From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley

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From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley
From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley
From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley
From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley
From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley
From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley
From the Châteaux of Chambord and Chenonceau to the Loire Valley
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Duration

7 days

Trip code

NSN_CLR

Operator

CroisiEurope Cruises

Overview

A taste of Paris linked with the history of France: discover the castles of the Loire between Chambord and Chenonceau before boarding the river boat for a cruise on the Royal Loire river whose beautiful landscapes are legendary. Visit Nantes and The Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a gallery that recreates the imaginary world of the famous writer Jules Verne. Discover Saint-Nazaire and admire its shipyard and the Escal'Atlantic which immerses you in the world of steamships from the beginnings of their gigantic construction to life on board. Soak up the magical castles of the Loire such as Brissac, the highest castle in France whose monumental facades rise up from its large landscaped park. 

Highlights

  • ONLY WITH CROISIEUROPE: A luxury cruise on an authentic paddle riverboat
  • INCLUDED:1-night/2-day extended trip to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley including:Accommodations at a 3- or 4-star hotel in ParisDinner in a typical French brasserieVisit the Chambord and Chenonceau châteaux
  • Accommodations at a 3- or 4-star hotel in Paris
  • Dinner in a typical French brasserie
  • Visit the Chambord and Chenonceau châteaux
  • Unforgettable moments:INCLUDED: A full-day excursion through the Loire-Château d'Ussé, Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, and the gardens at the Château de VillandryOnly with CroisiEurope: Helicopter ride over the Loire Valley(1-3)Tasting of wines* in the cellar of the Château de Brissac(1)Explore Nantes, and its secret courtyards and passages(1)The Saint-Nazaire shipyard, French excellence(1)The Muscadet Wine Route, regional vineyards(1)
  • INCLUDED: A full-day excursion through the Loire-Château d'Ussé, Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, and the gardens at the Château de Villandry
  • Only with CroisiEurope: Helicopter ride over the Loire Valley(1-3)
  • Tasting of wines* in the cellar of the Château de Brissac(1)
  • Explore Nantes, and its secret courtyards and passages(1)
  • The Saint-Nazaire shipyard, French excellence(1)
  • The Muscadet Wine Route, regional vineyards(1)
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

What's Included



    Itinerary



    Shore Excursions

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Angers was the capital of the historical Anjou province and is distinguished not only by its legacy, but also by its modern nature. Angers, particularly rich during the Renaissance, was home to the House of Plantagenet. The immense walls of the famous Château d'Angers contain the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry. We'll visit the 13th century castle and discover the Apocalypse Tapestry*, part of one of the most important collections of medieval tapestries in the world.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • *Site closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, and December 25th.
    EXC_ANGERS

    Pre-paid: $115

    On-board: $127

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Angers was the capital of the historical Anjou province and is distinguished not only by its legacy, but also by its modern nature. Angers, particularly rich during the Renaissance, was home to the House of Plantagenet. The immense walls of the famous Château d'Angers contain the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry. We'll visit the 13th century castle and discover the Apocalypse Tapestry*, part of one of the most important collections of medieval tapestries in the world.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • *Site closed on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th, and December 25th.
    EXC_ANGERS

    Pre-paid: $118

    On-board: $131

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We'll leave by coach for a visit to the Château de Brissac, located about nine miles from the city of Angers.
    Known as the tallest royal residence in France, it contains 204 rooms, monumental staircases and never-ending hallways. Acquired by René de Cossé in the 16th century, Château de Brissac is still owned by the Cossé-Brissac family. Its park contains some magnificent shady spots under centuries-old trees, and the castle's spectacular decorations and the breathtaking Belle Époque theater are definitely not to be missed! At the end of our visit, we'll discover the castle cellars and enjoy a wine tasting*. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
    • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
    • Closed on Tuesdays, replaced by The Chateau de Serrant :

