Barging the Loire Canal September 2019 | Craig Travel

Barging the Loire Canal September 2019

Barging the Loire Canal
Lyon to Versailles
ms Déborah
September 1, 2019 to September 13, 2019
13 Days
Escorted By:
CT Rating 2 Moderately Easy

2 Moderately Easy

Email specialist Mayrela Donis to discuss your travel plans

Barging along the scenic Upper Loire canal in the heart of France... can there be a more relaxing cruise experience? Each day we will spend several hours cruising along tranquil canals and waterways as we make our way leisurely between Nevers and Briare. Relax each morning with your coffee on deck. Explore the historic Berry province and treat your taste buds to local cheeses and delicate wines. Enjoy the beauty of Sologne, a natural region filled with authentic terroirs and charming villages. Experience the heritage and history of France as we explore the magnificent Palace of Versailles, a jewel of architecture and riches. Our private barge offers an intimate environment, enriched by a dedicated crew that will fulfil our every wish. Enjoy first-class French cuisine and wine and a delightful ambiance as we relax on board. Virtually everything is included for a worry-free and fabulous vacation. Space on this cruise is extremely limited. Our first barge cruise sold out in less than 2 weeks. Maximum group size will be 22. Singles are on request.  

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CT Rating 2 Moderately Easy

2 Moderately Easy

This journey travels at a leisurely pace but some excursions and land arrangements may include considerable walking with some stairs and uneven surfaces. Cobblestones are used in many European cities, making walking more difficult. Stairs on the barge will be steep and narrow. Members should be in good physical condition, able to climb stairs and to enjoy walking excursions to fully enjoy this cruise.


Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Wine tasting in a cellar
  • Learn of the cheese-making process at a goat farm
  • Full day exploration of the Palace of Versailles
  • Return economy group airfare from Canada to France
  • 3 nights first class hotel accommodation in Lyon
  • 6 night cruise in a comfortable outside cabin on the ms Déborah
  • 2 nights first class hotel accommodation in Versailles
  • Transfers between airports, hotels and the barge
  • Baggage handling throughout
  • 26 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 11 breakfasts, L - 7 lunches, D - 8 dinners)
  • Beverages (wine, beer, or soft drinks) with lunch and dinner during the cruise
  • Shore excursions included in each village visited
  • All beverages from the bar while cruising (premium drinks at extra cost)
  • Welcome Captain’s cocktail reception and festive farewell dinner on the board ms Déborah
  • Free Wi-Fi on board (as available)
  • On board entertainment
  • All gratuities, surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
  • Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
  • Services of your cruise/tour escort and/or cruise director
ms Déborah


The ms Déborah (built 2016) has three decks and 11 compact and efficiently designed cabins, each about 100 square feet. All staterooms have a window, flat screen TV, radio, telephone (internal calls only), safe, and compact bathroom with shower. Cabins are on the lower level, with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning/heating.
A spacious lounge area with bar, separate dining room, and open terrace (with tables, chairs with umbrellas and a hot tub) can be found on the main deck. The top deck is open with comfortable lounge chairs. Small bicycles are available for use by all guests. There are 5 dedicated staff ready to take care of our every need - captain, cruise director, chef and crew.


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Cruise / Tour Only (Join Lyon / Leave Versailles)
Montreal / Ottawa
Halifax / St. John’s / Fredericton
Winnipeg / Thunder Bay
Regina / Saskatoon
Calgary / Edmonton / Vancouver
Single supplement

Rates are per person based on sharing an outside twin cabin. See Deck Plan for more information on available staterooms. Singles are extremely limited and on request. Cruise price is based on sharing a twin-bedded cabin with window and private bathroom. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes, and fees effective July 2018 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control.


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Category – Stateroom Description (Deck)SingleDouble

Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Airfares and air carrier are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to final payment. Refer to Inclusive Features for details.

Pricing Details

Book and deposit by February 28, 2019 and save $200 per person!

Prices DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $280 to $486 pp plus applicable taxes. Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $186 to $404 pp plus applicable taxes. This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions. Clients 86 years and older and/or clients residing outside Ontario, please contact our staff for procedures. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details. 

Deposit Amount:
Final Payment Date:
Monday, April 29, 2019