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Cruise from Nevers to Briare
7 day / 6 night cruise
The ideal river barge
for families and groups
deborah - upper loire22 passenger river cruise
Number of cabins : 11
Maximum passenger capacity : 22
Number of crew members : 6
Amenities on board : spacious lounge with bar - restaurant - sun deck with loungers and parasols - barbecue deck - Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge - bicycles on board available for use by passengers - wifi on board.
Lower deck : 11 spacious cabins, all with window.
Each cabin has a window and is equipped with private en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independant air-conditioning.
itinerary - nevers to briare
Cruise through the former Berry province and the Sologne region. Take a magnificent tour of delightful sites, historic cities, and prestigious vineyards.
DAY 1: NEVERS
Possibility of a transfer(2) by coach from Paris to join our ship in Nevers (duration ~2:45). Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail and dinner. At nightfall, we’ll leave on an optional, romantic tour of Nevers with lanterns. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 2: NEVERS - MARSEILLES-LES-AUBIGNY
This morning, join us for an optional tour of Nevers. Our visit will begin with the Espace Bernadette Soubirous, the final resting place of the simple country girl from Lourdes who claimed to have seen the Virgin 18 times. We’ll then continue to the city center where we’ll be able to see the Ducal Palace, considered the first of the Loire's castles. Built on the hill, the palace overlooks the center of the old town, the Republic Square and a large park. We’ll stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, dedicated to Saints Quriaqos and Julietta, a national monument of France. We'll have a brief visit to the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district before ending our tour with a tasting of local products. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny. Kick back and enjoy the scenery as it rolls by or borrow one of the bikes on board to ride along the canal. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 3: MARSEILLES-LES-AUBIGNY - CHAPELLE MONTLINARD
We’ll leave by coach for the optional visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument. Now one of the main cultural sites in the area, it is testimony to over 8 centuries of French religious heritage. The contemporary stain-glass windows are not to be missed. We’ll continue on to visit Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this small medieval jewel on the bank of the Allier is an absolute must-see. The village offers a stunning point of view of the castle that overlooks it, also a nice stroll along the Allier river. Afterwards, we’ll return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard. During our journey, discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage. You’ll have an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 4: CHAPELLE MONTLINARD - MENETREOL-SOUS-SANCERRE
We’ll leave by coach for an optional tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and an authentic farm. We’ll begin our visit with the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. We’ll then visit a farm deep in the countryside, where we’ll experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. After we return on board, we’ll cruise towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 5: MENETREOL-SOUS-SANCERRE - LERE
We’ll leave by coach for an optional visit of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we’ll visit the Tour de Pouilly-Fumé: a wine-tourism center located in a beautiful setting. We’ll visit the vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a tasting. Once we return on board, we’ll continue towards Léré. Take advantage of this moment to ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the bike route traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. The evening is free to do as you please. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 6: LERE - BRIARE
Optional excursion to Sancerre and a goat farm. Set in the historic Berry region, Sancerre overlooks the gorgeous Loire Valley. You’ll discover this beautiful medieval city by following the Fil d'Ariane: a red line painted on the streets taking you past the old wine-making neighborhoods, bakeries, fascinating buildings, and lovely art galleries.
The Fief Tower (optional visit with separate entrance fee; significant stairs to climb) is the only remaining tower of the 14th-century medieval castle. Afterwards, we’ll visit a goat farm and have a tasting of its trademark cheeses and the local Sancerre wine. The family on the farm is raising approximately 200 goats and 60 cows and will be happy to share their cheese-making secrets with you. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare, cruising through the Briare Aqueduct, whose 14 masonry supports were built by the Eiffel Company. Until recently, it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the world. Tonight is our gala evening. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 7: BRIARE - Paris
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking around 9:00 a.m. Possibility of a transfer(3) by coach from Briare to Paris (duration ~2:15). End of our services.
The itinerary is subject to mooring availability at locks or ports, and may be modified as necessary.
(1) Ask for detailed itinerary of the opposite-direction cruise, Ref. NVB.
(2) A unique transfer will be organized in Paris at 2:00 p.m. Private transfer on demand with a supplement.
(3) A unique transfer will be organized, arriving at the end of the morning in Paris. Private transfer on demand with a supplement.
barge river cruise
22 passenger charter
APRil - OCTOBER 2019
from 1500 Euros per person
Price for Deborah includes:
• Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day • drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices during the meal and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the ship • drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from our special list • double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom • assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess • welcome cocktail • gala dinner • onboard entertainment • travel assistance and repatriation insurance • all port fees.
These rates do not include:
• The coach transfer from Paris to Nevers on the first day - the coach transfer from Briare to Paris on the seventh day - drinks from our wine list or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - optional excursions (must be reserved and paid for on board or at travel agency) - personal expenses.
To avoid currency exchange fees• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.