The Loire Valley, a Royal legacy
Embark on a cruise on the Royal Loire River whose beauty is 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.
- Booking advice from your Travel Escapes travel advisor
- Return flights from Dublin to Nantes
- Return transfers from airport to ship
- 5 nights onboard the premium grade MS Loire Princesse
- Refined French cuisine onboard on a full board basis from Dinner on the 1st day to Breakfast on the last day
- DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
- Gala dinner and evening
- Welcome cocktail
- Free wifi onboard
- Port taxes included
- Onboard activities
- 10kg Carry-on bag per person
- EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE the Loire from above
- Full-day excursion to the castles of the Loire Valley: guided tours of the castles of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau and the gardens of Villandry
- Wine-tasting in the cellars of the Brissac castle
- The Saint-Nazaire shipyard, embodiment of French pride
- The wine route of the Muscadet through the vineyards of the Nantes region
- Cruise on board a paddle steamer
Some highlights may be from paid excursions.
MS Loire Princesse
The design of this ship is exclusive to CroisiEurope since it is the first French ship to sail on the Loire, the last “wild river” in France. Built in 2015 in Saint-Nazaire, its specificity lies in its side paddle wheels and shallow-draft. The noble burgundy and pearly colors mingle with copper elements, which give a prestigious
character to the interior decoration. A “royal” atmosphere to discover the Loire châteaux from the water. A nod to the famous “inexplosibles” that once crisscrossed the Loire: a large fireplace is located in the middle of the lounge.
The welcoming public spaces have large window areas and the cabins on the upper deck have terraces with outdoor furniture. All meals during the cruise are served in the restaurant on the main deck. Onboard fun, music and dancing happen in the lounge / bar on the upper deck, where a cozy patio also provides great landscape
views. The sun deck has deck chairs and sun loungers ideal for relaxing. In the reception area you can admire the mechanism of the paddle wheels during navigation.
Booking RemarksOptional insurance €28 (conditions apply)
A non-refundable, non-transferable booking deposit of €250 per person is required. Full payment if departure within 16 weeks.
Gratuities are not included and are payable at your discretion at the end of your cruise onboard.
Holidays & offers are subject to availability at the time of booking
These prices are guidelines only and are subject to change and availability. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.
Duration NotesIncluded on board your cruise
Your cruise with all meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 - double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - onboard entertainment - assistance from the onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala dinner - all port fees
Flights - cancellation and baggage insurance - optional excursions - personal expenses.
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner. The ship will sail towards Saint-Nazaire.
This morning, join us for the optional excursions for both package: tour of Saint Nazaire, a town on the sea. We’ll visit Escal’Atlantic, a museum that explores the historic ocean liner experience, and the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe (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 shipyar).
In the evening, join us on an optional excursion for both packages: we’ll board a local boat for a cruise on the Erdre River, one of the most beautiful in France.
This morning, join us for the optional excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : Guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
DISCOVERY: Nantes, the Machines de l’Île(3), secret courtyards and covered passageways.
This afternoon, join us for the optional excursions proposed :
CLASSIC : The Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town.
DISCOVERY: Helicopter ride(2), the Loire from above (this excursion must be booked in advance through your travel agency).
We’ll cruise towards Chalonnes-sur-Loire. Join us for the optional excursions proposed:
CLASSIC: Guided tour of Angers, its historic districts and the famous Apocalypse tapestry(5).
DISCOVERY: Tour of Brissac castle(4) and its cellars complete with a wine-tasting session.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
The Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Join us on a full-day included excursion for both packages to discover the Castles of the Loire Valley. We’ll return on board in Ancenis. Tonight’s our gala dinner and evening. Our ship will start sailing towards Nantes.
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast before disembarking at 10:00 a.m. End of our services.
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