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14-DAYS CHATEAUX OF THE LOIRE VALLEY AND SEINE RIVER CRUISES

Come and cruise along the Loire River.  You will have the opportunity to explore the Chateaux of the Loire Valley, including the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau, the Chateaux of Chinon, Villandry and the Usse Chateau, that will take you back to a time of legends and fairy-tales. 

With our 14-day itinerary you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Paris on tour and cruise along the Seine River to Honfleur.

from $7,833 AUD per person
Trip code:TBD
Duration:14 days
Destination:France
Origin:Nantes
Travel Dates:18/04/2019
Sale End Date:31 Dec 2018

Cost is subject to class availability and exchange rate, may change without prior notice.

•  Escorted by an experienced Tweet World Travel tour director

•  Expert services of local guides throughout your trip

•  All transfers

  • All touring & transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

•  Airport transfers

  • From Nantes airport to cruise ship
  • From cruise ship to Paris airport

•  Meal and beverage

  • Fully inclusive food and drink package while on board Cruise Ship
  • Two breakfasts and 3 lunches during stay in Paris

•  Two nights accommodation in 3 or 4* hotel in Paris

•  Complimentary WiFi on Croisi Cruise Ship

•  Entertainment on board Croisi Cruise Ship

•  Tours and Shore Excursion includes

  • Saint-Nazaire Shipyard
  • Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
  • Local boat cruise on the Erdre River
  • Tour the Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson
  • Guided tour of Angers and the famous Apocalypse tapestry
  • Day tour of The Chateau of the Loire Valley
  • Tour along the Angevine Corniche
  • Guided tour of Honfleur
  • Discover the Cote Fleurie
  • Guided tour of Rouen
  • Visit the Palace of Versailles

• Locally based professional drivers, English speaking tour guides

Pricing information:

Cabin Type Start Date End Date Price pp
twin share
Status
Main Deck 18 April 2019 01 May 2019 $7833.00 On Request
Upper Deck $8654.00 On Request
Single Supplement $10605.00 On Request

 

DAY 1: 18/Apr/19 NANTES

TRANSFER: Private transfer from Nantes airport to Croisi cruise ship.

CRUISE NAME: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Dinner

You will be transferred from the Nantes airport to the cruise ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to the crew while you enjoy a welcome cocktail.

Our ship will start cruising towards Saint-Nazaire during the night.

Note: Ship boarding at 6PM.

DAY 2: 19/Apr/19 SAINT NAZAIRE - NANTES

CRUISE NAME: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will tour 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.

Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard.

The afternoon will be spent cruising towards Nantes.

In the evening we will board a local boat for a cruise on the Erdre River, one of the most beautiful in France.

DAY 3: 20/Apr/19 NANTES - ANCENIS

CRUISE NAME: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we will take a guided tour of Nante to discover the small streets of the medieval Bouffay Quarter and the flamboyant-style Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. We will visit the ile Feydeau and its exceptional buildings dating back to the 18th century, and then on to the quays.

After you will discover the shopping districts created around the Theatre Graslin and the Passage of Pommeraye. We will continue our tour to the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The last castle before the river reaches the ocean, this Breton monument will transport you back in time.

Back onboard, enjoy entertainment as we cruise towards Ancenis this afternoon.

DAY 4: 21/Apr/19 ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE

CRUISE NAME: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's included excursion is to visit The Muscadet Wine Route and pass through several villages that are testimony to the strong wine growing identity in the region.

We will continue towards La Chapelle Heulin and stop at the Cassemichere (or similar site). This exceptional sit invites you to discover its history filled vineyards, visit its cellars and taste the dry, fruity and aromatic wine. We will then visit Clisson, a charming medieval town with 15th Century vestiges and a slight Italian feel.

Our cruise continues to Bouchemaine. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 5: 22/Apr/19 BOUCHEMAINE- ANGERS

CRUISE NAME: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today our excursion is a guided tour of Angers, to explore its historic districts and the cathedral. Visit the Chateau d'Angers and see the famous Apocalypse tapestry, part of one of the most important collections of medieval tapestries in the world.

In the afternoon we discover 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 than the famous squires of the Cadre Noir. Then visit the Grand Manège, the stables and the tack room and understand how this particular school emphasises harmonious relations between humans and horses, guided by non-violence and lack of constraint.

We’ll continue our visit with a walk through the fortified city of Saumur, dominated by its castle.

We return to board the cruise boat in Angers and enjoy dinner.

DAY 6: 23/Apr/19 BOUCHEMAINE- THE CHATEAU OF THE LOIRE VALLEY

CRUISE NAME: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join us on a full-day included excursion to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. Our first stop is the Azay-le Rideau Chateau, built on a small island in the middle of the Indre River, the chateau as it is seen today, was built under Francis 1 by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier who wanted to incorporate its medieval past along side the latest architectural styles of the Italian renaissance.This chateau is a french national monument and possesses all the refinement found in the French renaissance.

We will continue to Villandry for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a walk through the lovely gardens surrounding the chateau. Spread out over an impressive area, the gardens bring together aestheticism, diversity and harmony. Afterwards, we will continue our tour and visit the Usse chateau. Rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, this stronghold with fortified towers, turrets and steeples looks like something out of a fairy tale.The castle is still inhabited today and takes visitors back to a time of legends and fairy tales. it is thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing "Sleeping Beauty".

