Float along the Canal de Briare in the Renaissance river barge, part of the European Waterways collection.

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The Renaissance is a luxurious and intimate barge that transports its guests along the Canal de Briare in the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy regions of France.

Just eight travelers are accommodated in four spacious twin or double suites. These generous bedrooms feature small sitting areas, wood beams, period furniture, and large en suite bathrooms.

The barge itself evokes the feeling of a French manor house with its classical decor and artwork. Meals on board are appropriately a sumptuous affair and can be enjoyed indoors at the formal dining table or alfresco on the covered upper deck. Fresh croissants, baguettes, and pastries are served at breakfast in perfect French style. Leather sofas by the bar provide the perfect place for a leisurely pre-dinner aperitif. The spa pool is another welcome retreat with its wood sun loungers and pretty potted flowers.

A journey aboard the Renaissance allows you to experience one of France’s oldest canals in the utmost luxury. Highlights of include: a stop at Chateau de Fontainebleau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site inhabited for seven centuries; a cruise along the aqueduct at Briare built by world-renowned engineer Gustave Eiffel; wine tours and tastings in Chavignol, a medieval hilltop village overlooking a region known for viticulture since Roman times; bicycle rides through the Loire countryside; shopping in Gien’s bustling market; and wandering past the many elegant chateaux and small countryside villages iconic to the region. No matter the activity, the Renaissance’s journeys allow you to experience the people and culture of these fascinating pockets of Europe by inviting you to hop off board at each daily stop and immerse yourself into the daily life and customs of the welcoming locals.

There is no shortage of memorable experiences on the Renaissance. With several cruise itineraries to choose from, each journey can be personalized for families, golf or wine lovers, or anyone interested in the rich history of the area.

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