Barge Cruises in Upper Seine France
Paris to Montargis
Our charming hotel barge Johanna takes you along one of the oldest waterways of France through the unspoilt countryside of the Gâtinais, the flower- and bread basket of Paris. Along the route, we discover old castles and newly built cathedrals, ancient locks and sleepy little villages.
Paris - Montargis: May 17 - 23
Montargis - Paris : July 5 - 11
DAY 1. Paris:
Welcome on board. You will find your hotel ship Johanna at Port de l’Arsenal, near La BAstille in the center of Paris (11th arr.)
DAY 2. Évry:
The capital of the Essonne department has a very modern cathedral, built in 1995 after a daring design of the swiss architect Mario Botta. It has a diameter of 38m with walls of 17 to 34m high supporting an inclined roof with 20 trees on it.
DAY 3. Melun:
Make a historic discovery tour of the city along the signed walking trail. Visit the castle of Vaux le Vicomte that was built by the same architects that later designed Versailles. And as we are in the Brie region, don’t forget to taste this delightful local “Brie de Melun” cheese.
DAY 4. Moret sur Loing:
Home of the impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, the village is still as picturesque as ever. The castle of Fontainebleau is only 9km away and more than worth a visit. It was the hunting castle of many French kings and residence of Napoleon.
DAY 5. Souppes sur Loing / Château Landon:
The delightful medieval fortified town of Chateau Landon is the historic capital of the Counts of the Gâtinais and a former pilgrimage site. Perched on a rocky promontory, its old houses, monuments, towers and pretty terraced gardens form a very scenic picture with the narrow Fusain river flowing past below. Also not to be missed is the Notre-Dame church and the fortress-like old royal abbey of Saint Séverin. The area is also famous for its white stone that was used to build the Sacré Coeur and other monuments in Paris.
DAY 6. Montargis:
The town center has several notable sights to discover and is characterised by the canals and river that cross the town and provide much of its character. According to Montargis Tourist Office, there are 131 of these bridges and canal crossings in the town, which they have affectionately called the “Venice of the Gâtinais”. It is the views along these canals, especially in summer when there are also numerous flowers in the town, that are the highlight of your visit.
DAY 7. Montargis
Farewell after breakfast.
Individual Booking - $3278 per person
Rate includes: 6 nights, breakfast, lunch, dinner (3 courses) on boat, beer and wine with meals, bike rental (with helmets) and cycling maps for cycling the area around the barge and listed excursions below.