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Vineyards of France

The Loire, a Royal Legacy

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard MS Loire Princesse
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Discover a rich palette of colors in the magnificent landscapes around the Loire River. Explore this region committed to the legacy of its heritage and united by the royal river. Full of castles and unique heritage sites, this voyage gives you the chance to get a real journey through time. Visit The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, and the Château d’Ussé with its fortified towers which inspired Charles Perrault's "Sleeping Beauty". Discover why this is one of the most enchanting destinations in Europe.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nantes
Day 2 : Nantes | Saint-nazaire
Day 3 : Saint-nazaire | Ancenis
Day 4 : Ancenis | Bouchemaine | Angers
Day 5 : Bouchemaine | The Châteaux Of The Loire Valley | Ancenis
Day 6 : Nantes | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover Nantes, the city of the Dukes of Brittany
  • Join an exeptional excursion along the Muscadet Wine Route
  • Explore Angers, a city distinguished by its legacy and its modern nature
  • Enjoy the most beautiful sites along the last untamed river in France

Ship

MS Loire Princesse

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Vineyards of France People tasting wine in vineyard Sail past charming European cities as you sail through France Stroll charming French towns Nantes Cathedral

Day 1 Nantes

Board the ship in Nantes between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Enjoy a crew presentation and welcome drink onboard. Cruise on what King Francois Ist called the “most beautiful river in France” - The Erdre.

Day 2 Nantes | Saint-nazaire

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Guided visit of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY: Nantes, the machines de l’ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways.

The afternoon excursion is the same for both packages: Tour of Saint Nazaire, a town on the sea. Visit of Escal’Atlantic and the Saint Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe. (This excursion must be pre-booked in advance through your travel agent. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport or identity card in order to gain access to the shipyard). 

Day 3 Saint-nazaire | Ancenis

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The vessel sets sail early this morning. Arrive in Ancenis in the early afternoon.

Excursion options:
CLASSIC: Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride, the Loire from above. Leaving from Ancenis, experience an unforgettable flight over the Loire River.

Day 4 Ancenis | Bouchemaine | Angers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the entire morning cruising towards Angers.

Excursion options:
CLASSIC: Visit of the town of Angers, capital of the Anjou region. 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.
DISCOVERY: Visit of Chateau de Brissac and the castle cellars with a wine tasting.

Evening of entertainment provided by the crew.

Day 5 Bouchemaine | The Châteaux Of The Loire Valley | Ancenis

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a full day’s excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Admire the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the lovely gardens surrounding the Château de Villandry (outsides), and the Château d’Ussé with fortified towers, which have inspired Charles Perrault's "Sleeping Beauty". Return on board in Ancenis. Enjoy the Gala evening. 

Day 6 Nantes | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive back in Nantes, and enjoy a buffet breakfast on board. Disembark around 10:00 AM. 

MS Loire Princesse

Per person starting at
$2,417
Cabins on the MS Loire Princesse
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Main Deck
18 double-occupancy cabins equipped with private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk/dresser, flat screen TV, and telephone. The bed faces the window to better admire the scenery.
Cabins on the MS Loire Princesse
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Upper Deck
30 cabins (29 double-occupancy cabins, one cabin for persons with reduced mobility) equipped with private bathroom with shower, hair dryer, safe, desk/dresser, flat screen TV, and telephone. The bed faces the window to better admire the scenery.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and the order of the excursions may be changed to ensure the best organization of your cruise. For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.

(1) Depending on docking availability, stopover in Bouchemaine may be replaced by Chalonnes-sur-Loire. In this event, order of excursions could be altered.
(2) This excursion must be pre-booked in advance through your travel agent. Depending on availability and subject to favorable weather conditions.

This offer includes :
-Your cruise with all meals from dinner D1 to breakfast D6
-Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served during meals on board and all drinks from the bar (except champagne and drinks on the wine list)
-Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
-The excursions mentioned in the program
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees.

This offer does not include :
-Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers
-Cancellation and baggage insurance
-Personal expenses
-Transfers
-Booking fees.

Formalities
Valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.

Included

  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
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