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Nymphea - Loire Valley Cruise

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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. The Valley of the Kings is a timeless region of spectacular beauty and grace!
France
Cultural
Food & Wine
Barge

Highlights

Private wine tastings at Montrichard and the Domaine de Fontenay

Excursions to the Château d’Amboise and Château du Clos Lucé

Visit to Château de Villandry and its magnificent gardens

Tour of Château de Chenonceau and gardens

Hotel Barge Nymphea 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.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge Nymphea in a Stateroom
Crew of 4 (Captain, tour guide, chef and hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 6 passengers
  • 2 cabin Twin and 1 Double Staterooms with en suite
  • Air conditioning/ Centrally Heated
  • 6 Bicycle 
  • Free Wi-Fi (connectivity limited in remote locations)

Day 1
Tours → Moulin de Nitray

You are met near Tours** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to hotel barge Nymphea where the crew and a Champagne Welcome await you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Nymphea in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Tours → Moulin de Nitray
Day 2
Moulin de Nitray → Larcay

A morning cruise through two locks takes you to the quaint town of Larcay where we moor under the weeping willows for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Château de Villandry, the last of the great Renaissance châteaux to be built on the banks of the Loire. The château is world-renowned for its amazing array of ornamental, water, vegetable and herb gardens. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Nymphea in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Moulin de Nitray → Larcay
Château de Villandry
Day 3
Larcay → Vallet

After a morning cruise past no less than six private châteaux, tie up opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around its 18th century mill. From there we drive to Amboise on the banks of the Loire, where we visit the Royal Château d’Amboise, a royal residence of the Kings of France for 200 years. You will also visit Château du Clos Lucé nearby, Leonardo Da Vinci’s home for the last 3 years of his life. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Nymphea in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Larcay → Vallet
Loire River
Day 4
Vallet → Chissay-en-Touraine

Whilst cruising in the morning you may pull in to the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Fontenay. A two-minute walk brings you to the courtyard where you can taste their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch. In the afternoon we cruise under the 5-arch bridge of the impressive Château de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. From there you will take a short drive in the air-conditioned minibus to visit Chenonceau, often called ‘the ladies château’, after those such as Henry II’s mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who added the bridge over the River Cher and the beautiful gardens. Upon our return we cruise upstream to Chissay-en-Touraine and have dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in Loire regional cooking.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Nymphea in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vallet → Chissay-en-Touraine
Cruise under the arch bridge of the Château de Chenonceau
Day 5
Chissy-en-Touraine → Montrichard

A morning cruise takes you towards the troglodyte village of Bourré and we moor near one of the more unusual dwellings, La Magnaneraie. The Coquillat family have grown up in this hillside troglodyte habitation, which has been in turn a wine cellar, a quarry for the tuffeau stone, and lastly, a silkworm nursery. After lunch you will drive to Valencay, one of the most splendid châteaux of the Loire. We then cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Nymphea in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chissy-en-Touraine → Montrichard
Nymphea Sundeck
Day 6
Montrichard → Moulin de Nitray

Following breakfast, a short stroll takes you to the heart of Montrichard and into one of the largest street markets in Touraine. You will also explore the 11th century château overlooking the medieval town square. Before lunch you can visit the local vineyard of the Meriau family, to taste the regional Touraine vintages. In the afternoon, enjoy another passage under Chenonceau and arrive at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the château and rose garden. Enjoy an aperitif from their vineyards before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Nymphea in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Montrichard → Moulin de Nitray
Chateau of Chenonceau
Day 7
Moulin de Nitray → Tours

After breakfast, you are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the drop-off point near Tours.

Breakfast
Moulin de Nitray → Tours
Nymphea Saloon

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

6 nights
France
Tours
Tours
Cultural, Food & Wine
26 Jun - 02 Oct 2022

Optional Extras

Departure Date and Pricing:

Important notes

  • Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of this travel experience, under our Bookings Conditions this package classifies as “Booking Type 2 – Travel Experience where we act as agent only”. Your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions. We will advise you prior to confirming your booking the full details and Booking Conditions of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.
  • This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise will be in the reverse direction.

This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.