The Loire, a royal river

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NANTES - SAINT-NAZAIRE - ANCENIS - Angers - The Châteaux of the Loire Valley - SAUMUR - BOUCHEMAINE - ANCENIS - NANTES

DAY 1: NANTES

Boarding in Nantes between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Crew presentation and welcome drink.

DAY 2: SAINT-NAZAIRE - NANTES

Excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : 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).
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CLASSIC : 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 as a supplement : Hiking in Guérande. Take a hike through the medieval city of Guérande and its salt marshes.
Afternoon spent cruising to Nantes. In the evening, cruise on what King Francois Ist called the “most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre.

DAY 3: NANTES - ANCENIS

Excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : guided visit of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY as a supplement : Nantes, the machines de l’ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways.
Evening of entertainment.

DAY 4: ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE

Excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : the Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.
DISCOVERY as 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

Excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : 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 as a supplement : visit of Chateau de Brissac and the castle cellars with a wine tasting.
In the afternoon, excursion common for 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.

DAY 6: BOUCHEMAINE(2) - THE LOIRE CHATEAUX

Excursion common for both packages :
The day is spent on an excursion to visit the Castles of the Loire Valley.
Entertainment on board.

DAY 7: BOUCHEMAINE(2) - ANCENIS - NANTES

Excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : excursion along the Angevine Corniche, with pretty little villages and many viewing points along the Loire.
DISCOVERY as a supplement : biking along the Loire. Enjoy a scenic bike trip along the Maine and Loire Rivers including charming typical villages.
This afternoon is spent cruising the Loire. Gala dinner on board followed by an evening of music and dancing.

DAY 8: NANTES

Disembark around 10.00 am. End of our journey. 

 
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.
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