    We’ll leave by coach for a visit to the Château de Serrant, located about twenty miles from the city of Angers. This large, imposing, and luxurious castle puts three human talents on display: the architect, builders, and artists. Serrant is known for its unique collection of furniture and lavishly decorated rooms. The library contains over 12,000 old books, and the rooms overflow with precious objects, tapestries, paintings, and rare furniture—including an exquisite ebony cabinet conserved for more than 300 years inside the castle. The entire collection in the library was listed as a French Historical monument in 2001. The vast, well-equipped kitchens also live up to the extravagance of the castle and give insight into the refined, very comfortable life that bustled here during the 1900s. The gardens surrounding the castle add to the ambiance of this marvelously authentic château. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship.

    EXC_BRISSA

    Pre-paid: $149

    On-board: $165

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    We'll leave by coach for a visit to the Château de Brissac, located about nine miles from the city of Angers.
    Known as the tallest royal residence in France, it contains 204 rooms, monumental staircases and never-ending hallways. Acquired by René de Cossé in the 16th century, Château de Brissac is still owned by the Cossé-Brissac family. Its park contains some magnificent shady spots under centuries-old trees, and the castle's spectacular decorations and the breathtaking Belle Époque theater are definitely not to be missed! At the end of our visit, we'll discover the castle cellars and enjoy a wine tasting*. Afterwards, we'll return to the ship.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
    • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
    • Closed on Tuesdays, replaced by The Chateau de Serrant :

    We’ll leave by coach for a visit to the Château de Serrant, located about twenty miles from the city of Angers. This large, imposing, and luxurious castle puts three human talents on display: the architect, builders, and artists. Serrant is known for its unique collection of furniture and lavishly decorated rooms. The library contains over 12,000 old books, and the rooms overflow with precious objects, tapestries, paintings, and rare furniture—including an exquisite ebony cabinet conserved for more than 300 years inside the castle. The entire collection in the library was listed as a French Historical monument in 2001. The vast, well-equipped kitchens also live up to the extravagance of the castle and give insight into the refined, very comfortable life that bustled here during the 1900s. The gardens surrounding the castle add to the ambiance of this marvelously authentic château. After our excursion, we will return on board the ship.

    EXC_BRISSA

    Pre-paid: $154

    On-board: $172

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Transfer by coach to the Bateaux Nantais dock. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we'll leave for a cruise on what King Francis I called the "most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and its numerous châteaux.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_ERDRE

    Pre-paid: $136

    On-board: $150

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Transfer by coach to the Bateaux Nantais dock. At approximately 8:00 p.m., we'll leave for a cruise on what King Francis I called the "most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre. As the scenery rolls by, discover the history of the river and its numerous châteaux.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_ERDRE

    Pre-paid: $142

    On-board: $158

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We’ll take you to the airport in Ancenis. Upon your arrival, you’ll meet your pilot and head out for a helicopter tour of the Loire. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of breathtaking landscapes. You’ll fly over the tower in Oudon, whose medieval architecture reaches towards the sky, dominating the city of Ancenis, then farther along the châteaux de Clermont, a Renaissance-era building in the style of Louis XIII that was also the home of French actor Louis de Funès. Next you’ll notice the Île d’Or golf course, built in a unique setting on one of the islands of the Loire. The minutes tick by and soon it’s time to return to Ancenis. On the way back, you’ll fly over Champtoceaux, without a doubt one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Loire.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Helicopter ride subject to favorable weather conditions. MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE AND DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_HELILO

    Pre-paid: $418

    On-board: $465

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    We’ll take you to the airport in Ancenis. Upon your arrival, you’ll meet your pilot and head out for a helicopter tour of the Loire. You’ll enjoy a bird's-eye view of breathtaking landscapes. You’ll fly over the tower in Oudon, whose medieval architecture reaches towards the sky, dominating the city of Ancenis, then farther along the châteaux de Clermont, a Renaissance-era building in the style of Louis XIII that was also the home of French actor Louis de Funès. Next you’ll notice the Île d’Or golf course, built in a unique setting on one of the islands of the Loire. The minutes tick by and soon it’s time to return to Ancenis. On the way back, you’ll fly over Champtoceaux, without a doubt one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Loire.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Helicopter ride subject to favorable weather conditions. MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE AND DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY.
    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    EXC_HELILO

