Day 1 - Paris / Nevers
Day 2 - Nevers / Marseilles-les-Aubigny
Day 3 - Apremont-sur-Allier / Herry
Day 4 - La Charité-sur-Loire / Menetreol-sous-Sancerre
Day 5 - Pouilly-sur-Loire / Léré
Day 6 - Sancerre / Briare
Day 7 - Briare / Paris

Spendology - Widgets

Péniche Sur Loire

An exclusive new barge cruise from Nevers to Briare along the Loire Canal through French countryside, remote settlements and abundant vineyards, tasting regional specialities and revealing an authentic and traditional way of life

An exclusive new barge (péniche) cruise along the Loire Canal through the heart of France to authentic terroirs and beautiful villages of character and heritage, revealing a traditional way of life and regional specialities.

Nevers reveals exceptional history and important architectural and artistic heritage on the banks of the Loire. It is an important pilgrimage site where Bernadette, a simple country girl from Lourdes who claimed to have seen the Virgin 18 times passed her final years.

The medieval hilltop town of Sancerre is known for its Sancerre wine with appellation d’origine controlee and Pouilly-sur-Loire reveals the well-known Pouilly-Fumé wines.

Explore the varied ports of call and enjoy relaxed cruising through wonderful countryside, whilst for the more energetic bikes are available on board to ride along the canal or explore.

The French food and wine presented at mealtimes will be a real highlight of this cruise which is reserved for Jules Verne guests only.

Key Features

New Cruise
Exclusive Barge Cruise
Free Cabin Selection
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
'No Flying'

Day 1 Travel by Eurostar from London to Paris. Head southwards to the historic town of Nevers (3 hours) and embark on the barge. Welcome drink and crew introduction. Enjoy a walk around Nevers by night. (D)

Day 2 Enjoy a morning visit of Nevers including the Espace Bernadette Soubirous, the Ducal palace, cathedral and old quarter of half-timbered houses and picturesque streets. Enjoy a tasting of local products.  Afternoon sailing to Cours les Barres for overnight with the opportunity to cycle into town. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Visit Fontmorigny Abbey, revealing monastic history from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. Visit Apremont-sur- Allier, one of the most beautiful riverside villages in France with stunning views of its castle. Cruise to Herry. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Travel to La Charité-sur-Loire, an important crossing point on the Loire, to visit the Romanesque priory. Enjoy a tasting of handmade caramel and chocolate sweets and sail towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Enjoy a visit of Pouilly-sur-Loire. At Pouilly-Fumé wine centre explore the vineyards and wine cellars, then learn about its fine wines at a tasting. Cruise towards Léré. (B, L, D)

Day 6 A short drive to the beautiful medieval city of Sancerre overlooking the Loire Valley and set in the historic Berry region. View the Fief Tower and visit a goat farm with tasting of its goat cheese and the local Sancerre wine. Sail to Briare via the Briare Aqueduct over the Loire river (Pont Canal). The Briare Aqueduct is one of the most prestigious waterways in France, built by the Eiffel Company and once the longest navigable in the world! Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark in Briare. Transfer to Paris (2 hours) for your train journey to London. (B)

  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board and access to the public lounge).
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.


per person in a twin Lower Deck cabin
Eurostar from London St. Pancras

Date Price
September 26 £2495

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £995

Rail Options

Eurostar Standard Premier Class £225

Price Includes
Rail travel, all port charges, transfers, 6-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated rail fares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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