Loire Valley River Cruise Highlights
Loire Valley cruises are some of the most popular, blending together the natural beauty of the region, the stunning architecture, and the rich history. There are plenty of things to do in the Loire Valley, and your dedicated crew onboard will help you discover the best places to visit.
Each of our incredible river cruises will take you to some of the must-see fairytale chateaux in the Loire Valley. Take a tour of the privately-owned Château de La Bussière on the hotel barge Renaissance, before touring Montargis, with its 11th Century château and the 12th Century Church of the Madeleine. You can visit the national historic monument of Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses too.
For a taste of the culinary delights on this journey, you will be taken on a private wine tasting at the renowned Sancerre winery of La Perriere. Explore the vineyards and discover more about viticulture before sampling some of the best vintages on offer. You can also visit Mazet and try some of the finest chocolate in France while observing how it is made. Mazet is renowned for creating the original praline recipe more than 100 years ago, and this is the perfect treat for your trip.
For a classic trip, the yacht décor of Nymphea is ideal. The shallow draft makes her ideal for navigating those beautiful sandy reaches of the River Cher, where few vessels can cruise. Your unique journey on board allows you to travel under the famed Château de Chenonceau, with excursions to Château d’Amboise and Château du Clos Lucé.
An unusual and unforgettable trip will take you to visit a Troglodyte cave dwelling where you can see the silkworm nursery. There is the option to add a hot air balloon ride to your journey, taking you off of the beaten track and into the air.
The Hotel Barge La Nouvelle Etoile will start with a champagne welcome in the Fontainebleau forest, where impressionist Sisley painted. A cruise to the medieval town of Provins gives you the chance to watch a magnificent show with the birds of prey. The “City of Roses” is a historic walled city and is considered by many to be an exceptional example of a medieval fair town in the region.
A visit to one of the oldest towns in France, Sens, gives you the opportunity to see one of the first great Gothic cathedrals. Explore the local shops, spend time in the museum, or take a stroll around the town. The beautiful Yonne gives you narrow cobbled streets and wonderful churches, taking you back to another era. No matter the type of holiday you are looking for, you’ll find the ideal cruise in the Loire Valley for you here.