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Loire Valley on Nymphea

See spectacular chateaux as you cruise the picturesque Loire Valley from Moulin de Nitray aboard luxury Hotel Barge Nymphea. Includes transfers, excursions, open bar and meals prepared by a Master Chef

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  • Villandry
  • Chateau de Villandry
  • Your Hotel Barge, Nymphea
  • Chenonceau

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The Loire is the longest river in France, flowing through verdant countryside from the Cevennes Mountains to the Bay of Biscay. This spectacular cruise winds through a broad, fertile valley passing fairytale chateaux.

Explore the magnificent Chateau de Villandry with its world-renowned Renaissance gardens, visit Chateau du Clos Luce, Leonardo Da Vinci's home, and cruise under the 5-arch bridge of the impressive Chateau de Chenonceau. Explore the troglodyte village of Bourre and enjoy a wine tasting in Montrichard, before Nymphea cruises to the charming hamlet of Nitray.

The Nymphea has a classical Dutch design, with warm wood interiors and stylish furnishings. The 3 en suite cabins accommodate six passengers, who are hosted by the Captain and expertly served by a Master Chef and Housekeeper. Bicycles are kept on board to allow guests to ride along the towpaths or explore at their own pace.

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Loire Valley River Cruise

Day 1 - Moulin de Nitray (France)

Guests are met near Tours** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to hotel barge Nymphea where the crew and a Champagne Welcome await you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on board.

Day 2 - Larcay

A morning cruise through two locks takes us to the quaint town of Larcay where we moor under the weeping willows for lunch. In the afternoon, we enjoy an excursion to Chateau de Villandry, the last of the great Renaissance chateaux to be built on the banks of the Loire. The chateau is world-renowned for its amazing array of ornamental, water, vegetable and herb gardens. Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Vallet

After a morning cruise past no less than six private chateaux, we tie up opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around its 18th century mill. From there we drive to Amboise on the banks of the Loire, where we visit the Royal Chateau d’Amboise, a royal residence of the Kings of France for 200 years. We also visit Chateau du Clos Luce nearby, Leonardo Da Vinci’s home for the last 3 years of his life. Dinner on board.

Day 4 - Chissay en Touraine

Whilst cruising in the morning we may pull in to the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Fontenay. A two-minute walk brings us to the courtyard where we can taste their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch. In the afternoon we cruise under the 5-arch bridge of the impressive Chateau de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. From there we take a short drive in the air-conditioned minibus to visit Chenonceau, often called ‘the ladies chateau’, after those such as Henry II’s mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who added the bridge over the River Cher and the beautiful gardens. Upon our return we cruise upstream to Chissay-en-Touraine and have dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in Loire regional cooking.

Day 5 - Montrichard

A morning cruise takes us towards the troglodyte village of Bourré and we moor near one of the more unusual dwellings, La Magnaneraie. The Coquillat family have grown up in this hillside troglodyte habitation, which has been in turn a wine cellar, a quarry for the tuffeau stone, and lastly, a silkworm nursery. After lunch we drive to Valencay, one of the most splendid chateaux of the Loire. We then cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Day 6 - Nitray

Following breakfast, a short stroll takes us to the heart of Montrichard and into one of the largest street markets in Touraine. We also explore the 11th century chateau overlooking the medieval town square. Before lunch we can visit the local vineyard of the Meriau family, to taste the regional Touraine vintages. In the afternoon, we enjoy another passage under Chenonceau and arrive at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the chateau and rose garden. Enjoy an aperitif from their vineyards before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7 - Nitray

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the drop-off point near Tours**.

This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. **Other locations available for private charter bookings

Price Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation on 6 passenger Hotel Barge Nymphea
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per itinerary
  • Use of barge facilities including bicycles
  • Transfers to and from barge