Montargis – Léré including Briare Canal and Latéral to the Loire Canal.
Highlights: Sancerre winery, Faiencerie of Gien, Château of St Fargeau, Montargis, Château of La Bussière. Canal bridge of Briare
1 star Michelin Restaurant “Auberge les Templiers.”
You will be met in Paris by our driver at 3.00 pm, for charter groups your party will be met at one hotel of your choice.
For individual cabin bookings, pick up and drop off is at the hotel Madison 143 Boulevard St Germain 75006 Paris.
After the traditional champagne welcome from the Captain and crew, there is time to unpack and take a stroll, before enjoying the first of many gourmet dinners on board.
Cruise to Montbouy
After your first breakfast of locally baked croissants and other pastries, now is the perfect time to put on your walking shoes and stroll on the tow path alongside the C’est La Vie as we cruise to the village of Montbouy.
After lunch you will be driven to the Château of La Bussiere, it is a prime example of a medieval fortress built in the 12th Century. Open to the public since 1962, when the Count Henri de Chasseval decided to exhibit his extensive collection of material and pieces of art from around the world about fishing, but it’s not all about fishing, there are the grounds to visit with its 18th Century vegetable garden and a pond with a 300-year-old Lebanon Cedar tree standing close by and much more.
Dinner ashore at the “Auberge Les Templiers”
Cruise to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses
Before we start our afternoon cruise to Rogny les Sept Ecluses, we take a short ride back to Montargis for a tour of this fine town, with its 131 bridges, you can see why its nick name is “little Venice”. With many buildings from 15th & 16th centuries, you will never be short of interesting architecture which will catch your eye. Discover the feudal castle, the half-timbered buildings, shops and cafes. Perhaps buying some Pralines for which Montargis is famous.
Lunch is waiting for your return, before we cast off and start our next part of our journey.
Dinner on board
Cruise to Ouzouer sur Trézée
The town of Gien, famous the world over for its splendid tableware is where we are headed this morning, after a visit to the pottery, take a walk through this market town and discover its remarkable history, built on the banks of the Loire River, there has been a settlement here since Romans times.
Returning to the C’est La Vie for lunch and an afternoon’s cruise, passing the 7 old locks of Rogny (hence its name Sept Ecluses) dating back to the reign of Henry IV, it was a major feat of engineering for its time, we make our way to the town of Ouzouer sur Trézée.
Dinner on board.
Chatillon sur Loire
This morning’s cruise takes us to the town of Chatillon sur Loire, crossing over the Loire River at Briare on the “Pont Canal”, this aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel, was constructed in 1890.
The Château of St Fargeau is this afternoon’s destination, dating from the 10th century; it was built by the bishop of Auxerre and has undergone many additions and restorations over the years.
Returning on board in time for cocktails and dinner.
Cruise to Léré
Our final cruise takes us to the town of Léré, a walk on the tow path is just what you need to work up an appetite for a buffet lunch, after which we will take a short drive through the vineyards to visit the fortified town of Sancerre. This hilltop medieval site gives you panoramic views over the Loire River and of the neighbouring vineyards of Pouilly Fumé.
The town of Chavignol (also famous for its goat’s cheese) is where you will have a private wine tasting of this famous Sauvignon Blanc.
The C’est La Vie awaits your return for the Captains dinner, which ends your cruise in style.
After breakfast, at 9.30 you will be chauffeured back to Paris for the end of the morning.
We look forward to your company again on the “C’est la Vie”!
The Upper Loire hotel barge cruise route is run in reverse on alternate weeks and can be different due to locale conditions.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
We had a wonderful, relaxing time on the barge. The whole crew were top notch, friendly and professional. The food, wine & cheese were outstanding; we also enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. This was the 2nd barge trip for us, in totally different parts of France, C’est La Vie and the Marne itinerary […]
In my North Carolina French – C’est La Vie est extraordinaire. The food, wine, accommodations, service, excursions and ambience were all superb and easily exceeded our lofty expectations. Olivier, Deb, Tom, Adam, Alix & Heloise seemed to anticipate our every need or desire, for drinks, food, this & that – and all with such warmth […]