LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
Hotel Barge LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
Cruising France, Holland, Germany & Luxembourg
~ UPPER LOIRE, SANCERRE CRUISE: Moret-sur-Loing to Briare ~
Sunday, Day 1
You’re met by our driver at your Paris hotel and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in St. Mammes in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a Champagne welcome you can take a stroll though the medieval walled town of Moret-sur Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. Tonight you can enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.
Monday, Day 2
Today, we begin our cruise into the upper Loire region. Affectionately known as the “Garden of Paris”, this little known region gently reveals its secrets. After lunch, we visit the Palace of Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural style. On our drive back to the barge it may be possible to visit the artist community of Barbizon. We will moor for the night in Nemours.
Tuesday, Day 3
Today, we will have a full day cruise on the canal to Montargis with plenty of opportunity to bike or walk along the side of the canal. After lunch we will visit Montargis also called “Little Venice of the Gatinais” because of its numerous canals. Visit one off the many museums or shop at the famous Mazet Praline shop with its exquisitely packaged delicacies.
Wednesday, Day 4
After breakfast, we will set off for a leisure cruise to the charming village of Chatillon Coligny. This afternoon, we will take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Chateau Fargeau. The chateau is over a thousand years old and the most important history place of Puisaye Forterre. In the evening there is time to stroll around the ramparts surrounded village of Chatillon-Colligny.
Thursday, Day 5
Continuing our cruise up-hill we will reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. (The seven locks of Rogny). This “staircase” of seven locks was build in 1648 and an impressive tribute to the engineers of the past. After another gorgeous lunch we will take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, build on the river banks of the Loire. Gien is famous for its fa´ence earthenware and we will visit the fa´ence factory and museum.
Friday, Day 6
After passing the locks of Rogny, we have reached the highest summit of the canal and we will now start to descent down towards the river Loire. In Briare, we will cross the Loire valley on a canal Bridge. This magnificent structure was designed by Gustav Eiffel in 1890. This afternoon we will take the opportunity to drive out to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and maybe taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on our way back to the ship. Tonight will be your farewell dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7
After your last elegant breakfast you will be driven back to your hotel in Paris.
Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. The itinerary is in reverse direction on alternative weeks.
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