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Loire Valley Cruises

The spectacular Loire Valley and its main tributary, the River Cher, have carried cargo and passengers for over 2000 years, since pre-Roman times as it winds through sandbanks to the Atlantic Ocean. The Valley of the Kings is a timeless region of spectacular beauty and grace and we are delighted to offer the only hotel barge cruising through its heart.

The Loire Valley is as rich in legend as it is in beauty; here the aristocracy of France have built their castles and palaces over the centuries and you will realise that, fortunately, little has changed. Talk to a cheese-maker and find out why his is the most famous goat’s cheese in France. Wind your way through the narrow streets of a centuries-old village, perhaps discovering hidden shops with hand-painted pottery, or stumble across an open market on your own.


 

Nymphea in the Loire Valley

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  • First Class Barge

  • 3 Cabins with 2-3 Crew

  • Price per person twin share cabin from: A$ 6,540

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Nymphea Chenonceau The 6 passenger Nymphea is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft and is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful yet somewhat sandy reaches of the river Cher in the Loire valley. Refitted throughout, her traditional ship interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and a welcoming country house atmosphere.

Nymphea has three comfortable cabins, two twin staterooms and one twin or double stateroom, all with air conditioning and en-suite facilities. Six bikes are always available for you to enjoy rides along towpaths and trails. Her crew of Captain and Chef/Housekeeper are most knowledgeable about the history in this beautiful area and are excellent hosts for your luxury cruise.

Below you can find some of the highlights of the cruises we are currently offering on Nymphea, along with some examples of the cuisine and fine wines the master chef will present you with on board. You can view the current itineraries and maps by clicking "Nymphea Cruises" on the menu on the right where you will also find links to the photo gallery, deck plan and cruise rates.

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Renaissance Luxury Barge in the Loire Valley

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  • Ultra Deluxe Barge

  • 4 Cabins with 5 Crew

  • Price per person in a twin share cabin from: A$9,590

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Renaissance 1200


Renaissance has been designed to carry her guests in ultimate luxury along the Canal de Briare, France’s oldest canal and steeped in history on a cruise route that features elegant chateaux, small countryside villages and the famed wine-growing region of Sancerre.

She is a very spacious hotel barge and the beautifully-appointed saloon with its wooden beams, classic dining furniture and artworks, invokes the atmosphere of a classic French manor house. The comfortable leather sofas and hand-built bar where you can enjoy your pre-dinner aperitif, add to the feeling of onboard opulence.

The ‘Renaissance mood’ extends to the four very generously-sized twin or double bedded bedroom suites, (approx. 265sq ft including en suite), each one fully air-conditioned and complemented by a large en suite bathroom.

Outside, the large forward deck includes a covered roof extension with a circular table for alfresco dining, comfortable hardwood sun loungers and a heated spa pool.

With her refined onboard ambience, Renaissance is the perfect vessel on which to cruise a historic canal and experience the splendour of landmarks en route, including Gustav’s Eiffels’s aqueduct across the mighty River Loire.

Cruise Highlights

  •  Visit to Château de Fontainebleau
  • Visit to the privately-owned Château de la Bussière
  • 7-lock flight at Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses
  • Visit to Château de Sully-sur-Loire, a moated fortress and ‘monument historique’
  • Cruise across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel over the River Loire
  • Wine tasting in Sancerre
  • Visit Gien, home of the Faience pottery
  • Excellent towpath for walking and bicycling
  • “Biking Plus” option available

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Renaissance Deck Plan Full


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