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


VIP private home pick-up service
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 20th April 2018

Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners


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.

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £216 per person and includes:

Day 1: Erdre River Cruise
Day 2: City tour
Saint Nazaire 
Day 3: Shipyard Visit
Day 3: The Muscadet Region
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

MS Loire Princesse

The MS Loire Princess sails on the Loire River between Saint Nazaire and Angers in France. Built in 2014, she offers 48 cabins to 96 passengers, thus creating a more intimate river cruise setting along the Loire valley.

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 4 anchors
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 20
  • Number of cabins: 48
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 1
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 96 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 2
  • Gross tonnage: 15000
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2014
Available cabins on this cruise

The cabins all offer guests the perfect view from either their private balcony or large picture window, and are very spacious and tastefully decorated with the option of double or single beds. An ensuite is provided with shower, W.C. and a hairdryer. For extra comfort central heating is available during the Winter season and air-conditioning for the Summer season.

For your entertainment a satellite tv and radio are provided for you to use at your leisure.


  • 140 Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 3

Life onboard

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 47 Prestige category boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting.

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