Renaissance hotel barge

Cruising between Montargis and Chatillon sur Loire on the Briare canal and Canal Laterale a la Loire
The barge Renaissance

Accommodating up to 8 passengers

View of the Renaissance

Renaissance is rated 5 out of 5


  • Visit to Chateau de Fontainebleau
  • Visit to the privately owned Chateau de La Bussiere
  • 7-lock flight at Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
  • Visit to Chateau Sully-sur-Loire, a moated fortress and listed historic monument
  • Cruise across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel, over the river Loire
  • Wine tasting in Sancerre
  • Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
  • Excellent towpath for cycling and walking

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From 6750 USD per person

Charters from 47,500 USD


Crew members : 5

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

Number of bicycles : 8


Up to 8 guests

Suites : 4


Central heating


Spa or pool


TV/DVD in suites

CD player / iPod dock

Renaissance photos and videos

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About the 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

Plan of Renaissance

Plan of the hotel barge Renaissance

Renaissance cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Montargis and Chatillon sur Loire on the Briare canal and Canal Laterale 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 canapes awaits.
Time to explore the pretty village of Montargis by foot or bicycle before dinner on board.

Montargis to Montbouy
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 Sully-sur-Loire.
The castle orginally 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, exciled 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-Ecluses, near its 350-year-old 7-clock 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, site of Gustave Eiffels magical aqueduct across the River Loire, again with excellent walking and cycling opportunities.
We preview Fridays crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 meter Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896.
This afternoon, we vist the delightful, privately owned Chateau de la Bussiere, known as the Fishermens Castle, with its wonderful ornamental and vegetable gardens.
Dinner on board.

Briare to Chatillon-sur-Loire
This morning we wander around vegetable and fruit, seafood, cheese and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare before returning to Renaissance for a short cruise across the aqueduct and lunch on board.
Our afternoon visit is to a renowned winery in Sancerre, suh as Domaine Henri Bourgeois in Chavignol, for a tour and private tasting.
This medieval hilltop village overlooks a vibrant region which has known viticulture since Roman times.
Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

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

Cruise rates

The Briare canal & Canal Laterale à la Loire dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 58400 50500
Whole boat charter for 7 56200 49000
Whole boat charter for 6 54000 47500
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 7850 6750
Single supplement 2850 2450
Whole boat charter for 8 59500 51500
Whole boat charter for 7 57300 50000
Whole boat charter for 6 55100 48500
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 7990 6890
Single supplement 2900 2500
Prices are shown in US dollars
Sterling and euro prices available on request for non-US/Canadian citizens
Wine appreciation charters 4750 USD supplement
Golf charters 725 USD supplement, per player

- Departure Dates -
Value April 8 to April 22
July 22 to August 19
October 7 to October 21
Regular April 29 to July 15 
August 26 to September 30


- Departure Dates 2019-
Value April 7 to April 21
July 21 to August 18
October 6 to October 20
Regular April 28 to July 14 
August 25 to September 29


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