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2018 2019
FROM $ 3,170 PP

The Royal Loire River

8 Days - NHN_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

NANTES - SAINT-NAZAIRE - ANCENIS - Angers - The Châteaux of the Loire Valley - Saumur - BOUCHEMAINE(2) - ANCENIS - NANTES

Go on a splendid journey discovering the treasures of the Loire. Visit Nantes and its historical jewels, Guérande protected by its strong ramparts, quoted to be the Dukes of Brittany's favorite and famous for its medieval monuments as well as for its salt marshes, and the Escal'Atlantic of Saint-Nazaire. You will also discover the impressive Cadre Noir at Saumur well known for it master class equestrian skills, as well as the Angevine cliffs rising  up to over a hundred meters and offering you an impregnable panorama over the Loire valley.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE:
    • Cruise on board a paddle steamer
    • Helicopter ride: the Loire from above(3)
  • Full-day excursion to the castles of the Loire Valley: guided tours of the castles of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau and the gardens of Villandry
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Medieval city of Guérande, its salt marshes and salt-workers
    • Saumur, the Cadre Noir(1) and age-old equestrian traditions
    • Picturesque villages along the Angevine Corniche

Cruise

Day 1

NANTES

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. Our ship will start cruising towards Saint-Nazaire during the night.

Day 2

SAINT-NAZAIRE - NANTES

Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Tour of Saint Nazaire, a town on the sea. We'll visit Escal'Atlantic, a museum that explores the historic ocean liner experience, and the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard).
OR
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Guérande, a fortified medieval city entirely enclosed by ramparts. We'll discover the process of harvesting Guérande salt, the undeniable symbol of the region.
DISCOVERY: Hiking in Guérande. Take a hike along the ramparts through the medieval city of Guérande and discover its salt marshes.
The afternoon will be spent cruising towards Nantes. In the evening, join us on an excursion for both packages: we'll board a local boat for a cruise on the Erdre River, one of the most beautiful in France.

Day 3

NANTES - ANCENIS

Join us for the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY: Nantes, the Machines de l'Île, secret courtyards and covered passageways.
Enjoy onboard entertainment as we cruise towards Ancenis this afternoon. 

Day 4

ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE(2)

Join us on the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: The Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride(3), the Loire from above (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency).
Our cruise continues to Bouchemaine. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 5

BOUCHEMAINE(2) - Angers

Join us on the excursions proposed :
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Angers, its historic districts and the famous Apocalypse tapestry(4).
DISCOVERY: Tour of Brissac castle and its cellars complete with a wine-tasting session*.
In the afternoon, we'll set out for an excursion for both packages: Guided tour 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.
Enjoy an evening of dancing. 

Day 6

BOUCHEMAINE(2) - The Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Join us on a full-day excursion for both packages to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Day 7

BOUCHEMAINE(2) - ANCENIS - NANTES

Join us on the excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Excursion along the Angevine Corniche with its picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire.
DISCOVERY: Enjoy a scenic bike trip along the Loire River including charming typical villages.
The afternoon will be spent cruising the Loire towards Nantes. Tonight's our festive gala dinner and evening. 

Day 8

NANTES

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 10:00 a.m. End of our services.  

Dates & Prices

START IN 2019
Departure 04/06/2019
Arrival 04/13/2019
FROM $ 3,170 PP
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 04/18/2019
Arrival 04/25/2019
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
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Departure 05/12/2019
Arrival 05/19/2019
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
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Departure 10/08/2019
Arrival 10/15/2019
FROM $ 3,935 PP
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 10/20/2019
Arrival 10/27/2019
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
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* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
  • 3rd person discount in triple cabin : - 30%

Formalities

Valid passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists) - double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom - excursions included in the package selected - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - onboard entertainment - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points - personal expenses.

Shore Excursions

8 Shore excursions
Included in tour package   Tourist cruise on the Erdre River Nantes Saint-Nazaire and its naval shipyard The Muscadet Region Angers Saumur and the Cadre Noir The Châteaux of the Loire Valley The Corniche Angevine
Price per pers. $ 569.00 Before departure $ 664.00 On board
Classic

Guided tour of Saint Nazaire

We'll begin our visit with the Escal'Atlantic, which ingeniously retraces the history of Norman and French ocean liners through a unique experience. Then we'll continue on to the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest and well-renowne...

