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Deborah

Deborah

From
€2,270 Per Person

Charming Class

 

Cruise sedately through the former Berry province and the Sologne region. Take a wonderful tour of breathtaking sites, historic sites, and the prestigious vineyards. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Loire Valley
  • Cabins
    11
  • Max Passengers
    22
From
€2,270 Per Person

Charming Class

 

Cruise sedately through the former Berry province and the Sologne region. Take a wonderful tour of breathtaking sites, historic sites, and the prestigious vineyards. 

  • Country / Region
    France / Loire Valley
  • Cabins
    11
  • Max Passengers
    22
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomMealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesItineraryItinerary Cruise between Paris and Nevers.AmenityAmenity Restaurant on boardActivityActivity Visit the region's famous vineyards. Includes wine tastings. InclusionInclusion WiFi on board

Summary

The barge "Deborah" cruises the Canal Lateral a la Loire. It has 11 cabins that conveniently accommodates up to 22 passengers. All cabins have a view and include a private bath with shower, TV, radio, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe and reversible air conditioning. It has extensive on-board amenities such as lounge with bar, restaurant, sun deck and Jacuzzi near the bow of the ship. 

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Discover the famous and historic Briare Aqueduct.
  • Stroll through history, authentic and well-preserved sites, and traditional regions during this exceptional cruise
  • Visit Pouilly-sur-Loire and enjoy wine tasting in the wine cellar and vineyards
  • Tour at one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy and an authentic farm
  • Explore the Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument.

 

Inclusions

  • Unlimited complimentary beverags including beer, fine wine, spirits , mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea.
  • All meals on board for Superb French Cuisine
  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Travel assistance amd repatriation insurance
  • All port fees
  • Gala dinner

 

Exclusions

  • Transfer by coach from Paris to Briare D1
  • Transfer by coach from Nevers to Paris (Day 7)
  • Drinks from our wine list, champagne from the onboard bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance 
  • Optional excursions (must be reserved and paid for on board or contact us for more information) 
  • Personal expenses

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Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2019

Departure Date Itinerary Cabin per person Single Supplement
May 9, 23 Briare - Nevers 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
May 2, 16, 30 Nevers - Briare 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
June 6, 20 Briare - Nevers 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
June 13, 27 Nevers - Briare 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
July 4, 18 Briare - Nevers 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
July 11, 25 Nevers - Briare 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
August 1, 15, 29 Briare - Nevers 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
August 8, 22 Nevers - Briare 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
September 5, 19 Nevers - Briare 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
September 12, 26 Briare - Nevers 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
October 3, 17 Nevers - Briare 2,270 Euros 925 Euros
October 10, 24 Briare - Nevers 2,270 Euros 925 Euros

Note: The following dates May 9, 23 & 30; June 6, 13, 20 & 27; August 29; September 5, 12, 19 & 26 are requested as charter.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (Euros) 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 60 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.

Itinerary 

Briare to Nevers

Day 1, Paris - Briare
Transfer by coach from Paris to join the ship in Briare (duration ~2:15). You are welcome to board at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail and dinner. Cruise through the Briare Aqueduct, whose 14 masonry supports were built by the Eiffel Company. Until recently, it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the world. Afterwards, return to Briare and remain in port overnight.

Day 2, Briare - Lere
Take a tourist train to discover the village of Briare and its hidden treasures, among them the Chateau de Trousse-Barriere - an imposing 19th-century brick castle - and the town hall, a modest castle that was modified in the 18th century. Traveling along the tree-lined canal, you will also see locks and lock-keeper houses and the quaint bridges that cross the waterways. The 19th-century Church of Saint-Etienne was built on the site of an earlier church and combines elements taken from both Byzantine and Gothic styles of architecture. Then, visit the Deux Marines Museum and learn about the history of the Loire and its canals: the spot that was once considered the most important waterway crossroads in France. Spend the afternoon cruising to Léré. Kick back and enjoy the scenery as it rolls by or borrow one of the bikes on board to ride along the canal. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight.

Day 3, Lere - Menetreol-sous-Sancerre
Set in the historic Berry region, Sancerre overlooks the gorgeous Loire Valley. You'll discover this beautiful medieval city by following the Fil d'Ariane: a red line painted on the streets taking you past the old wine-making neighbourhoods, bakeries, fascinating buildings, and lovely art galleries. 

The Fief Tower (optional visit with separate entrance fee; significant stairs to climb) is the only remaining tower of the 14th-century medieval castle. Afterwards, visit a goat farm and have a tasting of its trademark cheeses and the local Sancerre wine. The family on the farm is raising approximately 200 goats and 60 cows and will be happy to share their cheese-making secrets with you. Spend the afternoon cruising towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight.

Day 4, Menetreol-sous-Sancerre - Chapelle Montlinard
Leave by coach for a visit of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where you will visit the Tour de Pouilly-Fumé: a wine-tourism centre located in a beautiful setting. Visit the vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a tasting. Afterwards, return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard. Take advantage of this moment to ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the bike route travelling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight. 

