dinner - fresh, local food and cheeses, and special attention paid to dietary needs and wishes. We enjoyed lovely towns, charming spots, easily accessible for excursions, bike jaunts, etc. It was wonderful to see the sights of Paris from the water too.
    J & S T., NY< USA, June 2013

    The trip could not have been better, extremely picturesque...we enjoyed every aspect of the trip. The food was great, the staff was wonderful and George and Susan took every effort to make our trip the best vacation ever, and the rest of the staff anticipated our every need. The trip was A+!
    T.M., IN, USA, August, 2012

    As good a writer as I think I am, I don't have the vocabulary to adequately describe the wonderfulness of our cruise on The Meanderer. Service was the best I've experienced in any hospitality setting. This is not an exaggeration. I'd thought Meanderer would be a nice canal cruise through rural France with a chef on board. It turned out to be a gastronomic tour de force taking place on a boat. After the first meal the canal became almost a distraction. The wine, the cheeses, the food, the presentation, the table service, the dining facility (the boat's salon) were all of the highest quality. Meals and wines were clearly the highlight of the experience -- unexpectedly so in my case. Our cabin accommodations was excellent in every respect. In fact, larger than I had expected. Plenty of closet and storage space. Great flat screen TV. Very comfortable bed. Good lighting and well located switches. The route was very well chosen to avoid the intrusions of this 21st Century. The route kept to the rural, small towns, and even wild parts of the canal. At no time were we confronted with reminders that there was a speed faster than walking.
    B & C C., Washington DC, USA August 2011


    MEANDERER'S ITINERARIES
    NOTE: Meanderer offers a southern itinerary between Montbouy and Lere as well as an alternate northern itinerary between Montargis and Samois-sur-Seine. The northern route is available on request only and depends on the cruise weeks already booked. Please contact us for details about the northern itinerary.

    SAMPLE ITINERARY
    Upper Loire: "Canal de Briare & Canal Lateral al la Loire Cruise" (Southern Itinerary)*
    Canal de Briare: Montbouy to Lere 2018

    Welcome to the magnificent countryside of France. Our cruise itinerary is based in the fascinating region of the Upper Loire.

    Originally the River Loire carried commercial barges but the constantly changing conditions rendered it unsafe for navigation, leading to the building of the Canal de Briare and later the Canal Lateral a la Loire.

    We cruise the full length of the Canal de Briare, the first connecting canal built in France. Construction began in 1604 during the reign of Henry IV (who instigated the Louvre in Paris) and was completed in 1634. The Canal was built to enable produce from the Burgundy and Loire regions to be taken to Paris.

    The Loire region is often referred to as the "Garden of France", a typically French landscape with peaceful, rolling countryside. Our cruise begins at Montbouy, the northern end of the Canal de Briare close to the regional capital of Montargis. The picturesque town of Montargis welcomes visitors with fabulous floral displays. The canal, once the lifeblood of the capital, winds through the heart of the town passing 17th century buildings and crossing the many smaller waterways which dissect the narrow streets.

    The section of the canal beyond Montargis follows the course of the River Loing through villages and hamlets, many of which pre-date the canal.

    At Montbouy, the remains of the Roman Baths and Amphitheatre are clearly visible as a testimony to the heritage of this prosperous region. In Chatillon-Coligny the original riverside washhouses make way for the imposing feudal castle, once home to the Counts of Champagne. Although almost destroyed during the French revolution, the labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and the imposing keep still remain.

    The original flight of seven locks at Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses (the highest point of the canal) is now preserved as a National Historic Monument. The new course of the canal takes us via a shorter flight of locks to the village of Rogny itself, considered by many to be the most unspoiled village of the region.

    The magnificent lakes of the Puisaye at the summit of the canal supplied the water for the canal before modern pumping stations were installed to allow uninterrupted use of the locks. The Puisaye is famous for the clay used by local tradesmen to produce some of the finest pottery in Europe.

