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Loire Valley cruise 2019

Take in some beautiful French scenery as you drift past stunning Berry and the incredible Sologne region on this magnificent Loire Valley cruise. Along the way we’ll tick off memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards. Back-Roads Touring » code: BERLVPP-9 » id: 35604

7 Days from £2,639 per passenger

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  • France
  • Europe
  • Western Europe
 

 

DAY 1 PARIS – NEVERS

We’ll begin our Loire Valley tour by meeting the group in Paris and travelling 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 your crew and fellow travellers with a round of welcome cocktails and an included dinner on board. (L,D)
 
Accommodation: MS Deborah 
 

DAY 2 NEVERS – MARSEILLES-LÈS-AUBIGNY

This morning we’ll embark on a romantic tour of 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-lès-Aubigny. (B,L,D)
 
Accommodation: MS Deborah 
 

DAY 3 MARSEILLES-LÈS-AUBIGNY – LA CHAPELLE-MONTLINARD

After a hearty 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. (B,L,D)
 
Accommodation: MS Deborah 
 

DAY 4 LA CHAPELLE-MONTLINARD – MÉNÉTRÉOL-SOUS-SANCERRE

We’ll start the day with a tour of La Charité-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 calm that can only be found in France. In the evening, we’ll enjoy an included dinner as we cruise towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre, our home for the night. (B,L,D)
 
Accommodation: MS Deborah 
 

DAY 5 MÉNÉTRÉOL-SOUS-SANCERRE – LÉRÉ

This morning we’ll take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we’ll visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-Fumé – a winery located in a beautiful setting. Here, we’ll stroll the extensive vineyards, see the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting session. Back on the water, we’ll set off for Léré, where you can spend the evening at your leisure after dinner. (B,L,D)
 
Accommodation: MS Deborah 
 

DAY 6 LÉRÉ – 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. Afterwards, 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 evening dinner on board the barge. (B,L,D)
 
Accommodation: MS Deborah 
 

DAY 7 BRIARE – PARIS

After enjoying one last buffet breakfast on board, we’ll bid a fond farewell to our barge around 9am. Then, it’s all aboard the mini-coach back to Paris, where our tour will come to an end. (B)



 

 
THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE 
  • See the Briare Aqueduct, one of the most prestigious waterways in France
  • Stroll through the well-preserved historic sites of the famous Berry and Sologne regions
  • Enjoy included drinks and onboard meals, as well as a Gala dinner and welcome cocktails
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • 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-Fumé winery and traditional goat farm in Sancerre

 

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