    Pre-paid: $450

    On-board: $500

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We'll pass through several villages that are testimony to the strong winegrowing identity in the region. We'll travel to La Chapelle Heulin and stop at the Château Cassemichère (or similar site). This exceptional site invites you to discover its history-filled vineyards, visit its cellars and taste* the dry, light, fruity and aromatic wine. We'll continue towards Clisson, a charming medieval city with 15th century vestiges and a slight Italian feel.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
    EXC_MUSCA

    Pre-paid: $122

    On-board: $136

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    We'll pass through several villages that are testimony to the strong winegrowing identity in the region. We'll travel to La Chapelle Heulin and stop at the Château Cassemichère (or similar site). This exceptional site invites you to discover its history-filled vineyards, visit its cellars and taste* the dry, light, fruity and aromatic wine. We'll continue towards Clisson, a charming medieval city with 15th century vestiges and a slight Italian feel.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    • *Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.
    EXC_MUSCA

    Pre-paid: $129

    On-board: $143

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    We'll begin our visit with the Escal'Atlantic, which ingeniously retraces the history of Norman and French ocean liners through a unique experience. Then we'll continue on to the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest and well-renowned in Europe. Once the birthplace of the most outstanding French transatlantic liners, today it is the construction site for elegant cruise ships. While following a tour especially designed to better understand the complexity of constructing these truly modern floating palaces, you'll discover the immensity of this site (267 acres), the stunning logistics, and the advanced technology required to build the ships.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • This excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to book the excursion and gain access to the shipyard.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_NAZAI2

    Pre-paid: $129

    On-board: $143

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    We'll begin our visit with the Escal'Atlantic, which ingeniously retraces the history of Norman and French ocean liners through a unique experience. Then we'll continue on to the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest and well-renowned in Europe. Once the birthplace of the most outstanding French transatlantic liners, today it is the construction site for elegant cruise ships. While following a tour especially designed to better understand the complexity of constructing these truly modern floating palaces, you'll discover the immensity of this site (267 acres), the stunning logistics, and the advanced technology required to build the ships.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • This excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport in order to book the excursion and gain access to the shipyard.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_NAZAI2

    Pre-paid: $131

    On-board: $145

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    Leaving from the dock in Nantes, you'll set out to discover the magical world of the Machines de l'île. This totally unprecedented artistic project is a cross between the imaginations of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. After this exceptional tour, we'll continue on to explore Nantes through its hidden courtyards and covered passageways reflecting the glorious past of the city's grand families from the 15th century to today.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and suitable clothing.
    EXC_NANT2

    Pre-paid: $136

    On-board: $150

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    Leaving from the dock in Nantes, you'll set out to discover the magical world of the Machines de l'île. This totally unprecedented artistic project is a cross between the imaginations of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. After this exceptional tour, we'll continue on to explore Nantes through its hidden courtyards and covered passageways reflecting the glorious past of the city's grand families from the 15th century to today.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • Times are approximate.
    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and suitable clothing.
    EXC_NANT2

    Pre-paid: $140

    On-board: $156

    Packack
    excursions - 2024

    You'll discover the small streets of the medieval Bouffay quarter and the beautiful Flamboyant-style Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. We'll visit the île 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 around the Théâtre Graslin and the Passage Pommeraye. We'll 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.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_NANTES

    Pre-paid: $133

    On-board: $147

    Packack
    excursions - 2025

    You'll discover the small streets of the medieval Bouffay quarter and the beautiful Flamboyant-style Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. We'll visit the île 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 around the Théâtre Graslin and the Passage Pommeraye. We'll 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.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The order of the visits can change.
    • Times are approximate.
    EXC_NANTES

    Pre-paid: $138

    On-board: $154



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