Duration 4h30

Tourist cruise on the Erdre River

Transfer by coach to the Bateaux Nantais dock. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we'll leave for a cruise on what King Francis I called the "most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and i...

Duration 2h45

Guided tour of Nantes

You'll discover the small streets of the medieval Bouffay quarter and the beautiful Flamboyant-style Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. We'll visit the île Feydeau and its exceptional buildings dating back to the 18th century, and then on to the qu...

Duration 4h30

The Muscadet Region

We'll pass through several villages that are testimony to the strong winegrowing identity in the region. We'll travel to La Chapelle Heulin and stop at the Château Cassemichère (or similar site). This exceptional site invites you...

Duration 5h00

Guided tour of Angers

Angers was the capital of the historical Anjou province and is distinguished not only by its legacy, but also by its modern nature. Angers, particularly rich during the Renaissance, was home to the House of Plantagenet. The immense walls of the famou...

Duration 4h00

Guided tour of Saumur and the Cadre Noir

Our visit will start with the discovery of the history of the Cadre Noir and the horse riding school (no training during weekends). We'll get to discover the history of a unique school in France, founded in 1815, where the teachers are no other than...

Duration 5h00

The Angevine Corniche

We'll leave by coach to travel along the levees of the Loire Angevine. This route touches several of the overlooks on the great river in the Loire Valley, itself listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll stop at the château des Vaul...

Duration 4h00

The Loire Valley Châteaux

We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is seen today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval...

Duration 11h00
8 Shore excursions
Included in tour package   Tourist cruise on the Erdre River Nantes Guérande and its salt marshes The Muscadet Region Angers Saumur and the Cadre Noir The Châteaux of the Loire Valley The Corniche Angevine
Price per pers. $ 538.00 Before departure $ 626.00 On board
Classic

Guided tour of Guérande and its salt marshes

Leave for Guérande, where we'll begin with a guided tour. A fortified medieval city, Guérande overlooks the salt marshes and is entirely enclosed by ramparts. It is one of the rare cities in France to have been able to conserve the entirety of its ra...

Duration 4h00

Tourist cruise on the Erdre River

Transfer by coach to the Bateaux Nantais dock. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we'll leave for a cruise on what King Francis I called the "most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and i...

Duration 2h45

Guided tour of Nantes

You'll discover the small streets of the medieval Bouffay quarter and the beautiful Flamboyant-style Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. We'll visit the île Feydeau and its exceptional buildings dating back to the 18th century, and then on to the qu...

Duration 4h30

The Muscadet Region

We'll pass through several villages that are testimony to the strong winegrowing identity in the region. We'll travel to La Chapelle Heulin and stop at the Château Cassemichère (or similar site). This exceptional site invites you...

Duration 5h00

Guided tour of Angers

Angers was the capital of the historical Anjou province and is distinguished not only by its legacy, but also by its modern nature. Angers, particularly rich during the Renaissance, was home to the House of Plantagenet. The immense walls of the famou...

Duration 4h00

Guided tour of Saumur and the Cadre Noir

Our visit will start with the discovery of the history of the Cadre Noir and the horse riding school (no training during weekends). We'll get to discover the history of a unique school in France, founded in 1815, where the teachers are no other than...

Duration 5h00

The Angevine Corniche

We'll leave by coach to travel along the levees of the Loire Angevine. This route touches several of the overlooks on the great river in the Loire Valley, itself listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll stop at the château des Vaul...

Duration 4h00

The Loire Valley Châteaux

We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is seen today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval...

Duration 11h00
8 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Hiking in Guérande Tourist cruise on the Erdre River Nantes: the machines de l'ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways Helicopter ride: the Loire from above Chateau de Brissac Guided visit of Saumur...
Price per pers. $ 633.00 Before departure $ 739.00 On board
Discovery

Hiking in Guérande

Take a hike through the medieval city of Guérande. This historical city became part of the French national network of 137 Cities of Arts and History in 2004. The walk around the ramparts provides great views of the surrounding landscapes and t...

