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8 DAYS – THE ROYAL LOIRE RIVER CRUISE

Go on a splendid journey discovering the treasures of the Loire. Visit Nantes and its historical jewels, Guerande protected by its strong ramparts, quoted to be the Dukes of Brittany's favourite and famous for its medieval monuments as well as for its salt marches and the Escal'Atlantic of Saint Nazaire.

You will also discover the impressive Cadre Noir at Saumur, well known for its 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.

from $4,583 AUD per person
Trip code:NHN_PP
Duration:8 days
Destination:France
Origin:Nantes
Travel Dates:08/10/2019
Sale End Date:31 May 2019

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

• Airport transfers

  • From Nantes airport to Cruise ship
  • From cruise ship to Nantes airport
  • All touring & transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

• Meal and beverage:

  • Fully inclusive food and drink package while on board Cruise Ship

• Complimentary WiFi on board Croisi Cruise Ship

• Entertainment on board Croisi Cruise Ship

• Tours and Shore Excursion Included:

  • Local boat cruise on Erdre River
  • Saint Nazaire Shipyard
  • Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
  • The Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson
  • Guided tour of Angers and the famous Apocalypse tapestry
  • Guided tour of Samur and the Cadre Noir
  • Full day excursion to the Chateau of the Loire Valley
  • Excursion along the Angevine Corniche

• Locally based professional drivers, English speaking tour guides

Pricing information:

Cabin Type Start Date End Date Price pp
twin share
Status
Main Deck 08 October 2019 15 October 2019 $4583.00  On Request
Upper Deck $5117.00  On Request
Single Supplement $6447.00  On Request

 

DAY 1: NANTES

PRIVATE TRANSFER: Private transfer from Nantes airport to Croisi Cruise ship

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS: Dinner

You will be picked up from the Nantes airport and transferred to the cruise ship.

After comfortably settling into your cabins, you will be introduced to our crew and enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner.

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

BOARDING FOR CRUISE SHIP IS 6 PM.

DAY 2:  SAINT NAZAIRE - NANTES

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join us for an optional 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. (Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to gain access to the shipyard).

We will return on board in Saint-Nazaire and spend the afternoon cruising towards Nantes.

In the evening we will board a local boat for a cruise on the Edre River, one of the most beautiful rivers in France. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and its numerous chateaux as you pass by.

DAY 3: NANTES - ANCENIS

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will enjoy a guided tour of Nantes and discover the small streets of the medieval Bouffay quarter and the beautiful Flamboyant-style Cathedral of St. Peter and St. 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'll discover the shopping districts created in the 18th century. 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 with its outstanding 15th to 17th century buildings will transport you back in time. Back on board enjoy onboard entertainment as we cruise towards Ancenis this afternoon.

DAY 4: ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we will tour the Muscadet Wine Route and pass through several villages that are a testimony to the strong wine growing identity in the region. We will stop at the Cassemichere Chateau (or similar) to discover its history filled vineyards, visit its cellars and taste the dry, light, fruity and aromatic wine. We also visit Clisson, a charming medieval town with 15th century vestiges and a slight Italian feel.

We return to the boat and our cruise then continues to Bouchemaine.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment while you relax on board.

DAY 5: BOUCHEMAINE - ANGERS

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we will take a guided tour of Angers and its historic districts and cathedral. We go inside the famous Chateau d'Angers to discover the famous Apocalypse Tapestry, part of one of the most important collections of medieval tapestries in the world.

In the afternoon we set out for a 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 than the famous squires of the Cadre Noir. We’ll 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 will return to board the cruise boat in Angers.

After dinner enjoy an evening of dancing.

DAY 6: BOUCHEMAINE - The CHATEAU OF THE LOIRE VALLEY

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join us on a full day excursion to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. We will leave by coach for 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 fairytales. It is thought to have inspired Charles Perrault when writing "Sleeping Beauty".

We will return back onboard where you will be able to enjoy an evening of entertainment.

DAY 7: BOUCHEMAINE - ANCENIS - NANTES

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we take an excursion along the Angevine Corniche with its picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire river. This route passes several of the overlooks on the great river in the Loire Valley, 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.

We will have the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of the local wines 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 is the Gala festive dinner and evening.

DAY 8: NANTES

CROISI CRUISE SHIP: MS Loire Princesse

MEALS:  Breakfast

PRIVATE TRANSFER: Private transfer from cruise ship to Nantes airport

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

Cancellation charges for this booking as below:

- Cancel at anytime: $600 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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