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Meanderer
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
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
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 

Paris to Montbouy

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

Day 2, Monday
In the morning, cruise to Rogny-Les-Sept-Écluses, the historic home of an ancient, seven-stage, staircase lock, which is still considered a marvel of engineering. After lunch, the excursion program begins with a visit to the magnificent Château de Sully-sur- Loire; or to the spectacular palace of Fontainebleau, home to generations of French royalty; or to the Château Vaux le Vicomte, famous for its extensive and pristinely preserved formal gardens.

Day 3, Tuesday
In the morning, visit the regional capital, 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. An afternoon cruise will take you to the remote mooring of La Gazonne, in the middle of a magnificent nature preserve.

Day 4, Wednesday
A morning cruise through scenic rural areas will take you to the town of Briare, where you will moor just before the entrance to the extraordinary Briare Aqueduct (Pont Canal). Daily excursions continue with a visit to the town of Gien. Set on the banks of the River Loire, the pretty town holds many attractions, including the famous Faience Factory, the Hunting Museum, and the Château de Gien. A short drive will bring you to the beautiful private Château de La Bussière, with its magnificent 18th century gardens.

Day 5, Thursday
Cruise in the morning over the Pont Canal. An afternoon visit to the splendid 16th century Château de St. Fargeau uncovers the rich history of this castle. Alternatively, you can visit the village of Guédelon, a twenty-five year long, living history project, recreating a Medieval castle using only materials, tools and techniques of that period. An optional visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site village of Vézelay is possible, as is a private visit (by appointment) to the Château de Buranlure.

Day 6, Friday
In the morning, you will continue along the Canal Lateral à la Loire to the charming town of Léré, the final mooring. The flat fields and pastures slowly give way to hills and vineyards. An afternoon excursion will take you 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 river, is an option. For early risers, you can visit the farmer’s market in Briare. Avid oenophiles have the option to visit two wineries in the afternoon: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

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



Samois-sur-Seine to Montargis

Day 1, Sunday
You will be collected 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, 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
An excursion will take you to Moret-sur-Loing and a guided walking tour of this spectacular village, home of Alfred Sisley and inspiration to many famous impressionist painters. An afternoon cruise will then take you to the charming town of Nemours, with its impressive church and beautiful 12th century castle.

Day 4, Wednesday
A morning cruise will take you to a picturesque mooring at the village of Néronville. From there, after lunch, you will visit the hilltop town of Château Landon. Many options are available, including a horse-drawn carriage visit of the town (with additional fee) or a very interesting guided walking tour. The cruise itself takes you 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. In the afternoon, you will cruise to another beautiful, secluded mooring in the village of Nargis.

Day 6, Friday
In the morning, the cruise will continue to a final overnight mooring at the region capital, Montargis. For those interested in wine tasting, a trip to the Sancerre wine region is offered, including tasting and winery visit. Take the optional trip to visit the beautiful Chateau de la Bussiere with its 18th century garden or witness Chateau de St. Fargeau's elegance with its unique history and present role in the life of local community. If time permits, you can have 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 early risers, a visit with the chef to the farmer's market in Ferrieres en Gatinais is an option.

Day 7, Saturday
In the morning, after breakfast, 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 


2018 Departures

Departure Dates Double Occupancy
(per person)
Single Supplement Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl
July 15, 22, 29 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
August 5, 12, 19, 26 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
October 7, 14 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
October 21 4,950 Euros 4,950 Euros 27,700 Euros 28,200 Euros 28,700 Euros

Note: 2-week charter has a special rate of $59,000.00 USD. Individual (non charter) bookings require a minimum of 2 cabins.


2019 Departures

Departure Dates Double Occupancy
(per person)
Single Supplement Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl
April 14, 28 4,950 Euros 4,950 Euros 27,700 Euros 28,200 Euros 28,700 Euros
May 5, 12, 19, 26 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
July 7, 14, 21, 28 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
August 4, 11, 18, 25 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
October 6, 13 5,450 Euros 5,450 Euros 29,700 Euros 30,400 Euros 31,000 Euros
October 20 4,950 Euros 4,950 Euros 27,700 Euros 28,200 Euros 28,700 Euros

Note: 2-week charter has a special rate of $59,000.00 USD. Individual (non charter) bookings require a minimum of 2 cabins.
Minimum of 2 cabins are required for individual cabin bookings waived for reservations confirmed on or before December 31, 2018. The waiver ONLY applies to Regular Season dates.

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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