Enjoy wine tastings at illustrious wine cellars and guided tours of authentic French towns, exquisite medieval cities and intriguing historic abbeys. Sample local delicacies including a goats cheese tasting at a traditional goat farm, accompanied, of course, by a chilled glass of crisp Sancerre.
Admire the views over the Loire Valley from the medieval hilltop town of Sancerre, explore the wine centre of Tour de Pouilly-Fumé followed by a wine-tasting, and visit former Cistercian monastery, Fontmorigny Abbey.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Paris at a recently refurbished, 4-star boutique hotel, centrally located in the popular Latin Quarter.
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Upper Loire Hotel Barge Itinerary
Day 1 - UK - Paris (France) - Nevers
Fly to Paris and transfer by coach to hotel barge Deborah. Meet the crew before dinner and enjoy a romantic evening tour of Nevers with lanterns. Moored overnight.
Day 2 - Nevers - Marseilles-Les-Aubigny
This morning there is a guided tour of Nevers. Visit the Espace Bernadette Soubirous, the final resting place of a girl from Lourdes who claimed to see the Virgin Mary 18 times. In the city centre admire the Ducal Palace and Nevers Cathedral. Visit the pottery quarter and enjoy a tasting of local delicacies. Rejoin the barge and cruise towards Marseilles-les-Aubigny for an evening at leisure. Moored overnight.
Day 3 - Marseilles-Les-Aubigny - Chapelle Montlinard
Travel to Fontmorigny Abbey and admire the magnificent stained-glass windows before continuing to the beautiful village of Apremont-sur-Allier with its floral garden. Rejoin the barge and cruise to Chapelle Montlinard. Moored overnight.
Day 4 - Chapelle Montlinard - Menetreol-Sous-Sancerre
Travel to La Charite-sur-Loire and visit the magnificent priory, an important restoration site, before heading to a farm in the heart of the countryside. Later, return to the barge and cruise towards Menetreol-sous-Sancerre to spend time at leisure. Moored overnight.
Day 5 - Menetreol-sous-Sancerre - Lere
Discover the vineyards of Pouilly-sur-Loire and visit a wine cellar for a tasting. Back on board, cruise towards Lere and perhaps cycle along a section of the EuroVelo 6, a bike route that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. Spend time at leisure this evening. Moored overnight.
Day 6 - Lere - Briare
Travel to Sancerre, overlooking the beautiful Loire Valley, and follow the Fil d'Ariane, a red line painted on the streets which leads past the town's key sights. Later, visit to a goat farm and enjoy sampling the trademark cheeses and local Sancerre wine. Rejoin the barge and enjoy cruising to Briare, crossing the impressive Briare Aqueduct. Moored overnight.
Day 7 - Briare - Paris
After breakfast, disembark Deborah and travel by coach to Paris. Check in to your hotel for an overnight stay in this romantic city.
Day 8 - Paris - UK
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.
The Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary in the light of conditions.