Loire Valley

A fairytale region of exquisite Renaissance châteaux, Royal French history and contrasting waterways.

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 cheesemaker 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.

The ultra deluxe Renaissance cruises in western Burgundy and the upper River Loire which gives a taste of the Loire region where it borders Burgundy to the west.

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Our Hotel Barges in the Loire Valley

Ultra Deluxe 8 Passengers 5 Crew Cruise Rates
Renaissance barge

Renaissance is an ultra-deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises in the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy between Chatillon-sur-Lore and Montargis from April to October

First Class 6 Passengers 2/3 Crew Cruise Rates
Nymphea 490

Nymphea is a first-class, 6 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Loire Valley between Moulin de Nitray and Montrichard from June to September

Ultra Deluxe 8 Passengers 5 Crew Cruise Rates

La Nouvelle Etoile is an ultra-deluxe, 8 passenger hotel barge that cruises the Upper Loire and Burgundy between Moret-sur-Loing and Briare from early June to mid-July


5 Must See Fairy-tale Châteaux in the Loire Valley

To make it easier for you to choose which Loire Valley châteaux you stop at, we’ve put together a list of our top 5, so you don’t miss the best... Read More

History & Beauty at the Château de la Bussière

The Château de la Bussière is a beautiful 17th century castle, complete with gorgeous gardens and the opportunity to pick your own raspberries! Read More

The Best Things to do in the Loire Valley

What are the best things to do and see in the Loire? Look no further, read on to discover the castles and waterways of this glorious region Read More

Celebrating 500 Years of French Renaissance Heritage in the Loire Valley

Immerse yourself in the Renaissance celebrations that are in full swing across the Loire region in 2019 Read More

Romance in the Loire Valley – A Honeymoon Cruise

Nothing says romance like the Loire Valley and its wonderful mixture of culture and nature - why not take a honeymoon cruise along the Loire? Read More

The Ultimate Guide to the Canal de Briare: One of the Oldest French Canals

Now a wonderful location to explore on a barge holiday in France, for centuries the Canal de Briare was an important transportation channel. Read More