La Nouvelle Etoile
Sancerre Cruise (Upper Loire)
From the Seine to France’s Canal du Briare (its oldest canal), cruise along waterways steeped in history, past beautiful scenery and small country villages. We’ll cross the Loire River by the famous canal bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel, and enter into the Sancerre region.
The La Nouville Etoile includes a large sundeck with jacuzzi, a main deck with a panoramic lounge, a bar area with piano, a dining room, a fitness room and an elevator. There are 4 oversized suites (over 200 square feet), featuring flat screen monitors with internet connection, satellite television and video, double sink bathrooms with large showers.
Meticulous attention to detail is evident throughout - from the selection of the linens, to the fresh fruit and flowers in each suite. The warm, elegant teak interiors, subtle color schemes and pleasant furnishings invite you to relax and enjoy.
Moret sur Loing - Briare
Sunday, Day 1 St Mammes
You're met by our driver at your Paris hotel and driven to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in St Mammes in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a Champagne welcome you can take a stroll through the medieval walled town of Moret-sur-Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. Tonight you can enjoy your first of many gourmet meals on board.
Monday, Day 2 Nemours
Today we begin our cruise into the Upper Loire region. Affectionately known as the ''Garden of Paris," this little known region gently reveals its secrets. After lunch, we visit the Palace of Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France. Every royal family has added its own architectural style. On our drive back to the barge it may be possible to visit the artist community of Barbizon. We will moor for the night in Nemours.
Tuesday, Day 3 Montargis
Today we will have a full day's cruise on the canal to Montargis with plenty of opportunity to bike or walk along the side of the canal. After lunch we will visit Montargis, also called ''Little Venice of the Gatinais'' because its numerous canals. Visit one of the many museums or shop at the famous Mazet Praline shop with its exquisitely packaged delicacies.
Wednesday, Day 4 Chatillon Coligny
After breakfast, we will set off for a leisurely cruise to the charming village of Chatillon Coligny. This afternoon, we will take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Chateau Fargeau. The chateau is over a thousand years old and the most important historical site of Puisaye Forterre. In the evening there is time to stroll around the ramparts that surround the village of Chatillon-Coligny.
Thursday, Day 5 Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Continuing our cruise uphill we will reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses (the seven locks of Rogny). This ''staircase'' of seven locks was built in 1648 and is an impressive tribute to the engineers of the past. After another gorgeous lunch we will take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, built on the river banks of the Loire. Gien is famous for its faience earthenware and we will visit the faience factory and museum.
Frida, Day 6 Briare
After passing the locks of Rogny, we have reached the highest summit of the canal and we will now start to descend down towards the river Loire. In Briare, we will cross the Loire valley on a canal bridge. This magnificent structure was designed by Gustav Eiffel in 1890. This afternoon we will take the opportunity to drive out to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and maybe taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on our way back to the ship. Tonight will be your farewell dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Briare
After your last elegant breakfast you will be driven back to your hotel in Paris.
Note: On alternate weeks the cruise is in the opposite direction. Itinerary is subject to change.
LA NOUVELLE ETOILE
|La Nouvelle Etoile|
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Charter 8 passengers wholeboat||Regular||65000|
|Suite per person||Regular||8630|
|Departure Dates (Sunday)||Rate Type||Route|
|Aug 28; Sep 04, 11, 18, 25; Oct 02, 09||Regular||Mosel River - Remich / Koblenz|
|Apr 03,10, 17, 24; May 1, 8||Regular||Haarlem to Haarlem|
|Jun 05, 12, 19, 26; Jul 03||Regular||Champagne-Paris/Epernay|
|Jul 24,31; Aug 7, 14, 21||Regular||Alsace-Lorraine|
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