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Cruise In France On The Canal de Briare and the Canal Lateral a la Loire In The Upper Loire Region On The Ultra Deluxe Hotel-Barge RENAISSANCE


BARGE CRUISES: SEVEN DAYS/SIX NIGHTS
The 8-passenger Renaissance has earned a reputation as one of the most luxurious hotel barges currently available on the rivers and canals of France. The Renaissance offers four spacious cabins that can be configured into either a king bed or two twin bed sized suites, about 235 - 265 sq ft with a private, ensuite bathroom of 60 sq ft that provides the ultimate in barging luxury. The beautifully appointed lounge has comfortable seating and the cozy bar is stocked with your favorite beverages. You will also find lots of interesting material on board with current books and periodicals and a Bose CD system for added entertainment. The large sundeck at the bow has a canopy over the dining table and sun loungers near the jacuzzi, for a cooler respite area on sunny days.

The Renaissance cruises in the Upper Loire region, primarily on the beautiful Canal de Briare. Excursions include a visit to a winery in Sancerre and the Gien faience factory, as well as a spectacular cruise over the Loire River on the Briare Pont Canal. An alternate cruise route on the Canal Lateral a la Loire between Samois-sur-Seine and Montargis is available on request.

Renaissance has an outstanding and experienced crew that continue to draw rave reviews from guests who have been lucky enough to enjoy a fabulous cruise week aboard the Renaissance. We have cruised on the Renaissance a number of times, both when it was known as La Bonne Humeur and since it became the Renaissance in 2008. We have always thought it was a beautiful barge, with wonderful French decor throughout. We visited the barge most recently in April 2017 and were impressed with the gorgeous new bar and bar stools in the salon.


Features




Renaissance Deck Plan


Dining Aboard The Renaissance:
SAMPLE MENU


A taste of
the gourmet cuisine served aboard the Renaissance. BREAKFAST
Our Continental & hot breakfast offerings include pancakes, Belgian waffles, eggs, bacon,
fresh breads, pastries, cereals, fresh fruits and yogurt.

LUNCH
DINNER
DESSERTS
SAMPLE CHEESE BOARD
Crottin de Chavignol, Comte, St Agur, Foume d'ambert, Ossau Iraty, Valencay, St Nectaire, Camembert, Tomme de Savoie, Epoisse, St Maure de Torraine and Roquefort

SAMPLE WINE LIST
Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre; Domaine Billaud Simon, Chablis Premier Cru; Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils, Meursault; Domaine Changarnier, Monthelie; Domaine Camus, Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

Passenger Comments:


Laurent and Sarah were absolutely fantastic and helped me during a medical emergency. The level of care was amazing!
G.H., Australia, September 2012

Spectacular barge, wonderful crew!
J.C., FL, USA, July 2012

The trip was great. The food was incredible and the crew was wonderful!
P.F., CA, USA, April 2012

The trip was everything we hoped it would be and more. Great staff, incredible food and a captain who was in tune with our every need, and then some...
P.W., CA, USA, April 2012

Renaissance exceeded our expectations, it was a great experience. Meals and wines were great, the chef was outstanding. In fact, we had one meal ashore at a Michelin star restaurant and all of the passengers agreed that our meals on the barge were better than at this restaurant. Crew service were extraordinary.
S.R., NJ, USA, July 2011

We found the barge itself surprisingly spacious. Our service from the crew was excellent, lovely, caring and fun. This was our first barge cruise and we chose Renaissance based on convenience but found the route picturesque and varied. We hope to do it again on another.
J & E K., Australia July 2011

SAMPLE ITINERARY*
RENAISSANCE
Upper Loire: Canal de Briare
Montargis to Chatillon Sur Loire 2018

Sunday - Montargis
Guests are met at the designate pickup point in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits you and you meet the Captain and crew. Time enough to explore the pretty village of Montargis on foot or bicycle, before dinner on board.

Monday - Montargis to Montbouy

This morning, we embark on our first cruise through the Loire countryside, with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities, to moor at Montbouy. After lunch on board, we visit Château de Fontainebleau, a national museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site. To walk through this magnificent palace is to walk through the history of France. It is the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries and every French royal family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. Dinner on board.

Tuesday - Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses

This morning we visit Château de Sully-sur-Loire. The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Trémoïlle, who infuriated Joan of Arc by encouraging the Dauphin to devote himself to idle hunting in the forests around Sully. After Joan's failure to liberate Paris in 1430, de la Trémoïlle imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th century Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the château. 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.

Wednesday - Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne

After 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.

Thursday - La Gazonne to Briare
A 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. This afternoon, we visit the delightful, privately-owned Château de La Bussière, known as the "fishermen’s castle", with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens. Dinner on board.

Friday - Briare to Châtillon-sur-Loire

This 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. 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. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday - Châtillon-sur-Loire

After breakfast, guests are transferred to the designated drop off point in Paris.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.




Renaissance
2018 Season Cruise Schedule*
Week Route (Or Reverse) Season
Apr 8 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Value
Apr 15 Montargis-Chatillon sur Loire Value
Apr 22 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Value
Apr 29 Montargis-Chatillon sur Loire Regular
May 6 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Regular
May 13 Montargis-Chatillon sur Loire Regular
May 20 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Regular
May 27 Montargis-Chatillon sur Loire Regular
Jun 3 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Regular
Jun 10 Montargis-Chatillon sur Loire Regular
Jun 17 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Regular
Jun 24 Montargis-Chatillon sur Loire Regular
Jul 1 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Regular
Jul 8 Montargis-Chatillon sur Loire Regular
Jul 15 Chatillon sur Loire-Montargis Regular
       
Cruise Schedule* ... continued

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

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





RENAISSANCE
2018 SEASON PRICES in US DOLLARS
TYPE VALUE
Apr 8 thru Apr 28
Jul 22 thru Aug 25
Oct 7 thru Oct 27
REGULAR
Apr 29 thru Jul 21
Aug 26 thru Oct 6
Suite (per person, double occupancy)
$6,750
$7,850
Suite Single Supplement
$2,450
$2,850
Charter for 6
$47,500
$54,000
Charter for 7
$49,000
$56,200
Charter for 8
$50,500
$58,400


What's Included
- 7 days and 6 nights in a cabin with private bath
- Transfers from Paris to the barge and return
- All meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, through breakfast on Saturday
- Dinner ashore at Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards
- All wines with lunches and dinners
- Open bar stocked to your specification
- Use of bicycles
- All escorted side-excursions (hot air balloon flights, golf at additional cost)

What's Not Included
- Overseas air transportation to Paris and return
- Suggested minimum 5% gratuity for the crew, to be given to the captain in equivalent euros




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This page last updated January 15, 2018