This afternoon you will be picked up by our tour guide and transferred to the Apres Tout which is moored on the Canal Lateral a la Loire in the port of Briare. The crew will welcome you on board with a wonderful champagne reception followed by an afternoon cruise over the famous Pont de Briare to Chatillon sur Loire. Caroline your Corden Bleu trained chef will be busy preparing your first dining experience on board accompanied by some of our selected fine wines.
This morning we visit the charming town of Gien to visit a faience factory. The china of Gien is renowed for its colour and design. Here we discover methods both old and new that combine together in the production of designs which are contemporary and traditional. We have special permission to walk through the design area and see at first hand the painters at work. Also, for lovers of ‘La Chasse’ Gien also boasts a fine hunting museum housed in the unique brick built Chateau de Gien.
Return to the Apres Tout for lunch and an afternoon of relaxation while the boat cruises to the small town of Lere.
Start the day with another relaxing breakfast of fresh pastries, fruits, yogurts and bread or a hearty cooked breakfast for those who prefer something hot. Rory is busy preparing the boat for the days cruise to Menetrol. After lunch on board, your guide drives you to the charming village of Saint Fargeau. The remarkable Chateau here was once the home to ‘La Grande Mademoiselle’, a cousin of Louis XIV who exiled her to this property early in his reign. We have a private visit through the rafters of the Chateau and learn about its fascinating history.
Start the morning with breakfast and then transfer to Chavignol famed for its production of fine Sancerre wines and the locally produced ‘Crotin de Chavignol’, goats cheese. We visit the Domain Henri Bougeois before enjoying lunch at the family’s bistro ‘La Cote des Monts Damnes’. After lunch take a leisurely stroll through the meandering streets of the impressive hilltop medieval town of Sancerre, with its stunning views of the surrounding countryside, situated on an impressive hilltop west of the waterway.
This morning your tour guide takes you to visit the magnificent Chateau de Tracy set in the rolling hills and vineyards of Pouilly Fume. We have arranged a private visit to their cellar, tasting wine directly from the barrels and then finish with a wine and goat cheese tasting over-looking the Loire from their estate. Return to the barge for lunch and enjoy the afternoon as the Apres Tout continues to cruise along this peaceful canal to Marseilles les Aubigny.
The Apres Tout continues her journey crossing over a second Pont du Canal at Guetin, enjoy a beautiful cruise through the countryside to our final destination at the port at Nevers. This afternoon your guide transfers you to Apremont, reputed to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, nestling in the banks of the River Allier. Take time to enjoy the amazing gardens and the atmosphere of this charming village steeped in history. During the middle ages its prosperity came from the activity of local quarry men who transported by barge the cut stones used to build the Cathedral of Orleans and the Abbaye of St Benoit sur Loire.
Later the crew will toast your week with us tonight with a special dinner to celebrate a most wonderful week on the water.
Enjoy one final breakfast on board before continuing your journey!