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Châteaux of the Loire Valley Chambord and Chenonceau and Cruise on the Royal Loire River

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The Loire River is full of authentic beauty and French charm. Discover a heritage with a rich tapestry, firmly rooted in history - a region committed to the legacy of its heritage and united by the royal river. This exclusive route touches several of the overlooks on the great river and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the region's wonderful diversity. Discover a rich palette of colors in the landscapes that can be seen along the water. Learn about the local historical vineyards and visit famous cellars to taste some lovely white wine: dry, light, fruity and floral. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Paris
Day 2 : Châteaux of the Loire | Nantes | Embark
Day 3 : Nantes | Saint Nazaire
Day 4 : Ancenis
Day 5 : Bouchemaine | Angers
Day 6 : Châteaux of the Loire Valley | Ancenis
Day 7 : Nantes | Paris | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the history of the Erdre and its numerous châteaux.
  • Enjoy an exclusive tour of Nantes, the city of the Dukes of Brittany
  • Explore the artistic and historic treasures of the charming city of Angers
  • Visit Château Cassemichère's cellars and taste the dry, light, fruity wine

Ship

MS Loire Princesse

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • France
  • Ancenis
  • Angers
  • Bouchemaine
  • Château de Chambord
  • Nantes
  • Paris
  • Saint Nazaire

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Chateau de Serrant Ancenis Nantes, Château des ducs de bretagne Angers Angers

Day 1 Paris

The guide for the cruise will greet and welcome you at Villa Montparnasse hotel, 2 rue Boulard, 75014 Paris by 5pm and be transferred by coach to the Noces de Jeannette restaurant, 14, rue Favart, 75002 Paris. After dinner, you will be taken back to the Villa Montparnasse hotel for the night.

Day 2 Châteaux of the Loire | Nantes | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After you have your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred by coach from Villa Montparnasse to Château de Chambord. King Francis I built this extraordinary castle as a hunting lodge. It is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive architecture blending traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. Enjoy a tour of this majestic castle and its grounds. You will then continue on to Chenonceau, stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Spend your afternoon visiting the Château de Chenonceau. One of the best-known and most-visited châteaux in the Loire Valley, it spans the Cher River. Its architecture is a fascinating mix of late Gothic and early Renaissance. The list of aristocrats and nobles that have lived in it is astounding: Thomas Bohier, Diane de Poitiers, and Catherine de' Medici, to name just a few.

After the visit, you will head to Nantes and arrive in the evening. The crew of the ship will welcome you on board upon your arrival. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to crew at a welcome cocktail. Excursion for both packages: A boat tour on the Erdre, one of the most beautiful rivers in France.
 

Day 3 Nantes | Saint Nazaire

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join the excursions proposed:

Classic: Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY: Nantes, the Machines de l'Île, secret courtyards and covered passageways.

In the afternoon, take part in the excursion for both packages: 

Tour of Saint Nazaire, a town on the sea. We'll visit Escal'Atlantic, a museum that explores the historic ocean liner experience, and the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard). Return on board in Saint-Nazaire. Enjoy an evening of dancing.

 

Day 4 Ancenis

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, spend this morning cruising towards Ancenis. By afternoon, join these excursions proposed:

Classic: The Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.

Discovery: Helicopter ride, the Loire from above (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency).
Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 5 Bouchemaine | Angers

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you'll cruise towards Bouchemaine. Join the excursions proposed:

Classic: Guided tour of Angers, its historic districts, and the famous Apocalypse tapestry.

Discovery: Tour of Brissac castle and its cellars complete with a wine-tasting session*.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 6 Châteaux of the Loire Valley | Ancenis

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join the full-day excursion for both classic and discovery packages to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. Return on board in Ancenis. Tonight's gala dinner and evening. The ship will start sailing towards Nantes.

Day 7 Nantes | Paris | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 10:00 a.m. A possibility of coach transfer between Nantes and Paris.

MS Loire Princesse

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Per person starting at
$3,451
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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.
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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 for 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) Guided visits do not guarantee that you will see the riders and horses at work during the visit, particularly if the Cadre Noir de Saumur is away, or during competitions.

(2) Depending on docking availability, stopover in Bouchemaine may be replaced by Chalonnes-sur-Loire. In this event, order of excursions could be altered.

(3) 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 D7.
-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
-Onboard entertainment
-Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
-Welcome cocktail
-The gala dinner and evening
-The excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley
-Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
-All port fees
-Excursions for the Classic or Discovery package. Passengers will need to choose one package to participate in for the duration of the voyage.

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.
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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