    A gentle descent to the town of Briare takes us through majestic woodland and open farmland to the most famous waterway landmark in France. The 700 yard long aqueduct, which carries the canal across the River Loire at Briare, was built by the great engineer Eiffel (better known for the famous Parisian tower) to replace the original crossing. Our cruise comes to a close in the town of Lere on the Canal Lateral de la Loire on the banks of the imposing River Loire.   

    Our cruise itinerary is designed to allow as much flexibility as possible. The following is an example of the tour itinerary but we will always try to accommodate any specific group requirements.
    A typical itinerary includes:

    Sunday - Paris to Montbouy
    We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored in a quiet and picturesque village of Montbouy (just a few miles from the regional capital of Montargis). A champagne reception and early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson and back. Relax on deck and watch the town and people pass by. Your first dinner on board.

    Monday - Montbouy to Rogny-les Sept-Écluses
    During the morning we cruise to Rogny-les Sept-Écluses, a historical home of ancient 7 staircase locks considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the magnificent Chateau de Sully or to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty or to the Château Vaux le Vicomte with its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens or to the Château Vaux le Vicomte also with its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens.

    Tuesday - Rogny-les Sept-Écluses to La Gazonne
    This morning we visit the regional capital town of Montargis, the week's best opportunity to explore a busy market town, people-watch or shop for souvenirs and exquisitely packaged confectionary from the famous Mazet Praline shop.  On return to the barge, our afternoon cruise through the 6 locks, which replaced the historical 7 "staircase" locks of Rogny, brings us to the overnight remote mooring at La Gazonne in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.

    Wednesday - La Gazonne to Briare
    We start with a morning visit to the splendid 16th Century Chateau of St. Fargeau offering a surprising and unique discovery of the rich history of this castle.  An alternative excursion is available to the Medieval Village of Guedelon, an extraordinary and unique experience to observe this 25 year project recreating a defensive medieval castle being built with materials, tools and techniques of this ancient period.  Afternoon cruise takes us 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 and the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Pont Canal).

    Thursday - Briare to Beaulieu
    We shall cruise in the morning over the Pont Canal. The daily excursion program continues with a visit the town of Gien. Set on the banks of the River Loire, the pretty town holds many attractions including the famous Faience Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Chateau de Gien.  We then take a short drive to the beautiful private Chateau La Bussiere, with its incredible 18th Century gardens. An optional visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Village of Vezelay is highly recommended as is a private visit (by appointment) to Château de Buranlure.

    Friday - Beaulieu to Léré
    This morning we continue along the Canal Lateral de la Loire on the way to the charming town of Léré, our final mooring port.  The scenery of flat fields and pastures slowly changes to the hills of the vineyards.  Afternoon excursion takes us to the world famous wine region of Sancerre with the opportunity to sample the local wines and explore the charming hill-top village.  A visit to the extraordinary town of La Charité sur Loire, surrounded from all sides by the Loire River is a special treat.  For early risers the best market visit of the region at Cosne sur Loire with our chef is an option.  The real wine aficionados have the option to visit 2 wineries that afternoon – the afore mentioned Sancerre as well as Pouilly Fume.

    Saturday - Léré to Paris
    This morning after breakfast we depart for the return transfer to Paris.

    Note: Cruises run in reverse direction alternate weeks. It may be necessary to vary the itinerary from day to day according to local conditions.


    SAMPLE ITINERARY*
    Upper Loire: Canal de Briare & Canal Lateral a la Loire
    Montargis to Sancerre (Montbouy to Léré) 2018
    Golf Cruise



    Sunday – Paris to Montbouy
    We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored in the quiet and picturesque village of Montbouy (just a few miles from the regional capital of Montargis). After a champagne reception we take an early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson and back. Relax on deck and watch the town and people pass by. Your first dinner on board. GOLF: Introduction and discussion of different courses and other activities. Changes and adjustments, subject to availability.

