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7 Days 6 Nights
Group size: 4-22
Be Curious
1 Barge Cruising
From $3,999pp

Venture Insight

Imagine relaxing on a cruise through this exceptional traditional region of France taking in the memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards of the area on the MS Deborah, one the most modern barges in France with just 12 cabins.


Briare Aqueduct

Marvel at one of the most prestigious waterways in France.

Apremont-sur-Allier

The floral garden of Apremont-sur-Allier nestled in the heart of Berry with its criss-cross of hedges on the banks of the Allier, inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s landscaped garden in Sissinghurst, England.

Pouilly-sur-Loire

Known for its white wine Pouilly-Fumé and where we visit a Wine Centre.

Itinerary

day 1

Paris to Nevers

Travelling from Paris, we board our private barge in the humble town of Nevers in the afternoon. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet your crew and fellow travellers with welcome cocktails and dinner on board. In the evening, embark on a romantic tour of Nevers before spending the evening as you wish with free time galore.
day 2

Nevers to Marseilles-lès-Aubigny

Take in the gorgeous surrounds of the region with this morning’s guided tour of Nevers, including a visit to the iconic Ducal Palace. Stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, a national monument of France. After a brief visit to the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district, enjoy a local produce tasting before we continue along the river towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny.
day 3

Marseilles-lès-Aubigny to Chapelle Montlinard

A visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey will be the impressive start to your day today before continuing with a visit to Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden, known to be one of the most awe-inspiring villages in France. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard and an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. The evening is yours to discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage of the area as we remain in port overnight.
day 4

Chapelle Montlinard to Menetreol-sous-Sancerre

Rise and shine, waking up on the water to another day cruising through stunning scenery. Today, we begin with a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. Afterwards, we visit a farm deep in the countryside where we’ll experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. In the evening, we cruise towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre and remain here for the night.
day 5

Menetreol-sous-Sancerre to Léré

Take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire this morning and visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-Fumé – a wine centre located in a beautiful setting. We’ll visit the extensive vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting. Back on water, we continue towards Léré and spend the evening at our leisure.
day 6

Léré to Briare

We have an exciting day ahead of us today with a visit to Sancerre, a historic Berry region overlooking the Loire Valley. Afterwards, we’ll visit an authentic goat farm and take part in the tasting of its trademark cheeses along with the local Sancerre wine. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare and through the Briare Aqueduct – one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world before attending a gala evening dinner on board.
day 7

Briare to Paris

After enjoying the last hearty buffet breakfast on board, prepare to disembark around 9am and travel by mini-coach back to Paris where the tour comes to an end.
day 1

Paris to Nevers

Travelling from Paris, we board our private barge in the humble town of Nevers in the afternoon. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet your crew and fellow travellers with welcome cocktails and dinner on board. In the evening, embark on a romantic tour of Nevers before spending the evening as you wish with free time galore.
day 2

Nevers to Marseilles-lès-Aubigny

Take in the gorgeous surrounds of the region with this morning’s guided tour of Nevers, including a visit to the iconic Ducal Palace. Stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, a national monument of France. After a brief visit to the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district, enjoy a local produce tasting before we continue along the river towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny.
day 3

Marseilles-lès-Aubigny to Chapelle Montlinard

A visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey will be the impressive start to your day today before continuing with a visit to Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden, known to be one of the most awe-inspiring villages in France. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard and an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. The evening is yours to discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage of the area as we remain in port overnight.
day 4

Chapelle Montlinard to Menetreol-sous-Sancerre

Rise and shine, waking up on the water to another day cruising through stunning scenery. Today, we begin with a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. Afterwards, we visit a farm deep in the countryside where we’ll experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. In the evening, we cruise towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre and remain here for the night.
day 5

Menetreol-sous-Sancerre to Léré

Take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire this morning and visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-Fumé – a wine centre located in a beautiful setting. We’ll visit the extensive vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting. Back on water, we continue towards Léré and spend the evening at our leisure.
day 6

Léré to Briare

We have an exciting day ahead of us today with a visit to Sancerre, a historic Berry region overlooking the Loire Valley. Afterwards, we’ll visit an authentic goat farm and take part in the tasting of its trademark cheeses along with the local Sancerre wine. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare and through the Briare Aqueduct – one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world before attending a gala evening dinner on board.
day 7

Briare to Paris

After enjoying the last hearty buffet breakfast on board, prepare to disembark around 9am and travel by mini-coach back to Paris where the tour comes to an end.

Includes

6 nights' on board a boutique hotel barge, experienced driver + Tour Leader, premium mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, daily lunch + evening meals including farewell gala dinner, selected drinks during the cruise including wine, beer, fruit juice + coffee, bicycles available on board, transfer from Paris to Nevers + Briare to Paris, tour of Nevers, Fontmorigny Abbey, Apremont-sur-Allier, La Charite-sur-Loire, visit Wine Tourism Centre at Tour de Pouilly-Fume + goat farm at Sancerre.

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