High quality and great value cruising in the gentle Loire valley
Hotel barge Deborah is one of CroisiEurope’s newest barges and offers smart and distinctive furnishings throughout her main deck and cabins. She has eleven twin bedded cabins, each having outside views, integral air conditioning, TV, radio and a safe, and a private en-suite shower-room. One of the cabins is on the main deck, avoiding stairs, and is equipped for a guest of limited mobility.
Hotel barge Deborah cruises an exceptionally calm and peaceful itinerary on the Canal de Briare between the Loire Valley and the Sancerre wine region.
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Hotel Barge Deborah :: Key Features
- Smart class (3*)
- Loire valley and west Burgundy
- Charter and cabin bookings, 6 nights, 7 days, April to October*
- 22 guests / 11 cabins with en-suite bathrooms
- 1 x cabin for reduced mobility guest on main deck
- Individually controlled air conditioning and heating throughout
- Full board, on-board dining
- Sun deck with Jacuzzi
- Bicycles available
- Wifi (limited in some places)
- Air-conditioned coach for transfers and excursions
Hotel Barge Deborah: Cruise Highlights
- Visit Apremont sur Allier, one of the ‘most beautiful villages’ in France
- Guided tour of Nevers, an historic centre for pilgrims and trade
- Explore pretty villages and towns, with free time to shop
- Cruise the Pont de Briare, once the longest aqueduct in the world
- Wine-tastings of Pouilly-Fumé and the oenology centre at Pouilly
- Stroll and bike along the towpaths and country lanes in the beautiful countryside of the Loire valley
6 nights accommodation; transfers between Paris and Deborah; all meals and drinks on board (*excluding Champagne, special wines and fine brandies); excursion fees and associated transport
Air fares to Paris; travel, medical and cancellation insurance; tips for the crew (not expected)
Hotel Barge Deborah: Cruises from Nevers on the Canal Lateral a la Loire to Briare on the Canal de Briare
Cruise through the former Berry province and the Sologne region. Take a magnificent tour including delightful vistas, fascinating buildings, historic cities and prestigious vineyards.
Transfers to and from the cruise by coach from Paris (2.45 hrs) are included.
Day 1 Friday – Arrival
Meet in Paris for transfer, to arrive at Deborah, moored at Nevers, by 18:00. After comfortably settling in, meet the crew at a welcome cocktail and first dinner on board. At nightfall, an optional romantic walk into Nevers with lanterns.
Day 2: Saturday – Nevers to Marseilles-lès-Aubigny
This morning, an optional tour of Nevers. Visit the Espace Bernadette Soubirous, the final resting place of the simple country girl from Lourdes who claimed to have seen the Virgin 18 times; the Ducal Palace, considered to be the first of the Loire region’s castles; stroll through the remarkably well-preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets; Nevers Cathedral, a national monument of France dedicated to the Saints Quriaqos and Julietta; the Blue Gold pottery district and a delicious tasting of local products. Lunch on board and then an afternoon cruise towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny. Enjoy the scenery as it glides by or take one of the bikes on board to ride the tow-path. Dinner on board.
Day 3: Sunday – Marseilles-lès-Aubigny to Chapelle Montlinard
An optional visit by coach this morning to Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument. Now one of the main cultural sites in the area, it is testimony to over eight centuries of French religious heritage. The contemporary stained-glass windows are not to be missed. Continue on to visit Apremont-sur-Allier, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Enjoy the views of the Chateau and a delightful stroll along the banks of the Allier river. Return on board for lunch and cruise towards Chapelle Montlinard. From the sun-deck enjoy the abundance of nature, culture and heritage as you cruise slowly by including the outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. Dinner on board.
Day 4: Monday – Chapelle Montlinard to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre
Leave by coach for an optional tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and its priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy over the past 15 years. Then, visit an authentic French farm deep in the countryside for a taste of rural life in France. Return on board for lunch and then cruise to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre for sundowners on deck and dinner on board.