Duration 4h00

Tourist cruise on the Erdre River

Transfer by coach to the Bateaux Nantais dock. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we'll leave for a cruise on what King Francis I called the "most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and i...

Duration 2h45

Nantes: the machines de l'ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways

Leaving from the dock in Nantes, you'll set out to discover the magical world of the Machines de l'île. This totally unprecedented artistic project is a cross between the imaginations of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. After this exceptional tour,...

Duration 4h00

Helicopter ride: the Loire from above

Leaving from Ancenis, experience an unforgettable flight over the Loire River. You'll soar above Ancenis, its hills and châteaux, the Oudon castle, the Châteaux de Clermont and Turmelière, etc.   Duration of the helicopter ride: approx. 10 minutes...

Duration 0h10

Chateau de Brissac

We'll leave by coach for a visit to the Château de Brissac, located about nine miles from the city of Angers. Known as the tallest royal residence in France, it contains 204 rooms, monumental staircases and never-ending hallways. Acquired b...

Duration 4h00

Guided tour of Saumur and the Cadre Noir

Our visit will start with the discovery of the history of the Cadre Noir and the horse riding school (no training during weekends). We'll get to discover the history of a unique school in France, founded in 1815, where the teachers are no other than...

Duration 5h00

Biking along the Loire

Leaving from Bouchemaine, enjoy a scenic bike trip along the Maine and Loire Rivers. You'll run into some great surprises along the way, including charming typical villages and from afar, if you're lucky, the sandy banks of the Loire Islands....

Duration 3h00

The Loire Valley Châteaux

We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is seen today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval...

Duration 11h00
8 Shore excursions
Included in tour package Guided visit of the Saint Nazaire naval shipyard Tourist cruise on the Erdre River Nantes: the machines de l'ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways Helicopter ride: the Loire from above Chateau de Brissac...
Price per pers. $ 665.00 Before departure $ 776.00 On board
Discovery

Guided tour of Saint Nazaire

We'll begin our visit with the Escal'Atlantic, which ingeniously retraces the history of Norman and French ocean liners through a unique experience. Then we'll continue on to the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest and well-renowne...

Duration 4h30

Tourist cruise on the Erdre River

Transfer by coach to the Bateaux Nantais dock. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we'll leave for a cruise on what King Francis I called the "most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and i...

Duration 2h45

Nantes: the machines de l'ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways

Leaving from the dock in Nantes, you'll set out to discover the magical world of the Machines de l'île. This totally unprecedented artistic project is a cross between the imaginations of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. After this exceptional tour,...

Duration 4h00

Helicopter ride: the Loire from above

Leaving from Ancenis, experience an unforgettable flight over the Loire River. You'll soar above Ancenis, its hills and châteaux, the Oudon castle, the Châteaux de Clermont and Turmelière, etc.   Duration of the helicopter ride: approx. 10 minutes...

Duration 0h10

Chateau de Brissac

We'll leave by coach for a visit to the Château de Brissac, located about nine miles from the city of Angers. Known as the tallest royal residence in France, it contains 204 rooms, monumental staircases and never-ending hallways. Acquired b...

Duration 4h00

Guided tour of Saumur and the Cadre Noir

Our visit will start with the discovery of the history of the Cadre Noir and the horse riding school (no training during weekends). We'll get to discover the history of a unique school in France, founded in 1815, where the teachers are no other than...

Duration 5h00

Biking along the Loire

Leaving from Bouchemaine, enjoy a scenic bike trip along the Maine and Loire Rivers. You'll run into some great surprises along the way, including charming typical villages and from afar, if you're lucky, the sandy banks of the Loire Islands....

Duration 3h00

The Loire Valley Châteaux

We'll leave by coach for the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau. Built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the château as it is seen today was built under Francis I by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval...

Duration 11h00

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

MS Loire Princesse

PREMIUM - 2 Decks

The cruise schedule may vary according to tides and arrival times at ports of call may be subject to change. For the safety of our passengers, the captain and crew of the boat may decide to modify the navigational itinerary.

(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, the stopover in Bouchemaine may be replaced by Chalonnes-sur-Loire. In this event, the order of the visits could be altered.

(3) Subject to availability and favorable weather conditions.

(4) Site closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, and December 25th.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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