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2019 2020

The Royal Loire River (port-to-port cruise)

8 Days - NHN_PP
# 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 INCLUDED to the castles of the Loire Valley: Guided tours of the castles of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau and the gardens of Villandry
  • Optional excursions:
    • 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

Route

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.

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Day 2

SAINT-NAZAIRE - NANTES

Join us for the optional 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: Guided tour of Guérande, discovering its history along the paved streets lined with prestigious monuments.
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.

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Day 3

NANTES - ANCENIS

Join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY: Nantes, the Machines de l'Île(5), secret courtyards and covered passageways.
Enjoy onboard entertainment as we cruise towards Ancenis this afternoon. 

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Day 4

ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE(2)

Join us on the optional 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.

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Day 5

BOUCHEMAINE(2) - Angers

Join us on the optional excursions proposed :
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Angers, its historic districts and the famous Apocalypse tapestry(4).
DISCOVERY: Tour of Brissac castle(6) 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. 

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Day 6

BOUCHEMAINE(2) - The Châteaux of the Loire Valley

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

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Day 7

BOUCHEMAINE(2) - ANCENIS - NANTES

Join us on an optional excursion for both packages: Excursion along the Angevine Corniche with its picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire.
The afternoon will be spent cruising the Loire towards Nantes. Tonight's our festive gala dinner and evening. 

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Day 8

NANTES

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

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2020
Departure 08/04/2020
Arrival 15/04/2020
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
Sold out
Departure 04/05/2020
Arrival 11/05/2020
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
Sold out
Departure 04/10/2020
Arrival 11/10/2020
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
Departure 16/10/2020
Arrival 23/10/2020
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
Sold out
Departure 28/10/2020
Arrival 04/11/2020
Ship : MS Loire Princesse Ship category : PREMIUM
Sold out

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%

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 - full-day excursion to the castles of the Loire Valley - 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 - optional excursions (must be reserved and paid for on board or at travel agency) - 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. 402.00 € Before departure 470.00 € On board
Classic

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 inco...

Duration 11h00 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 Classic

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 riv...

Duration 2h45 Classic

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 the...

Duration 4h30 Classic

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 Classic

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 Classic

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 t...

Duration 5h00 Classic

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 Classic
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. 467.00 € Before departure 547.00 € On board
Discovery

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 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 Classic

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 riv...

Duration 2h45 Classic

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 exc...

Duration 4h00 Discovery

Helicopter ride: the Loire from above

We’ll take you to the airport in Ancenis. Upon your arrival, you’ll meet your pilot and head out for a helicopter tour of the Loire. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of breathtaking landscapes. You’ll fly over the tower in O...

Duration 0h10 Discovery

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 Discovery

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 t...

Duration 5h00 Classic

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 inco...

Duration 11h00 Classic
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. 446.00 € Before departure 521.00 € On board
Discovery

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 Classic

Hiking in Guérande

Take a walk 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. A guide will take you around town past its most pretigious monuments such as the ramp...

Duration 4h00 Discovery

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 riv...

Duration 2h45 Classic

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 exc...

Duration 4h00 Discovery

Helicopter ride: the Loire from above

We’ll take you to the airport in Ancenis. Upon your arrival, you’ll meet your pilot and head out for a helicopter tour of the Loire. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of breathtaking landscapes. You’ll fly over the tower in O...

Duration 0h10 Discovery

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 Discovery

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 t...

Duration 5h00 Classic

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 inco...

Duration 11h00 Classic
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. 380.00 € Before departure 444.00 € On board
Classic

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 inco...

Duration 11h00 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...

Duration 4h00 Classic

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 riv...

Duration 2h45 Classic

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 the...

Duration 4h30 Classic

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 Classic

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 Classic

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 t...

Duration 5h00 Classic

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 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 Classic
Price per pers. 71.00 € Before departure 79.00 € On board

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 the...

Duration 4h30 Classic
Price per pers. 58.00 € Before departure 64.00 € On board

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...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 48.00 € Before departure 53.00 € On board

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 Classic
Price per pers. 59.00 € Before departure 66.00 € On board

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 Classic
Price per pers. 55.00 € Before departure 61.00 € On board

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 Classic
Price per pers. 68.00 € Before departure 76.00 € On board

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 exc...

Duration 4h00 Discovery
Price per pers. 52.00 € Before departure 58.00 € On board

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 riv...

Duration 2h45 Classic
Price per pers. 54.00 € Before departure 60.00 € On board

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 t...

Duration 5h00 Classic
Price per pers. 58.00 € Before departure 64.00 € On board

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 inco...

Duration 11h00 Classic

Hiking in Guérande

Take a walk 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. A guide will take you around town past its most pretigious monuments such as the ramp...

Duration 4h00 Discovery
Price per pers. 48.00 € Before departure 53.00 € On board

Helicopter ride: the Loire from above

We’ll take you to the airport in Ancenis. Upon your arrival, you’ll meet your pilot and head out for a helicopter tour of the Loire. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of breathtaking landscapes. You’ll fly over the tower in O...

Duration 0h10 Discovery
Price per pers. 119.00 € Before departure 132.00 € On board

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 Discovery
Price per pers. 70.00 € Before departure 78.00 € On board

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

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.

(5) Closed on monday, replaced with the Classic package excursion.

(6) Closed on thuesday, replaced with Château de Serrant.

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

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