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Meanderer - Cycling Cruise

Meanderer - Cycling Cruise

From
€5,290 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

Enjoy a scenic cycling cruise on board the Meanderer as she cruises from Montbouy to Lere.

  • Country / Region
    France / Upper Loire
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    MEACYC0517
  • Itinerary
    Montargis to Sancerre
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
From
€5,290 Per Person

Luxe Class

 

Enjoy a scenic cycling cruise on board the Meanderer as she cruises from Montbouy to Lere.

  • Country / Region
    France / Upper Loire
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    MEACYC0517
  • Itinerary
    Montargis 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

Meanderer's biking program is designed to allow as much flexibility as possible whether you are a beginner or an experienced biker. The area between Briare and Sancerre is a true bikers’ paradise. It is a part of the fabulous network of biking paths and trails known as Loire à Vélo.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Cruise to Rogny-Les-Sept-Écluses, a historical home of an ancient seven-stage staircase lock.
  • Visit the magnificent Château de Sully-sur-Loire or the stunning Fontainebleau Palace or Château Vaux le Vicomte.
  • Tour the regional capital town of Montargis and its market town.
  • Bike on your own along the canal and rejoin the barge anytie at one of the locks.
  • Explore the 16th century Château of St. Fargeau.
  • Visit the the town of Gien.
  • Take a drive to the beautiful Château de La Bussière.
  • Sample local wines in the wine region of Sancerre.

 

Inclusions

  • Crew of 6 - captain, pilot, chef, hostess, guide and boatman
  • Three cabins each with configurable queen or twin beds, private bathroom with WC and shower
  • In-room personal safe
  • Central heating and air conditioning throughout
  • Satellite flat screen TV, video, DVD and CD players in cabins
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Jacuzzi spa-pool
  • 6 bicycles available
  • Two vehicles are available to allow different excursions every day
  • All inclusive program - all meals, all wines, fully stocked open bar, on board games, books and film library and much more
  • Transfers with 2 pick-up and drop-off locations within central Paris. This applies to charter bookings only. Airport transfers allow a single pick-up and drop-off at the airport for all members of the group.
  • Full or partial golf cruises are available. You can bring your own club or rent it at the courses. 
  • Guided biking tours are also available.

 

Special Offer

  • 2017 Season: Single cabins are available on April 23, May 28, September 17 and September 24.

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 

Montargis 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. Your first dinner on board.

Cycling: Introduction, bike allocation and fitting

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.

Cycling:

  • For beginners/leisure bikers - Bike on your own along the canal and rejoin the barge anytime at one of subsequent locks. Stop in Chatillon Coligny and have a cool drink at the café in the square. Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation – 2 to 10 miles.
  • Intermediate enthusiasts - Guided afternoon ride of 25-45 miles (2 – 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge upstream. Pass through villages of Châtillon Coligny and Aillant sur Milleron. Light elevation.
  • High Experience/Conditioned – Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Route will include historic villages of Saint Maurice sur Aveyron, Saint Martin sur Ouanne, Champignelles and Le Charme. Medium elevation.

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.

Cycling:

  • Beginners/leisure bikers - Bike on your own along the canal and rejoin the barge anytime at one of subsequent locks. Ride through Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, up to the 7 locks and the historical church (Medium grade). Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation – 2 to 10 miles.
  • Intermediate enthusiasts - Guided morning ride of 25-45 miles (2 – 3.5 hrs). Start and end in Rogny Les Sept Ecluses. Pass through villages of Adon, La Bussiere, Les Marches and Boismorand. Light elevation.
  • High experience/Conditioned -  Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Route will include historic villages of La Bussiere, Gien, Dampierre en Burly, Ouzouer sur Loire, Sully sur Loire, Saint Martin sur Ocre and return via Briare. Medium elevation.

Day 4, Wednesday
We 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).

Cycling:

  • Beginners/leisure bikers - Bike on your own along canal and rejoin the barge anytime at one of subsequent locks. Ride through Ouzouer sur Trezee. Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation. – 2 to 10 miles.
  • Intermediate enthusiasts - Guided afternoon ride of 25- 45 miles (2 – 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge upstream. Pass through villages of Ouzouer sur Trezee, Bleneau, Dammarie en Puissay. Light elevation.
  • High experience/Conditioned -  Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Route will include historic villages of Ouzouer sur Trezee, Damarie en Puissay, Bleneau, Les Mezilles and Toucy. Medium elevation.

Day 5, Thursday
We 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.

Cycling:

  • Beginners/leisure bikers - After the crossing of Pont Canal, bike all the way to the mooring at Beaulieu sur Loire. Map and instructions. Flat or mild elevation. – 2 to 10 miles.
  • Intermediate enthusiasts -  Guided morning ride of 25-45 miles (2 – 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge at Beaulieu sur Loire. Pass through villages of Briare, Saint Firmin sur Loire, Ousson and Châtillon sur Loire. Light elevation.
  • High Experience/Conditioned - Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Briare to Sancerre, depending on distance. Medium elevation.

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.

Cycling:

  • Beginners/leisure bikers - We shall further explore the biking path of Loire à Vélo. Multiple trails available at mild elevation or flat ranging from 2-10 miles.
  • Intermediate enthusiasts - Guided morning ride of 25-45 miles (2 – 3.5 hrs). Rejoin the barge at Lere Bike through the villages of Belleville, Sury pre Lere, Sancerre (at the foot of the Sancerre Hill) and Menetreol. Light elevation.
  • High experience/Conditioned - Guided ride 55-85 plus miles (3-5 hrs). Skip cruising or visit. Bike to Nevers (Plagny), climb to top of the Sancerre hilltop village, ride through La Charite and Apremont and incredible double locks of le Guetin.

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.

Barge Details 

Meanderer Deck Plan

Meanderer deck plan

  • Length: 125 ft.
  • Width: 17 ft.
  • 6 passengers
  • 6 Crew
  • 3 Cabins
  • Each cabin includes configurable queen or twin beds, private bathroom with WC and shower, wardrobe, closet space, opening windows and sky-lights, hari dryer and bathrobe
  • In-room personal safe
  • Central heating and air conditioning throughout
  • Satellite flat screen TV's, video, DVD and CD players in cabins
  • Wireless internet access
  • Jacuzzi spa-pool
  • Teakwood sundeck with canopy
  • 6 identical bicycles for guest use
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

Departure Dates (Sunday) Double Occupancy
(per person)
Single Supplement Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl
October 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.

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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