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 6 star

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Highlights

  • Visit to Chateau de Fontainebleau and private tour of the French military stables
  • Visit to 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

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Brochure Factsheet Montargis to Chatillon

Cruise information file for Renaissance

Specifications

Crew members : 5

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

Number of bicycles : 8

Accommodation

Up to 8 guests

Suites : 4

Also...

Central heating

Air-conditioning

Spa or pool

Wifi

TV/DVD in suites

CD player / iPod dock

Renaissance photos and videos

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About the barge "Renaissance"

Renaissance barge cruises

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

Montargis
Sunday
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
Monday
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
Tuesday
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 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
Wednesday
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
Thursday
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, 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
Friday
It's market day!  Time to savour the essence of french life...wander around vegetable and fruit stalles, 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 it's 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 Captains Farewell Dinner.

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

Cruise rates


Montargis to Chatillon dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value
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
Accommodation 2020 USA/CANADA Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 61000 USD 52500 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 58800 USD 50900 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 56600 USD 49300 USD
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 8190 USD 6990 USD
Single supplement 2950 USD 2550 USD
Accommodation 2020 UNITED KINGDOM Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £43000 £37000
Whole boat charter for 7 £41800 £35800
Whole boat charter for 6 £40600 £34600
Suite per person, based on double occupancy £5890 £4990
Single supplement £2100 £1850
Accommodation 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 52000€ 45000€
Whole boat charter for 7 50500€ 43700€
Whole boat charter for 6 49000€ 42400€
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 6990€ 6090€
Single supplement 2550€ 2200€
Wine appreciation charters 5250 USD / £4000 / 4500€  supplement
Golf charters 725 USD / £550 /625€  supplement, per player

- Departure Dates 2020-
Value April 5 to April 19
July 19 to August 23
October 4 to October 25
Regular April 26 to July 12 
August 30 to September 27

 

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