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Upper Loire & Western Burgundy Golf Cruise with European Waterways

Upper Loire & Western Burgundy Golf Cruise with European Waterways

per person

6 Nights | 4 Rounds | Various dates June 2022 – October 2023 

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 6-night, 4-round golf voyage and sightseeing adventure that cruises the canals of the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy

This private charter holds a total of 08 guests on board the outstanding Hotel Barge L’Art de Vivre.

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.

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

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.

This carefully crafted itinerary will also allow us 3 great golfing opportunities including the stunning Golf de Fontainebleau, regarded by many as the best golf course within the southern Paris area, Golf du Château de Cely, Domaine du Roncemay Golf & Country Club, Golf du Sanserrois considered one of the most attractive in this part of France.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Visit the “time capsule” studio home of 19th-century artist Rosa Bonheur and have a private lunch in her salon
  • Tor of the privately-owned Château de La Bussière, including a cooking demonstration using seasonal produce from the gardens
  • Tour of Montargis including its 11th-century château and 12th century Church of the Madeleine
  • 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 at the renowned Sancerre winery of La Perriere
  • Excellent opportunities for walking and biking. Biking Plus option available
6 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Paris - Paris
  • Departure Time
    Embark / 3:00PM
  • Return Time
    Disembark / 9:00AM
  • Dress Code
    There is no specific dress code for daytime onboard.
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PORTS OF CALL:

  • Montargis, France
  • Montbouy, France
  • Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, France
  • La Gazone, France
  • Briare, France
  • Chatillon-sur-Loire, France
VOYAGE ITINERARY

Sunday, Day 1 Montargis

Guests are met at our meeting point in Paris** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the spacious Renaissance where champagne welcome with canapés awaits you and you meet the Captain and crew.
Time enough for a walking tour of the pretty village of Montargis before dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Montargis to Montbouy

This morning we cruise through the Loire countryside with great towpath walking and cycling opportunities to moor at Montbouy.
After lunch on board, we drive to Golf de Fontainebleau, regarded by many as the best golf course within the southern Paris area.
This attractive, all-weather course lies deep in the private forest that forms part of the Fontainebleau estate.
(18 holes par 72, 6074m).
Dinner on board.

Tuesday, Day 3 Montbouy to Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses

After breakfast, we enjoy a gentle cruise to our mooring at the village of Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, near its 350-year-old 7 lock-flight.
In the afternoon, we drive to Golf du Château de Cely.
Situated close to our overnight mooring, this recently refurbished golf course is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the foremost courses in the Parisian region.
Set in the grounds of a former private château, the course has received great reviews from former Renaissance guests.
(18 holes par 72, 5874m).
Dinner on board.

Wednesday, Day 4 Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses to La Gazonne

Today, we immerse ourselves in the world of impressionist art.
We start with a short walking tour of Moret-sur-Loing, famous for its association with the Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley and see several his most famous scenes before continuing to the Chateau home of Rosa Bonheur.
Rosa Bonheur was the most celebrated female artist of the 19th Century; a pioneer in a man’s world and a champion of women’s rights.
Her best-known paintings are of animal scenes including one of Buffalo Bill on horseback which prompted an enduring friendship between the two.
We take lunch in the private salon of the chateau before joining the present owner for a tour and to hear more about the history of this remarkable lady and view some of her works.
Later, we enjoy an afternoon cruise past the Rogny lock flight to La Gazonne, a beautiful rural mooring surrounded by lakes and ponds that provide water for the workings of the Canal de Briare. Dinner on board.

Thursday, Day 5 La Gazonne to Briare

Morning cruise to Briare and Gustave Eiffel’s magical aqueduct across the River Loire with more walking and bicycling opportunities.
We preview Friday’s crossing of this amazing 10,000 ton, 662 metre Pont Canal which was completed in September 1896.
In the afternoon we drive for 1 hour to Domaine du Roncemay Golf & Country Club.
This international standard course, designed by Jean Garaialde in 1991 has hosted many of France’s top competitions.
Overlooked by the château in whose grounds the course has been laid out, the length and technical nature of the course offer a challenge to even the most advanced player.
(18 hole, 6219m).
Dinner on board.

Friday, Day 6 Briare to Châtillon-sur-Loire

This morning we wander around fruit and vegetable, seafood, cheeses and French fashion stalls in the market in Briare.
After lunch, we drive to Golf du Sanserrois.
Located on the banks of the River Loire, this golf course, set amongst century-old trees and ornamented by natural water hazards, is considered one of the most attractive in this part of France.
The quality of the greens, the friendly atmosphere, and the backdrop of Sancerre vineyards make for a splendid round of golf.
Return to the hotel barge for a short cruise across the Briare Aqueduct built in the 1890’s by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire.
(18 hole, par 71, 5820m).
Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Saturday, Day 7 Châtillon-sur-Loire

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to central Paris**.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
Golf cruises include pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs.
Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy are not included.
 
**Other locations available for Private Charter bookings

Location

GOLF DE FONTAINEBLEAU, FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE

Relatively narrow fairways,  bordered by trees of various species, pines, but also birches, cherry trees, beeches, and hundred-year-old oaks.

They are very defended by 103 bunkers of fine sand, but also by thick copses of heather, lilac, ferns, and broom, which makes it charm and difficulty and compose, according to the seasons, a symphony of colors and smells.

Large traditional golf course, Fontainebleau is considered by many players as one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe.

It was ranked in 2001, by the readers of the magazine Golf Européen, 1st Golf in France, all criteria combined, and figure 17th in the Top 50 golf courses of the European continent of "Golf world".

GOLF DU CHATEAU DE CELY, FRANCE

The course was designed in 1990 by Marc Adam and Patrick Fromanger.
Each hole features an interesting perspective and a different point of view, allowing for multiple approaches in the purest tradition of American golf courses.
The Château de Cély Golf Course hosted the Women’s World Championship for its inauguration and is one of the most beautiful courses in the Ile-de-France region.

DOMAINE DU RONCEMAY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, CHASSY, FRANCE

Created in 1989 by Jean Garaïalde, an international golfer, and Jeremy Pern, designer of many international golf courses, the Domaine du Roncemay Golf Club enjoys a majestic setting for sports and nature lovers.
Its 6,219-meter course crosses a forest of centuries-old oaks, beeches, and birches, and opens onto a vast plateau modeled and colored like Scottish links.
Two parts make up this International Golf 18 holes: 11 holes run through the forest, while 7 holes are on the plateau with rugged terrain and overlooking the icaunaise countryside.
Golf is selective, but playable by golfers at any level, it requires some attention to putting on greens very large and very modeled.

GOLF DU SANSERROIS, LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE

This international standard course, designed by Jean Garaialde in 1991 has hosted many of France’s top competitions.
Overlooked by the château in whose grounds the course has been laid out, the length and technical nature of the course offer a challenge to even the most advanced player.
 
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