Overview

Day 1 - Paris
Day 2 - Châteaux de la Loire / Nantes
Day 3 - Nantes/ Saint-Nazaire
Day 4 - Ancenis
Day 5 - Bouchemaine/ Angers
Day 6 - Châteaux de la Loire/ Nantes
Day 7 - Paris

Spendology - Widgets

Chefs d'oeuvre of the Loire Valley

A delightful new tour combining a taste of Paris and the visits of the legendary Châteaux de Chambord and Chenonceau with a cruise on an authentic paddle riverboat on the Loire river from Nantes and the imaginary world of Jules Verne, to the world of steamships and the magical Châteaux de la Loire

The Loire Valley is often referred to as the Garden of France due to its green and lush landscape, enchanting scenery and wine-planted valleys producing wines of great diversity.
An inspiration for the famous English water-colourist William Turner but also for Jean de la Fontaine, Baudelaire and Victor Hugo, the Loire Valley was designated in 2000 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the heading of Living Cultural Landscapes and defined as ‘an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself’.

Rising in the southern Massif Central, the Loire is the longest river in France and the 171st longest in the world. Used as a key trading route as early as the stone age and remaining the most important means of communication for the transit of goods until the 19th century, the river is now a major attraction for visitors due to its many historical monuments and vineyards making the region renowned Worldwide. Also known as the river of the Kings of France due to its astonishing châteaux each with distinct architecture and style dating from the early medieval to the late Renaissance periods and the place of residence of the Kings of France.
Where the River Loire meets the Atlantic Ocean, Saint-Nazaire, best known for its shipbuilding industry, had a major part in the river navigation and the marine industry and was the departure and arrival point for France’s first transatlantic crossings to South America. Today it is a centre for building ocean liners; the Queen Mary II was built here in 2003.

Travel by Eurostar from London to Paris and enjoy an evening in the capital before heading towards the Loire Valley. Embark on a new generation of paddle riverboats paying tribute to the naval industry and engraved in the history of the Loire to explore all the prestigious sites from the comfort of your vessel.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
New Cruise
Excursions Included
Drinks Included
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 12  30

Day 1 Travel to Paris by Eurostar. Transfer to the 4-star Villa Montparnasse in the centre of Paris. Dinner in a typical French brasserie. (D)

Day 2 Travel to the Loire Valley and visit the Château de Chambord, one of the most distinct châteaux in the world with its characteristic architecture blending traditional French medieval forms and classical Renaissance structures. Continue to Chenonceau, stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Afternoon visit of the Château de Chenonceau, one of the best-known and most-visited châteaux in the Loire Valley with an architecture mixing late Gothic and early Renaissance. Travel to Nantes and embark on your vessel for a five-night cruise. Welcome cocktail. Boat tour on the Erdre, one of the most beautiful rivers in France. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Discover the Machines de l’Île in Nantes, an unprecedented artistic and cultural project inspired by the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes, an exceptional site located in a former shipyard. Explore the secret courtyards and covered passageways around the city, reflecting the glorious past of the city's grand families from the 15th century to nowadays. Afternoon visit to the seaside town of Saint-Nazaire with its long tradition of fishing and shipbuilding. Visit Escal’Atlantic, a museum focusing on the historic ocean liner experience and the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe and once the birthplace of the most outstanding French transatlantic liners. Evening entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Enjoy the beautiful scenery while cruising towards Ancenis. Afternoon excursion of the Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval village with 15th-century ruins. Cellars visit and wine tasting. Evening of entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cruise to Bouchemaine. Visit the historical Angers, renowned for its rich heritage and excellent quality of life. Visit the Château d'Angers dominating the old town and admire the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry, one of the most important collections of medieval tapestries in the world. Visit the cathedral area, combining Roman art ruins and rich Gothic-style architecture. Evening of entertainment on board. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Full day excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Visit the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River and a French National Monument showing all the refinement of the French Renaissance. Continue to Villandry for lunch. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens at the Château de Villandry. Travel back to the time of legends and fairy tales visiting the Château d’Ussé with its fortified towers, turrets and steeples. It is thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing “Sleeping Beauty.” Evening gala dinner on board. Cruise overnight to Nantes. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Disembark and transfer to Paris for your return Eurostar to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure.
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

2023

Friday
per person in a twin/double Main Deck cabin 
Eurostar from London St. Pancras

Date Price
September 22 £2695
Early Booking Offer

For all bookings made by 31 October 2022, deduct £50 per person

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement (double for sole use) £795

Cabin Upgrades

Upper Deck (twin/double) £245
Upper Deck Single (twin/double for sole use) £1045

Rail Options

Eurostar Standard Premier Class £225

Price Includes
Rail travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 1 night accommodation, breakfast daily, 5-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, excursions, UK Tour Manager, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated rail fares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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