Cours-les-Barres is a Loire River cruise port and a village (population around 1000, land area approx 20 km2/8 mi2) located approx 40 km (26 mi) east of Bourges (Cher department's capital, on Yevre River). The rural commune is part of France's Centre-Val de Loire/Centre-Loire Valley region (Cher department) and comprises the village plus several hamlets on the banks of Loire River and the Loire canal (running parallel to the river).
|Date / Time||Port|
|04 Apr 18:00 - 05 Apr 11:00 (overnight)||Departing from Briare|
|05 Apr 18:30 - 06 Apr 12:30 (overnight)||Lere|
|06 Apr 18:30 - 07 Apr 12:30 (overnight)||Menetreol-sous-Sancerre|
|07 Apr 17:00 - 08 Apr 13:00 (overnight)||Herry|
|08 Apr 17:30 - 09 Apr 08:30 (overnight)||Cours-les-Barres|
|09 Apr 17:30 - 10 Apr 09:00 (overnight)||Arriving in Nevers|
The cruisetour (6-day itinerary) features overnight stays in all canal ports and was priced from ~USD 3100 per person with double occupancy.
The settlement was officially established in the early-13th-century (1208) by the Barres family (Eudes des Barres, lord of La Guerche). The town's tourist attractions are the Eglise Saint-Pantaleon (13th-century church), Ecluse du Canal de Givry (1841-built Givry Canal lock), and Pont de Fourchambault-Givry (rail bridge connecting Loire's both banks).
Loire Lateral Canal (1838-opened, length 196 km / 122 mi) runs between Briare and Digoin, connecting Canal du Centre (Digoin to Chalon-sur-Saone) with Canal de Briare (interconnecting Loire and Seine/Briare to Buges). Cours-les-Barres' scenery is marked by forests (~35%), cultivated fields/arable land (~28%), grasslands (~24%), with the urbanized land being just ~4%). In 1982, 1999, 2003 and 2016, the town suffered considerable damages caused by Loire's floods and landslides/mudslides.