CRUISE: THE LOIRE A ROYAL RIVER (8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS)

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Description From $ 2579.20

NHN_PP – with croisieurope CRUISE: THE LOIRE, A ROYAL RIVER – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Departure from Nantes

 

Sailing on the Loire River roundtrip aboard one of our 2 deck ships. Ships sailing this itinerary include Loire Princesse or other similar vessels.

 

DAY 1: NANTES

Boarding in Nantes between 18.00 and 19.00. After comfortably settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew before dinner followed by an evening of entertainment.

 

DAY 2: SAINT-NAZAIRE - NANTES

Optional 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. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport or identity card in order to gain access to the shipyard).
Or
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 region and how the marshes work.
DISCOVERY: Hiking in Guérande. Take a hike through the medieval city of Guérande and its salt marshes.
Afternoon spent cruising to Nantes. In the evening, optional cruise on what King Francois I called the “most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre.

 

DAY 3: NANTES - ANCENIS

Optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: guided visit of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY: Nantes, the Machines de l’Ile, secret courtyards and covered passageways.
Evening of entertainment.

 

DAY 4: ANCENIS – BOUCHEMAINE (1)

Optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC:  the Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride (2), 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

Optional 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: visit of Chateau de Brissac and the castle cellars with a wine tasting.
In the afternoon, optional excursion common for both packages : Guided visit of Saumur and the Cadre Noir (3), 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 (1) - THE LOIRE CHATEAUX

Optional 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 (1) - ANCENIS - NANTES

Optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: excursion along the Angevine Corniche, with pretty little villages and many viewing points along the Loire.
DISCOVERY: 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

Breakfast on board. Disembarkation around 10.00.

 

Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, the company and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary if necessary.

 (1) Depending on docking availability, stopover in Bouchemaine may be replaced by Chalonnes-sur-Loire. In this event, order of excursions could be altered.

 (2) This excursion must be pre-booked in advance. Depending on availability and subject to favourable weather conditions.

 (3) 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.

 

Price per passenger in double-occupancy cabin

 

2017 Departures

Main Deck Upper Deck
16 April7 & 19 October $2579.20

$3151.15

28 April

----- $3151.15
18 June -----

$3343.35

30 June

24 July

$2771.40 $3343.35
12 July $2771.40

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Included

- Meals (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day

- Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee

- Accommodation in double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom

- On-board entertainment

- On-board host/hostess assistance

- Welcome cocktail

- Gala dinner

- Port taxes

- Free WIFI

 

Excluded

- Optional excursions

- Champagne and wines on the wine list

- Drinks served during excursions or transfers

- Personal expenses

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