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7 Days / 6 Nights

Tour Overview:
Cruise through the stunning former Berry province and the incredible Sologne region. Take a magnificent tour of the memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards of the area.

Day 1 - Paris - Nevers
Travelling from Paris, we board our private barge in the humble town of Nevers in the afternoon. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet your crew and fellow travellers with welcome cocktails and dinner on board. In the evening, embark on a romantic tour of Nevers before spending the evening as you wish with free time galore. (L,D)

Accommodation: MS Deborah

Day 2 - Nevers - Marseilles-les-aubigny
Take in the gorgeous surrounds of the region with this morning's guided tour of Nevers, including a visit to the iconic Ducal Palace. Stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, a national monument of France. After a brief visit to the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district, enjoy a local produce tasting before we continue along the river towards Marseilles-les-Aubigny. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: MS Deborah

Day 3 - Marseilles-les-aubigny - Chapelle Montlinard
A visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey will be the impressive start to your day today before continuing with a visit to Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden, known to be one of the most awe-inspiring villages in France. Afterwards, we'll return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard and an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. The evening is yours to discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage of the area as we remain in port overnight. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: MS Deborah

Day 4 - Chapelle Montlinard - Menetreol-sous-sancerre
Rise and shine, waking up on the water to another day cruising through stunning scenery. Today, we begin with a tour of La CharitE-sur-Loire and the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. Afterwards, we visit a farm deep in the countryside where we'll experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. In the evening, we cruise towards MEnEtrEol-sous-Sancerre and remain here for the night. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: MS Deborah

Day 5 - Menetreol-sous-sancerre - LErE
Take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire this morning and visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-FumE - a wine center located in a beautiful setting. We'll visit the extensive vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting. Back on water, we continue towards LErE and spend the evening at our leisure. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: MS Deborah

Day 6 - LErE - Briare
We have an exciting day ahead of us today with a visit to Sancerre, a historic Berry region overlooking the Loire Valley. Afterwards, we'll visit an authentic goat farm and take part in the tasting of its trademark cheeses along with the local Sancerre wine. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare and through the Briare Aqueduct - one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world before attending a gala evening dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: MS Deborah

Day 7 - Briare - Paris
After enjoying the last hearty buffet breakfast on board, prepare to disembark around 9am and travel by mini-coach back to Paris where the tour comes to an end. (B)

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  Departure : May - Jul, 2018  
     
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Inclusions:
  • 6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily lunch (L)
  • Daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D)
  • Selected drinks during the cruise including wine, beer, fruit juice and coffee
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Transfer from Paris to Nevers and Briare to Paris
  • Tour of Nevers, Fontmorigny Abbey, Apremont-sur-Allier, La Charite-sur-Loire
  • Visit wine tourism centre at Tour de Pouilly-Fume and goat farm at Sancerre

Exclusions:

  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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