Cruising the Landscapes and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley

  • 9 Day Tour
  • 3 Sights Visited

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to the Rouen area for an overnight stay.

On coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more and Single Traveller coach holidays, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point.

If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining point, we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer coach, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. On European coach holidays of 7 days' or more, the cost of this is just £30 per booking each way (Up to 4 people per booking).

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge

Please note: If you would like to take up the Door-to-Door service, you will need to call our reservations team as it is not possible to book this service online.

Day 2 - Honfleur

Explore Honfleur and Deauville, before heading to our overnight hotel, near Dinan.

  • Included meals: Breakfast


Day 3 - St. Malo

Spend the morning in the pretty fortified town of St. Malo. We later head to Nantes, where we board our cruise ship the MS Loire Princesse for five nights. See page 8 for details. Cruise along the Erdre, ‘the prettiest river in France’ according to Francis I.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

St Malo

Day 4 - Nantes to St. Nazaire

Join our guided visit of Nantes. You will walk along the little streets in Bouffay (the medieval quarter), through to the beautiful Gothic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. Next you will visit Feydeau Island, a former island now joined to the rest of the town. The tour then continues to the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The last castle along the banks of the Loire before the river reaches the ocean, this Breton monument, is a magical and compelling part of Nantes’ history and heritage. Return on board for lunch. This afternoon we offer an excursion by coach to St. Nazaire visiting Escal’Atlantic which retraces the story of the two great liners (the Normandie and the France) in a quite ingenious way. Continue on to the Saint Nazaire shipyard. The tour gives you an understanding on the various stages of construction of these modern floating palaces. We rejoin the ship in Saint Nazaire.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - St. Nazaire to Ancenis

We spend the morning cruising along the Loire. We arrive in Ancenis in the early afternoon where you can join an excursion along the Muscadet Wine Route. Continue to La Chapelle Heulin and stop at a wine-producing château. You will have the opportunity to learn about and taste the white wine. Next, head for charming Clisson.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Ancenis to Bouchemaine to Angers

We continue our cruise to Bouchemaine. Join our excursion of the town of Angers. Capital of the Anjou region, Angers has many artistic and historic treasures and has become famous for its rich heritage

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Bouchemaine to Castles of the Loire to Ancenis

Today, we offer an excursion to visit the Castles of the Loire Valley. We head first to Azayle- Rideau. Built on an island, the castle at Azay-le-Rideau has preserved all the refinement, elegance and grace of a Renaissance chateau. Continue on to Villandry, where there’s time to enjoy a stroll through the famous gardens of the castle at Villandry. Continue on to Rigny-Ussé to visit Ussé Castle. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, this quite magnificent castle looks just like a fairy tale castle with its fortified towers, turrets and steeples. We return on board at Ancenis. The ship sets sail during the evening for Nantes and continues through the night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Paris

We disembark in Nantes and head by coach to our overnight hotel in the Paris area.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a lower deck cabin. No single cabins/rooms available.

Extras: optional excursions; travel insurance from £47.95. 

Cabin Upgrade (per person)Twin 
Upper Deck Cabin£75 


FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.