€17,200 Per Charter
- Country / RegionFrance / Loire Valley
- Duration7 Days/6 Nights
- Cruise CodeNYMFAM0816
- Max Passengers6
- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary Meals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusion Sun deckTransportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions Activity Use of bicyclesTour Chateaux and historic monumentsItinerary Cruise between Moulin de Nitray and Montrichard. Inclusion WiFi on boardActivity Wine tasting sessions
Our classic Loire Valley family cruise will take you and your family to the heart of Loire Valley. Visit the fabled chateaux, historic monuments, Aquarium Du Val De Loire and more. There are fun activities for the children such as swimming, canoeing or biking.
Note: Family themed cruises are charter only.
- Visit the Mini Chateau and Aquarium Du Val De Loire in Amboise.
- Tour of Château du Clos Lucé, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci.
- Cruise under the stunning Chateau de Chenonceau.
- Visit ZooParc de Beaval in Saint-Aignan .
- Visit the trologdyte village of Bourre.
- Discover the magnificent Chateau de Chambord.
- Tour Montrichard and its castle.
- Activities - cycling, swimming and canoeing
- 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
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 4:30 pm 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
** Car-parking is available at the Nitray Lockhouse
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.
Filet Mignon de Veau à la Bière et Moutarde; Selle d'Agneau au Romari; Saumon et Friture
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
Valença; St Maure de Touraine; Selles sur Cher
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Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard
Day 1, Sunday
You are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to Nymphea where a “Champagne Welcome” awaits you at the mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday
A morning cruise through two locks will take you to the quaint town of Larcay where the barge will moor under the weeping willows for lunch. You'll have an afternoon excursion to Amboise, where you will visit the Mini Chateau and Aquarium Du Val De Loire. Set in 5 acres of landscaped park and crisscrossed by 6 railway lines of miniature trains, the model village has 45 miniature recreations of the finest chateaux in the Val de Loire region. The Aquarium has 40 pools displaying a diversity of aquatic life, including fish from the Loire, crocodiles from the Amazon and sharks from the deepest oceans. Return to Nymphea for dinner on board.
Day 3, Tuesday
After a morning cruise past no less than six private chateaux, the barge will moor opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around its 18th century mill. You will then enjoy Chateau du Clos Luce and its gardens, the last residence of Leonardo Da Vinci. Here you can discover his 40 fabulous machines, inventions that were 5 centuries ahead of their time, including his airplane, helicopter, parachute, car and tank, many of which are displayed in the landscaped gardens of the Chateau. If there is still time you can visit Les Caves Monmousseau in Montrichard, cellars of the Monmousseau vinery. This is a 15km labyrinth of passages and deep caves which were once an old limestone quarry. Dinner on board.
Day 4, Wednesday
While cruising in the morning you may pull into the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Chateau de Fontenay from where a 2-minute walk brings you to their courtyard where you can taste their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch moored at Blere. In the afternoon you'll cruise under the 5 arch bridge of the impressive Château de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. One can take a canoe from the lock before the castle, follow the barge and then explore the moat and arches of Chenonceau, before paddling upstream to rejoin the barge at its mooring. You can also visit the ZooParc de Beaval in Saint-Aignan, home to 4000 animals. Discover elephants, tigers, alligators, gorillas, tropical birds and much more, including hourly marine animal and birds of prey shows to entertain you. (Alternatively you can visit Chateau de Loches, a huge 9th century Castle, steeped in history and famous for its massive Keep. In August, they hold a 4 day Medieval Spectacular with cannons, sword fighting, and crossbow making and firing.) Upon your return you will cruise upstream to Chissay en Touraine. Have your dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants.
Day 5, Thursday
A morning cruise takes you towards the troglodyte village of Bourré. The barge ties up at the lock and you'll take a short walk to La Magnaneraie, one of the more unusual troglodyde dwellings in the Loire Valley. The Coquillat family has grown up in this hillside troglodyte habitation, which has been turned into a wine cellar, quarry for the tuffeau stone, and lastly, a silkworm nursery. After lunch you'll visit the Chateau de Chambord which is one of the largest castles in the world and certainly the largest in the Loire Valley. The first sighting will take your breath away simply due to the scale of it. There are daily tours and costumed tours for children with special audio guides. Surrounding the chateau is the Parc du Chambord, the largest walled game reserve in Europe, where wild boars and red deer roam freely and can be seen from one of the 4 game observatories. There is a twice daily equestrian dressage display in the grounds and further exploration can be done by bike, boat or horseback, all of which are for hire. Returning to the barge you will cruise to Montrichard where the barge will moor for the night. Dinner on board.
Day 6, Friday
Following breakfast, a short stroll takes you to the heart of Montrichard, into the midst of one of the largest weekly street markets in Touraine. Additionally, take time to explore the 12th Century Chateau de Montrichard and its Donjon constructed by Foulques Nerra overlooking the medieval town square. Then afterwards maybe spend some time on the ‘parc plage’ a small beach at the yachting club where you can hire a canoe or ‘pedaleau’ or go swimming. After lunch, Nymphea sets off downstream again, for another passage under the Chateau de Chenonceau where there is an outside children’s play area, maze and canoeing. On arrival at the hamlet of Nitray there may be time to visit the Chateau de Nitray, a large winemaking estate with an exceptional architectural ensemble including a chapel, pigeon house and landscaped ‘English Rose Garden’. Here you can enjoy an aperitif from their vineyards. Captain's ‘Farewell Dinner’ on board.
Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, disembark and return to the designated drop off point.
Nymphea Deck Plan
- 80 feet long
- 6 passengers
- 2 to 3 crew
- 3 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
- 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 2019
Departure Dates Stateroom per person Single Supplement June 23, 30 3,990 Euros 1,550 Euros July 7, 14, 21, 28 3,990 Euros 1,550 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 3,990 Euros 1,550 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 3,990 Euros 1,550 Euros
Charter (Whole Barge)
Departure Dates Charter 2 ppl Charter 4 ppl Charter 5 ppl Charter 6 ppl June 23, 30 17,200 Euros 20,200 Euros 21,300 Euros 22,400 Euros July 7, 14, 21, 28 17,200 Euros 20,200 Euros 21,300 Euros 22,400 Euros August 4, 11, 18, 25 17,200 Euros 20,200 Euros 21,300 Euros 22,400 Euros September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 17,200 Euros 20,200 Euros 21,300 Euros 22,400 Euros
Theme Cruise Supplement
Theme Available for Supplement Family Charter 6 ppl None
Family cruises include a tailor-made itinerary taking into consideration the ages and interests of all those in the group. Baby and child equipment can be provided at no extra cost including children’s bikes, car seats, cots, high chairs etc. Children under 18 years receive a discount on many vessels.
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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