    Monday - Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses
    During the morning we cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, a historical home of an ancient seven-stage staircase lock, considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the magnificent Château de Sully-sur-Loire or to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty or to the Château Vaux le Vicomte with its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens. GOLF: Golf de Fontainebleau (48 min drive)

    Tuesday - Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to La Gazonne
    This morning we visit the regional capital town of Montargis, the week's best opportunity to explore a busy market town. People-watch or shop for souvenirs and exquisitely packaged confectionary from the famous Mazet Praline shop. On return to the barge, our afternoon cruise through six locks, which replaced the historical seven staircase lock of Rogny, brings us to the overnight remote mooring at La Gazonne, in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve. GOLF: Chateau d'Augerville (1 hr drive)

    Wednesday - La Gazonne to Briare
    We start with a morning visit to the splendid 16th century Chateau of St. Fargeau, offering a surprising and unique discovery of the rich history of this castle. An alternative excursion is available to the Medieval Village of Guedelon, an extraordinary and unique experience to observe this 25 year project recreating a defensive medieval castle, which is being built with materials, tools and techniques of this ancient period. Our afternoon cruise takes us 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 and the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Pont Canal). GOLF: Cely Golf & Country Club (1 hr 14 min) or Golf Club de Sully sur Loire (59 min)

    Thursday - Briare to Beaulieu-sur-Loire
    We shall cruise in the morning over the Pont Canal. The daily excursion program continues with a visit the town of Gien. Set on the banks of the River Loire, the pretty town holds many attractions including the famous Faience Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Château de Gien. We then take a short drive to the beautiful private Château de La Bussière, with its incredible 18th Century gardens. An optional visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Village of Vézelay is highly recommended as is a private visit (by appointment) to Château de Buranlure. GOLF: Roncemay Golf and Country club (1 hr 3 min) or Domaine et Golf de Vaugouard a Montargis (45 min)

    Friday - Beaulieu to Léré
    This morning we continue along the Canal Lateral de la Loire on the way to the charming town of Léré, our final mooring port. The scenery of flat fields and pastures slowly changes to the hills of the vineyards. Afternoon excursion takes us to the world famous wine region of Sancerre with the opportunity to sample the local wines and explore the charming hill-top village. A visit to the extraordinary town of La Charité sur Loire, surrounded on all sides by the Loire River is a special treat. For early risers the best market visit of the region at Cosne-sur-Loire with our chef is an option. The real wine aficionados have the option to visit 2 wineries that afternoon; Sancerre as well as Pouilly Fume. GOLF:
    Golf de Sancerre, Sancerrois (15 min drive)

    Saturday – Léré to Paris
    This morning after breakfast we depart for the return transfer to Paris.

    Note: Cruises run in reverse direction alternate weeks. It may be necessary to vary the itinerary from day to day according to local conditions.

    SAMPLE ITINERARY*
    Upper Loire: Canal de Briare
    Montbouy to Lere 2018
    Cycling Cruise

    The biking program is designed to allow as much flexibility as possible. The following is an example of the biking tour itinerary and various options. We shall always try to accommodate any specific group or individual preferences. However, there is only one guide available and therefore the majority rules (GPS are available). NOTE: The area between Briare and Sancerre is a true bikers' paradise. It is a part of the fabulous network of biking paths and trails known as Loire à Vélo - www.loireavelo.fr
    A typical itinerary includes:

    Sunday - Paris to Montargis (Montbouy)
    We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored in the quiet and picturesque village of Montbouy (just a few miles from the regional capital of Montargis). After a champagne reception we take an early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson and back. Relax on deck and watch the town and people pass by. Your first dinner on board.
    Biking: Introduction Bike allocation and fitting

    Monday - Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses
    During the morning we cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses, a historical home of an ancient seven-stage staircase lock, considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the magnificent Château de Sully-sur-Loire or to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty or to the Château Vaux le Vicomte with its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens.

