The Royal Loire River

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.

Enjoy this fabulous 7-night river cruise onboard the premium class MS Loire Valley.

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DESTINATION Loire Valley – France
FROM Dublin
DATE 06 April & 18 April 2019
DURATION 7 Nights
PRICE From €2,129 pp

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.

Flight Times:

OUTBOUND Dublin 13.20 Nantes 16.00
RETURN Nantes 16.00 Dublin 16.40

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: NANTES

Following your flight from Dublin, you will be transferred to the quay to board the river cruiser. 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.

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: Hiking in Guérande. Take a hike along the ramparts through the medieval city of Guérande and discover its salt marshes.
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.

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, secret courtyards and covered passageways.
Enjoy onboard entertainment as we cruise towards Ancenis this afternoon.

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.

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 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.

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.

Day 7: BOUCHEMAINE(2) – ANCENIS – NANTES

Join us on the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Excursion along the Angevine Corniche with its picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire.
DISCOVERY: Enjoy a scenic bike trip along the Loire River including charming typical villages.
The afternoon will be spent cruising the Loire towards Nantes. Tonight’s our festive gala dinner and evening.

Day 8: NANTES

Following your final breakfast onboard, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Dublin.

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.

7 Nights accommodation aboard the MS Loire Princess, your Premium river cruiser, operated by Croisieurope.

 

MS Loire Princess

  • Year of construction : 2015
  • Numbers of passengers : 96 Passengers
  • Total capacity : 48
  • Width : 11 meters
  • Length : 80 meters

LOUNGE BAR WITH DANCEFLOOR
The lounge tastefully decorated has panoramic views and is spanning the bow of the ship. Cocktails and games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.

RESTAURANT
Located on the main deck, the restaurant is where all meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.

SUN DECK
Do not miss it to unwind ! It is equipped with recliners and deck chairs, so that you can enjoy the best views of your cruise.

FITNESS
Start your day joining us for a morning fitness class on the sun deck.

 

Dates & Prices

DATE PRICE STATEROOM
06 April 2019 €2,129 Main Deck Book Now
18 April 2019 €2,129 Main Deck Book Now
20 October 2019 €2,129 Main Deck Sold Out

Price Inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin to Nantes
  • Return transfer from airport to port
  • 7 nights accommodation on board the premium class MS Loire Princess
  • Full Board basis – all meals and all drinks including alcoholic
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Refined French cuisine
  • Gala dinner and evening 
  • Welcome cocktail
  • One check-in bag of 20kg per person

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit €250 per person
  • Upgrade to Upper Deck €400 per person
  • Single Supplement €810
  • Optional Insurance €21 (conditions apply)
  • These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.