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 and private tour of the French military stables
  • 7-lock flight at Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses, a national historic monument
  • Cruise across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire
  • Private wine tasting in Sancerre
  • Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
    Excellent opportunities for walking
    and biking. Biking Plus option


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Fantastic barge great size rooms. Staff and service was first class

Mr Alan Jolly

No aspect of the purchase was omitted. Management had thought of everything.

Mrs Yvonne Sainsbury

First class Crew, accommodations, food, activities, everything you wanted and some wonderful surprises.

Mr James Kelling

I put all my raves above. A great trip!

Mr Charles Pike

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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

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