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Paris and the Loire Valley Barge Cruise

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,398

Embark on a journey through the Loire Valley on this trip to France. Starting in Paris, you’ll cruise through the picturesque Loire Valley, stop off at charming country towns to visit historical sites and sample local food and wine, and enjoy a taste of France’s famous “Joie de vivre.”


This 10-day trip to France takes you on a cruise through the Loire Valley.

Your French vacation begins in Paris, the most popular city on the planet. Paris has beguiled globetrotters for centuries, attracting people with its gorgeous 18th-century architecture, vibrant museum culture, and unparalleled arts and culinary scene. Get a taste for its famous pleasures yourself by taking advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour, jetting between landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees, and the iconic Eiffel Tower. Be sure to head to the Latin Quarter or Montmartre to get a taste of famous French cuisine. While in Paris, you’ll board the MS Deborah and begin your journey through the Loire Valley.

Begin with a tour of charming Nevers, where you’ll see the stunning Ducal Palace and stroll past the half-timbered houses of the Old Quarter. You’ll also visit Nevers Cathedral and get a chance to see the local artisans at work in the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district. The next day, visit Fontmorigny Abbey before strolling through the gardens and streets of the stunning village of Apremont-sur-Aller. Continue to La Chapelle where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Val de Loire Natural Reserve.

In La Charite sur Loire, you’ll see the historical priory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stunning example of medieval architecture. Continue to a nearby farm where you’ll get an unforgettable taste of the rustic French countryside. Tour the town of Pouilly-sur-Loire before heading to the winery of Tour de Pouilly-Fume, where you’ll stroll through vineyards and taste the delicious vintages of valley wine. That evening, head to the town of Lere. On your final full day on the river, visit the hilltop town of Sancerre, with its stunning views of the Loire Valley, before stopping by a goat farm to taste local cheeses. You’ll then cruise through the Briare Aqueduct before celebrating your final night aboard with a gala dinner. You’ll then return to Paris where you’ll have another night at leisure before ending your French vacation.


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,398

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Day 1

Paris Airport to Paris Central Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Square Louvois

Its location in the heart of Paris' 2nd arrondissement, minutes from the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Palais-Royal, Opera and banks of the Seine, making it the perfect place to soak up the best of the French capital. In this 4-star hotel, contemporary design and 19th century Haussmannian influences are combined with great refinement. Discrete mouldings, copper touches and textured leather - French classicism contrasting with the noble modern materials. Its elegant style with Art Deco details have made it a number one destination in Parisian chic. The hotel's 50 rooms are influenced of bygone charm, with it's soft lighting, the softness of velvet and the simplicity of the oak flooring create a relaxed and reassuring atmosphere. The simple and comfortable forms appear side by side with the subtle Scandinavian lines, making guests feel they are at home, but also enjoying a change of scenery.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Square Louvois

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    Square Louvois



    Its location in the heart of Paris' 2nd arrondissement, minutes from the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Palais-Royal, Opera and banks of the Seine, making it the perfect place to soak up the best of the French capital. In this 4-star hotel, contemporary design and 19th ...

    Its location in the heart of Paris' 2nd arrondissement, minutes from the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Palais-Royal, Opera and banks of the Seine, making it the perfect place to soak up the best of the French capital. In this 4-star hotel, contemporary design and 19th century Haussmannian influences are combined with great refinement. Discrete mouldings, copper touches and textured leather - French classicism contrasting with the noble modern materials. Its elegant style with Art Deco details have made it a number one destination in Parisian chic. The hotel's 50 rooms are influenced of bygone charm, with it's soft lighting, the softness of velvet and the simplicity of the oak flooring create a relaxed and reassuring atmosphere. The simple and comfortable forms appear side by side with the subtle Scandinavian lines, making guests feel they are at home, but also enjoying a change of scenery.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Paris Open Tour - Hop On/Off Bus 1 Day

Visit Paris on board an open-top double-decker bus. Enjoy exceptional views from the top deck, hop on and off as you please on our 3 tour itineraries, and visit the city at your own pace! The Open Tour bus pass lets you use any of the Open Tour lines as often as you like, hop on and off the bus and easily get to all tourist spots thanks to our network of stops, discover the history of Paris through our multilingual commentaries, let your children discover Paris in a new way through tales and legends of the city: D'Artagnan, Quasimodo, Phantom of the Opera, and get discounts on numerous tourist attractions and activities.

Duration9 Hours
Day 3

Paris - Nevers

After meeting the group in Paris, we'll leave the city behind us as we make our way to the humble town of Nevers - where we'll board our private barge this afternoon. After settling into your cabin, there will be plenty of time to get to know the crew and your fellow travellers. What better way to kick off the cruise than with a round of welcome cocktails and an included dinner?

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration6 Nights
Accommodation

MS Jeanine

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  • MS Jeanine


    Entirely renovated in April 2013, this modern hotel barge is perfect for cruising through the beautiful region of Burgundy. All twelve cabins are located on the lower deck, each offering twin bed accommodation, a private en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning ...

