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Meanderer
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€5,290 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

Meanderer is an exquisite 6-passenger deluxe barge that travels along the Canal de Briare in Upper Loire.  It was converted to a hotel barge in 1992. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Upper Loire
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTMEA0816
  • Itinerary
    Montbouy to Sancerre
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
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From
€5,290 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

Meanderer is an exquisite 6-passenger deluxe barge that travels along the Canal de Briare in Upper Loire.  It was converted to a hotel barge in 1992. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Upper Loire
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTMEA0816
  • Itinerary
    Montbouy to Sancerre
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
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Up to €2,318 per couple*
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Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary DrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesTourTour Chateaux and historic monumentsItineraryItinerary Cruise between Montbouy and Léré.TransfersTransfers Transfer from the airport/hotel or train station to the bargeInclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Since the transformation of Meanderer in 1992, this elegant hotel barge has been continually upgraded and now offers probably the most luxurious six passenger barge specification. With three spacious cabins, extensive lounge and dining areas plus a spacious teak-covered sundeck, this barge is the perfect vessel for exploring the Upper Loire with ultimate comfort. 

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:
    • Château de Sully-sur-Loire
    • Château de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Napoléon’s favourite residence
    • Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and its famous gardens
    • Château de Saint Fargeau
    • Vézelay Abbey, a Benedictine and Cluniac monastery
    • Montargis and its colourful market
    • Sancerre winery for private tasting
  • All gourmet meals and open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 6 crew members
  • Transfers between Paris and Meanderer
  • One-way coach transfer between Strasbourg and Madeleine
  • Cruise from April to October/Sunday departures
  • This barge is only available to be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group (minimum 2 passengers).

Cruise Cuisine

Sample Menu:


  • Duck leg confit, served withsalad Lyonnaise, green beans and atomato,olive and anchovy salad
  • Rabbit in a mustard sauce, served with potato and scallion salad, freshly grilled vegetables
    and Mesclun leaves
  • Grilled Fillet of Salmon with Crab Croquettes and a mayonnaise sauce, served with Avocado and Preserved Lemon Salad and an Eggplant, Pomegranate and yogurt salad
  • Game Hen Marinated in Thyme, Garlic and Lemon, served witha Caesar Salad, Carrot and Mango Salad and Market Greens
  • Pan Seared Scallops with Spiced Carrot Purée, Carrot Rosti, garnished with Caviar,and a Limeand Coconut Foam
  • Lamb Three Ways, with Deconstructed Ratatouille, Tomato Pain Perdu,and a Shiraz Reduction
  • Apple Tarte Tatin, with Caramel Sauce,and Rum and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Poached Foie Gras, with Gingerbread, Caramelised Endive,and Quince Jam
  • Beef Tournedos with Fondant Potato, Caramelised Shallot Purée, Morel Mushrooms, Spinach, anda Port and Soy Reduction
  • Raspberry Mille Feuille, with Raspberry and Mint Sorbets

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Itinerary 

Montbouy to Sancerre

Day 1, Sunday
We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored in the quiet and picturesque village of Montbouy (just a few miles from the regional capital of Montargis). After a champagne reception, we take an early evening cruise to the village of Montcresson and back. Relax on deck and watch the town and people pass by. Enjoy your first dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
During the morning we cruise to Rogny-Les-Sept-Écluses, a historical home of an ancient seven-stage staircase lock, considered to this day a marvel of engineering. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the magnificent Château de Sully-sur-Loire or to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty or to the Château Vaux le Vicomte with its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens.

Day 3, Tuesday
This morning we visit the regional capital town of Montargis, the week's best opportunity to explore a busy market town. People-watch or shop for souvenirs and exquisitely packaged confectionary from the famous Mazet Praline shop. On return to the barge, our afternoon cruise through six locks, which replaced the historical seven staircase lock of Rogny, brings us to the overnight remote mooring at La Gazonne, in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.

Day 4, Wednesday
Start with a morning visit to the splendid 16th century Château of St. Fargeau, offering a surprising and unique discovery of the rich history of this castle. An alternative excursion is available to the medieval village of Guedelon, an extraordinary and unique experience to observe this 25 year project recreating a defensive medieval castle, which is being built with materials, tools and techniques of this ancient period. Our afternoon cruise takes us through some of the most beautiful and rural parts of the canal to the spectacular town of Briare on the bank of the Loire River and the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Pont Canal).

Day 5, Thursday
Cruise in the morning over the Pont Canal. The daily excursion program continues with a visit the town of Gien. Set on the banks of the River Loire, the pretty town holds many attractions including the famous Faience Boutique, the Hunting Museum and the Château de Gien. We then take a short drive to the beautiful private Château de La Bussière, with its incredible 18th Century gardens. An optional visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Village of Vézelay is highly recommended as is a private visit (by appointment) to Château de Buranlure.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, we continue along the Canal Lateral de la Loire on the way to the charming town of Léré, our final mooring port. The scenery of flat fields and pastures slowly changes to the hills of the vineyards. Afternoon excursion takes us to the world famous wine region of Sancerre with the opportunity to sample the local wines and explore the charming hill-top village. A visit to the extraordinary town of La Charité sur Loire, surrounded on all sides by the Loire River is a special treat. For early risers the best market visit of the region at Cosne-sur-Loire with our chef is an option. The real wine aficionados have the option to visit 2 wineries that afternoon; Sancerre as well as Pouilly Fume.

