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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Vineyards of the Loire

Discover the famous vineyards and stunning scenery of the Upper Loire Valley on this exclusive fully escorted cruise holiday, combining a relaxing 6-night hotel barge cruise with an overnight hotel stay in Paris. Includes complimentary drinks on board, enriching shore excursions and rail travel from the UK. Flight option is available

No Fly Cruise
7 nights from £2195pp

Hotel Barge Holiday
  • Briare
  • Bottling building near Sancerre

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Exclusive fully escorted cruise holiday!

Vineyards of the Loire Special Offer

This superb holiday showcases the beauty of the Upper Loire Valley, from the pretty village of Briare to the renowned wine-growing regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire, where the world-renowned Pouilly-Fumé wine is produced.

Travel by rail to the romantic city of Paris and enjoy an overnight hotel stay, before joining your hotel barge for a relaxing cruise along the legendary Loire Canal. Enjoy included wine tastings at illustrious wine cellars, guided tours of authentic French towns, exquisite medieval cities and intriguing historic Abbeys. Sample local delicacies including a goats cheese tasting at a traditional goat farm, accompanied of course by a chilled glass of crisp Sancerre.

At the end of your cruise, transfer back to Paris for your onward rail travel to the UK.

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Vineyards of the Loire Itinerary - NVB_AIPP

Day 1 - UK - Paris (France)

Travel by train to Paris and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Nevers

Check-out of your hotel and transfer to Nevers to join your hotel barge. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. At nightfall, we'll leave on a romantic tour of Nevers with lanterns.

Day 3 - Nevers - Marseilles-Les-Aubigny

This morning, join us for a visit of Nevers. Our visit will begin with the Espace Bernadette Soubirous, the final resting place of the simple country girl from Lourdes who claimed to have seen the Virgin 18 times. We'll then continue to the city center where we'll be able to see Ducal Palace, considered the first of the Loire's castles. Built on the hill, the palace overlooks the center of the old town, the Republic Square and a large park. We'll stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, dedicated to Saints Quriaqos and Julietta, a national monument of France. We'll have a brief visit to the pottery quarter before ending our tour with a tasting of local products. We'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny. Take advantage of this moment to ride along a portion of the EuroVélo 6, the bike route traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 4 - Marseilles-Les-Aubigny - Herry

We'll leave by coach for the visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey, a privately-owned French historical monument. Now one of the main cultural sites in the area, it is testimony to over 8 centuries of French religious heritage. The contemporary stain-glass windows are not to be missed. We'll continue on to visit Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden. Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this small medieval jewel on the bank of the Allier is an absolute must-see. The village offers a stunning point of view of the castle that overlooks it, also a nice stroll along the Allier river. Afterwards, we'll return on board and continue towards Herry. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 5 - Herry - Menetreol-Sous-Sancerre

Tour of La Charité-sur-Loire followed by a tasting of handmade caramel and chocolate sweets. Our ship will cruise to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre. While the ship cruises, feel free to walk along the canal or use the bikes available on board (approximately .6 miles/1 km). The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

Day 6 - Menetreol-Sous-Sancerre - Lere

We'll leave by coach for a visit of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we'll visit the Tour de Pouilly-Fumé: a wine-tourism center located in a beautiful setting. We'll visit the vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a tasting. Once we return on board, we'll continue towards Léré. The evening is free to do as you please.

Day 7 - Lere - Briare

We'll set off for an excursion to Sancerre and a goat farm. Set in the historic Berry region, Sancerre overlooks the gorgeous Loire Valley. We'll discover this beautiful medieval city by following the Fil d'Ariane: a red line painted on the streets taking you past the old wine-making neighborhoods, bakeries, fascinating buildings, and lovely art galleries. The Fief Tower (significant stairs to climb) is the only remaining tower of the 14th-century medieval castle. Afterwards, we'll visit a goat farm and have a tasting of its trademark cheeses and the local Sancerre wine. The family on the farm is raising approximately 200 goats and 60 cows and will be happy to share their cheese-making secrets with you. We'll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare, cruising through the Briare Aqueduct, whose 14 masonry supports were built by the Eiffel Company. Until recently, it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the world. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 8 - Briare - Paris - UK

Disembark your hotel barge and transfer to Paris train station to embark your train back to the UK.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary in the light of conditions. Fly-cruise itinerary is available - please contact us for details

Price Includes

  • 6-night hotel barge cruise
  • Overnight hotel stay in Paris
  • Return rail travel from the UK
  • Unlimited complimentary onboard beverages, including beer, fine wine, spirits, mineral bottled water, soft drinks specialty coffees and tea
  • All meals onboard for Superb French Cuisine
  • Captain Welcome cocktail on board
  • Farewell Gala dinner on board
  • Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary with wireless audio system Port Talk
  • Reception Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Free Wi-Fi on board
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles and Jacuzzi
  • All overseas transfers as described in itinerary
  • All port fees

Additional Information

  • Included Excursions:
  • Nevers, famous pilgrimage site with exceptional history
  • Apremont-sur-Allier, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France
  • Rustic authenticity in a farm
  • La Tour du Pouilly-Fumé, a sensory travel in the middle of the vineyards
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2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 22nd - Paris and back - Sailing on: Deborah From: £2195
      Rail-cruise from
      Blue Water Price from: £2195

Price Information

  • Please contact us for the fly-cruise itinerary
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