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Adventures Afloat: Barging on the Seine: From Paris to Barbizon

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Program #20200RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 4 — Oct 12, 2013

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Day One: Friday, October 04 - International Flight
Evening: Board an international overnight flight to Paris.

Type: Barge

Ship Information: Fleur: Classic deluxe river barge, she measures 127’ long and 17’ wide, the Fleur was put into service in 2002. She offers 10 cabins for a total of 20 participants.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, NA France
phone: +31 6-51552268
Facility amenities: There are two decks: the upper deck has a saloon where meals are taken, a spacious sitting area, and a bar. There is also a sundeck. All cabins are on the lower deck with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Saturday, October 05 - Arrive in Paris/Welcome Dinner
Morning: Arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Coach to barge.

Lunch: Independent opportunity to sample local fare.

Afternoon: Board barge. Program orientation. Safety orientation by the ship's crew.

Dinner: Welcome dinner aboard the barge.

Evening: All evenings are free to explore on your own or relax.

Lodging: Fleur

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Fleur: Classic deluxe river barge, she measures 127’ long and 17’ wide, the Fleur was put into service in 2002. She offers 10 cabins for a total of 20 participants.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, NA France
phone: +31 6-51552268
Facility amenities: There are two decks: the upper deck has a saloon where meals are taken, a spacious sitting area, and a bar. There is also a sundeck. All cabins are on the lower deck with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Sunday, October 06 - Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and Barbizon
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: After breakfast, travel by coach to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte for a lecture and field trip. In addition to the beautiful furnishings, you will see an exciting exhibition about the famous garden designer, André Le Nôtre, best known for his work on the gardens of Versailles.

Lunch: Independent opportunity to sample local fare.

Afternoon: The group continues to the village of Barbizon, where the first stop is Auberge Ganne for a fascinating lecture about the Barbizon School of painting. Your field trip continues next door at the atelier of Jean-François Millet, who played a very important role in the evolution of French drawing.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Lodging: Fleur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Fleur: Classic deluxe river barge, she measures 127’ long and 17’ wide, the Fleur was put into service in 2002. She offers 10 cabins for a total of 20 participants.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, NA France
phone: +31 6-51552268
Facility amenities: There are two decks: the upper deck has a saloon where meals are taken, a spacious sitting area, and a bar. There is also a sundeck. All cabins are on the lower deck with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Monday, October 07 - Château de Fontainebleau and Musée Rosa Bonheur
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: Today, you will visit the famous Château de Fontainebleau for a lecture and field trip. This chateau was redesigned, modified and furnished for Napoleon I as a symbol of his wealth and grandeur. It was here that he abdicated the throne in 1814. The gardens, designed by Le Nôtre, are well worth a visit.

Lunch: Independent opportunity to sample local fare.

Afternoon: After lunch, travel to nearby Thomery where you will attend a lecture and field trip at the atelier of Rosa Bonheur, a Barbizon painter and sculptor who found much of her inspiration at Château de Fontainebleau and became known for her realistic and accurate paintings of animals, the subject she loved most.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Lodging: Fleur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Fleur: Classic deluxe river barge, she measures 127’ long and 17’ wide, the Fleur was put into service in 2002. She offers 10 cabins for a total of 20 participants.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, NA France
phone: +31 6-51552268
Facility amenities: There are two decks: the upper deck has a saloon where meals are taken, a spacious sitting area, and a bar. There is also a sundeck. All cabins are on the lower deck with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Tuesday, October 08 - Walking tour in Moret-sur-Loing
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: This morning, a local guide will come aboard the barge and introduce you to the charming town of Moret-sur-Loing with a brief lecture, followed by a walking field trip “in the footsteps” of British Impressionist Alfred Sisley, who lived and worked in the village.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the barge.

Afternoon: In the afternoon you will enjoy barging along the River Loing.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Lodging: Fleur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Fleur: Classic deluxe river barge, she measures 127’ long and 17’ wide, the Fleur was put into service in 2002. She offers 10 cabins for a total of 20 participants.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, NA France
phone: +31 6-51552268
Facility amenities: There are two decks: the upper deck has a saloon where meals are taken, a spacious sitting area, and a bar. There is also a sundeck. All cabins are on the lower deck with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Wednesday, October 09 - Museum-garden of Antoine Bourdelle and the town o...
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: Today’s journey takes you to Égreville and the museum-garden of Antoine Bourdelle, a sculptor known for his detailed, larger-than-life-size figures, and who was also an assistant to the great Auguste Rodin. Here, you will enjoy a lecture and field trip. After visiting this unique garden, continue to the medieval town of Château-Landon for a field trip and walking tour.

Lunch: Independent opportunity to sample local fare.

Afternoon: In the afternoon you will have a lecture and field trip to an atelier where molds for reproductions of sculptures are made - a fascinating process!

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Lodging: Fleur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Fleur: Classic deluxe river barge, she measures 127’ long and 17’ wide, the Fleur was put into service in 2002. She offers 10 cabins for a total of 20 participants.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, NA France
phone: +31 6-51552268
Facility amenities: There are two decks: the upper deck has a saloon where meals are taken, a spacious sitting area, and a bar. There is also a sundeck. All cabins are on the lower deck with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Thursday, October 10 - Excursion to two smaller artist communities with ...
Excursion to two smaller artist communities with strong ties to the Barbizon School of painting: Grez-sur-Loing and Bourron-Marlotte

Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: The day kicks off with a field trip to the town of Grez-sur-Loing, to visit a bridge that became the subject of many Barbizon painters' works of art. After admiring the bridge over the River Loing, we meet our local guide and attend a lecture on the artists who lived and worked nearby. We then visit the town hall's collection of fine art.

Lunch: Independent opportunity to sample local fare.

Afternoon: Join your local expert for a field trip to Bourron-Marlotte to the beautiful studio of a local artist for a coffee break in true artistic fashion: surrounded by the painter's artwork. We then take a coach ride to the scenic pleine verte where many famous Frenchmen had homes, including Paul Cézanne, and many others came to enjoy "Bohemian weekends." The day is capped off by a stop at the town hall's unique painting collection.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Lodging: Fleur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Barge

Ship Information: Fleur: Classic deluxe river barge, she measures 127’ long and 17’ wide, the Fleur was put into service in 2002. She offers 10 cabins for a total of 20 participants.

Contact info:
No street address available as
the barge continually moves, NA France
phone: +31 6-51552268
Facility amenities: There are two decks: the upper deck has a saloon where meals are taken, a spacious sitting area, and a bar. There is also a sundeck. All cabins are on the lower deck with air-conditioning and private bathrooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Friday, October 11 - Briare: Maritime Museum and the Pont-Canal
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: Begin the day with a coach excursion to the Maritime Museum in Briare for a lecture about the nearby canal-bridge designed by celebrated artist and engineer, Gustave Eiffel (of Tower fame). The lecture is followed by a field trip to the canal-bridge, one of the longest and most impressive of its kind. Afterwards you will return to Montargis.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Montargis to sample the local cuisine.

Afternoon: Take the rest of the afternoon to explore the town of Montargis, known as the "Venice of the Gâtinais" because of its numerous bridges and canals.

Dinner: Aboard the barge.

Lodging: Fleur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, October 12 - Departure
Breakfast: Aboard the barge.

Morning: Early morning group departure by coach to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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7 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips

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