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The Royal Loire River 2019

8 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. Our ship will start cruising towards Saint-Nazaire during the night.
 
DAY 2 SAINT-NAZAIRE - NANTES
Join us for the excursions proposed: 
 
CLASSIC: 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).
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CLASSIC: Guided tour of Guérande, a fortified medieval city entirely enclosed by ramparts. We'll discover the process of harvesting Guérande salt, the undeniable symbol of the region.

DISCOVERY: Hiking in Guérande. Take a hike along the ramparts through the medieval city of Guérande and discover its salt marshes.

The afternoon will be spent cruising towards Nantes. In the evening, 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 3 NANTES - ANCENIS
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.

Enjoy onboard entertainment as we cruise towards Ancenis this afternoon. 
 
DAY 4 ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE (2)
Join us on the excursions proposed:

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

DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride(3), the Loire from above (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency).

Our cruise continues to Bouchemaine. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
 
DAY 5 BOUCHEMAINE (2) - ANGERS
Join us on 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*.

In the afternoon, we'll set out for an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Saumur and the Cadre Noir(1), which is on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and visit of the fortified city of Saumur.
Enjoy an evening of dancing. 
 
DAY 6 BOUCHEMAINE (2) - THE CHÂTEAUX OF THE LOIRE VALLEY
Join us on a full-day excursion for both packages to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
 
DAY 7 BOUCHEMAINE (2) - ANCENIS - NANTES
Join us on the excursions proposed:

CLASSIC: Excursion along the Angevine Corniche with its picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire.

DISCOVERY: Enjoy a scenic bike trip along the Loire River including charming typical villages.
The afternoon will be spent cruising the Loire towards Nantes. Tonight's our festive gala dinner and evening. 
 
DAY 8 NANTES
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 10:00 a.m. End of our services. 
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE:
    • Cruise on board a paddle steamer
    • Helicopter ride: the Loire from above (3)
  • 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
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Medieval city of Guérande, its salt marshes and salt-workers
    • Saumur, the Cadre Noir(1) and age-old equestrian traditions
    • Picturesque villages along the Angevine Corniche
All This Included
Go on a splendid journey discovering the treasures of the Loire. Visit Nantes and its historical jewels, Guérande protected by its strong ramparts, quoted to be the Dukes of Brittany's favorite and famous for its medieval monuments as well as for its salt marshes, and the Escal'Atlantic of Saint-Nazaire. You will also discover the impressive Cadre Noir at Saumur well known for it master class equestrian skills, as well as the Angevine cliffs rising up to over a hundred meters and offering you an impregnable panorama over the Loire valley.
  • 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) 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, the stopover in Bouchemaine may be replaced by Chalonnes-sur-Loire. In this event, the order of the visits could be altered.
  • (3) 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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