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8 passengers 6 star rating

Cruising between Montargis and Chatillon-sur-Loire on the Briare canal and Canal Lateral à la Loire

Renaissance highlights


  • Visit Chateau de Fontainebleau and a private tour of the French military stables
  • Visit the privately owned Chateau de La Bussiere
  • Visit the Château de Ratilly dating from 1270
  • 7-lock flight at Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, a national historic monument
  • Cruise across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel, over the river Loire
  • Private wine tasting in Sancerre
  • Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
  • Dinner ashore in the Michelin starred Auberge des Templiers
  • Excellent towpath for cycling and walking

Cruise route & itinerary

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Montargis to Chatillon

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  • From 7450 USD per person
  • Charters from 52, 300 USD


  • Crew members : 5
  • Up to 8 guests
  • Suites : 4

Boat size

  • Length 124′8″ ft (38 metres)
  • Width 16′7″ ft (5.05 metres)


  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning
  • Spa or pool
  • Wifi
  • TV/DVD in suites
  • CD player / iPod dock
  • Bicycles : 8

About Renaissance barge cruises

Hotel barge Renaissance

About the hotel barge "Renaissance"

Arguably the finest combination of regions one could barge through!
From the mighty River Loire to France's oldest canal, the Canal de Briare, a waterway steeped in history, past beautiful scenery and small country villages.

Renaissance accommodates up to 8 guests in ultimate luxury.
Her interior has been extensively refitted and includes a beautifully appointed and spacious lounge area with comfortable seating.
The extremely generous accommodation features four suites, each at least 260 sq ft including a large private bathroom. Each suite has Satellite TV/DVD
Renaissance's other impressive features include a forward deck with a roof extension for alfresco dining and an on-deck heated spa pool.

  • 5 crew
  • Air-conditioned/centrally heated throughout
  • CD Player/iPod dock
  • Wifi (subject to local reception)
  • 8 touring bikes, 1 tandem
  • Air-conditioned minibus

Renaissance deck and cabin plans

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Renaissance cruise route & itinerary

Montargis to Chatillon map

Cruising between Montargis and Chatillon-sur-Loire on the Briare canal and Canal Lateral a la Loire

Guests are met at the Hotel Westminster in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance, where a Champagne welcome with canapés awaits.
Time to explore the pretty village of Montargis by foot or bicycle before dinner on board.

Montargis to Montbouy
A morning cruise through the Loire countryside, with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities, to Montbouy.
After lunch, we visit Chateau de Fontainebleau, a national museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To walk through this magnificent palace is to walk through the history of France.
It is the only royal and imperial chateau to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries and every French royal family added its own architectural style and features when in residence.
Dinner on board.

Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
This morning we visit Chateau de la Bussiere, known as the "fishermen's castle"... enjoy the ornamental and vegetable gardens, typical to France.
The castle originally belonged to Georges de la Tremouille, who infuriated Joan of Arc by encouraging the Dauphin to devote himself to idle hunting in the forests around Sully.
After her failure to liberate Paris in 1430, de la Tremouille imprisoned Joan in the castle.
In the 18th century, Voltaire, exiled from Paris, also spent time at the chateau.
Following lunch back on board, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to our mooring in the pretty village of "Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluse"s, near its 350-year-old 7-lock flight, which is well worth visiting on foot.
Dinner on board.

Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne
After a leisurely breakfast of fresh croissants, baguettes, and assorted pastries, we visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery, renowned for its beautifully decorated and vibrant dinnerware, and also explore the bustling market.
After lunch, we enjoy an afternoon cruise to La Gazonne, a beautiful mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds which provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare.
Dinner ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templieres in Les Bezards.

La Gazonne to Briare
A morning cruise to our mooring at the little town of Briare, the site of Gustave Eiffel's magical aqueduct across the River Loire, again with excellent walking and cycling opportunities.
We preview Friday's crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 meter Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896.
This afternoon, it's time for a private wine tasting in a renowned winery in the Sancerre region, such as the Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol.  Wine has been produced in this hilltop medieval village since Roman times.
We return to Renaissance in the late afternoon, ready for dinner on board.

Briare to Chatillon-sur-Loire
It's market day!  Time to savour the essence of french life...wander around vegetable and fruit stalls, seafood, cheese, and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare.  Can you barter as well as the locals?
We then take a short cruise across the Briare aqueduct from where you can take some excellent photos, before lunch on board.
Our final excursion takes us to Château de Ratilly, with a rather spectacular selection of turrets.  Construction began on the château itself in 1270. 
We return to Renaissance to look back over our week aboard during the Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Chatillon sur Loire
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

Waterways on this route  ·Briare Canal  ·Loire Lateral Canal 

Renaissance rates

Montargis to Chatillon

2022 USD, for American and Canadian residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 64, 000 USD 55, 500 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 61, 700 USD 53, 900 USS
Whole boat charter for 6 59, 400 USD 52, 300 USD
Suite per person 8, 690 USD 7, 450 USD
Single supplement 3, 100 USD 2, 700 USD
2022 STERLING rates for UNITED KINGDOM residents Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £45, 500 £39, 200
Whole boat charter for 7 £44, 200 £37, 900
Whole boat charter for 6 £42, 900 £36, 600
Suite per person £6, 190 £5, 250
Single supplement £2, 200 £1, 950
2022 EURO rates ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 53, 500 € 46, 000 €
Whole boat charter for 7 52, 000 € 44, 700 €
Whole boat charter for 6 50, 500 € 43, 400 €
Suite per person 7, 250 € 6, 190 €
Single supplement 2, 600 € 2, 250 €
Prices include Private transfers by chauffeured Mercedes minibus between Paris and the hotel barge (the approximate transfer duration will be 2 or 2.5 hours depending on the cruise direction), a luxury 6-night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, an open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, the services of 5 crew and use of barge facilities, which include satellite TVs and DVD players, bicycles and a spa pool.
Optional extras
Electric bikes : 1st bike: 600 USD / £440 / 500€ ; Additional bike : 300 USD / £220 / 250€
Wine Appreciation charters  5500 USD / £4000 / 4500€  supplement
Golf charters: 775 USD / £550 / 625€ supplement per player

- Departure Dates 2022-
Value April 3 to April 24
July 17 to August 21
October 9 to October 23
Regular May 1 to July 10 
August 28 to October 2


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