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Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile)

France is where the idea of luxury barge cruises first started, due in no small part to the myriad of waterways which cross not only its scenic countryside, but also many of its historic towns and cities. And while a Burgundy barge cruise may not be one of the best known holiday options for visitors to France, those who do discover hotel barging in Burgundy are sure not to be disappointed.

In fact, taking a Burgundy barge cruise down one of the region’s canals is a truly wonderful experience. The area boasts some of the world’s finest wines with around 60,000 acres of sunlit vines and arguably the prettiest canals in France. The waterways wind through the heart of the territory’s renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant châteaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets. En route, barging in Burgundy guarantees our clients a wealth of sightseeing opportunities.

This is a region with a vast variety of cheeses, in all shapes, sizes and colours, strong in character or mild and fresh and all can be enjoyed with full-bodied red Burgundies, or perhaps with lighter white Chablis wines. The Burgundian gastronomic tradition is rich and diverse and a sedate Burgundy barge cruise along one of its delightful waterways will allow you to indulge along the way in good food and wine: two of life’s essential pleasures.

Please Note: On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.

09 June, 2019 to 15 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 09 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
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Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
16 June, 2019 to 22 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 16 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
23 June, 2019 to 29 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 23 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
30 June, 2019 to 06 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile), departing on 30 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Suite £ 6475 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo
Suite Solo £ 9669 GBP pp
Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers.
view cabin photo

Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile) itinerary:

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Day 1 Moret-Sur-Loing
Guests are met in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a champagne welcome perhaps take a stroll through the medieval walled town of Moret-sur-Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. Tonight enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
Day 2 Moret-Sur-Loing to Nemours
Today, we begin our cruise into the Upper Loire region. Affectionately known as the “Garden of Paris”, this little known region gently reveals its secrets. After lunch, we visit the Château de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France where each French Royal Family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. On our drive back to the barge we may visit the artist community of Barbizon. We moor for the night in Nemours. Dinner on board.
Day 3 Nemours to Montargis
Today, we have a full day cruise to Montargis with plenty of opportunity to bicycle or walk along the towpath of the canal. After lunch we visit this charming town, also called “the Little Venice of the Gatinais” because of its numerous canals. Visit one of the many museums, or shop at the famous Mazet Praline shop with its exquisitely packaged delicacies. Dinner on board.
Day 4 Montargis to Châtillon Coligny
After breakfast, we set off on a leisurely cruise to the charming village of Châtillon Coligny. This afternoon, we take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Château de Saint Fargeau, which is over 1,000 years old and probably the most important place of historical interest in this unspoilt rural region, the Puisaye. Later, in the evening, there is time to stroll around the ramparts surrounding Châtillon-Coligny. Dinner on board.
Day 5 Châtillon Coligny to Rogny
Today, we continue our cruise higher up the canal we reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. This “staircase” of seven locks was built in 1648 and is an impressive monument to the engineers of the past. After a relaxing lunch, we take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, on the banks of the River Loire, and famous for its faïence earthenware. We also visit the International Hunting Museum at Chateau de Gien. Dinner on board.
Day 6 Rogny to Briare
After passing through the locks of Rogny, we reach the highest point of the canal and start to descend slowly towards the River Loire. At Briare, we cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare, designed and built by Gustav Eiffel in 1890. Later, we drive to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and perhaps taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on our way back to the barge. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Day 7 Briare
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Paris.
Please Note:
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

Upper Loire & Burgundy Cruise (La Nouvelle Etoile) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Paris.
After passing through the locks of Rogny, we reach the highest point of the canal and start to descend slowly towards the River Loire. At Briare, we cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare, designed and built by Gustav Eiffel in 1890. Later, we drive to the Sancerre wine region to sample some of this delicious wine and perhaps taste some of the local Crottin de Chavignol cheese on our way back to the barge. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Today, we continue our cruise higher up the canal we reach Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses. This “staircase” of seven locks was built in 1648 and is an impressive monument to the engineers of the past. After a relaxing lunch, we take a short drive out to the beautiful town of Gien, on the banks of the River Loire, and famous for its faïence earthenware. We also visit the International Hunting Museum at Chateau de Gien. Dinner on board.
After breakfast, we set off on a leisurely cruise to the charming village of Châtillon Coligny. This afternoon, we take a drive out to the splendid 16th century Château de Saint Fargeau, which is over 1,000 years old and probably the most important place of historical interest in this unspoilt rural region, the Puisaye. Later, in the evening, there is time to stroll around the ramparts surrounding Châtillon-Coligny. Dinner on board.
Today, we have a full day cruise to Montargis with plenty of opportunity to bicycle or walk along the towpath of the canal. After lunch we visit this charming town, also called “the Little Venice of the Gatinais” because of its numerous canals. Visit one of the many museums, or shop at the famous Mazet Praline shop with its exquisitely packaged delicacies. Dinner on board.
Today, we begin our cruise into the Upper Loire region. Affectionately known as the “Garden of Paris”, this little known region gently reveals its secrets. After lunch, we visit the Château de Fontainebleau. To walk through this palace is to walk through the history of France where each French Royal Family added its own architectural style and features when in residence. On our drive back to the barge we may visit the artist community of Barbizon. We moor for the night in Nemours. Dinner on board.
Guests are met in Paris and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to La Nouvelle Etoile moored in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest. After a champagne welcome perhaps take a stroll through the medieval walled town of Moret-sur-Loing, known to many as the home of the famous Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley. Tonight enjoy your first gourmet dinner on board.
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La Nouvelle Etoile

Vessel Type: Hotel Barge / River Boat

Length: 129 feet / 39.31 meters

Passenger Capacity: 8

La Nouvelle Etoile has been designed to offer a very high level of comfort and convenience, to provide an on board blend of traditional elegance and modern-day facilities.

The spacious, air conditioned saloon with its attractive cocktail bar, piano and elegant furnishings provides a truly sophisticated setting, while other amenities include an exercise room and a lift.

Each of the four generous 200 sq ft cabin suites is lavishly equipped and the en suite bathrooms feature double hand-basins and oversized showers. On deck there is a large sun deck with comfortable loungers and a hot tub, as well as bicycles for you to pedal along the nearby towpath.

This cruise on the luxurious La Nouvelle Etoile is a journey back in time through a picturesque landscape along two delightful canals, including France’s oldest, the Canal de Briare. She also cruises in Alsace, Champagne, Holland, Belgium, Picardy, Germany and Luxembourg in Spring and Autumn.

Cabin layout for La Nouvelle Etoile
• Visit Château de Fontaineblea

• Cross the river on the Pont Canal de Briare

• Tour of Château Saint Fargeau
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