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

Chateaux of the Loire

Discover the magnificent castles of the royal Loire Valley on this unique 7-day all-inclusive river cruise holiday with return flights, guided excursions and overnight hotel stay in Paris

Fly Cruise
6 nights from £1985pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Paris
  • Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
  • Azay-le-Rideau Chateau
  • Chateau de Villandry

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Exclusive Blue Water package with return flights from the UK and overnight Paris hotel stay!

Chateaux of the Loire Special Offer

The Loire Valley is a colourful tapestry of vineyards, rolling green hills and medieval villages dotted with hundreds of extravagant castles which were once opulent pleasure palaces for the French royalty. Discover moat-ringed mansions, imposing fortresses and majestic castles, visit vineyards to sample local wine and explore historic cities on this journey into the heart of the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley.

This exclusive cruise includes carefully chosen excursions to make the most of the captivating Loire Valley. Take a guided tour of the medieval city of Nantes and the majestic Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. In Saint-Nazaire visit Escal'Atlantic, a fascinating museum recreating ocean liners of old, and tour the Saint-Nazaire shipyard. Travel along the Muscadet Wine Route to taste local wines and explore the medieval city of Clisson.

Admire the legendary Apocalypse Tapestry on a guided tour of historic Angers, then enjoy a full day excursion to discover more of the Loire Valley’s castles, with visits to the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau, the beautiful gardens at the Chateau de Villandry and the magical Chateau d'Usse, thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing Sleeping Beauty.

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Chateaux of the Loire Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Paris (France)

Fly from the UK to Paris and transfer to the Villa Montparnasse hotel where at 6pm a CroisiEurope representative will take you to a typical Parisian brasserie for dinner before reaching the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Paris - Nantes

After breakfast, travel by coach to explore the stunning castles of the Loire Valley, including a tour of the extraordinary Château de Chambord. King Francis I built this extraordinary castle as a hunting lodge. Continue on to Chenonceau, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Château de Chenonceau, one of the best-known and most-visited chateaux in the Loire Valley which spans the Cher River and was once home to Catherine de' Medici. Head to Nantes board the unique paddleboat Loire Princesse, enjoy a welcome cocktail and perhaps join the boat tour on the beautiful Erdre river.

Day 3 - Nantes - St Nazaire

Join a guided tour of the medieval city of Nantes and the outstanding Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. This aftenoon, take a tour of Saint Nazaire, visiting Escal’Atlantic to learn more about the history of Norman and French ocean liners, and tour the Saint-Nazaire shipyard (passengers must produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard. Return to the ship in Saint Nazaire and enjoy an evening of dancing.

Day 4 - St Nazaire - Ancenis

From Ancenis travel along the Muscadet Wine Route to visit vineyards, taste local wines and explore the medieval city of Clisson.

Day 5 - Ancenis - Bouchemaine

Admire the legendary Apocalypse Tapestry in the 13th-century Château d'Angers on a guided tour of Angers, the capital of the historical Anjou province.

Day 6 - Bouchemaine - Ancenis

Today there is a full day excursion to discover more of the Loire Valley’s castles. Enjoy lunch in Villandry and visit Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, the beautiful gardens at Château de Villandry and the fairytale Château d’Ussé, thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing Sleeping Beauty. Gala dinner on board this evening.

Day 7 - Nantes - UK

Disembark Loire Princesse and transfer to Paris and on to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Transfers guaranteed for a minimum of 25 passengers only. Under this amount, we will propose traveling on the train. The stopover in Bouchemaine can be replaced with Chalonnes-sur-Loire.

Price Includes

  • 5-night all-inclusive cruise with French cuisine
  • 1-night hotel stay in Paris with evening meal and breakfast
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Free-flowing complimentary drinks on board
  • Guided excursions throughout
  • Welcome cocktail and gala farewell dinner
  • Entertainment on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 12th - Paris and back - Sailing on: Loire Princesse From: £2143
      Main Deck Upper Deck Main Deck Single Cabin Upper Deck Single Cabin
      Fly-Cruise Package from: £2143 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2395 Fly-Cruise Package from: £2845 Fly-Cruise Package from: £3097
Map for Chateaux of the Loire