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French Rivers

Discover the Loire, A Royal River
Purpose: River Cruising, Relaxation, History, Culture
No. of days: 8 days - 7 nights
First & Last Cities: Nantes
Other cities: Saint-Nazaire, Ancenis, Angers, Chateaux of the Loire Valley, Saumur, Bouchemaine
Starting cost: $2,159

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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, Nantes

After breakfast on board start your morning tour option. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising to Nantes. In the evening, cruise on what King Francois I called the “most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. Dinner an overnight on board.


Classic option 1: 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 or identity card in order to gain access to the shipyard).


Classic option 2: Guided visit of Guérande, a fortified medieval city entirely enclosed by ramparts. And discovery of the process of harvesting Guérande salt, the undeniable symbol of the regionand and how the marshes work.


Discovery option (at a supplement): Hiking in Guérande. Take a hike through the medieval city of Guérande and its salt marshes.


Day 3: Nantes, Ancenis

After buffet breakfast on board, set off your chosen excursion option. Return to the ship for lunch and prepare for an evening of entertainment aboard.


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 4: Ancenis, Bouchemaine

Enjoy buffet breakfast on board and today’s excursion options. Lunch on board as the cruise continues to Bouchemaine. Evening of entertainment provided by the crew.


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

Discovery option (at a supplement): Helicopter ride (3), the Loire from above. Leaving from Ancenis, experience an unforgettable flight over the Loire River. The cruise continues to Bouchemaine. Evening of entertainment provided by the crew


Day 5: Angers

After buffet breakfast on board, set off for your morning tour. After lunch on board take the excursion common to both packages : guided visit of Saumur and the Cadre Noir (1), which is on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and visit of the fortified city of Saumur. Evening of music and dancing.


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 6: Bouchemaine (2), Castles of the Loire

After breakfast on board spend the day on an excursion to visit the castles of the Loire Valley. Return to the ship for dinner and a night of entertainment.


Day 7: Bouchemaine (2), Ancenis, Nantes

Buffet breakfast on board and your choice or morning excursion. Lunch on board and afternoon spent cruising the Loire River. Rets, relax and get prepared for tonight’s Gala Dinner followed by an evening of music and dancing.


Classic option: Excursion along the Angevine Corniche, with pretty little villages and many viewing points along the Loire.


Discovery option (at a supplement): Biking along the Loire. Enjoy a scenic bike trip along the Maine and Loire Rivers including charming typical villages.


Day 8: 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) Guided visits do not guarantee that you will see the riders and horses at work during the visit, particularly if the Cadre Noir de Saumur is away, or during competitions.

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

(3) 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.