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Description

On this France travel package you will get champagne welcome awaits you onboard the cruising vessel you will call home for the next 7 days as you explore Classic Upper Loire and Burgundy with Central Holidays. On this France vacation your will begin with stunning glimpses of the Loire countryside in Montcresson in the morning, followed by a tour of the palace of Chateau de Fontainebleau where royal French families have added to the architecture over the years. The next morning, cruise to historic Rogny and explore Chateau Guedelon, a castle being built in the same techniques as the Middle Ages that was started in 1997 and is expected to take 25 years to complete. Alternatively, visit Chateau de Saint Fargeau which is a fortified hunting meeting palace over 1000 years old. After an authentic French breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes, and assorted pastries, visit Gien, home to Faience pottery, followed by an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne surrounded by lakes and ponds. Set sail for Briare and Gustave Eiffel's stunning aqueduct across the River Loire where you can ride bike, if you want to explore this magical area. Walk Briare's famed market with fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls selling these famed local creations. Cruise to the family-run vineyard of Sancerre for your final French afternoon to taste local wines and enjoy the medieval hilltop village. The captain hosts his farewell dinner that evening as you enjoy your last evening sailing on this once-in-a-lifetime France vacation package


Itinerary

Day 1 - Montargis

Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to the spacious Renaissance moored in Montargis where a Champagne Welcome awaits you. Then there is time to explore the pretty village of Montargis by foot or bicycle. Dinner on board. (D)

Day 2 - Montargis/Montbouy

Morning cruise through the Loire countryside with towpath cycling to Montcresson. After lunch we transfer to Chateau de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France, and every French royal family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. Return to the barge and enjoy a late evening cruise to Montbouy, before dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Montbouy/Rogny les Sept Ecluses

Morning cruise to historic Rogny and its 350 year old 7 lock-flight. Today's excursion is to Chateau Guedelon. A team of fifty people have taken on an extraordinary task to build a castle using the very same techniques and materials as in the Middle Ages. Work on the site began in 1997 and is scheduled to take 25 years to complete. Guedelon offers a unique opportunity to witness the different stages of a castle's construction with each phase being of interest in its own right. Alternatively we visit the Chateau de Saint Fargeau which is 1000 years old. In 980, Heribert, Auxerre's bishop and biological son of King Hugues Capet, built this fortified hunting meeting place. Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Rogny les Sept Ecluses/La Gazonne

France travel packageAfter a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes and assorted pastries we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - La Gazonne/Briare

Morning cruise to Briare and Gustave Eiffel's magical aqueduct across the River Loire with walking and bicycling for those that wish to do so. We preview Friday's crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 meter Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. This afternoon we visit Chateau de Sully sur Loire. The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Tremoille, 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 Tremoille virtually imprisoned her in the castle. In the 18th Century Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the Chateau. Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Briare/Chatillon sur Loire

 France travel packagesThis morning wander around the fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare and then a short cruise across the aqueduct before lunch on board. Afternoon visit to a family run vineyard in Sancerre. This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant and pulsating region which has known viticulture since Roman times. Captain's Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Chatillon Sur Loire

After breakfast we return you to the designated drop off point. (B)

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Includes

  • 7 days/6 nights cruise on European Waterways Cruises
  • 17 included meals consisting of:
    - 6 buffet breakfasts
    - 5 lunches
    - 6 dinners
  • Wine, non-alcoholic beverages and regular or decaffeinated tea and coffee with meals
  • Champagne Welcome & Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • Bose Hi-fi system with an iPod docking station and radio
  • Complimentary bicycles on board

Departures & Rates

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