Renaissance cruises along the Canal de Briare, France's oldest canal which is steeped in history on a route that features elegant châteaux, small countryside villages and the famed wine-growing region of Sancerre.
This very spacious hotel barge is beautifully appointed — the salon with its wooden beams, classic dining furniture and artwork, invokes the atmosphere of a quintessential French manor house. The comfortable leather sofas and hand-built bar where you can enjoy your pre-dinner apéritif, add to the feeling of onboard opulence.
Guest cabins aboard Renaissance are four very generously-sized twin or double-bedded bedroom suites, each one fully air conditioned and complemented by a large ensuite bathroom.
Outside, the large forward deck includes a covered roof extension with a circular table for alfresco dining, comfortable hardwood sun loungers and a hot tub.
With her refined onboard ambience, Renaissance is the perfect vessel on which to cruise a historic canal and experience the splendor of the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy region of France. You will be met in Paris and chauffered to the barge where the Captain's Champagne Welcome awaits your arrival.
The Renaissance travels along the Canal de Briare and Canal Latéral à la Loire between the towns of Montargis and Chatillon-sur-Loire. This area is known as the Gàtinais and the "Garden of France". The Canal de Briare is one of the oldest canals in France dating from the 16th century. You will discover quaint villages, beautiful scenery, and partake in interesting side trips.
Renaissance has an outstanding, experienced crew that continue to keep their guests cheering about the care and enthusiasm the crew bestow upon them during a fabulous cruise week in the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy region.
- Visit to Château de Fontainebleau
- Visit to the privately-owned Château de la Bussière
- 7-lock flight at Rogny Les Sept Ecluses
- Visit to Château de Sully sur Loire, a moated fortress and "monument historique"
- Cruise across the Pont Canal de Briare, built by Gustav Eiffel over the River Loire
- Wine tasting in Sancerre
- Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
- Excellent towpath for walking and bicycling
- "Biking Plus" option available