Loire River Cruise

New for 2018

Price per person
from £1,407

Price based on
London Gatwick
20th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 6 days

  • France

  • River cruise

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.

What's included

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

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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.

Total meals included:

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

UK - Nantes

Day
1

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

Nantes - Saint Nazaire

Day
2

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

Saint Nazaire - Ancenis

Day
3

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

Ancenis - Bouchemaine

Day
4

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

Bouchemaine - Châteaux of the Loire

Day
5

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

Nantes - UK

Day
6

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

The following cruise optional excursion package can be purchased at the time of booking from £219 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 note that the optional excursion package can only be booked up to 35 days prior to departure.

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

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.

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

Amenities

  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery

Cabins on this ship

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.

Details

  • 140 Square Feet
  • Sleeps up to 3

Life on board

Age Restriction

Reservations from minors shall not be accepted by the travel agency but must be made by the parents or other adults of more than 18 years of age with the necessary authorisations. Minors of under 18 years of age are not permitted to travel on board unaccompanied. They must be accompanied by parents or adults of more than 18 years of age. No alcoholic beverages shall be served to minors on board. Proof of the customer’s age may be requested by the ship’s personnel. 

Disabled Facilities

All passengers are required to be medically, physically and/or mentally fit to undertake a trip without endangering their life or the life of others. No medical services are offered aboard the ships. Any passenger with a physical or mental incapacity, limited capacity of mobility, having an illness requiring treatment or medical care, or pregnant women should inform the travel agent at the time of booking. No reservations can be accepted for passengers whose physical or mental condition is likely to render their participation in the cruise or in the vacation impossible or dangerous for themselves or others, or who require forms of care or assistance impossible to guarantee aboard ship, notably because of unsuitable infrastructure. Some suppliers (hoteliers, airlines and cruise companies, etc) may require a medical certificate confirming that the passenger is fit to travel or they may refuse to accept the booking if they feel that they will be unable to guarantee any assistance or treatment deemed necessary for the health and well-being of the passenger. Participation in the voyage and in excursions is subject to the condition of the passenger having sufficient mobility. If necessary, the disabled may be accompanied at their own expense to obtain the required assistance. All personal accidents, diversions or forced stopover costs disrupting the course of the cruise shall be at the liability of the passenger having concealed his unfitness to travel.

Dress Code

Casual and comfortable during the day. More elegant clothing may be worn in the evening. It is recommended that the wearing of footwear suitable for life aboard and for excursions with non-slip soles.

Smoking Policy

For the safety and comfort of all passengers, most ships do still allow smoking on board, but you will find this is restricted to designated areas around the ship. 

Special Dietary Requirements

Please advise the reservation agent at time of booking of any special dietary requirements you may have and they will make every effort to accommodate your request. 

Gift Shop

Peruse the onboard gift shop and buy those last minute gifts for loved ones back home.

Library

A well stocked library is available for those who wish to sit back and relax and lose themselves in a book. 

Lounge & Bar

Enjoy your evenings by heading to the Lounge where you will find a well stocked bar serving local beers and wines. A pleasant setting with maximum comfort and designer decor. Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers and crew while sailing through the most beautiful rivers in Europe. 

Sun Deck

The sun deck on the ship offers a panoramic view of the landscape’s beauty as you cruise. A great place to relax outdoors and enjoy the weather sipping a glass of wine while sitting on the loungers shaded with a parasol.

Excursions

Guided visits to the local towns and villages will ensure your bout of local folklore and traditions are sated.

Restaurant

In the ship’s restaurant, you’ll experience CroisiEurope’s stunning French cuisine prepared by the skilled and passionate team of chefs, which include head chef and nominee member of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Alain Bohn.

Deck Plans

Deck 1

  • Cabins
  • Restaurant

Deck 2

  • Sun Deck

Deck 3

  • Lounge & Bar
  • Reception
  • Cabins

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