Day 5: Tuesday – Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre to Léré
Leave by coach for the excursion to Pouilly-sur-Loire for a tour of the Pouilly-Fumé wine centre, in a stunning location. Visit the vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a delicious tasting. Return on board for lunch and then cruise towards Léré with an excellent opportunity to ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the bike route stretching from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Black Sea. Dinner on board.
Day 6: Wednesday – Léré to Briare
An excursion to Sancerre in the historic Berry region, overlooking the gorgeous Loire Valley. 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 neighbuorhoods, 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, a visit a goat farm with a tasting of its trademark cheeses and local Sancerre wine. The farm raises 200 goats and 60 cows and will be happy to share cheese-making secrets with you. Lunch on board and then a gorgeous afternoon cruise to Briare, crossing the Loire river via the Briare aqueduct, whose 14 masonry supports were built by the Eiffel Company. Gala dinner evening on board.
Day 7: Thursday – Departure
Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking at 09:00 for transfer to Paris.
Please note: This itinerary is subject to change and runs in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.
Hotel Barge Deborah cruises through the Loire Valley
Barge Cruising – Loing Valley, Briare and Loire
Canal de Loing – Canal de Briare – Canal Loire Lateral
South of Paris, where the western part of Burgundy blurs prettily with the Loire Valley, a cruise along the Canal de Loing, the Canal de Briare and the Canal Loire Lateral reveals a number of hidden treasures in a landscape that inspired the painter Alfred Sisley. He memorably captured numerous aspects of the ancient town of Moret-sur-Loing, which has associations not just with Thomas à Becket, but with the Three Musketeers as well.
There are engineering feats to marvel at along the way– when the elegant aqueduct at Briare was constructed in the 1890s to cross the wide span of the River Loire, at 662 metres it was the longest in the world, while at Rogny you can see a flight of seven locks – the fact that they are no longer in use gives them an atmospheric quality full of echoes of the past, but also provides the chance to take in the detail of their construction
The wooded forests of the region attracted royal hunting parties from as early as the 12th century and the Palace of Fontainebleau originally served as a hunting lodge. Its medieval fortifications were given a glorious renaissance makeover in the 16th century and of all royal palaces it is the only one to have been continuously inhabited for seven centuries. It was where Napoleon abdicated from the throne before he was exiled to Elbe. Thousand year old castles are plentiful – Saint Fargeau and Sully-sur-Loire boast breathtaking examples. Equally charming is the ancient town of Montargis, which with its network of narrow canals and bridges invites comparisons to Venice.
Hotel barges normally collect and return guests to a pre-agreed Paris hotel. The primary French international airport is at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. There are also TGV express train stations at Sens, Migennes, Montbard and Tours; and many other towns in the region have railway connections.
– [below] In the region: Rogny, Briare, Moret-sur-Loing (Alfred Sisley), Montargis, Fontainebleau, Fargeau, Sully –
Hotel Barge Deborah: Details and Facilities
- Dimensions: 128ft x 17ft
- All cabins: 110 sq ft including the bathrooms
- Twin beds only
- Fully Air Conditioned
- Sun Deck with loungers, parasols, Jacuzzi and BBQ
- Dining Room, Bar, Salon
- Bicycles Available
- Professional English and French speaking crew of 6
Other items on board:
- TV and radio
- 220v Electricity
- Air Conditioning
- Telephone (for internal calls)
Hotel Barge Deborah: Cuisine
One of the highlights of the cruise is the outstanding cuisine prepared by superb French chefs. Guests can indulge in three/four course lunches and dinners, offering a variety of French and regional dishes that complement the region in which they are travelling. Guests also enjoy a selection of wines with their meals, as well as at the bar.
Dining aboard Deborah is always a pleasure. Food is taken seriously and it shows.
Cabin and Charter bookings
Friday to Thursday
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Sept 7, 14, 21, 28
Oct 5, 12, 19, 26
Per Cabin bookings
Double Cabin: from 1,987 EUR per person
Single Occupancy Supplement: 861 EUR
Charter for up to 22 guests: 29,900 EUR
All rates and prices will be confirmed at time of booking. Special Offers are available from time to time – contact us
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