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Nymphea
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€3,790 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Nymphea was built in 1921 and used to carry barley and hops in Netherlands. She was converted to a hotel barge n 1985. She now cruises along the beautiful River Cher in Loire Valley.

  • Country / Region
    France / Loire Valley
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTNYM0816
  • Itinerary
    Moulin de Nitray to Moulin de Nitray
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
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€3,790 Per Person

Premier Class

 

Nymphea was built in 1921 and used to carry barley and hops in Netherlands. She was converted to a hotel barge n 1985. She now cruises along the beautiful River Cher in Loire Valley.

  • Country / Region
    France / Loire Valley
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    BTNYM0816
  • Itinerary
    Moulin de Nitray to Moulin de Nitray
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
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Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deckTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesBonusBonus Each cabin booked receives a free signed copy of French Odyssey by Rick Stein.ItineraryItinerary Cruise between Moulin de Nitray and Moulin de Nitray.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

The classic, 6-passenger Nymphea cruises in the scenic River Cher in Loire Valley capturing the region’s fabled chateaux and picturesque landscape. She offers three comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, salon and dining room and relaxing sun deck. You can also bike along the beautiful towpaths and trails.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • All-inclusive 6-night/7-day cruise
  • Daily excursions and entry fees to:
    • Château de Chenonceau, the world-famous castle
    • Château d’Amboise, royal residence of the Kings of France for 200 years
    • Château du Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci lived
    • Château de Villandry and its famous garden
    • Troglodyte cave dwelling and its silkworm nursery
    • Montrichard and its street market
    • Local wineries for regional Touraine vintage wine tasting
  • This barge offers a self-catering option for guests to cook at their leisure whilst the crew takes care of navigation.
  • Breakfast and gourmet dinners on board/lunches offshore
  • Open-bar 24/7
  • Attentive service from 4 crew members
  • Transfers between Carcassonne, Narbonne or Toulouse and Mirage
  • Cruise from April to October/Sunday departures
  • Bookings available by the cabin. Alternatively, this barge may be fully chartered for the exclusive use of your group.

 

Pick-up & Drop-off Points

Approximate transfer duration to Nymphea is between 15 & 30 minutes.

 

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: St Pierre des Corps TGV train station at 4:30pm OR for self-drive, the Nitray Lockhouse at 4:00 pm
  • Drop-off point:  St Pierre des Corps TGV train station OR to Nitray Lockhouse for self-drive at 9:45 am

 

For charter bookings:

In addition to the above, choice of 1 location in Tours for pick-up at 4:30 pm and drop-off by 9:45 am.

Cruise Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Filet Mignon de Veau à la Bière et Moutarde; Selle d'Agneau au Romari; Saumon et Friture


Wine Cellar
Château de Fontenay; La Reserve de Jean; Château de la Grille; Chinon; Domaine de la Renaudi; Touraine Blanc; Château de Nitray; Cabernet Franc; Les Meuriers


Cheese Board
Valença; St Maure de Touraine; Selles sur Cher

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Itinerary 

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred 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, Monday
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 Château de Villandry, with its world-renowned Renaissance gardens. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After a morning cruise past no less than six private châteaux, 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 Château d’Amboise and the Château du Clos Luce, Leonardo Da Vinci’s home. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
Whilst cruising in the morning we may pull in to the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Château 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 while moored at Blere. In the afternoon we cruise under the 5 arch bridge of the impressive Château de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. From there we take a short drive in the minibus to visit this magnificent château.

Upon our return, cruise upstream to Chissay-en-Touraine. We have dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in Loire regional cooking.

Day 5, Thursday
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 visit Valencay, one of the most splendid châteaux of the Loire. We then cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
Following breakfast, a short stroll takes us to the heart of Montrichard, into the midst of one of the largest street markets in Touraine. We also explore the 11th century overlooking the medieval town square. Before lunch we can visit the local vineyard of the Meriau family, to taste the regional Touraine vintages.

After lunch, we enjoy another passage under Chenonceau and arrive at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the château and rose garden. Enjoy an aperitif from their vineyards before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, disembark Nymphea and transfer to the designated drop-off point.

Barge Details 

Nymphea Deck Plan

Nymphea deck plan

  • 2 - 3 crew
  • 25 metres long
  • 3 en-suite cabins: 2 twins and 1 double (7-9 sqm)
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally heated
  • Sundeck
  • 6 bicycles available on board
  • CD Player, iPod Dock and books
  • Wi-Fi (subject to local reception)
  • Air-conditioned minibus
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2017

20% off per cabin on September 17

Departure Dates (Sunday) Stateroom per person Single Supplement Book Before
September 3, 10, 24 3,790 Euros 1,500 Euros  
September 17 3,032 Euros 1,500 Euros 15 September 2017
October 1 3,790 Euros 1,500 Euros  

Charter (Whole Barge)

20% off per charter on September 10 & October 1

Departure Dates (Sunday) Charter 2 ppl Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl Book After
September 3, 17, 24 15,500 Euros 19,200 Euros 20,100 Euros 21,000 Euros  
September 10 12,320 Euros 15,360 Euros 16,080 Euros 16,800 Euros 29 September 2017
October 1 12,320 Euros 15,360 Euros 16,080 Euros 16,800 Euros 29 September 2017

Rates for 2018

Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement
June 24 3,890 Euros 1,550 Euros
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 3,890 Euros 1,550 Euros
August 5, 12, 19, 26 3,890 Euros 1,550 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 3,890 Euros 1,550 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

Departure Dates Charter 2 ppl Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl
June 24 15,900 Euros 19,800 Euros 20,800 Euros 21,800 Euros
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 15,900 Euros 19,800 Euros 20,800 Euros 21,800 Euros
August 5, 12, 19, 26 15,900 Euros 19,800 Euros 20,800 Euros 21,800 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 15,900 Euros 19,800 Euros 20,800 Euros 21,800 Euros

 Theme Cruise Supplement 

Theme Region Available for Supplement
Golf Loire Valley Charter up to 6 ppl 500 Euros per passenger
Cycling Loire Valley Charter up to 6 ppl 2,500 Euros per charter
Family Loire Valley Charter up to 6 ppl None 
Honeymoon/Anniversary Loire Valley 2 people Refer to cruise rates 

Golf cruises include four pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs. Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy not included. *Only those golfing pay the supplement. A minimum of 4 passengers on a golf charter are required to play golf.

Cycling cruises include daily cycling with a professional cycling guide and an upgrade of bicycle.

Families with children charter cruises are available on many of our hotel barges, with tailor-made itineraries that take into consideration the ages and interests of all those in the group. A wide range of activities can be arranged with us and some will incur a supplement e.g. go-karting. Other activities can be booked by the family group directly with the provider e.g. hot air ballooning. Baby and child equipment can be provided at no extra cost including children’s bikes and helmets, car seats, cots, high chairs, etc. Children under 18 receive a discount on many vessels.

Honeymoon charters are available on all hotel barges but we highly recommend these 2 vessels for your special 6 night celebration.

Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

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