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French Country Waterways extends Upper Loire Valley route

French Country Waterways extends Upper Loire Valley route
French Country Waterways offers all-inclusive journeys through France's Upper Loire Valley aboard the Horizon II luxury barge. This year the line lengthened the route on this itinerary, extending it from Chatillon-sur-Loire to Saint-Satur and adding visits to two chateaux, Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire and Chateau Guedelon.

A six-day cruise along two canals gives travelers opportunities to visit medieval towns, castles, gardens and churches, as well as a winery or two.

Highlights include a visit to Pouilly-sur-Loire for a wine sampling; a cruise over the Loire River on an aqueduct designed by Gustave Eiffel (better known for creating Paris’ landmark tower); the visit to Chateau Guedelon, which is in the midst of a 25-year renovation completed by craftspeople using only medieval tools and techniques; and a stop in the town of Montargis, nicknamed 'Little Venice.'

The barge’s chef prepares two full meals a day to be served in the dining room or occasionally on the sun deck. Meals include an array of local wines and cheeses. On one night passengers dine ashore at the Michelin-starred Auberge des Templiers in Les Bezards.

Horizon II is a 128-foot barge that can accommodate up to eight guests in four king suites, plus six crew members.

Pricing for the journeys, which operate April through October, starts at $6,095 per person, double occupancy.