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Vineyards of France

Discover The Loire Canal In The Heart Of France, Charming Cities Reveal Their Secrets

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Discover some of the world's most historic and authentic wine regions, from Nevers to Briare, during this seven-day voyage on the Loire Canal in France. Cruise along the Loire Canal, a regal waterway renowned for its majesty and natural splendor. Start in Nevers and visit the Ducal Palace, the first of the Loire's castles, before sailing to Herry, Menetreol-sous-Sancerre, Lere, and other destinations. The landscape along the Loire Canal is covered with rolling hills, rich gardens, and picturesque villages, which may be viewed from the upper deck of the ship as you cruise.

 
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Highlights
  • Tour Nevers, a famous pilgrimage site with exceptional history
  • Taste handmade caramel and chocolate sweets in Herry
  • Discover the vineyard and wine cellar in Tour de Pouilly-Fumé
  • Visit Apremont-sur-Allier, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the famous bike route
Activities
Places Visited
  • Europe
  • France
  • Paris
  • Chalons en Champagne
  • Chateau Thierry
  • Dormans
  • Epernay
  • European Union
  • Lagny Sur Marne
  • Saint Jean les Deux Jumeaux
  • Tours-sur-Marne
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Paris | Nevers | Embark

Possible transfer by coach(1) from Paris to join our ship in Nevers (duration ~2:45.) Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. At nightfall, we'll leave on a romantic tour of Nevers with lanterns.

Day 2: Nevers | Cours-les-barres

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join us for a visit of Nevers. Our visit will begin with the Espace Bernadette Soubirous, the final resting place of the simple country girl from Lourdes who claimed to have seen the Virgin 18 times. We'll then continue to the city center where we'll be able to see Ducal Palace, considered the first of the Loire's castles. Built on the hill, the palace overlooks the center of the old town, the Republic Square and a large park. We'll stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, dedicated to Saints Quriaqos and Julietta, a national monument of France. We'll have a brief visit to the pottery quarter before ending our tour with a tasting of local products. We'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Cours-les-Barres. Take advantage of this moment to ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the bike route traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 3: Cours-les-barres | Herry

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll leave by coach for the visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument. Now one of the main cultural sites in the area, it is testimony to over 8 centuries of French religious heritage. The contemporary stain-glass windows are not to be missed. We'll continue on to visit Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this small medieval jewel on the bank of the Allier is an absolute must-see. The village offers a stunning point of view of the castle that overlooks it, also a nice stroll along the Allier river. Afterwards, we'll return on board and continue towards Herry. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 4: Herry | Menetreol-sous-sancerre

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tour of La Charité-sur-Loire followed by a tasting of handmade caramel and chocolate sweets. Our ship will cruise to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. While the ship cruises, feel free to walk along the canal or use the bikes available on board (approximately .6 miles/1 km). The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

Day 5: Menetreol-sous-sancerre | Lere

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll leave by coach for a visit of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we'll visit the Tour de Pouilly-Fumé: a wine-tourism center located in a beautiful setting. We'll visit the vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a tasting*. Once we return on board, we'll continue towards Léré. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 6: Lere | Briare

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We'll set off for an excursion to Sancerre and a goat farm. Set in the historic Berry region, Sancerre overlooks the gorgeous Loire Valley. We'll discover this beautiful medieval city by following the Fil d'Ariane: a red line painted on the streets taking you past the old wine-making neighborhoods, bakeries, fascinating buildings, and lovely art galleries.
The Fief Tower (significant stairs to climb) is the only remaining tower of the 14th-century medieval castle. Afterwards, we'll visit a goat farm and have a tasting of its trademark cheeses and the local Sancerre wine. The family on the farm is raising approximately 200 goats and 60 cows and will be happy to share their cheese-making secrets with you. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare, cruising through the Briare Aqueduct, whose 14 masonry supports were built by the Eiffel Company. Until recently, it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the world. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 7: Briare | Disembark | Paris

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Possible transfer by coach(1) from Briare to Paris (duration ~2:15.) 

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MS Raymonde

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Relax on the MS Raymonde as she sails the canals of France
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11 spacious cabins with window and private en-suite facilities. All cabins are equipped with rivate en-suite facilities (shower and WC), TV, radio, telephone (for internal calls only), safe and independent air-conditioning.

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20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin
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  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
  • Excursions included in the package selected
  • All port fees
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Drinks from the special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance

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