• Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
  • Azay-le-Rideau Chateau
  • Chateau de Villandry

Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Explore the royal castles of the stunning Loire Valley on this unique 7-day all-inclusive river cruise holiday with return flights from Manchester or Leeds-Bradford, guided excursions and overnight hotel stay in Paris

Exclusive Yorkshire Cruise Club Package
6 Nights from £1995pp

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Exclusive package with return flights and overnight Paris hotel stay!

The Loire Valley is a colourful tapestry of vineyards, rolling green hills and medieval villages dotted with hundreds of extravagant castles which were once opulent retreats for the French royalty. Discover moat-ringed fortresses and fairytale castles, visit vineyards to sample local wine, and explore historic cities on this journey into the heart of the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley.

Fly from Leeds-Bradford airport to Paris and enjoy dinner at a traditional Parisian brasserie before an overnight hotel stay. Spend the next day on a guided tour of the dramatic castles of the Loire Valley, including the French Renaissance Chateau de Chambord and the much-photographed Chateau de Chenonceau with its beautiful arches over the River Cher. In Nantes, board the unique paddlewheel river ship Loire Princesse for your 5-night cruise.

This exclusive cruise includes carefully chosen excursions to make the most of the captivating Loire Valley. Take a guided tour of the medieval city of Nantes and the majestic Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. In Saint-Nazaire visit Escal'Atlantic, a fascinating museum recreating ocean liners of old, and tour the Saint-Nazaire shipyard. Travel along the Muscadet Wine Route to taste local wines and explore the medieval city of Clisson.

Admire the legendary Apocalypse Tapestry on a guided tour of historic Angers, then enjoy a full day excursion to discover more of the Loire Valley’s castles, with visits to the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, the beautiful gardens at the Chateau de Villandry and the magical Chateau d'Usse, thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing Sleeping Beauty.

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Day 1 : UK - Paris (France)

Fly from Leeds-Bradford or Manchester to Paris and transfer to the Quai de Grenelle where a CroisiEurope representative will take you to a typical Parisian brasserie for dinner before reaching the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 2 : Paris - Nantes

After breakfast, travel by coach to explore the stunning castles of the Loire Valley, including a tour of the extraordinary Château de Chambord. King Francis I built this extraordinary castle as a hunting lodge. Continue on to Chenonceau, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the Château de Chenonceau, one of the best-known and most-visited chateaux in the Loire Valley which spans the Cher River and was once home to Catherine de' Medici. Head to Nantes board the unique paddleboat Loire Princesse, enjoy a welcome cocktail and perhaps join the boat tour on the beautiful Erdre river.

Day 3 : Nantes - St Nazaire

Join a guided tour of the medieval city of Nantes and the outstanding Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. This aftenoon, take a tour of Saint Nazaire, visiting Escal’Atlantic to learn more about the history of Norman and French ocean liners, and tour the Saint-Nazaire shipyard (passengers must produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard. Return to the ship in Saint Nazaire and enjoy an evening of dancing.

Day 4 : St Nazaire - Ancenis

From Ancenis travel along the Muscadet Wine Route to visit vineyards, taste local wines and explore the medieval city of Clisson.

Day 5 : Ancenis - Bouchemaine

Admire the legendary Apocalypse Tapestry in the 13th-century Château d'Angers on a guided tour of Angers, the capital of the historical Anjou province.

Day 6 : Bouchemaine - Ancenis

Today there is a full day excursion to discover more of the Loire Valley’s castles. Enjoy lunch in Villandry and visit Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, the beautiful gardens at Château de Villandry and the fairytale Château d’Ussé, thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing Sleeping Beauty. Gala dinner on board this evening.

Day 7 : Nantes - UK

Disembark Loire Princesse and transfer to Paris and on to the airport for the return flight to Leeds-Bradford or Manchester.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Transfers guaranteed for a minimum of 25 passengers only. Under this amount, we will propose traveling on the train. The stopover in Bouchemaine can be replaced with Chalonnes-sur-Loire.

Price Includes

  • 5-night all-inclusive cruise with French cuisine
  • 1-night hotel stay in Paris with evening meal and breakfast
  • Return flights from Leeds-Bradford or Manchester and overseas transfers
  • Free-flowing complimentary drinks on board
  • Guided excursions throughout
  • Welcome cocktail and gala farewell dinner
  • Entertainment on board
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board
  • Cruise Manager
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance and expenses

2018 Departures

Ship: Loire Princesse Our Price From
Sep 07£1995

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing

Price Information

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Upgrades are available - please contact us for details
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