The Loire River is over 1000kms long and rises in the Ardeche region south of Lyon, but it is best known for its famous chateaux in Touraine.
East of Orleans is Briare, which is at the junction of the Briare Canal, going north to eventually connect with the Seine River and Paris, and the Canal Lateral a la Loire, which heads south, via an aqueduct over the river, to Digoin and Roanne. The Upper Loire forms the boundary between the Loire and Burgundy regions, so the Sancerre vineyards on the western bank are in Loire, while the Pouilly-sur-Loire vineyards on the eastern side are technically in Burgundy.
- Nymphea is a 24m barge, accommodating 6 guests with a crew of 2-3. Its shallow draft allows it to cruise the Cher river between Larçay, east of Tours, and Montrichard. Highlights include vineyards and wine tasting, Amboise for its chateau and Clos Lucé, the gardens of Chateau de Villandry and, of course, Chateau de Chenonceau, which spans the river. Transfers are from the TGV station outside Tours and the all-inclusive 6 night cruise is priced from 3890 euros per person, or for a whole barge charter from 15,900 Euros (honeymoon cruise for two) to 21,800 Euros for six. Contact us for a brochure & more information, or view a video HERE.
- Renaissance is a 38m barge for 8 guests with 4 generous suites and a crew of 5. It cruises between Montargis on the Canal de Briare and Chatillon-sur-Loire on the Canal Lateral a la Loire. Highlights include the chateaux of Fontainebleau, la Bussiere and Sully-sur-Loire, Sancerre and its wine, Gien and its pottery and the spectacular Briare aqueduct, plus dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Auberge des Templiers. The all-inclusive 6 night cruise includes transfers between Paris and the barge, and is priced from 5690 euros per person. Contact us for a brochure & more information, or view a video HERE.
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