Upper Loire France
The Hirondelle cruises some of the most tranquil and beautiful waterways in all of Europe: the Canal de Bourgogne, the Canal due Centre, the Canal due Rhône au Rhin and the River Saône.
EXCITING NEW PROGRAMS FOR 2013 MEANDERER SEASON.
The Multiple Excursions Options is a radical departure from standard barge visits allowing 2 simultaneous,
different attractions instead of a one or nothing.
The introduction of fully guided cycling tours as part of the Multiple Excursions Options is in itself a whole new program, which can be expanded at will to include full Barge and Biking charter.
Sunday - Montargis to Amilly
We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored in Montargis. A champagne reception and early evening cruise to our first overnight mooring in Amilly follow.
Monday - Amilly to Montbouy
During the morning we cruise to Montcresson. After lunch the excursion program begins with a visit to the spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty.
Tuesday - Montbouy to Chatillon-Coligny
Today's excursion takes us to Montargis with 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. Our afternoon cruise takes us to the charming village of Chatillon-Coligny.
Wednesday - Chatillon-Coligny to Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses
This morning we visit the splendid 16th century Chateau of St. Fargeau. On return to the barge, our afternoon cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses includes a chance to walk the ancient 'staircase' of locks, which stand as a monument to the old canal.
Thursday - Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne
The daily excursion program continues with a visit to the beautiful private Chateau of La Bussiere, with its incredible 18th Century garden or Chateau de Sully sur Loire, a magnificent classic chateau of the Loire Valley. As an alternative we can 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 return to the barge for lunch and a cruise to an exquisite nature mooring at La Gazonne.
Friday - La Gazonne to Briare and Chatillon-sur-Loire
The morning cruise takes us to a beautiful village of Briare where we cross the world's longest aqueduct over the River Loire. 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. For early risers a market visit in Briare with our chef is an option. That evening we cruise to our final mooring in a wonderful town of Chatillon-sur-Loire.
This morning, after breakfast, we depart for the return transfer to Paris.
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, cruises will be in reverse direction.
**Multiple Excursions Options
To accommodate our guests, two vehicles (9 passenger mini bus and 5 passenger large SUV) will allow our guests an option to split into 2 different excursions every day. This exciting concept will allow wine lovers to take in another winery while golfers might take in a round at the same time, families might split to visit market and historic villages while kids enjoy Guedelon, Activities Park or a swim in the lake, avid cyclists could take a half a day ride while others visit a historic chateau. Day trips to the Chateaux de la Loire with lunch included, such as Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois etc will become an option for some while others may choose shorter excursions within the same time frame.
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Stateroom per person||Value||5875|
|Stateroom per person||Regular||6400|
|Charter 6 passengers wholeboat||Value||33750|
|Charter 6 passengers wholeboat||Regular||36600|
|Charter 5 passengers wholeboat||Value||33200|
|Charter 5 passengers wholeboat||Regular||35800|
|Charter 4 passengers wholeboat||Value||32700|
|Charter 4 passengers wholeboat||Regular||34900|
|Departure Dates (Sunday)||Rate Type||Route|
|Apr 14, 21, 28 Oct 20||Value||Upper Loire Montargis / Chatillon|
|May 05, 12, 19, 26 Jun 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Jul 07, 14, 21, 28 Aug 04, 11, 18, 25 Seo 01, 08,15, 22, Oct 6, 13||Regular||Upper Loire Montargis / Chatillon|
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