Ultimate luxury aboard our flagship

Hotel Barge Renaissance

Renaissance has been designed to carry her guests in ultimate luxury along the Canal de Briare, France’s oldest canal and steeped in history on a cruise route that features elegant chateaux, small countryside villages and the famed wine-growing region of Sancerre.

She is a very spacious hotel barge and the beautifully-appointed saloon with its wooden beams, classic dining furniture and artworks, invokes the atmosphere of a classic French manor house. The comfortable leather sofas and hand-built bar where you can enjoy your pre-dinner aperitif, add to the feeling of onboard opulence.

The ‘Renaissance mood’ extends to the four very generously-sized twin or double bedded bedroom suites, (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each one fully air-conditioned and complemented by a large en suite bathroom.

Outside, the large forward deck includes a covered roof extension with a circular table for alfresco dining, comfortable hardwood sun loungers and a heated spa pool.

With her refined onboard ambience, Renaissance is the perfect vessel on which to cruise a historic canal and experience the splendour of landmarks en route, including Gustav’s Eiffels’s aqueduct across the mighty River Loire.

Cruise Highlights

  • Visit to Château de Fontainebleau
  • Visit to the privately-owned Château de la Bussière
  • 7-lock flight at Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses
  • Visit to Château de Sully-sur-Loire, a moated fortress and ‘monument historique’
  • Cruise across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire
  • Wine tasting in Sancerre
  • Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
  • Excellent towpath for walking and bicycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

Typical Cuisine & Wine


Regional Specialities

Filet Mignon de Charolais; Medallion d’Agneau Farci; Filet de Sole Chablisienne; Canard au Petits Navets
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre; Domaine Billaud Simon, Chablis Premier Cru; Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils, Meursault; Domaine Changarnier, Monthelie
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Aisy Cendré; Bouton de Culotte; Epoisses; Ami du Chambertin


I put all my raves above. A great trip!

Mr Charles Pike

Check previous comments!!

Mr Charles Bell

Every thing was done extra well!

Mr Elmer Easton , Santa Monica, CA USA

Superb trip and beaucoup amenities. The cuisine was par excellance and every day was chocked full of activities, albeit at a leisurely pace.

Mr Andrew Edson , New York City


Mrs Shelley Gilligan , Lafayette, CA

An excellent holiday of a very high standard. The food was first class. The accommodation was very good.

Mr Anthony Banks , Newcastle upon Tyne


Mr Patrick Gilligan , San Francisco CA


Stuart , USA

The barge was in great condition, and the staff kept it spotless every day.

Mr Philip Yates

Deck Plan

Ultra Deluxe 8 Passengers 5 Crew More Details

2018 Cruise Rates

Single Supplement$2,450$2,850
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 6 passengers$47,500$54,000
Charter 7 passengers$49,000$56,200
Charter 8 passengers$50,500$58,400
Departure Dates (Sunday)RatesCruise Region
Apr 8, 15, 22ValUpper Loire & Western Burgundy
Apr 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15RegUpper Loire & Western Burgundy
Jul 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19ValUpper Loire & Western Burgundy
Aug 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30RegUpper Loire & Western Burgundy
Oct 7, 14, 21ValUpper Loire & Western Burgundy

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