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Loire Valley Cruise

7 days with SITA  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 - Paris - Nevers 
Travelling from Paris, we board our private barge in the humble town of Nevers in the afternoon. After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet your crew and fellow travellers with welcome cocktails and dinner on board. In the evening, embark on a romantic tour of Nevers before spending the evening as you wish with free time galore. (L,D) 
Day 2 - Nevers - Marseilles-les-aubigny
Take in the gorgeous surrounds of the region with this morning's guided tour of Nevers, including a visit to the iconic Ducal Palace. Stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, a national monument of France. After a brief visit to the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district, enjoy a local produce tasting before we continue along the river towards Marseilles-les-Aubigny. (B,L,D) 
Day 3 - Marseilles-les-aubigny - Chapelle Montlinard 
A visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey will be the impressive start to your day today before continuing with a visit to Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden, known to be one of the most awe-inspiring villages in France. Afterwards, we'll return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard and an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. The evening is yours to discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage of the area as we remain in port overnight. (B,L,D) 
Day 4 - Chapelle Montlinard - Menetreol-sous-sancerre 
Rise and shine, waking up on the water to another day cruising through stunning scenery. Today, we begin with a tour of La CharitE-sur-Loire and the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years. Afterwards, we visit a farm deep in the countryside where we'll experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France. In the evening, we cruise towards MEnEtrEol-sous-Sancerre and remain here for the night. (B,L,D) 
Day 5 - Menetreol-sous-sancerre - LErE
Take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire this morning and visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-FumE - a wine center located in a beautiful setting. We'll visit the extensive vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting. Back on water, we continue towards LErE and spend the evening at our leisure. (B,L,D) 
Day 6 - LErE - Briare
We have an exciting day ahead of us today with a visit to Sancerre, a historic Berry region overlooking the Loire Valley. Afterwards, we'll visit an authentic goat farm and take part in the tasting of its trademark cheeses along with the local Sancerre wine. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare and through the Briare Aqueduct - one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world before attending a gala evening dinner on board. (B,L,D) 
Day 7 - Briare - Paris
After enjoying the last hearty buffet breakfast on board, prepare to disembark around 9am and travel by mini-coach back to Paris where the tour comes to an end. (B)
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All This Included
Cruise through the stunning former Berry province and the incredible Sologne region. Take a magnificent tour of the memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards of the area. 
  • 6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily lunch (L)
  • Daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D)
  • Selected drinks during the cruise including wine, beer, fruit juice and coffee
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Transfer from Paris to Nevers and Briare to Paris
  • Tour of Nevers, Fontmorigny Abbey, Apremont-sur-Allier, La Charite-sur-Loire
  • Visit wine tourism centre at Tour de Pouilly-Fume and goat farm at Sancerre
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Deborah
  • 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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