Day 7, Saturday
This morning after breakfast, we depart for the return transfer to Paris.

Note: Cruises run in reverse direction alternate weeks. It may be necessary to vary the itinerary from day to day according to local conditions.



Samois-sur-Seine to Montargis

Day 1, Sunday
We collect you from your Paris hotel after lunch for transfer by private mini-coach to Meanderer moored at the riverside village of Samois-sur- Seine, home of Django Rheinhardt. A champagne reception and early evening cruise to the busy waterside town of St. Mammès await you.

Day 2, Monday
During the morning we cruise to Épisy, sailing past Moret-sur-Loing. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the busy town and spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty, or Vaux-le-Vicomte, site of the movie "Man in the Iron Mask."

Day 3, Tuesday
Today's excursion takes us to Moret-sur-Loing and a guided walking tour of this spectacular village, home of Alfred Sisley and inspiration to many famous impressionist painters. Our afternoon cruise takes us to the charming town of Nemours, with its impressive church and beautiful 12th century castle.

Day 4, Wednesday
This morning's cruise takes us to a picturesque mooring at the village of Néronville. From there, after lunch, we visit the hilltop town of Château Landon. Many options are available, including a horse-drawn carriage visit of the town (additional fee) or a very interesting guided walking tour. The cruise itself takes us through an industrial section of the canal followed by a contrasting quiet, rural and picturesque section before arriving at Néronville.

Day 5, Thursday
The daily excursion program continues with a visit to the village of Grez sur Loing. An optional excursion to Barbizon is available. That afternoon we cruise to another beautiful, secluded mooring in the village of Nargis.

Day 6, Friday
In the morning, our cruise will continue to our final overnight mooring at the region capital, Montargis. For those interested in wine tasting, we offer a trip to the Sancerre wine region, including tasting and winery visit. An optional trip to visit the beautiful Chateau de la Bussiere with its 18th century garden or Chateau de St. Fargeau with its unique history and present role in the life of local community. We can, time allowing, include a stopover and a walk over the Briare's Pont Canal – the famous 700 yard aqueduct over the Loire River built in 1896 by Gustav Eiffel. For the early riser a visit with the chef to the farmer's market in Ferrieres en Gatinais is an option.

Day 7, Saturday
This morning after breakfast, we depart for the return transfer to Paris.

Barge Details 

Meanderer Deck Plan

Meanderer deck plan

  • 6 crew
  • 38 metres long
  • 3 en suite cabins: 2 twin 1 queen (13-14 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Teakwood sundeck with canopy and spa pool
  • 6 bicycles available on board
  • CD Player, iPod dock, games, movies, library, and flat screen TV
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

Departure Dates (Sunday) Double Occupancy
(per person)
Single Supplement Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl
September 3, 10, 17 5,795 Euros 5,795 Euros 31,600 Euros 32,400 Euros 33,150 Euros
September 24 4,636 Euros 5,795 Euros 31,600 Euros 32,400 Euros 33,150 Euros
October 1, 8 5,795 Euros 5,795 Euros 31,600 Euros 32,400 Euros 33,150 Euros
October 15, 22 5,290 Euros 5,290 Euros 29,590 Euros 29,995 Euros 30,550 Euros

2018 Departures

Departure Dates Double Occupancy
(per person)
Single Supplement Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl
April 16, 23, 30 5,595 Euros 5,595 Euros 31,140 Euros 31,615 Euros 32,410 Euros
May 7, 14, 21, 28 6,100 Euros 6,100 Euros 32,240 Euros 34,100 Euros 34,850 Euros
June 4, 11, 18, 25 6,100 Euros 6,100 Euros 32,240 Euros 34,100 Euros 36,600 Euros
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 6,100 Euros 6,100 Euros 32,240 Euros 34,100 Euros 36,600 Euros
August 6, 13, 20, 27 6,100 Euros 6,100 Euros 32,240 Euros 34,100 Euros 36,600 Euros
September 3, 10, 17, 24 6,100 Euros 6,100 Euros 32,240 Euros 34,100 Euros 36,600 Euros
October 1, 8 6,100 Euros 6,100 Euros 32,240 Euros 34,100 Euros 36,600 Euros
October 15, 22 6,100 Euros 6,100 Euros 32,240 Euros 34,100 Euros 36,600 Euros

Note: Cannot be combined with any previous of future promotion. Single cabins (minimum 2) rates for weeks open with all 3 cabins are not eligible for any discounts. Single supplement 50% add-on. All remaining OPEN CHARTER dates through October 14, 2017.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of 30% of the total cruise fare for cabin or charter is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 100 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

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