The Loire Valley River Cruise offers a taste of Paris, the chateaux and castles of the Loire Valley, Nantes and Saint Nazaire on the Atlantic.
On the Loire Valley River Cruise, the excursions are included. In some cases, you will have a choice of optional excursions on the extensions.
Welcome to Paris, the wondrous “City of Light,” Our guide will greet you starting from 5:00 p.m. at the Villa Montparnasse hotel, 2 rue Boulard, 75014 Paris. At 6:00 p.m., you’ll be transferred to the Noces de Jeannette restaurant, 14, rue Favart, 75002 Paris. After dinner, we return to the Villa Montparnasse hotel for the night.
The Château de Chambord was built by King Francis I 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.
We'll then continue on to Chenonceau, stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Our afternoon will be spent visiting the Château de Chenonceau. Once 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.
This morning, join us for these proposed excursions:
Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. You'll discover the shopping districts created in the 18th century and the main highlights of the city. See the medieval quarter and the l'île Feydeau, with its exceptional buildings dating back to the 18th century. Visit the famous quays and the Passage Pommeraye. We'll continue our tour at the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The last castle before the river reaches the ocean, this Breton monument with its outstanding 15th- to 17th-century buildings will transport you back in time.
Discover the magical world of the Machines de l'île and the city's hidden courtyards and covered passageways. We'll leave on a visit to the Machines de l'île (closed on Mondays). This totally unprecedented artistic project is a cross between the imaginations of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. We'll then explore the secret courtyards and covered passageways hidden around the city, reflecting the glorious past of the city's grand families from the 15th century to today.
In the afternoon,we visit Saint-Nazaire, a seaside town. We'll begin our visit with Escal'Atlantic, which traces the history of Norman and French ocean liners. We'll then visit the actual Saint-Nazaire shipyard as it is today. Once the birthplace of the most outstanding French transatlantic liners, it is now the construction site for modern, elegant cruise ships. While following a tour designed especially for understanding the complexity of constructing these veritable floating palaces, you'll discover the immensity of this site (267 acres), the stunning logistics, and the high technology put in place to build the ships (you must reserve this excursion before your departure through your travel agent. You must have a valid passport to enter the site).
Afterwards, we'll return to our ship in Saint-Nazaire. Join us for an evening of dinner and dancing.
We'll spend this morning cruising towards Ancenis. In the afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed:
The Muscadet Wine Route and the medieval village of Clisson. We'll pass through many of the villages attesting to the region's vigorous wine culture. We'll continue toward La Chapelle Heulin and stop at the Château Cassemichère (or similar site). This exceptional site invites you to discover its history-filled vineyards, visit its cellars and taste* the dry, light, fruity and aromatic wine. Our next stop will be Clisson, a charming medieval city with 15th century ruins and an Italian flair.
Soar over the Loire in a helicopter (you must register for this excursion before your departure).(2) An unforgettable experience! Catch a bird's eye view of Ancenis, its hills and castle, the 14th-century tower in Oudon, the châteaux de Clermont and de la Turmelière, etc.
Tonight, join us for an evening of entertainment.
We'll cruise towards Bouchemaine. Join us for the proposed excursions:
Visit the historical sections of Angers and see the legendary Apocalypse Tapestry(3). Capital of the Anjou region, Angers has many artistic and historic treasures and has become famous as much for its rich heritage as for its modernity and excellent quality of life. We'll visit the Château d'Angers, which dominates the old town, and admire the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry(3), one of the most important collections of medieval tapestries in the world. And we'll finish up with a tour of the cathedral area, combining Roman art ruins and rich Gothic-style architecture.
Tour of the Château de Brissac and wine tasting* (closed on Tuesday). We'll leave by coach for the Château de Brissac and visit the seven-story, 204-room splendid residence. The castle's spectacular decorations and the breathtaking Belle Époque theater are definitely not to be missed! At the end of our tour, we'll discover the castle cellars and enjoy a wine tasting.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Today will be dedicated to an included full day's excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is seen today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot. The castle is a French National Monument and possesses all the refinement found in the French Renaissance. We'll continue to Villandry for lunch. Walk off your great meal with a stroll through the beautiful gardens at the Château de Villandry. Spread out over three levels, they are impressive and a great way to relax and enjoy the beginning of your afternoon.
Afterward, we'll continue our tour and visit the Château d'Ussé. Rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, this stronghold with fortified towers, turrets, and steeples looks like something out of a fairytale. The castle is still inhabited today and takes visitors back to a time of legends and fairytales. It is thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing "Sleeping Beauty." We'll return to Ancenis for our festive gala evening. Our ship will cruise to Nantes during the night.
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking your Loire Valley River Cruise at 10:00 a.m. Transfer from Nantes to Paris. End of our services.
|Loire Valley River Cruise BD1100||Ship||Double Cabin Main Deck||Singel Cabin Main Deck||Double Upper Deck|
|04/14/2020 - SOLD OUT||Ms Loire Princesse||3,322||4,409||3,722|
|30-Jun-20||Ms Loire Princesse||3,575||4,662||3,975|
|05-Jul-20||Ms Loire Princesse||3,575||4,662||3,975|
|25-Jul-20||Ms Loire Princesse||3,575||4,662||3,975|
|13-Sep-20||Ms Loire Princesse||3,575||4,662||3,975|
|10-Oct-20||Ms Loire Princesse||3,575||4,662||3,975|
Price Per Person in USD
The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change. For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.
A minimum of 25 participants is requested to guarantee the departures of this itinerary, otherwise the services will be adjusted consequently.
(1) Depending on docking availability, the stopover in Bouchemaine may be replaced by Chalonnes-sur-Loire. In this event, the order of the visits could be altered.
(2) Subject to availability and favorable weather conditions.
(3) Site closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, and December 25th.
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The MS Loire Princesse cruises on the Loire River between Saint-Nazaire and Angers. She was purpose built as a paddle steamer to minimise the impact on the local environment and also to be able to navigate the shallow waters. She is the only river cruise vessel that is able to cruise the Loire.
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