Hotel Barge RENAISSANCE - Barging in France -

Cruising the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy regions of France

Family Cruise Itinerary

If you are a family with children, we are able to create a bespoke itinerary and substitute a maximum of 4 excursions from our Standard Classic Cruise Itinerary with your preferred family activities.

French hotel barge Renaissance - itinerary map

The following activities can usually be arranged directly on board with the barge Captain and included in your itinerary without any extra charge (unless otherwise stated).

Archery (14 years+)

Think you're good enough to take on Robin Hood? Set in a beautiful 25 acre forest deep in the Burgundy hillsides you can. Archery is a sport requiring concentration, discipline and skill — try to get as close to the center of the targets as possible to build up your points!


16 lane bowling alley with ramps to help children play. Restaurant facilities available, as is the hire of bowling shoes. Suitable for all ages.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Extend your visit to the royal Château de Fontainebleau with a 20-minute horse-drawn carriage ride around the Grand Parterre and park areas in the grounds. Each carriage is drawn by two horses. Suitable for all ages.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Discover the beauty of the Upper Loire countryside with either a gentle river or white-water canoe and kayak ride on the serene River Loire. Prices differ depending on the desired length of the course. Shoes are compulsory — it is recommended to wear jelly shoes. Please bring a change of clothes. Towels will be provided by the barge. Suitable for all ages.


Tennis club in Chatillon sur Loire with 2 outdoor courts, clubhouse and covered playground. Suitable for all ages.

Other activities (shown below) can be arranged but, due to their nature, they should be booked directly by the client with the activity provider.

Tree Climbing & Zip Line (3 years+)

Located in the middle of the Forest of Sologne, in a siteof over 10 acres, 8 tree-climbing and 8 zip line courses are available so that you too can live like the squirrels and climb high into the trees. There’s something for everyone here. Instructors are on-hand to ensure your visit is both enjoyable and, above all, safe!

Pony Trekking & Biking

From the old lock house in Chatillon-sur-Loire there is pony-trekking, pedal go-karts, road bikes (VTC) and quadracycles. Restaurant and bar available. Suitable for all ages. (Supplement Payable).

Go-Karting (7 years+)

Two outdoor go-karting tracks measuring 700m and 1200m allow adults and children alike to drive a Sodi GT Max karts powered by 20HP Rotax engine. All protective clothing (jump suits, helmets, gloves) are provided by the complex. Prices depend on the number of sessions requested. Must be booked in advance. (Supplement Payable).

Hot Air Ballooning (7 years+)

Discover the beautiful scenery of the Loire Valley countryside from a different perspective – in a hot air balloon! A chance to witness a change in landscapes – the River Loire, the vineyards and the fields sweeping for miles below your feet. A once in a lifetime experience and one for the whole family to enjoy. Please be advised, this activity is only suitable for those who are mobile and fit as standing is required during the entirety of the flight – approximately 2 hours. Must be pre-booked. (Supplement Payable).


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