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Nymphea

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 decor 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 chateau, 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
  • Excursion 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
  • Colourful street markets
  • Optional hot air ballooning

Classic Cruise Itineraries

Classic Cruise – Loire Valley

Typical Cuisine & Wine

Cuisine

Regional Specialities

Filet Mignon de Veau à la Bière et Moutarde; Selle d'Agneau au Romari; Saumon et Friture
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Château de Chaintres, Saumur Champigny; Domaine de la Renaudie, Touraine Blanc; Château de Fontenay, La Reserve de Jean
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Aisy Cendré; Bouton de Culotte; Epoisses; Ami du Chambertin

CONTACT US ABOUT THIS CRUISE

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

Nymphea
First Class 6 Passengers 2/3 Crew More Details

2018 Cruise Rates

AccommodationRegular
Stateroom$4,550
Single Supplement$1,850
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 2 passengers$18,800
Charter 4 passengers$23,100
Charter 5 passengers$24,500
Charter 6 passengers$25,900
Departure Dates (Sunday)RatesCruise Region
Jun 24; Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30RegLoire Valley

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