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The Loire Valley, a Royal Legacy 2019

6 days with CroisiEurope  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 NANTES
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. Join us on an excursion for both packages: we'll board a local boat for a cruise on the Erdre River, one of the most beautiful in France.
 
DAY 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 NANTES
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 10:00 a.m. End of our services.
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Cruise on board a paddle steamer
  • EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE the Loire from above (2)
  • Full-day excursion to the castles of the Loire Valley: guided tours of the castles of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau and the gardens of Villandry
  • Wine-tasting* in the cellars of the Brissac castle
  • Secret courtyards and covered passageways in Nantes
  • The Saint-Nazaire shipyard, embodiment of French pride
  • The wine route of the Muscadet through the vineyards of the Nantes region
All This Included
Embark on a cruise on the Royal Loire River whose beauty is legendary. Visit Nantes and The Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a gallery that recreates the imaginary world of the famous writer Jules Verne. Discover Saint-Nazaire and admire its shipyard and the Escal'Atlantic which immerses you in the world of steamships from the beginnings of their gigantic construction to life on board. Soak up the magical castles of the Loire such as Brissac, the highest castle in France whose monumental facades rise up from its large landscaped park.
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • 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
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • 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.
  • 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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