Depart Paris by luxury private transfer direct to the barge which is moored on the Canal Latéral à la Loire. A champagne reception is followed by an evening cruise on the canal. Back to our mooring for your first dining experience on board the Apres Tout.
This morning we take a short drive to Aprémont to visit the village and admire the beautiful gardens, Aprémont is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Over lunch the barge cruises to La Charité-sur-Loire. In the afternoon your guide will escort you on a walking tour of Nevers, the capital of the Nivernais. Nevers is the third largest city in Burgundy, discover the streets of the old town, including the magnificent Cathedral with its splendid contemporary stained glass windows.
In the morning your guide will take you to visit La Charité-sur-Loire, an important site of Burgundian Romanesque art. La Charité was a hugely important spiritual centre in the early middle ages, and a halt for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela and is a world Heritage site. During the day the barge continues its cruise from La Charité to tonight’s mooring at Ménétréol.
After a relaxing morning cruise we transfer to the village of 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 we continue our cruise on the canal towards Châtillon-sur-Loire. After lunch we visit the charming town of Gien to visit a faïence factory. The china of Gien is renowned 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.
Today we visit a typical French market in the pretty town of Saint Fargeau. Afterwards we visit the beautiful Château de Saint Fargeau once the home to ‘La Grande Mademoiselle’, cousin of Louis XIV who exiled her to her estates early in his reign. We have a private visit through the rafters of the Chateau and learn about its fascinating history. On your last day of cruising the barge traverses the river Loire via the longest canal bridge in Europe connecting the Canal Latéral à la Loire to the Canal du Briare. Meanwhile Caroline is busy preparing for the farewell gala dinner on board.
After breakfast disembark the barge and transfer to Paris by luxury private minibus