    Entirely renovated in April 2013, this modern hotel barge is perfect for cruising through the beautiful region of Burgundy. All twelve cabins are located on the lower deck, each offering twin bed accommodation, a private en-suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV, individually controlled air-conditioning and large windows to watch the idyllic French countryside float by. Relaxed buffet breakfasts and delicious three-course dinners, accompanied by matching wines, are served in the spacious dining room and there is a small bar serving drinks throughout your journey. Relax on the sun deck wreathed in flowers, enjoy a drink whilst unwinding in the Jacuzzi or, for the more active, ride along the towpath of the canal on one of the complimentary bicycles.

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Sundeck

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Day 4

Nevers - Marseilles-les-Aubigny

This morning we'll embark on a tour of romantic Nevers - where we'll see the iconic Ducal Palace, stroll past the half-timbered houses of the old quarter and visit Nevers Cathedral, an impressive national monument.

After that, we'll stop off at the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district (where we'll enjoy a local produce tasting session) before we continue along the river towards Marseilles-les-Aubigny.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Marseilles-les-Aubigny - La Chapelle-Montlinard

After this morning's breakfast, our first stop of the day will be the historic Fontmorigny Abbey. Then, it's onwards to charming Apremont-sur-Allier, one of the most heart-stealing villages in France, for a photo opportunity or two.

After we've had a look around the magnificent floral garden, we'll return to the barge and continue our journey towards La Chapelle-Montlinard - where we'll be treated to outstanding views of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve.

After dinner, the evening will be yours to discover the unique nature, culture and heritage of the area.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

La Chapelle-Montlinard - Menetreol-sous-Sancerre

We'll start the day with a tour of La Charite-sur-Loire and its beautifully restored, UNESCO World Heritage-listed priory. Afterwards, we'll visit a farm deep in the countryside, where we'll experience the rustic charm that can only be found in France.

And in the evening? We'll enjoy an included dinner as we cruise towards Menetreol-sous-Sancerre, our home for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Menetreol-sous-Sancerre - Lere

This morning, we'll take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we'll visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-Fume - a local winery with a mesmerising backdrop. Here, we'll stroll the extensive vineyards, see the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting session before we climb back aboard the barge.

Our next stop will be Lere, where you'll be free to spend the evening at your leisure after dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Lere - Briare

We have an exciting day ahead of us today, with a visit to Sancerre - a historic medieval hilltop town overlooking the Loire Valley - on the agenda. While we're here, we'll visit an authentic goat farm - where we'll have the chance to taste some delicious cheeses and local Sancerre wine.

This afternoon will be spent cruising through the Briare Aqueduct (one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world) before we don our finest outfits for a gala dinner aboard the barge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Briare - Paris

After enjoying one last buffet breakfast, we'll bid a fond farewell to our barge. Then, it's all aboard the mini-coach back to Paris, where our tour will come to an end.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Square Louvois

Its location in the heart of Paris' 2nd arrondissement, minutes from the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Palais-Royal, Opera and banks of the Seine, making it the perfect place to soak up the best of the French capital. In this 4-star hotel, contemporary design and 19th century Haussmannian influences are combined with great refinement. Discrete mouldings, copper touches and textured leather - French classicism contrasting with the noble modern materials. Its elegant style with Art Deco details have made it a number one destination in Parisian chic. The hotel's 50 rooms are influenced of bygone charm, with it's soft lighting, the softness of velvet and the simplicity of the oak flooring create a relaxed and reassuring atmosphere. The simple and comfortable forms appear side by side with the subtle Scandinavian lines, making guests feel they are at home, but also enjoying a change of scenery.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Square Louvois

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    Square Louvois



    Its location in the heart of Paris' 2nd arrondissement, minutes from the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Palais-Royal, Opera and banks of the Seine, making it the perfect place to soak up the best of the French capital. In this 4-star hotel, contemporary design and 19th ...

    Its location in the heart of Paris' 2nd arrondissement, minutes from the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Palais-Royal, Opera and banks of the Seine, making it the perfect place to soak up the best of the French capital. In this 4-star hotel, contemporary design and 19th century Haussmannian influences are combined with great refinement. Discrete mouldings, copper touches and textured leather - French classicism contrasting with the noble modern materials. Its elegant style with Art Deco details have made it a number one destination in Parisian chic. The hotel's 50 rooms are influenced of bygone charm, with it's soft lighting, the softness of velvet and the simplicity of the oak flooring create a relaxed and reassuring atmosphere. The simple and comfortable forms appear side by side with the subtle Scandinavian lines, making guests feel they are at home, but also enjoying a change of scenery.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool
    • WiFi

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Day 10

Paris Central Hotels to Paris Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Aug 6
2020: Jun 2, 30; Aug 25

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • 3 nights' First Class accommodation in Paris
  • Full day Hop On Hop Off tour of Paris
  • 7 Day Small Group Tour including;
    • 6 nights aboard a boutique hotel barge
    • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation
    • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), daily lunch (L), daily evening meals (D)
    • Entrance included to all the attractions in the itinerary, including: Tour de Pouilly-Fume winery and traditional goat farm in Sancerre

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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