Day 5, Chapelle Montlinard - Marseilles-les-Aubigny
Leave by coach for a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and an authentic farm. Begin your visit with the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. Then, visit a farm deep in the countryside, where you will experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. Afterwards, return on board and spend the afternoon cruising. During your journey, discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage. You'll have an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. Tonight is your gala evening. Remain in port overnight. 

Day 6, Marseilles-les-Aubigny - Nevers
Leave by coach for the visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument. Now one of the main cultural sites in the area, it is testimony to over 8 centuries of French religious heritage. The contemporary stain-glass windows are not to be missed. Continue on to visit Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this small medieval jewel on the bank of the Allier is an absolute must-see. The village offers a stunning point of view of the castle that overlooks it, also a nice stroll along the Allier River. Return on board at the end of the morning and cruise to Nevers through the afternoon. At nightfall, leave on a romantic tour of Nevers with lanterns. Remain in port overnight.

Day 7, Nevers - Paris
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking around 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach from Nevers to Paris (duration ~2:45). End of cruise.


Nevers to Briare

Day 1, Paris to Nevers
Transfer by coach from Paris to join the ship in Nevers (duration ~2:45). You are welcome to board the ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, you will be introduced to the crew at a welcome cocktail and dinner. At nightfall, leave on a romantic tour of Nevers with lanterns. Remain in port overnight.

Day 2, Nevers - Marseilles-les-Aubigny
This morning, join a tour of Nevers. Your visit will begin with the Espace Bernadette Soubirous, the final resting place of the simple country girl from Lourdes who claimed to have seen the Virgin 18 times. Then, continue to the city centre where you will be able to see the Ducal Palace, considered the first of the Loire's castles. Built on the hill, the palace overlooks the centre of the old town, the Republic Square and a large park. Stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, dedicated to Saints Quriaqos and Julietta, a national monument of France. Have a brief visit to the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district before ending your tour with a tasting of local products. Spend the afternoon cruising towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny. Kick back and enjoy the scenery as it rolls by or borrow one of the bikes on board to ride along the canal. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight. 

Day 3, Marseilles-les-Aubigny
Leave by coach for the visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument. Now one of the main cultural sites in the area, it is testimony to over 8 centuries of French religious heritage. The contemporary stain-glass windows are not to be missed. Continue on to visit Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this small medieval jewel on the bank of the Allier is an absolute must-see. The village offers a stunning point of view of the castle that overlooks it, also a nice stroll along the Allier River. Afterwards, return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard. During your journey, discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage. You'll have an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight. 

Day 4, Chapelle Montlinard - Menetreol-sous-Sancerre
Leave by coach for a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and an authentic farm. Begin your visit with the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. Then, visit a farm deep in the countryside, where you will experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. After you return on board, cruise towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight.

Day 5, Menetreol-sous-Sancerre - Lere
Leave by coach for a visit of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where you will visit the Tour de Pouilly-Fumé: a wine-tourism centre located in a beautiful setting. Visit the vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a tasting. Once you return on board, continue towards Léré. Take advantage of this moment to ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the bike route traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. The evening is free to do as you please. Remain in port overnight.

Day 6, Lere - Briare
Excursion to Sancerre and a goat farm. Set in the historic Berry region, Sancerre overlooks the gorgeous Loire Valley. You'll discover this beautiful medieval city by following the Fil d'Ariane: a red line painted on the streets taking you past the old wine-making neighbourhoods, bakeries, fascinating buildings, and lovely art galleries.

The Fief Tower (optional visit with separate entrance fee; significant stairs to climb) is the only remaining tower of the 14th-century medieval castle. Afterwards, visit a goat farm and have a tasting of its trademark cheeses and the local Sancerre wine. The family on the farm is raising approximately 200 goats and 60 cows and will be happy to share their cheese-making secrets with you. Spend the afternoon cruising to Briare, cruising through the Briare Aqueduct, whose 14 masonry supports were built by the Eiffel Company. Until recently, it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the world. Tonight is your gala evening. Remain in port overnight.

Day 7, Briare - Paris
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking around 9:00 a.m. Transfer by coach from Briare to Paris (duration ~2:15). End of cruise.

Cruise Details 

Deborah Deck Plan

Deborah deck plan

  • 22 passengers
  • 6 crew
  • 11 cabins
  • All cabins have a view and include a private bath with shower, TV, radio, cabin-to-cabin telephone, safe and reversible air conditioning
  • Spacious lounge with bar 
  • Restaurant 
  • Sun deck with loungers and parasols 
  • Barbecue deck 
  • Jacuzzi at the prow of the barge 
  • Bicycles on board available for use by passengers 
  • WiFi on board 

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Opening Hours:
9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Find out more information from our French Travel Specialist

Call us

Prefer speaking to us over the phone? Our French Specialists would love to help you out!

AU 1300 858 304

Opening Hours:
9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

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