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

7 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1: Paris
We’ll greet our passengers at 5:00 p.m. at the Quai de Grenelle in Paris. You’ll be transferred by coach to a typical Parisian brasserie for dinner. Our coach will then take you to your 3- or 4-star hotel for the night.
 
DAY 2: Paris - Châteaux of the Loire - NANTES
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. At 8:00 a.m., we’ll set off by coach for the 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. 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.
 
After our visit, we’ll head to Nantes, arriving in the evening. We’ll welcome our passengers on board upon your arrival. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our 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
This morning, join us for 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 our 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). We'll return on board in Saint-Nazaire. Enjoy an evening of dancing.
 
DAY 4: SAINT-NAZAIRE - ANCENIS
We'll spend this morning cruising towards Ancenis. In the afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed:
 
CLASSIC : The Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.
 
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride(2), the Loire from above (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency).
 
Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
 
DAY 5: ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE(1) - Angers
We'll cruise towards Bouchemaine. Join us for 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: BOUCHEMAINE(1) - The Châteaux of the Loire Valley - ANCENIS
Join us on a full-day excursion for both packages to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. We'll return on board in Ancenis. Tonight's our gala dinner and evening. Our ship will start sailing towards Nantes.
 
DAY 7: NANTES - Paris(3)
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 10:00 a.m. Possibility of coach transfer(3) between Nantes and Paris. End of our services.
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • ONLY WITH CROISIEUROPE: A luxury cruise on an authentic paddle riverboat
  • INCLUDED: 1-night/2-day extended trip to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley including:
  • Accommodations at a 3- or 4-star hotel in Paris
  • Dinner in a typical French brasserie
  • Visit the Chambord and Chenonceau châteaux
EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
  • A full-day excursion through the Loire-Château d'Ussé, Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, and the gardens at the Château de Villandry
  • Only with CroisiEurope: Helicopter ride over the Loire Valley(2)
  • Tasting of wines in the cellar of the Château de Brissac
  • Explore Nantes, and its secret courtyards and passages
  • The Saint-Nazaire shipyard, French excellence
  • The Muscadet Wine Route, regional vineyards
All This Included
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at onboard bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Complimentary Samsung Galaxy Tablet for guests' use
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Loire Princesse
Notes
  • 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.
  • (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) Transfers guaranteed for a minimum of 25 passengers only. Under this amount, we will propose traveling on the train. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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