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French Rivers

Glimpse of the Loire, a Royal Legacy
Purpose: River Cruising, Relaxation, History, Culture
No. of days: 6 days - 5 nights
First & Last Cities: Nantes
Other cities: Saint-Nazaire, Ancenis, Bouchemarie, Angers, Chateaux of the Loire Valley
Starting cost: $1,519

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Day 1: Nantes

Board in Nantes between 6 pm and 7 pm. Check into cabins. Welcome cocktail in the lounge bar and introduction to the crew. Dinner this evening is followed by a welcome party on board. Cruise excursion along the Erdre, “the prettiest river in France” according to Francis I. Discover the history of this river and its many castles as you cruise along.

 

Day 2: Nantes, St. Nazaire

After breakfast on board start your morning tour option. Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, excursion common for both packages : tour of Saint Nazaire, a town on the sea. Visit of Escal’Atlantic and the Saint Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe. (This excursion must be pre-booked in advance through your travel agent. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard). We rejoin the ship in Saint Nazaire, followed by an evening of music and dancing. Overnight stop.

 

Classic option: Guided visit of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.

 

Discovery option (at a supplement): Nantes, the machines de l’ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways.

 

Day 3: St. Nazaire, Ancenis

The vessel sets sail early this morning. The entire morning is spent cruising. We arrive in Ancenis in the early afternoon.

                                 

Classic option: the Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.

 

Discovery option (at a supplement): Helicopter ride (2), the Loire from above. Leaving from Ancenis, experience an unforgettable flight over the Loire River.

 

Day 4: Ancenis, Bouchemaine, Angers

Set sail for Bouchemaine (1). The entire morning is spent cruising. In the afternoon take one of the excursions offered. After dinner, evening of entertainment provided by the crew.

 

Classic option: Visit of the town of Angers, capital of the Anjou region. You will visit the fortress from the 13th century and see the Apocalypse tapestry, which is the most important set of medieval tapestries still in existence in the world today.

 

Discovery option (at a supplement): visit of Chateau de Brissac and the castle cellars with a wine tasting.

 

Day 5: Bouchemaine, Castles of the Loire, Ancenis

After breakfast on board spend the day on an excursion to visit the castles of the Loire Valley. We return on board at Ancenis. Gala dinner on board followed by an evening of music and dancing. The ship sets sail during the evening for Nantes and continues through the night.

 

Day 6: Nantes

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark at 10.00 am. End of cruise services.

 

 

Notes: The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and the order of the excursions may be changed to ensure the best organization of your cruise. For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary. The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change.

(1) Depending on docking availability, stopover in Bouchemaine may be replaced by Chalonnes-sur-Loire. In this event, order of excursions could be altered.

(2) This excursion must be pre-booked in advance through your travel agent. Depending on availability and subject to favorable weather conditions. Alcohol can damage your health. Please drink in moderation.