Cruising Burgundy and Upper Loire


Sunday - Paris to Montbouy

We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored in the quiet and picturesque village of Montbouy (just a few miles from the regional capital of Montargis). After a champagne reception we take an early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson and back. Relax on deck and watch the town and people pass by. Your first dinner on board.

Monday - Montbouy to Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses

During the morning we cruise to Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses, a historical home of an ancient seven-stage staircase lock, considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the magnificent Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire or to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty or to the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte with its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens.

Tuesday - Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne

This morning we visit the regional capital town of Montargis, the week's best opportunity to explore a busy market town. People-watch or shop for souvenirs and exquisitely packaged confectionary from the famous Mazet Praline shop. On return to the barge, our afternoon cruise through six locks, which replaced the historical seven staircase lock of Rogny, brings us to the overnight remote mooring at La Gazonne, in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.

Wednesday - La Gazonne to Briare

We start with a morning visit to the splendid 16th century Chateau of St. Fargeau, offering a surprising and unique discovery of the rich history of this castle. An alternative excursion is available to the Medieval Village of Guedelon, an extraordinary and unique experience to observe this 25 year project recreating a defensive medieval castle, which is being built with materials, tools and techniques of this ancient period. Our afternoon cruise takes us through some of the most beautiful and rural parts of the canal to the spectacular town of Briare on the bank of the Loire River and the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Pont Canal).

Thursday - Briare to Beaulieu-sur-Loire

We shall cruise in the morning over the Pont Canal. The daily excursion program continues with a visit the town of Gien. Set on the banks of the River Loire, the pretty town holds many attractions including the famous Faience Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Chateau de Gien. We then take a short drive to the beautiful private Chateau de La Bussiere, with its incredible 18th Century gardens. An optional visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Village of Vazelay is highly recommended as is a private visit (by appointment) to Chateau de Buranlure.

Friday - Beaulieu to Lere

This morning we continue along the Canal Lateral de la Loire on the way to the charming town of Lere, our final mooring port. The scenery of flat fields and pastures slowly changes to the hills of the vineyards. Afternoon excursion takes us to the world famous wine region of Sancerre with the opportunity to sample the local wines and explore the charming hill-top village. A visit to the extraordinary town of La Charite sur Loire, surrounded on all sides by the Loire River is a special treat. For early risers the best market visit of the region at Cosne-sur-Loire with our chef is an option. The real wine aficionados have the option to visit 2 wineries that afternoon; Sancerre as well as Pouilly Fume.

Saturday - Lere to Paris

This morning after breakfast we depart for the return transfer to Paris.

Note: Cruises run in reverse direction alternate weeks. It may be necessary to vary the itinerary from day to day according to local conditions.


2022 Rates

Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person Value 6350
Stateroom per person Regular 6850
Single supplement Value 3800
Single supplement Regular 4200
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Value 35850
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Regular 37800
Charter 5 passengers wholeboat Value 35050
Charter 5 passengers wholeboat Regular 36900
Charter 4 passengers wholeboat Value 34350
Charter 4 passengers wholeboat Regular 36100


Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
Apr 24 Value Montargis / Sancerre
Jul 3, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28 Regular Montargis / Sancerre
Sep 4, 18; Oct 2 Regular Sancerre / Montargis
Oct 16 Value Sancerre / Montargis
May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19 Regular Montargis / Sancerre
Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21 Regular Sancerre / Montargis
May 1, 15, 29; Jun 12, 26 Regular Sancerre / Montargis
Sep 11, 25; Oct 9 Regular Montargis / Sancerre

2023 Rates

Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Charter 4 passengers wholeboat Regular 38100
Charter 4 passengers wholeboat Value 36100
Charter 5 passengers wholeboat Value 36800
Charter 5 passengers wholeboat Regular 38900
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Value 37500
Charter 6 passengers wholeboat Regular 39700


Departure Dates (Sunday) Rate Type Route
May 7, 21; Jun 4, 18 Regular Montargis / Sancerre
Apr 23 Value Montargis / Sancerre
Sep 3, 17; Oct 1 Regular Sancerre/Montargis
Jul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 27 Regular Montargis / Sancerre
Sep 10, 24; Oct 8 Regular Montargis / Sancerre
Oct 15 Value Sancerre/Montargis
Apr 30; May 14, 28; Jun 11, 25 Regular Sancerre/Montargis
Jul 23; Aug 6, 20 Regular Sancerre/Montargis


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