Please Wait

Sail along

The Loire, A Royal River

 

Azay le Rideau Chateau
  • Overview

    highlights

    • Sail along France’s longest river, the Loire
    • Admire stunning riverscapes as we cruise
    • Take in the Loire Valley’s incredible castles

    Join us as we cruise along the longest river in France, taking in splendid views along the Loire River. This magnificent river is famous for its wonderful scenery, and we can sit back and relax as we sail, admiring the beautiful views and visiting a number of excellent destinations along the way, including Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, Ancenis and Angers. Read More

    Great for:

    • Great for - Activities
    • Great for - City
    • Great for - Culture
    • Great for - Entertainment
    • Great for - Scenery


    Villandry
      
    Checking availability...
    This excellent river cruise will take us along the Loire, exploring this spectacular river valley to our heart’s content. With time to enjoy a number of destinations, we can take in the superb atmospheres of these exquisite towns and villages, spending time exploring their historical centres and admiring their many attractions.

    As well as this, we will take in the magnificent castles of the Loire Valley with our included excursion, marvelling at splendid Renaissance and medieval architecture at castles such as Azay-le-Rideau, Vilandry and Usse.
  • 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?

     
  • Gallery
  • 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. 

    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


    Guerande
    Guided visit to Guerande
    Guerande is a charming medieval town located in western France, where we’ll find one of the best examples of a fortified wall in the whole of France. This ancient wall surrounds the town, and includes ramparts and beautifully preserved medieval gates.
    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
    Saint-Nazaire and the Escal'Atlantic and Shipyard
    The town of Saint-Nazaire is filled with lovely sights, and our guided tour will begin with a trip to the Escal'Atlantic, where we will enjoy an ocean liner experience. Retrace the steps of Norman and French ocean liners with this unique attraction, before we continue to discover Saint-Nazaire’s fascinating shipyard. 
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    The Corniche Angevine
    We make our way along the levees of the Loire’s wine-making region today, learning more about the river’s fascinating history and its impact on the surrounding landscape. We also visit the Chateau des Vaults (or similar site) to sample some of the local wines, before we continue our journey along the Corniche Angevine.
    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.
    Guerande
    Guided visit to Guerande
    Guerande is a charming medieval town located in western France, where we’ll find one of the best examples of a fortified wall in the whole of France. This ancient wall surrounds the town, and includes ramparts and beautifully preserved medieval gates.
    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
    Saint-Nazaire and the Escal'Atlantic and Shipyard
    The town of Saint-Nazaire is filled with lovely sights, and our guided tour will begin with a trip to the Escal'Atlantic, where we will enjoy an ocean liner experience. Retrace the steps of Norman and French ocean liners with this unique attraction, before we continue to discover Saint-Nazaire’s fascinating shipyard. 
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    The Corniche Angevine
    We make our way along the levees of the Loire’s wine-making region today, learning more about the river’s fascinating history and its impact on the surrounding landscape. We also visit the Chateau des Vaults (or similar site) to sample some of the local wines, before we continue our journey along the Corniche Angevine.
    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.
    Guerande
    Guided visit to Guerande
    Guerande is a charming medieval town located in western France, where we’ll find one of the best examples of a fortified wall in the whole of France. This ancient wall surrounds the town, and includes ramparts and beautifully preserved medieval gates.
    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
    Saint-Nazaire and the Escal'Atlantic and Shipyard
    The town of Saint-Nazaire is filled with lovely sights, and our guided tour will begin with a trip to the Escal'Atlantic, where we will enjoy an ocean liner experience. Retrace the steps of Norman and French ocean liners with this unique attraction, before we continue to discover Saint-Nazaire’s fascinating shipyard. 
    MS Loire Princess - ARTIST IMPRESSION
    The Corniche Angevine
    We make our way along the levees of the Loire’s wine-making region today, learning more about the river’s fascinating history and its impact on the surrounding landscape. We also visit the Chateau des Vaults (or similar site) to sample some of the local wines, before we continue our journey along the Corniche Angevine.
    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.



    EXTRAS

    Captain's gala dinner
    Enjoy a fantastic Captain's gala dinner while on-board!


    Welcome drink on arrival
    Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.

 


Checking availability...

What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Six nights all-inclusive cruise
  • Overnight stays on outbound and return journeys
  • On-board evening entertainment programme
  • Enjoy a Captain’s dinner
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Porterage
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.

Learn more about the ship
  • 2
  • 3
  • British Travel Awards
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 8
  • 9
i-aff6059e | v1.2.2.7 | a1.0.0.56303
Back to Top