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~ Barge Cruises in France ~
Loire - Chenonceau

Magnificent Renaissance chateaus at every turn!

Cruise the Cher River in the Loire River valley of France aboard a 6-passenger barge-hotel (7 days - 6 nights). This small riverboat is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft and is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful but sandy river. The barge's traditional interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and a welcoming country home atmosphere.

Photos and deck plan of luxury barge hotel. All-inclusive river and canal cruising and barging vacation in the Loire River valley of France.

Map for Loire-Chenonceau barge cruise

TYPICAL BARGE CRUISE ITINERARY
(actual program may vary)

Day 1 - Sunday: Moulin de Nitray. You are met in late afternoon at the designated meeting location (usually the St Pierre des Corps TGV station near Tours) and taken to the barge, where a champagne welcome awaits you at the river mooring opposite the 17th-century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on the barge.

Day 2 - Monday: Moulin de Nitray to Larçay. A morning cruise through two locks takes you to the quaint town of Larçay, where the barge moors for lunch. Afternoon excursion by minibus to the Chateau de Villandry with its famous Renaissance gardens. Dinner on the barge.

Day 3 - Tuesday: Larçay to Vallet. After a morning cruise passing six private chateaus, the barge stops across from the village of Vallet, a cluster of buildings in the classic regional style of architecture grouped around an 18th-century mill. From there, travel by minibus to the chateau of Amboise on the banks of the Loire River. After touring this magnificent royal chateau and the Clos Lucé, Leonardo Da Vinci's last home, you'll go back to the barge for dinner.

Day 4 - Wednesday: Vallet to Chissay-en-Touraine. Morning cruise with a possible stop at the Domaine de Fontenay for a wine-tasting, then lunch on the barge while moored in Bléré. In the afternoon you'll cruise through one of the arches under the impressive Chateau de Chenonceau (a sight to remember forever) and moor at Chisseaux before visiting the chateau. Continue cruising upstream to Chissay-en-Touraine. Tonight you can enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants specializing in regional cuisine.

Day 5 - Thursday: Chissay-en-Touraine to Montrichard. Morning cruise to the cave-dwelling hamlet of Bourré. A short walk from the next lock takes you to one of the most unusual dwellings in the area, La Magnaneraie. The Coquillat family have grown up in this hillside cave dwelling, which has been in turn wine cellar, limestone quarry, and most recently a silkworm nursery. After lunch take the minibus to Valençay, one of the most splendid chateaus of the Loire River valley and the home of Talleyrand, Napoleon's foreign minister. Returning to the barge, cruise to Montrichard and moor for the night. Dinner on the barge.

Day 6 - Friday: Montrichard to Nitray. Following breakfast, take a short walk to the heart of Montrichard and browse at one of the largest weekly street markets in the Touraine region. You can also explore the 12th-century chateau overlooking the medieval town square and enjoy a wine-tasting at a local vineyard. After an early lunch, the barge travels back down the river through the arches of Chenonceau. Arrival back in Nitray in time to visit the chateau and rose garden. Enjoy an aperitif from the vineyard before the Captain's farewell dinner on board the barge.

Day 7 - Saturday: End of cruise. After breakfast, transfer by minibus to the designated drop off location.

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

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Highlights

  • Chateau and gardens in Villandry
  • Chateau of Clos Lucé, Leonardo Da Vinci's last home
  • Chateau of Amboise
  • Chateau of Chenonceau - visit and cruise underneath
  • Chateau of Valençay
  • Other Renaissance chateaus can be visited when on a charter cruise
  • Visit to a cave dwelling and silkworm nursery
  • Montrichard street market and chateau
  • Wine tastings
  • Optional hot-air ballooning

Included

  • Accommodations with private bath or shower and all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 7
  • Wine with lunch and dinner and selected alcoholic beverages consumed aboard the barge
  • Sightseeing tours and entrance fees as specified

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from beginning and end points.
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Barge crew gratuities (suggested 5% of cruise price)
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities when available
  • Other items not specifically listed under "Included" above

Barge Features

  • Cabins: 2 twins; 1 cabin can be set up as twin or double (6 passengers)
  • 3 crew members
  • Size: 81 ft. x 14 ft.
  • Sundeck
  • Air conditioning and central heating
  • Air-conditioned minibus for excursions

Cruise Departures

Every Sunday subject to availability, from Jun 22 through Oct 5

This barge can be chartered for groups. Various themes and dates can be arranged to fit the specific interests of each group.

DEPARTURES AND PRICES

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Gardens and castle of Villandry, Loire Valley, France

Gardens and castle
of Villandry

 

Castle of Blois, Loire Valley, France

Detail of Blois Castle

 

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Azay le Rideau

 
 
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