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Nymphea - Cycling Cruise

Nymphea - Cycling Cruise

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€15,500 Per Charter

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Enjoy a scenic cruise on board the beautiful Nymphea for six nights. This cycling-themed cruise give you plenty of opportunity to cycle along the picturesque towpaths of the Loire Valley region.  

  • Country / Region
    France / Loire Valley
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    NYMCYC0816
  • Itinerary
    Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
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€15,500 Per Charter

Premier Class

 

Enjoy a scenic cruise on board the beautiful Nymphea for six nights. This cycling-themed cruise give you plenty of opportunity to cycle along the picturesque towpaths of the Loire Valley region.  

  • Country / Region
    France / Loire Valley
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    NYMCYC0816
  • Itinerary
    Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard
  • Cabins
    3
  • Max Passengers
    6
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Up to €4,200 per charter*
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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 bicyclesTourTour Chateaux and historic monumentsItineraryItinerary Cruise between Moulin de Nitray and Montrichard.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Discover the heart of Loire Valley in this 6-night cycling cruise. On board the beautiful Nymphea, visit the region's fabled chateaux, gardens and vineyards. Enjoy cycling along the scenic towpaths and explore quaint villages and more.


Note: Cycling themed cruises are charter only.


Cruise Highlights

  • Visit Chateau de Valencay and its beautiful gardens
  • Explore the elegant Chateau Nitray. 
  • Cycle along the scenic towpaths. 
  • Moor opposite the hamlet of Vallet. 
  • Tour of Chateau d'Amboise and Clos Luce. 
  • Follow the towpath to Domaine de La Grange. 
  • Tour of the stunning Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Cycle to Chateau de Chaumont. 
  • Enjoy a picnic ashore. 
  • Visit Montrichard and the street markets on Touraine. 

Inclusions

  • Local transfers to and from the hotel barge
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of 2 crew 
  • Use of barge facilities which includes bicycles
  • iPod docking station
  • Digital TV
  • DVD player
  • Small library of books, DVDs & maps
  • Binoculars

 

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 

Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard

Day 1, Sunday
Guests are met at the **designated meeting point and transferred to Nymphea where a “Champagne Welcome” awaits you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
A morning cruise two locks takes us to the quaint town of Larcay where we moor under the weeping willows for lunch. Following the Loire cycle path we follow the River Cher downstream to visit the Chateau de Valencay with its world-renowned renaissance gardens. Cycling back is optional as the car and trailer meet us there for the visit. Dinner on board.

Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast, by bicycle, we parallel the barge’s course on its cruise passing six private chateaux and we also visit the Chateau Nitray and the rose garden, where we enjoy a pre-lunch aperitif from Nitrays vineyards. We then cross the river, cycle along the towpath and meet the barge moored opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around the 18th century mill. After lunch on board, we take the minibus to Amboise on the banks of the River Loire, where we visit the Royal Chateau D’Amboise and the Clos Luce, Leonardo Da Vinci’s home. The bicycles will accompany us on the trailer, so an optional cycle ride back to Vallet is available. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Wednesday
Whilst the Nymphea winds its way to Bléré in the morning, cyclists follow the towpath and country lanes to the Domaine de la Grange, where we taste the range of Touraine wines that are produced and domaine bottled by Bruno Curassier. In the afternoon we cruise upstream under the impressive Château de Chenonceau, one of the most visited private chateaux in France, which belongs to Mr.Meunier of chocolate making fame. We moor at the little village of Chisseaux and cycle back along the lanes to the Chateau and see the amazingly decorated rooms with no expense spared by Thomas Bohier, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis since its conception in 1515. Dinner ashore tonight in a local restaurant, specializing in regional cuisine.

Day 5, Thursday
After breakfast, the cyclists head north for 22km to join the River Loire again, arriving at the Château de Chaumont with its renowned international Garden Festival. We free wheel down to the river bank , to visit a traditional wooden Loire sailing vessel, or 'toue'. We continue our ride and stop at an island for a picnic and a swim, while enjoying the remarkable nature and pastoral scenery of one of the major yet shallowest rivers of France. Upon arrival in Amboise, we can return to Montrichard by minibus or the bikes will be available for the more energetic to cycle back to Nymphea. Dinner on board.

Day 6, Friday
This morning, a short stroll takes us to the heart of Montrichard, into the midst of one of the largest weekly street markets in Touraine. There is much to explore at the 12th century Chateau of Foulques Nerra overlooking the mediaeval town square. After an early lunch, there is a choice of transport, either bicycles or Nymphea. Nymphea sets off downstream again, for another passage under Chenonceau and arrives at the hamlet of Nitray. Meet up with the cycle party there and enjoy a pre-Captains dinner aperitif. Captains Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast guests are transferred to the **designated drop off point.

Barge Details 

Nymphea Deck Plan

Nymphea deck plan

  • 80 feet long
  • 6 passengers
  • 2 to 3 crew
  • 3 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • CD player/iPod dock
  • Sun deck with spa pool
  • 6 touring bikes
  • Air-conditioned minibus
  • WiFi (Subject to local reception)
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
Cycling Loire Valley Charter up to 6 ppl 2,500 Euros per charter

Supplement includes daily cycling with a professional cycling guide and an upgrade of bicycle for duration of your cruise.

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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