Cruising the Landscapes and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley

9 days from £1579pp.

Usse Castle

Visit: Usse Castle, France


Visit: Azay-le-Rideau, France

St Malo

Visit: St Malo, France

Church of Saint Maurice, Angers

Visit: Church of Saint Maurice, Angers, France

Explore the delights of the Loire with its pretty villages and charming Châteaux.

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

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    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 


    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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    You will stay for five nights on the MS Loire Princesse, part of the CroisiEurope fleet of vessels. This paddle-riverboat has 48 cabins over two decks – Main and Upper. The ship has a lounge bar with dance floor, restaurant and sun deck. All cabins have air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, T.V. and telephone.

    Your overnight stays in Normandy, Brittany and Paris will be in city-style hotels.

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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