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Admire the

Landscapes and Chateaux of the Loire Valley

 

Villandry
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Journey through the Loire Valley
    • Discover some of the region’s stunning chateaux
    • Visit the charming towns of Nantes and Saint Nazaire
    • Admire the beautiful castles of the Loire Valley

    At the heart of France, we’ll discover the lovely Loire Valley, known as the ‘Garden of France’ due to the abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards. The central part of the valley is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’ll soon see why as we explore the wonderful landscapes and see some of the historic chateaux in this charming region.

    Great for:

    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Gardens
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Nature
    • Great for - Scenery


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  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Ship

    YOUR SHIP



    MS Loire Princesse

    • Loire Princess Lounge 3
    • MS loire princesse

    Cruise on-board the innovative MS Loire Princesse. This marvellous vessel is a new concept in cruise ships, inspired by an ancient technique - the paddle wheel. Debuted with Shearings in 2015, the MS Loire Princesse became the first paddle boat cruise vessel with cabins to sail along the longest river in France, the Loire.

    Boasting 48 spacious outside cabins, each equipped with the latest technology, including Wi-Fi on-board. Each of the MS Loire Princesse’s cabins also has individually-controlled air-conditioning, plasma screen TV, radio, hairdryer, safe and mini-bar.

    On-board, you’ll enjoy the atmosphere of an international clientele, and you’ll find a splendid restaurant, a huge lounge bar with central dance floor and a large sun deck. This makes the ideal place to relax and enjoy the stunning views along the Loire River!

    • Length: 90m
    • Width: 15m
    • Accommodation areas refurbished: 2015
    • Passenger Capacity: 96
    • Passenger decks: 3
    • Star rating: 4

    Cabins

    • MS Loire Princesse Main Deck Twin/Double Cabin

      Loire Princess Bar
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Telephone
      • Desk
      • Dresser
      • Storage area
      • Window
      • Fixed beds

      Perfect for couples, the MS Loire Princesse’s fantastic Main Deck Twin/Double Cabins offer the perfect place to relax and unwind after a great day of exploring. Lie back, relax and admire the views - the double bed in this cabin faces the window, so you can take in the beautiful riverscapes as we sail.

      You will also find a shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, dresser, storage area, flat screen TV, and telephone in your cabin, and each cabin boasts air conditioning.

    • MS Loire Princesse Upper Deck Twin/Double Cabin

      Loire Princess Upper Deck
      • Private bathroom facilities including shower
      • Safe
      • Hairdryer
      • Flat screen TV
      • Air conditioning
      • Telephone
      • Desk
      • Dresser
      • Storage area
      • Picture window
      • Private balcony
      • Fixed beds
      Whether you’re travelling as a couple, with friends or on your own, the MS Loire Princesse’s superb Upper Deck Twin/Double Cabins offer the perfect place to relax and unwind after a great day of exploring. Lie back, relax and admire the views - the beds in this cabin faces the large picture window, so you can take in the beautiful riverscapes as we sail.

      You will also find a shower, hair dryer, safe, desk, dresser, storage area, flat screen TV, and telephone in your cabin, and each cabin boasts air conditioning.

      Why not sit out on the private balcony to better take in the stunning scenery?

     
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Villandry Ch‰teau & Gardens
    Full Day: The Castles of the Loire Valley

    Take in the stunning castles the Loire Valley is famous for, as we make our way first to the castle of Azay-le-Rideau. Located on an island on the Indre River, this splendid castle boasts a mixture of medieval and Renaissance architecture.

    After our time here, we enjoy lunch and continue to the castle of Villandry, where we take a leisurely walk through the castle’s gardens. Our tour then continues to Usse Castle to marvel at its fortified towers, turrets and steeples. 

    Villandry Ch‰teau & Gardens
    Full Day: The Castles of the Loire Valley

    Take in the stunning castles the Loire Valley is famous for, as we make our way first to the castle of Azay-le-Rideau. Located on an island on the Indre River, this splendid castle boasts a mixture of medieval and Renaissance architecture.

    After our time here, we enjoy lunch and continue to the castle of Villandry, where we take a leisurely walk through the castle’s gardens. Our tour then continues to Usse Castle to marvel at its fortified towers, turrets and steeples. 

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Angers
    Angers
    Once the capital of the historical Anjou province, Angers is known for its rich cultural heritage, which we will be able to learn more about during our excursion today. Angers has fantastic Renaissance architecture to admire, and we will take in sights such as Anger’s Castle and La Doutre, one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods.  
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    Cruise on the River Erdre
    We make our way to the Bateaux Nantais dock, where we enjoy a cruise on the beautiful River Erdre. Once described by King Francis I as the ‘most beautiful river in France’, admire the rolling hills and charming landscape as we travel. 
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    Guided visit of Saint-Nazaire
    The town of Saint-Nazaire is filled with lovely sights, and we'll enjoy the opportunity to discover this destination's very best sights during our guided visit today. Learn more about its shipbuilding history, and admire its picturesque setting. 
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    Nantes

    Discover Nantes, famous for the beautiful Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, as we explore this wonderful city. Our guided visit will take in some of the city’s best sights, such as Feydeau Island, the Nantes Quays, the city’s shopping district and the Graslin Theatre. We also explore the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, and admire the Breton monument during our tour. 

    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    The Muscadet Region
    The Muscadet region has a long history of wine-making, and our scenic drive through this splendid region will take in some of the most beautiful villages known to this area. We will make our way to La Chapelle Heulin, stopping at a local winery to take in the excellent vineyards here. We will also enjoy a wine tasting experience during our excursion.
    Angers
    Angers
    Once the capital of the historical Anjou province, Angers is known for its rich cultural heritage, which we will be able to learn more about during our excursion today. Angers has fantastic Renaissance architecture to admire, and we will take in sights such as Anger’s Castle and La Doutre, one of the city’s most famous neighbourhoods.  
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    Cruise on the River Erdre
    We make our way to the Bateaux Nantais dock, where we enjoy a cruise on the beautiful River Erdre. Once described by King Francis I as the ‘most beautiful river in France’, admire the rolling hills and charming landscape as we travel. 
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    Guided visit of Saint-Nazaire
    The town of Saint-Nazaire is filled with lovely sights, and we'll enjoy the opportunity to discover this destination's very best sights during our guided visit today. Learn more about its shipbuilding history, and admire its picturesque setting. 
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    Nantes

    Discover Nantes, famous for the beautiful Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, as we explore this wonderful city. Our guided visit will take in some of the city’s best sights, such as Feydeau Island, the Nantes Quays, the city’s shopping district and the Graslin Theatre. We also explore the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, and admire the Breton monument during our tour. 

    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    The Muscadet Region
    The Muscadet region has a long history of wine-making, and our scenic drive through this splendid region will take in some of the most beautiful villages known to this area. We will make our way to La Chapelle Heulin, stopping at a local winery to take in the excellent vineyards here. We will also enjoy a wine tasting experience during our excursion.

 


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What's included

  • Five nights all inclusive cruise
  • Travel by Air or Rail
  • FREE drinks with meals including wine, beer, mineral water and fruit juice plus tea and coffee after each meal
  • FREE drinks served at the bar (excludes selected wines and Champagne from the wine list)
  • All meals on board
  • FREE welcome cocktail
  • Captain's gala dinner
  • Excursions operated by CroisiEurope
Loire Princess Lounge 3

MS Loire Princesse

Cruise on-board the innovative MS Loire Princesse. This marvellous vessel is a new concept in cruise ships, inspired by an ancient technique - the paddle wheel.

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