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Discover the Loire Canal in the heart of France

6-Night Cruise from Paris to Paris
CE CNP Barge cruise
BNV Cruise

Paris to Paris (BNV) - 7 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539
Ship - MS Deborah
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Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Paris quay, transfer to - BRIARE (Embarkation)

Transfer by motor coach from Paris quay to join our ship in Briare (duration ~2:15). Passengers are welcome to board at 6:00 p.m. After you’ve settled comfortably in your cabin, we’ll introduce our crew to you before having dinner. We’ll cruise through the Briare Aqueduct, whose 14 masonry supports were built by the Eiffel Company. Until recently, it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the world. Afterwards, we’ll return to Briare and remain in port overnight.

DAY 2: BRIARE – LERE

All meals served on board. Visit of Briare and the museum conservatory. We’ll take a tourist train to discover the village of Briare and its hidden treasures, among them the Chateau de Trousse-Barriere - and the town hall, a modest castle that was modified in the 18th century. Traveling along the tree-lined canal, we’ll also see locks and lock-keeper houses and the quaint bridges that cross the waterways. The 19th-century Church of Saint-Etienne was built on the site of an earlier church and combines elements taken from both Byzantine and Gothic styles of architecture. Then, visit of the Museum Conservatory and learn about the history of the Loire and its canals. It’s a unique discovery center about the spot that was once considered the most important boating crossways in France. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Léré. Kick back and enjoy the scenery as it rolls by or borrow one of the bikes on board to ride along the canal. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 3: LERE – MENETREOL-SOUS-SANCERRE

All meals served on board. Excursion to Sancerre and a goat farm. Set in the historic Berry region, Sancerre overlooks the gorgeous Loire Valley. You’ll discover this beautiful medieval city by following the Fil d'Ariane: a red line painted on the streets taking you past the old wine-making neighborhoods, bakeries, fascinating buildings, and lovely art galleries. The Fief Tower (significant stairs to climb) is the only remaining tower of the 14th-century medieval castle. Afterwards, we’ll visit a goat farm and have a tasting of its trademark cheeses and the local Sancerre wine. The family on the farm is raising approximately 200 goats and 60 cows and will be happy to share their cheese-making secrets with you. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 4: MENETREOL-SOUS-SANCERRE – CHAPELLE MONTLINARD

All meals served on board. We’ll leave by coach for a visit of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we’ll visit the Tour de Pouilly-Fumé: a wine-tourism center located in a beautiful setting. We’ll visit the vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a tasting. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard. Take advantage of this moment to ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the bike route traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 5: CHAPELLE MONTLINARD – MARSEILLES-LES-AUBIGNY

All meals served on board. We’ll leave by coach for a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and an authentic farm. We’ll begin our visit with the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. We’ll then visit a farm deep in the countryside, where we’ll experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. A nice stop-over and a perfect way to get to know the animals typically local or coming from other areas: sheeps, pigs, goats, donkeys, African or Highland cattle, llamas, ostriches, and of course, ducks! Afterwards, we’ll return on board and spend the afternoon cruising. During our journey, discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage. You’ll have an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. Tonight is our festive gala evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 6: MARSEILLES-LES-AUBIGNY - NEVERS

All meals served on board. We’ll leave by coach for the visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument. Now one of the main cultural sites in the area, it is testimony to over 8 centuries of French religious heritage. The contemporary stain-glass windows are not to be missed. We’ll continue on to visit Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this small medieval jewel on the bank of the Allier is an absolute must-see. The village offers a stunning point of view of the castle that overlooks it, also a nice stroll along the Allier river. We’ll return on board at the end of the morning and cruise to Nevers through the afternoon. At nightfall, we’ll leave on a romantic tour of Nevers with lanterns. We’ll remain in port overnight.

DAY 7: NEVERS (Disembarkation)- transfer to Paris quay

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach from Nevers to Paris (duration ~2:15). End of our services.

* Transfer valid for a minimum of 18 paying passengers. If this number is not reached, transfer will be done individually.

Advisements:

  • A valid passport is required for travel. Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the last day of travel.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • The itinerary is subject to mooring availability at locks or ports, and may be modified as necessary.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise .

2017 Departure Dates

Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin
From Paris
Cruise Embarkation Date
Lower Deck Cabin w/ picture window - 2 twin beds
June 8, 2017
$2,841
September 28, 2017
$2,841
October 12 , 2017
$2,841
Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.

Prices Include:

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom the transfer by motor coach from Paris to Briare D1 the transfer by motor coach from Briare to Paris D7 the excursions mentioned in the program assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess welcome cocktail gala dinner travel assistance and repatriation insurance all port fees.

Prices Do Not Include:

Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers) • Champagne ordered at the bar and all drinks on the wine list as well as all drinks taken while on excursions or transfers • Travel Cancellation Insurance • Gratuities • Personal expenses

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