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The Loire

6 Days • Full Board
From £1365pp

Experience the splendour of the Loire, known for its chateaux and fine wines. France’s longest river was a strategic point for French royalty; here they built feudal castles and fine fortresses. Today you’ll find more than three hundred chateaux and vineyards within the valley giving you unlimited touring options.

Rising from the Massif Central in Cévennes, the river winds all the way to the Atlantic Ocean uncovering verdant vineyards in what’s known as the ‘Garden of France’. Indeed the tradition of gardens was established here during Renaissance times.

The highly scenic mid section, showcases Tuffeau white stone exteriors and esplanades along riverbanks, ideal for cycling or strolling to breath in the sweet smelling orchards, also a feature of these parts. Artists and authors were drawn here by the river’s distinct personality, from its islands and shape-shifting sandbanks comes constantly evolving scenes. The regions beauty is wonderfully complemented with wine tasting opportunities and chateaux stops which feature on almost all itineraries.

Great cities of Chinon, Tours, Orleans, Angers and Nantes belong to the Loire, often overshadowed by France’s major hubs; these cities are a delight to explore, some with half-timbered houses, Gothic cathedrals, royal fortresses, contemporary installations - a real mix of personality waiting to be discovered.

Itineraries can vary depending on the duration of the cruise and the river cruise supplier. The from price is based on the sample itinerary mentioned below.

Package Includes

  • Full Board service (breakfast, lunch and dinner) each day
  • Some of our river cruise partners offer all inclusive cruises
  • Welcome Drinks Reception on arrival
  • Gala Dinner on one night of your river cruise
  • Evening entertainment with some daytime entertainment
  • Some river cruises will also offer complimentary use of the bikes onboard. 
Minimum 32 Passengers

The Loire, a Royal Legacy

  1. Day 1 Nantes River Erdre Cruise
  2. Day 2 Nantes - St. Nazaire Nantes city tour / Castles of the Dukes of Nazaire Brittany / St. Nazaire Shipyard for Escal Atlantic / Machine d’Ile / Evening dancing
  3. Day 3 St. Nazaire - Ancenis Muscadet Wine Route / Helicopter ride / Evening entertainment
  4. Day 4 Ancenis - Bouchemaine Angers city tour / Wine tasting at château Bouchemaine de Brissac
  5. Day 5 Bouchemaine - Chateaux of the Loire - Ancenis Châteaux of the Loire (full day) / Gala Dinner
  6. Day 6 Nantes Farewell
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