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7 Day Loire Valley Cruise

Cruise through the stunning former Berry province and the incredible Sologne region.  Take a magnificent tour of the memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards of the area.

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Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at the Briare Aqueduct, one of the most prestigious waterways in France
  • Stroll through well-preserved historic sites of this exceptional traditional region of France
  • Enjoy included drinks and onboard meals as well as a Gala dinner and welcome cocktails
  • 6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced Back-Roads driver & tour leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B) Daily lunch (L) Daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D)
  • Selected drinks during the cruise including wine, beer, fruit juice and coffee
  • Bicycles available on board
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Paris and Nevers

Day 2

Nevers and Marseilles-Les-Aubigny

Day 3

Marseilles-Les-Aubigny and Chapelle Montlinard

Day 4

Chapelle Montlinard and Menetreol-Sous-Sancerre

Day 5

Menetreol-Sous-Sancerre and Léré

Day 6

Léré and Briare

Day 7

Briare and Paris

Day 1

Travelling from Paris, we board our private barge in the humble town of Nevers in the afternoon.

After comfortably settling into your cabin, meet your crew and fellow travellers with welcome cocktails and dinner on board.

In the evening, embark on a romantic tour of Nevers before spending the evening as you wish with free time galore. (L,D)

Day 2

Take in the gorgeous surrounds of the region with this morning’s guided tour of Nevers, including a visit to the iconic Ducal Palace.  Stroll through the remarkably preserved old quarter, with its half-timbered houses and picturesque streets, before reaching the Nevers Cathedral, a national monument of France.

After a brief visit to the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district, enjoy a local produce tasting before we continue along the river towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny. (B,L,D)

Day 3

A visit to the Fontmorigny Abbey will be the impressive start to your day today before continuing with a visit to Apremont-sur-Allier and its floral garden, known to be one of the most awe-inspiring villages in France.

Afterwards, we’ll return on board and continue towards Chapelle Montlinard and an outstanding view of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve.

The evening is yours to discover the unique abundance of nature, culture and heritage of the area as we remain in port overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Rise and shine, waking up on the water to another day cruising through stunning scenery.

Today, we begin with a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and the priory, one of the most important restoration sites in Burgundy for the past 15 years.

Afterwards, we visit a farm deep in the countryside where we’ll experience the rustic calm and authenticity that can be found only in France.

In the evening, we cruise towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre and remain here for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire this morning and visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-Fumé – a wine center located in a beautiful setting.  We’ll visit the extensive vineyards, the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting.

Back on water, we continue towards Léré and spend the evening at our leisure. (B,L,D)

Day 6

We have an exciting day ahead of us today with a visit to Sancerre, a historic Berry region overlooking the Loire Valley.

Afterwards, we’ll visit an authentic goat farm and take part in the tasting of its trademark cheeses along with the local Sancerre wine.

We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Briare and through the Briare Aqueduct – one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world before attending a gala evening dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7

After enjoying the last hearty buffet breakfast on board, prepare to disembark around 09.00am and travel by mini-coach back to Paris where the tour comes to an end. (B)

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Transfer from Paris to Nevers and Briare to Paris
  • Tour of Nevers, Fontmorigny Abbey, Apremont-sur-Allier and La Charite-sur-Loire
  • Visit wine tourism centre at Tour de Pouilly-Fume and goat farm at Sancerre

Important Information

  • We pride ourselves on securing charming, intimate boutique accommodation for our guests.
  • On rare occasions, we may be required to substitute a property previously listed in our itineraries.  Please note that any hotel changes will be consistent with our high standards.

Tour Inclusions

  • 6 nights on board a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced driver and tour leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily lunch (L)
  • Daily evening meals including farewell gala dinner (D)
  • Selected drinks during the cruise including wine, beer, fruit juice and coffee
  • Bicycles available on board
  • Transfer from Paris to Nevers and Briare to Paris
  • Tour of Nevers, Fontmorigny Abbey, Apremont-sur-Allier, La Charite-sur-Loire
  • Visit wine tourism centre at Tour de Pouilly-Fume and goat farm at Sancerre

Our accommodation, whether a rustic rural, old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.  Some properties are situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage; whilst others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food.  Character is not a substitute for quality and comfort however and at all of our hotels you’re guaranteed an en-suite, a great night’s sleep and delicious food.  There is a choice of twin, double or single rooms and while room sizes in older buildings may vary, each room will have its own unique style and character.

On the vast majority of our tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches.  Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view.  With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the on-board PA system and, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.


What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.