Upper Seine cruise
Paris/Evry – Montargis.
Our charming hotel barge Johanna cruises on the river Seine and along one of the oldest canals of France through the unspoilt countryside of the Gâtinais, the flower- and bread basket of Paris. Along the route, we discover old castles and newly built cathedrals, ancient locks and sleepy little villages.
- Day 1. Paris/Evry: Pick up at our meeting place in Paris and minibus drive to Evry where hotelship Johanna is waiting for you. Welcome on board.
- Day 2. Melun: After a morning rivercruise on the Seine, your hotelship arrives in Melun. Discover the historic city along a signed walking trail. Visit the castle of Vaux le Vicomte, built by the same architects that later designed Versailles. As we are in the Brie region, don’t forget to taste this delightful local “Brie de Melun” cheese.
- Day 3. Moret-sur-Loing: At the confluence of the rivers Seine and Loing, Moret-sur-Loing was the home of the impressionist painter Alfred Sisley. The village is still as picturesque as ever with the same views as Sisley painted them. Fontainebleau, hunting castle of many French kings and residence of Napoleon, is only 9km away.
- Day 4. Nemours: Today we are leaving the mighty river Seine. Your hotelbarge Johanna continues the cruise on the quiet canal du loing to Nemours. this historic city has a castle dating back to the 12th century. While the canal remains on the outskirts of town, the river itself flows trough the center along the castle. We stay at an idyllic mooring place on walking distance of the center.
- Day 5. Néronville / Château Landon: We continue our canal cruise to the very quiet mooring at Neronville. The delightful medieval fortified town of Chateau Landon is just above us. It is the historic capital of the Counts of the Gâtinais and a former pilgrimage site. Perched on a rocky promontory, its old houses, monuments, towers and pretty terraced gardens form a very scenic picture with the narrow Fusain river flowing past below. Also not to be missed is the Notre-Dame church and the fortress-like old royal abbey of Saint Séverin.
- Day 6. Montargis: Our barge leaves the Canal du loing and enters Montargis on the Canal de Briare. The town center has several notable sights to discover and is characterised by the canals and river that cross the town and provide much of its character. According to Montargis Tourist Office, there are 131 of these bridges and canal crossings in the town, which they have affectionately called the “Venice of the Gâtinais”. It is the views along these canals, especially in summer when there are also numerous flowers in the town, that are the highlight of your visit.
- Day 7. Montargis: Farewell after breakfast.
This Upper Seine cruise can be combined with the Upper Loire cruise as a 14 day Seine-Loire cruise.