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Loire Valley Cruise

7 days with SITA  Rating: First Class

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 – Paris – Briare
After meeting the group in Paris, we’ll leave the city behind us and make our way to Briare, a small village in the Loiret region, where we’ll board our private barge this evening. After settling into your cabin, there will be plenty of time to get to know the crew and your fellow travellers over cocktails and dinner – with a cruise through the Briare Aqueduct (one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world) to round off the day. (D)
Day 2 – Briare – Lere
First today: a sightseeing train ride through Briare aboard ‘Le Petit Train’. As we make our way through the village, we’ll see the likes of the impressive Château de Trousse-Barrière, the Church of Saint-Étienne and plenty of locks, lock-keeper houses and quaint bridges. Then: we’ll move on to the Deux Marines Museum, which documents the history of the Loire and its canals, before cruising onward to Léré, where you’ll be free to spend the evening at your leisure after dinner. (BLD)
Day 3 – Lere – Menetreol sous Sancerre
We have an exciting day ahead of us today, with a visit to Sancerre – a historic medieval hilltop town overlooking the Loire Valley – on the agenda. After following the Fil d’Ariane (a red line painted on the streets that takes us past old wine-making neighbourhoods, bakeries and art galleries), we’ll visit an authentic goat farm, where we’ll have the chance to taste some delicious cheeses and local Sancerre wine. And later this afternoon? We’ll continue our journey to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre: our home for the night.  (BLD)
Day 4 – Menetreol sous Sancerre – Herry
This morning we’ll take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we’ll visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-Fumé – a local winery with a mesmerising backdrop. Here, we’ll stroll the extensive vineyards, see the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting session before we climb back aboard the barge. Later, we’ll make our way to the humble village of Herry, where the evening will be yours to do as you please.  (BLD)
Day 5 – Herry – Marseilles Les Aubigny
We’ll start the day with a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and its beautifully restored, UNESCO World Heritage-listed priory. Afterwards, we’ll visit a farm deep in the countryside, where we’ll experience the rustic charm that can only be found in France. The afternoon will see us moving on to the town of Marseilles-lès-Aubigny, where we’ll don our finest outfits for a gala dinner aboard the barge. (BLD)
Day 6 – Marseilles les Aubigny – Nevers
After this morning’s breakfast, our first stop of the day will be the historic Fontmorigny Abbey. Then, it’s onwards to charming Apremont-sur-Allier, one of the most heart-stealing villages in France, for a photo opportunity or two. After we’ve had a look around the magnificent floral garden, we’ll return to the barge and continue our journey towards the romantic town of Nevers – where an atmospheric after-dark walking tour awaits. By the light of our lanterns, we’ll see the iconic Ducal Palace, stroll past the half-timbered houses of the old quarter and visit Nevers Cathedral, an impressive national monument. (BLD)
Day 7 – Nevers – Paris
After enjoying one last buffet breakfast, we’ll bid a fond farewell to our barge. Then, it’s all aboard the mini-coach back to Paris, where our tour will come to an end. (B)
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All This Included
Take in the beautiful scenery as you drift past stunning Berry and the incredible Sologne region on this magnificent Loire Valley cruise. Along the way we’ll tick off impressive architecture, historic cities and prestigious vineyards – making for a truly memorable (and quintessentially French) experience.
  • 6 nights aboard a boutique hotel barge
  • Meals 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: MS Jeanine
  • 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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