Loire River Cruise

  • 6 Days

  • France

Hop aboard a purpose-built paddle steamer and cruise to the heart of the Loire Valley. You'll discover the elegant châteaux that grace the banks and wander medieval towns along your journey.

Your journey starts here

New for 2018

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

of 6 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 5th October 2018

Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Overview

Hop aboard a purpose-built paddle steamer and cruise to the heart of the Loire Valley. You'll discover the elegant châteaux that grace the banks and wander medieval towns along your journey.

At a glance

  • Erdre River Cruise Admire the elegant châteaux that line the banks of the river.
  • Nantes Roam the Bouffay medieval quarter stopping at the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul.
  • Feydeau Island Stroll around this elegant neighbourhood with its 18th century mansions.
  • Saint Nazaire Explore life in a German WWII submarine at this unique museum.
  • Apocalypse Tapestries Browse these stunning medieval tapestries illustrating the story of the Apocalypse.
  • Loire Valley Castle-hop along the valley visiting the grand Château Azay-le-Rideau.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Nantes

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Nantes

Travel to Nantes where you will be met and transferred to your ship for embarkation. Perhaps join the optional cruise excursion along the Erdre, “the prettiest river in France” according to Francois I. Discover the history of this river and its many castles as you cruise along.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Nantes - Saint Nazaire

After breakfast, join an optional guided visit of Nantes and stroll along the winding streets of the Bouffay medieval quarter to the flamboyant Gothic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul. Next, visit Feydeau Island, a former island now joined to the rest of the town and a superb example of 18th-century architecture. On the quays, explore the shopping area around the Graslin Theatre and the famous 'Passage Pommeraye' shopping mall before visiting the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. This Breton monument houses a residential palace with elegant facades and loggias dating from the Renaissance period. After dinner back on board, set sail for Saint-Nazaire.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Saint Nazaire - Ancenis

Take an optional tour of Saint-Nazaire, a commune in western France framed with quaint fishing cabins. Begin with a visit to the museum Escal'Atlantic, housed in former German World War Two submarine pens, to explore the historic ocean liner experience. Head to Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest in Europe, recognised the world over for its shipbuilding know-how. Alternatively, visit the medieval city of Guérande, overlooking the salt marshes, the undisputed symbol of the region.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Ancenis - Bouchemaine

Today, perhaps visitthe town of Angers, capital of the Anjou region on an optional excursion. You will visit the fortress from the 13th century and see the Apocalypse tapestry, which is the most important set of medieval tapestries still in existence in the world today. Alternatively, visit Chateau de Brissac and the castle cellars with a wine tasting.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Bouchemaine - Châteaux of the Loire

A full day optional visit the chateaux of the Loire Valley. Drive to the elegant Château Azay-le-Rideau, a historic UNESCO monument, built on an island in the middle of the Indre. Visit the grand country house of Villandry and wander the incredible gardens. After lunch, head to Rigny-Ussé to visit the fairytale-like Ussé Castle, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and believed to have inspired Charles Perrault to write 'The Sleeping Beauty'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Nantes - UK

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Nantes with two nights at the Radisson Blu Nantes.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £212 per person and includes:

Nantes
Day 1: Erdre River Cruise
Day 2: City tour
Saint Nazaire 
Day 3: Shipyard Visit
Day 3: The Muscadet Region
Angers
Day 4: City tour
Day 5: Castles of the Loire

Note: All optional excursions are subject to change and a minimum number of participants are required for them to operate.

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an optional excursion package.

Your ship

Loire Princesse

Amenities
  • Smoking

Life onboard

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