Burgundy and Upper Loire Cruise
The Savoir Faire slowly plies along picturesque inland waterways of Holland, France and Belgium lined with magnificent foliage and speckled with charming towns.
The Savoir Faire with its 3 decks, includes a large sundeck, a main deck with a panoramic lounge, a bar area and a dining room finished in mahogany, teak and brass. For evening entertainment, there is an upright piano, game table, stereo, CD player and library. There are 6 twin cabins
Marseilles-lès-Aubigny to Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses
Sunday - Marseilles-lès-Aubigny
Guests are met at 2.00pm at the designated meeting point in Paris and transferred to Savoir Faire, moored at Marseilles-lès-Aubigny, once a busy little port for small working barges, or "Berrichons". After a champagne welcome and an introduction to the crew, you are free to enjoy an aperitif on deck and perhaps a stroll along the canal towpath, before your first of many splendid dinners on board.
Monday - Marseilles-lès-Aubigny to Passy
This morning, we visit Apremont-sur-Allier to tour the stunning Floral Park inspired by the landscape gardens of England. We also explore the medieval village of Apremont, with its pink-stoned houses, listed as one of the "loveliest villages in France". Upon our return to the hotel barge, we embark on our first cruise to the little rural hamlet of Passy. Dinner on board.
Tuesday - Passy to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre
After breakfast, we continue our gentle cruise along the canal to our mooring at Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. After lunch we drive the short distance to the attractive town of 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 on board.
Wednesday - Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre to Léré
This morning, our cruise takes us further along the canal and we moor at the village of Léré. In the afternoon, we visit the hilltop village of Sancerre with its wonderful views over the Loire valley and visit a winery such as the family-run Henri Bourgeois, which produces fine Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines, for a tour and private tasting. Dinner on board.
Thursday - Léré to Châtillon-sur-Loire
Today we visit the beautiful Château de Saint Fargeau, a handsome, moated château with a history spanning 1,000 years. Returning to the Savoir Faire for lunch, we cruise through delightful countryside to Châtillon-sur-Loire with plenty of opportunity to walk or cycle along the ever-present towpath. Dinner on board.
Friday - Châtillon-sur-Loire to Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses
This morning, we cruise along the canal towards Gustav Eiffels's magnificent 662 metre aqueduct, the Pont Canal de Briare, which connects the Canal Latéral à la Loire to the Canal du Briare. After lunch, we take a short drive to Gien, home of the famous Faience pottery, then return to the hotel barge to descend the flight of locks at Rogny-Sept-Ecluses to our final mooring. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday - Rogny-Sept-Ecluses
After breakfast, disembark Savoir Faire and transfer to the designated drop off point in Paris.
Note: The designated meeting and drop off point is Paris. Other options are available for charter groups as agreed with the operator of Savoir Faire.This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the barge cruises in the opposite direction.
|Accommodations||Rate Type||Rate Amount|
|Stateroom per person||Regular||5580|
|Charter 10 passengers wholeboat||Regular||55781|
|Charter 12 passengers wholeboat||Regular||59500|
|Charter 8 passengers wholeboat||Regular||52062|
|Departure Dates (Sunday)||Rate Type||Route|
|Mar 31; Apr 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26||6 night||Haarlem to Haarlem|
|June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28||6 night||Haarlem to Haarlem|
|Aug 04, 11, 18, 25; Sep 01, 08, 15, 22, 29||6 night||Haarlem to Haarlem|
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