Back on board and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 7: 24/Apr/19 BOUCHEMAINE - ANCENIS - NANTES

CRUISE NAME: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's excursion takes you along the Angevine Corniche with its picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We will stop at the chateau des Vaults (or similar site), an authentic site in the middle of a beautiful park. Enjoy a tasting of local wine and then continue along the Corniche Angevine, admiring the picturesque villages and several viewpoints along the Loire.

The afternoon will be spent cruising the Loire towards Nantes.

Tonight’s our festive gala dinner and evening.

DAY 8: 25/Apr/19 NANTES - PARIS

PRIVATE TRANSFER: Private transfer from cruise ship to hotel in Paris

ACCOMMODATION: 3* OR 4*Hotel in Paris

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast leave our Cruise ship and you will be transferred to your hotel in Paris.

Along the way we visit the Château de Chambord which is perhaps the most iconic of the Loire Valley castles, with its multi-gabled roof, palatial grounds and opulent interior. The 15th-century castle, which took only 28 years to build and has had no additions in the ensuing centuries, receives well over half a million visitors a year.

Afterwards you will be taken to your hotel in Paris.

Evening free to explore Paris at your leisure.

DAY 9: 26/Apr/19 PARIS -TOUR OF MONETS GARDEN AT GIVERNY

ACCOMMODATION: 3* OR 4*Hotel in Paris

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast we’ll leave by coach for the Foundation Claude Monet in Giverny. Monet lived in the house with its famous pink crushed-brick facade from 1883 until his death in 1926. Monet designed several exuberantly colourful gardens, including one with lily ponds that led to his very finest paintings–Les Nymphéas, a series of paintings admired and studied across the world that put little Giverny on the map.

The restored home of the Master of Impressionism has regained the colours, the furniture, the Japanese prints and the china that Monet loved. Facing the house and studio, the Clos Normand walled garden displays a breathtaking palette of flowers and shades. The water garden, with its Japanese bridge, water lilies, wisteria and azaleas instantly bring to mind the brilliant interpretations painted time and again.

We will return you to your Paris hotel and the rest of the day is free to explore Paris at your leisure.

DAY 10: 27/Apr/19 PARIS - HONFLEUR

PRIVATE TRANSFER: Private transfer to Croisi Cruise Ship at Honfleur

CRUISE NAME: Seine Princess

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we will see the sights of Paris on a guided bus tour. The tour passes before the great and symbolic tourist locations in the city: the Place Vendôme, the Place de l’Opéra Garnier, the Musée du Louvre, the Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, the Panthéon, the Musée d’Orsay, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides in Paris.

In the afternoon we travel to Honfleur to board the cruise ship.

After settling into your cabin, you will meet the crew and enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner.

DAY 11: 28/Apr/19 HONFLEUR - ROUEN

CRUISE NAME: Seine Princess

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we have a guided tour of Honfleur where we will begin our tour at the Vieux Bassin, one of the most charming sites in the city. Next, we will see Saint Catherine's Church, the largest wooden church in France. We will then head for the original 17th century Salt Halls now used for exhibitions, conferences and concerts. Our will finish with a visit to Saint Leonard Church which was destroyed during the Hundred Year War and rebuilt in the 15th century.

Before returning to cruise ship we will discover the Cote Fleurie and taste some Calvados, the famous apple brandy.

DAY 12: 29/Apr/19 ROUEN - POISSY

CRUISE NAME: Seine Princess

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join us for a guided tour of the historic centre of Rouen and its famous cathedral. Stretched along the Seine, Rouen is Normandy's capital. Destroyed during the Viking invasions in 841 and partially in 1944, by allied bombings, the exceptionally complex Notre Dame Cathedral is renowned for all the gothic periods. We will walk past the Great Clock and finally we will visit the Saint Joan of Arc Church in the old Market Place, built both in honour of the saint.

We will return to board in the evening.

Our ship will cruise through the night.

DAY 13: 30/Apr/19 POISSY - PARIS

CRUISE NAME: Seine Princess

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will visit the Palace of Versailles, listed as a World Heritage Site for thirty years. Versailles is considered to be one of the finest achievements of French art from the 17th century. Until the French Revolution, one king followed another, each embellishing the Palace in his turn.

Upon arrival your guide will take you through the Kings grand apartment. These seven successive rooms were intended to serve as a Parade Apartment for the sovereign's official business. Afterwards you will go through the Hall of Mirrors known in the 17th century as the "Great Gallery" which was where courtesans would wait, meet or just pass through every day. Your tour will end with a visit to the Queen's Apartments where the Queen would host the ladies of the Court.

After visiting the Palace you will have free time to discover the formal French gardens.

Our ship will then cruise through the impressive futuristic business district of La Defense.

We will arrive in Paris in the evening.

Tonight is the Gala Dinner and evening.

DAY 14: 1/May/19 PARIS

PRIVATE TRANSFER: Private transfer from Cruise ship to Paris airport

MEALS: Breakfast

After breakfast you will be transferred from the cruise ship to the Paris airport for your flight to Australia.

Cancellation charges for this booking as below:

- Cancel at anytime: $900 deposit is non-refundable

- More than 109 days before departure: 65% of total price

- Between 109 and 65 days prior to departure: 70% of total price

- Between 64 and 40 days prior to departure: 75% of total price

- Within 39 days prior to departure: 100% of total price

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