    • Beginners/Leisure Bikers - Bike on your own along the canal and rejoin the barge anytime at one of subsequent locks. Stop in Chatillon Coligny and have a cool drink at the café in the square. Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation - 2 to 10 miles.
    • Intermediate Enthusiasts - Guided afternoon ride of 25-45 miles (2 - 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge upstream. Pass through villages of Chatillon Coligny and Aillant sur Milleron. Light elevation.
    • High Experience/Conditioned - Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Route will include historic villages of Saint Maurice sur Aveyron, Saint Martin sur Ouanne, Champignelles and Le Charme. Medium elevation.

    Tuesday - Rogny-les-Sept-Écluses to La Gazonne
    This morning we visit the regional capital town of Montargis, the week's best opportunity to explore a busy market town. People-watch or shop for souvenirs and exquisitely packaged confectionery from the famous Mazet Praline shop. On return to the barge, our afternoon cruise through six locks, which replaced the historical seven staircase lock of Rogny, brings us to the overnight remote mooring at La Gazonne, in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.

    • Beginners/Leisure Bikers - Bike on your own along the canal and rejoin the barge anytime at one of subsequent locks. Ride through Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, up to the 7 locks and the historical church (Medium grade). Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation - 2 to 10 miles.
    • Intermediate Enthusiasts - Guided morning ride of 25-45 miles (2 - 3.5 hrs). Start and end in Rogny Les Sept Ecluses. Pass through villages of Adon, La Bussiere, Les Marches and Boismorand. Light elevation.
    • High Experience/Conditioned - Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Route will include historic villages of La Bussiere, Gien, Dampierre en Burly, Ouzouer sur Loire, Sully sur Loire, Saint Martin sur Ocre and return via Briare. Medium elevation.

    Wednesday - La Gazonne to Briare
    We start with a morning visit to the splendid 16th century Château of St. Fargeau, offering a surprising and unique discovery of the rich history of this castle. An alternative excursion is available to the Medieval Village of Guedelon, an extraordinary and unique experience to observe this 25 year project recreating a defensive medieval castle, which is being built with materials, tools and techniques of this ancient period. Our afternoon cruise takes us 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 and the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Pont Canal)

    • Beginners/Leisure Bikers - Bike on your own along canal and rejoin the barge anytime at one of subsequent locks. Ride through Ouzouer sur Trezee. Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation. - 2 to 10 miles.
    • Intermediate Enthusiasts - Guided afternoon ride of 25-45 miles (2 - 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge upstream. Pass through villages of Ouzouer sur Trezee, Bleneau, Dammarie en Puissay. Light elevation.
    • High Experience/Conditioned - Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Route will include historic villages of Ouzouer sur Trezee, Damarie en Puissay, Bleneau, Les Mezilles and Toucy. Medium elevation.

    Thursday - Briare to Beaulieu-sur-Loire
    We cruise in the morning over the Pont Canal. The daily excursion program continues with a visit the town of Gien. Set on the banks of the River Loire, the pretty town holds many attractions including the famous Faience Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Château de Gien. We then take a short drive to the beautiful private Château de La Bussière, with its incredible 18th Century gardens. An optional visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Village of Vézelay is highly recommended as is a private visit (by appointment) to Château de Buranlure.

    • Beginners/Leisure Bikers - After the crossing of Pont Canal, bike all the way to the final mooring at Chatillon sur Loire. Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation. - 2 to 10 miles.
    • Intermediate Enthusiasts - Guided morning ride of 25-45 miles (2 - 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge at Chatillon sur Loire. Pass through villages of Briare, Saint Firmin sur Loire, Ousson and Chatillon sur Loire. Light elevation.
    • High Experience/Conditioned - Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Briare to Sancerre, depending on distance. Medium elevation.

