|from €3,650* per person||7 Days||April-October
Exertion level: 2
|Operator: European Waterways
8 people max
The 8 passenger Hirondelle, cruises some of the most tranquil and
beautiful waterways in all of Europe. The large windows, well above the
water line, and the sun-deck on the top deck of the boat makes it easy
for you to enjoy the passing scenery en route. The entire interior is
air conditioned including the four en-suite staterooms. One of the
staterooms has a double bed and the other three have twin beds. There
are four crew on board including a captain, chef, tour guide and
Below you can find some of the highlights of the cruises we are
currently offering on Hirondelle, along with some examples of the
cuisine and fine wines the master chef will present you with on board.
You can view the current itineraries and maps by clicking "Hirondelle
Cruises" on the menu on the right where you will also find links to the
photo gallery, deck plan and cruise rates.
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Canal de Bourgogne
, Canal Lateral a la Loire and Canal du Rhone au Rhin, France, Europe
- May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
Sunday, Day 1 Rogny Les Sept Écluses
Meet our private driver at Gare de Lyon station and transfer to
the barge moored in Rogny les Sept Écluses on the Canal de Briare. A
Champagne Reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet
the crew. Dinner aboard.
Monday, Day 2 Rogny to Ouzouer-Trezee
Today, the barge traverses the River Loire via the longest
canal bridge in Europe, connecting the Canal du Briare to the Canal
Latéral à la Loire. Rogny is the site of the oldest canal lock in
France, a seven-step staircase lock built in 1774. After lunch you’ll
visit the beautiful Chateau de Saint-Fargeau with a history spanning a
thousand years. Dinner aboard
Tuesday, Day 3 Ouzouer-Trezee to Chatillon sur Loire
After breakfast, you visit the beautiful town of Gien to tour a faïence
factory. The faïence of Gien is renowned for its colour and design. We
also include a visit to the historic Chateau de St Brisson sur Loire.
Built between the 12th and 16th centuries as a fortress, it houses many
fine rooms, as well as a collection of huge catapaults, of a kind used
as medieval weaponry. We then return to the barge and enjoy a wonderful
lunch while the barge cruises southward to Chatillon sur Loire, a
pleasant countryside mooring. Dinner aboard.
Wednesday, Day 4 Chatillon-sur-Loire to Menetreol
Late morning we will visit Sancerre, situated on an impressive
hilltop west of the waterway, where you will have a chance to discover
the delights of this charming town and fabulous views of the vineyards
of Sancerre. After a fine lunch in the town we make a stop for a private
wine tasting with the Count at the fabulous 15th century Chateau de
Tracy, one of the most prestigious producers in the Loire where we taste
their renowned Pouilly Fumé. Dinner aboard.
Thursday, Day 5 Menetreol to La Charite-sur-Loire
Before we leave our mooring, we visit a local cheese producer to see the
famous ‘crottin’ goat cheese being produced. The barge continues her
cruise from Menetreol towards La Charité-sur-Loire. We moor in a rural
spot called Passy and make our way to La Charité-sur-Loire, an important
site of Burgundian Romanesque art. The Clunisian ensemble of La Charité
was a hugely important spiritual centre in the early Middle Ages, and a
renowned stopping place for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de
Compostela. Dinner aboard.
Friday, Day 6 La Charite-sur-Loire to Le Guetin
This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Nevers, the capital of
the Nivernais, which has a strong Italian influence and a long-standing
reputation for ceramics. Nevers is the third largest city in Burgundy
and, until the Revolution, seat of the Counts and Dukes of Nevers. The
barge cruises from to Le Guetin. Enjoy a short drive to Apremont to
visit its wonderful gardens. Apremont is listed as one of the most
beautiful villages in France. Farewell Gala Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Le Guetin
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon with our private driver.
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