Classic yacht décor amongst the chateaux

Hotel Barge Nymphea

Nymphea’s Dutch design with its shallow draft makes her the ideal vessel for navigating the beautiful sandy reaches of the River Cher in the Loire Valley. Very few other vessels are able to cruise this magical waterway.

Her traditional interior, reminiscent of a classic yacht, features a warm décor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and shining brass. The traditionally furnished saloon and dining area have a warm and welcoming country house atmosphere and there is an additional upper saloon area with more comfortable seating to relax in. Nymphea has three compact, but comfortable cabins, two twin staterooms and one twin or double stateroom, all with air conditioning and en-suite facilities.

Outside, the sun deck with its comfortable seating offers the perfect vantage point from which to admire the next picturesque waterside village, elegant châteaux, or stunning stretch of scenery as it slowly comes into view. You will even get to cruise through the arches of probably the most-photographed château in the Loire Valley, Château de Chenonceau – not once, but twice – a rare privilege afforded to very few boats! And if you wish to explore the River Cher’s towpath and surrounding countryside, there are 6 bicycles available for your use.

Nymphea’s crew of Captain/Tour Leader and Master Chef are most knowledgeable about the history, wine and cuisine of the region and they will be there to help make your journey through the ‘Valley of the Kings of France’ truly unforgettable.

Cruise Highlights

  • Cruise under the famed Château de Chenonceau
  • Visit a Troglodyte cave dwelling and see the silkworm nursery
  • Excursions to the Château d’Amboise and Château du Clos Lucé
  • Private wine tastings at Montrichard and the Domaine de Fontenay
  • Visit to Château de Villandry and its magnificent gardens
  • Tour of Château de Chenonceau and gardens
  • Colourful street markets
  • Optional hot air ballooning

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Loire Valley


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Lovely, 100-year-old barge takes you to several historic chateaux and villages in the Loire Valley. We also had an amazing sunrise hot air balloon...

Mrs Suzanne Daugherty , Philadelphia, PA,USA

We would do again,but maybe not on Nymphea. Boat needs renovating first. Another shallow draft barge might be

Mr Allan Alcock

Easy to do and flexible with COVID scheduling

Mr Lawrence Lentz

The entire trip was service oriented, the staff remembering your preferences, and so eager to please.

Ms Diana Henry

Beautiful trip. Top notch food. Charming Captain. Professional and unobtrusive crew.

Ms Diana Meservey

It was all stated above. Wonderful experience ever!

Ms Rose Lew

Everything was so comfortable, the food was truly amazing in such a small galley- incredible. It was so comfortable to stay in.

Ms Glenys Downe

The crew was committed to a high level of customer service. Luke, the chef on Nymphaea, prepared a top notch menu for lunch and...

Dr Philip Rich , Oakland, CA

Crew were welcoming, friendly and consistently responsive. The route was short, on shore excursions lively and informative. On board meals were delightful. Gave us a view of...

Gerard Williams

The Nympha is in excellent repair and is very pretty on the inside. This is a six-passenger boat, so things are a bit...

Dr Steve Hufstedler , Sher River, Loire Valley

Deck Plan

First Class 6 Passengers 2/3 Crew More Details

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