    Friday - Beaulieu to Léré
    This morning we continue along the Canal Lateral a la Loire on the way to the charming town of Léré, our final mooring port. The scenery of flat fields and pastures slowly changes to the hills of the vineyards. Afternoon excursion takes us to the world famous wine region of Sancerre with the opportunity to sample the local wines and explore the charming hilltop village. A visit to the extraordinary town of La Charité sur Loire, surrounded on all sides by the Loire River is a special treat. For early risers the best market visit of the region at Cosne-sur-Loire with our chef is an option. The real wine aficionados have the option to visit two wineries that afternoon, Sancerre as well as Pouilly Fume.

    • Beginners/Leisure Bikers - We shall further explore the biking path of Loire à Vélo. Multiple trails available at mild elevation or flat ranging from 2-10 miles
    • Intermediate Enthusiasts - Guided morning ride of 25-45 miles (2 - 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge at Lere. Bike through the villages of Belleville, Sury pre Lere, Sancerre (at the foot of the Sancerre Hill) and Menetreol. Light elevation.
    • High Experience/Conditioned - Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Bike to Nevers (Plagny), climb to top of the Sancerre hilltop village, ride through La Charite and Appremont and incredible double locks of le Guetin.

    Saturday - Léré to Paris
    This morning after breakfast we depart for the return transfer to Paris.

    Note: Cruises run in reverse direction alternate weeks. It may be necessary to vary the itinerary from day to day according to local conditions.



    Meanderer
    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 15 Montbouy-Lere Value
    Apr 22 Lere-Montbouy Value
    Apr 29 Montbouy-Lere Value
    May 6 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    May 13 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    May 20 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    May 27 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jun 3 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Jun 10 Montbouy-Samois sur Seine Regular
    Jun 17 Samois sur Seine-Montbouy Regular
    Jun 24 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jul 1 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Jul 8 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jul 15 Lere-Montbouy Regular
           
    Cruise Schedule* ... continued

    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 22 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jul 29 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Aug 5 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Aug 12 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Aug 19 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Aug 26 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Sep 2 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Sep 9 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Sep 16 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Sep 23 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Sep 30 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Oct 7 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Oct 14 Montbouy-Lere Value
    Oct 21 Lere-Montbouy Value

    2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Apr 15 Montbouy-Lere Value
    Apr 22 Lere-Montbouy Value
    Apr 29 Montbouy-Lere Value
    May 6 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    May 13 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    May 20 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    May 27 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jun 3 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Jun 10 Montbouy-Samois sur Seine Regular
    Jun 17 Samois sur Seine-Montbouy Regular
    Jun 24 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jul 1 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Jul 8 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jul 15 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
    Jul 22 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Jul 29 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Aug 5 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Aug 12 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Aug 19 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Aug 26 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Sep 2 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Sep 9 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Sep 16 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Sep 23 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Sep 30 Montbouy-Lere Regular
    Oct 7 Lere-Montbouy Regular
    Oct 14 Montbouy-Lere Value
    Oct 21 Lere-Montbouy Value


    *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.





    MEANDERER
    2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
    TYPE VALUE
    Apr 15 thru May 5
    Oct 14 thru Oct 27
    REGULAR
    May 6 thru Oct 13
    Cabin (per person, double occupancy)
    $5,875
    $6,400
    Single Occupancy Supplement
    $5,875
    $6,400
    Charter for 4
    $32,700
    $34,900
    Charter for 5
    $33,200
    $35,800
    Charter for 6
    $33,750
    $36,600


    What's Included
    - 7 days and 6 nights on the barge in cabins with private bath
    - Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
    - All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday through breakfast on Saturday
    - All wines with lunches and dinners
    - Open bar
    - All escorted side-excursions (hot air ballooning, golf clubs/buggy at additional cost; golf green fees/cart included)
    - Use of bicycles

    What's Not Included
    - Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
    - Suggested 7-10% gratuity for the crew, to be paid in equivalent Euros to the captain




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