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BURGUNDY       Hirondelle       8 Passengers



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The 8 passenger Hirondelle, cruises some of the most tranquil and beautiful waterways in all of Europe. The large windows, well above the water line, and the sun-deck on the top deck of the boat makes it easy for you to enjoy the passing scenery en route. The entire interior is air conditioned including the four en-suite staterooms. One of the staterooms has a double bed and the other three have twin beds. There are four crew on board including a captain, chef, tour guide and housekeeper.

Cruise Highlights

Cuisine Aboard

  • Chateau d'Apremont and gardens
  • Tour of Nevers
  • Pouilly Fume wine tastings at Chateau de Tracy
  • Private visit to faience workshop in Gien
  • Visit to Chateau de la Bussiere
  • Crossing of the largest canal bridge in Europe
  • Great walking and cycling
Regional Specialities
Filet d'Agneau au Basilic, Magret de Canard, Poulet à L'Estragon
Wine Cellar
Meursault, St Romaine, Pouilly Fuisse, Pouilly Fume
Cheese Board
Aisy Cendre, Bouton de Culotte, Epoisses, Ami du Chambertin


Itinerary:   Rogny les Sept Ecluses to Le Guetin


Sunday, Day 1 Rogny Les Sept Écluses

Meet our private driver at Gare de Lyon station and transfer to the barge moored in Rogny les Sept Écluses on the Canal de Briare. A Champagne Reception welcomes you on board and gives you a chance to meet the crew. Dinner aboard.

Monday, Day 2 Rogny to Ouzouer-Trezee

Today, the barge traverses the River Loire via the longest canal bridge in Europe, connecting the Canal du Briare to the Canal Latéral à la Loire. Rogny is the site of the oldest canal lock in France, a seven-step staircase lock built in 1774. After lunch you’ll visit the beautiful Chateau de Saint-Fargeau with a history spanning a thousand years. Dinner aboard

Tuesday, Day 3 Ouzouer-Trezee to Chatillon sur Loire

After breakfast, you visit the beautiful town of Gien to tour a faïence factory. The faïence of Gien is renowned for its colour and design. We also include a visit to the historic Chateau de St Brisson sur Loire. Built between the 12th and 16th centuries as a fortress, it houses many fine rooms, as well as a collection of huge catapaults, of a kind used as medieval weaponry. We then return to the barge and enjoy a wonderful lunch while the barge cruises southward to Chatillon sur Loire, a pleasant countryside mooring. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday, Day 4 Chatillon-sur-Loire to Menetreol

Late morning we will visit Sancerre, situated on an impressive hilltop west of the waterway, where you will have a chance to discover the delights of this charming town and fabulous views of the vineyards of Sancerre. After a fine lunch in the town we make a stop for a private wine tasting with the Count at the fabulous 15th century Chateau de Tracy, one of the most prestigious producers in the Loire where we taste their renowned Pouilly Fumé. Dinner aboard.

Thursday, Day 5 Menetreol to La Charite-sur-Loire

Before we leave our mooring, we visit a local cheese producer to see the famous ‘crottin’ goat cheese being produced. The barge continues her cruise from Menetreol towards La Charité-sur-Loire. We moor in a rural spot called Passy and make our way to La Charité-sur-Loire, an important site of Burgundian Romanesque art. The Clunisian ensemble of La Charité was a hugely important spiritual centre in the early Middle Ages, and a renowned stopping place for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela. Dinner aboard.

Friday, Day 6 La Charite-sur-Loire to Le Guetin

This morning, enjoy a walking tour of Nevers, the capital of the Nivernais, which has a strong Italian influence and a long-standing reputation for ceramics. Nevers is the third largest city in Burgundy and, until the Revolution, seat of the Counts and Dukes of Nevers. The barge cruises from to Le Guetin. Enjoy a short drive to Apremont to visit its wonderful gardens. Apremont is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Farewell Gala Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Le Guetin

After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Paris Gare de Lyon with our private driver.

On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change


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* Prices per person twin share, or whole boat charter in Australian Dollar

Accommodation Regular Rate

Suite per person

6,096 AUD

Single supplement

3,048 AUD

Charter 6 passengers whole boat

42,919 AUD

Charter 8 passengers whole boat

49,265 AUD

Price includes: Transfer to the barge from the meeting point on Sunday, 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles, and transfer back to the drop off point the following Saturday morning.

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Departure Dates (Sunday)
Rate Cruise Route
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Regular Burgundy
May 6, 13, 22, 27 Regular Burgundy
June 3, 10, 17, 24 Regular Burgundy
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Regular Burgundy
August 5, 12, 19, 26 Regular Burgundy
September 2, 9, 16, 23. 30 Regular Burgundy
October 7, 14, 21 Regular Burgundy

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