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Cruising the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy regions of France

Golf Cruise Itinerary

Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.

French hotel barge Renaissance - itinerary map

Sunday, Day 1 - Montargis

Guests are met at our meeting point in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits and you meet the Captain and crew. Time enough for a walking tour of the pretty village of Montargis before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 - Montargis to Montbouy

This morning we cruise through the Loire countryside with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities to moor at Montbouy. After lunch on board, we drive to Golf de Fontainebleau, regarded by many as the best golf course within the southern Paris area. This attractive, all-weather course lies deep in the private forest that forms part of the Fontainebleau estate. (18 holes par 72, 6074m)

Tuesday, Day 3 - Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses

After breakfast, we enjoy a gentle cruise to our mooring at the village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, near its 350-year old, 7-lock flight. In the afternoon, we drive to Golf du Château de Cely. Situated close to our overnight mooring, this recently refurbished golf course is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost courses in the Parisian region. Set in the grounds of a former private château, the course has received great reviews from former Renaissance guests. Dinner on board. (18 holes par 72, 5874m)

Wednesday, Day 4 - Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne

Today we immerse ourselves in the world of Impressionist art. We start with a short walking tour of Moret-sur-Loing, famous for its association with the Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley and see several of his most famous scenes before continuing to the château home of Rosa Bonheur. Rosa Bonheur was the most celebrated female artist of the 19th Century; a pioneer in a man’s world and a champion of women’s rights. Her best-known paintings are of animal scenes including one of Buffalo Bill on horseback which prompted an enduring friendship between the two. We take lunch in the private salon of the château before joining the present owner for a tour and to hear more about the history of this remarkable lady and view some of her works. Later, we enjoy an afternoon cruise past the Rogny lock flight to La Gazonne, a beautiful rural mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 - La Gazonne to Briare

Morning cruise to Briare and Gustave Eiffel's magical aqueduct across the River Loire with more walking and bicycling opportunities. We preview Friday's crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662-meter Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896. In the afternoon we drive for an hour to Domaine du Roncemay Golf & Country Club. This international standard course, designed by Jean Garaialde in 1991, has hosted many of France's top competitions. Overlooked by the château in whose grounds the course has been laid out, the length and technical nature of the course offer a challenge to even the most advanced player. Dinner on board. (18 hole, 6219m)

Friday, Day 6 - Briare to Châtillon-sur-Loire

This morning we wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheeses, and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare. After lunch, we drive to Golf du Sanserrois. Located on the banks of the River Loire, this golf course, set among century-old trees and ornamented by natural water hazards, is considered one of the most attractive in this part of France. The quality of the greens, the friendly atmosphere and the backdrop of Sancerre vineyards make for a splendid round of golf. Return to the hotel barge for a short cruise across the Briare Aqueduct built in the 1890's by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire. Dinner on board. (18 hole, par 71, 5820m)

Saturday, Day 7 - Châtillon-sur-Loire

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central Paris.

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