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CroisiEurope offer you the unique opportunity to tour the fabulous Loire valley on their custom designed paddle ship, the Loire Princesse. With its fairytale Chateaux, world famous wines and rich cultural heritage this really is a fabulous area of France.
Board in Nantes between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Crew presentation and welcome drink followed by Dinner on board. Perhaps enjoy an optional cruise along the Erdre which King Francois I called the "most beautiful river in France".
After breakfast you can enjoy an optional tour of Nantes (must be reserved prior to departure), the city of the Dukes of Brittany, and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. Afternoon spent cruising to Saint-Nazaire, arriving during the evening. Evening of entertainment
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This morning you may join an optional tour of Saint Nazaire (must be reserved prior to departure), begin with the Escal'Atlantique, tracing the history of this famous port and its ocean liners before, touring the shipyard. Alternatively take an optional tour to the medieval walled city of Guérande and its famous salt marshes. Return to the ship for Lunch and spend the afternoon cruising to Ancenis where the ship docks overnight.
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Today you may choose the optional excursion to the Muscadet wine region, discover its heritage and vineyards and sample a taste of this dry white wine at the cellars of Chateau Cassemichère (or similar). The afternoon is spent cruising to Bouchemaine.
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After breakfast this morning perhaps join an optional tour of Angers, capital of the historic Anjou region and home to the Plantagenets. Return to the ship for Lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure or join the optional excursion to the fortress town on Saumur and a visit to the famous Cadre Noir, the French riding school founded in 1825 (must be reserved prior to departure). Return to the ship for dinner and an evening of dancing.
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Today we take an included coach tour of the Loire valley. Visit the Château Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island in the Indre river, tour the lovely gardens of the Château Villandry, and finally the Château d'Ussé whose fortified towers inspired Charles Perault's The Sleeping Beauty.
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This morning's optional tour takes in the Corniche Angevine, with it's picturesque villages and vistas of the Loire. This afternoon admire the changing scenery along the banks of the Loire as we cruise to Nantes. Gala evening onboard tonight.
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MS Loire Princesse
CroisiEurope are a family owned French business oprerating a fleet of specially designed ships on Europe's rivers and canals.
The Loire Pricesse has been specially designed for the Loire and is the first large River Cruise ships to cruise this lovely river.
Facilities on board include a lounge-bar with a dance floor, restaurant, large sun deck with deckchairs and Loungers and a gift shop. The vessel is air-conditioned throughout and also features free wifi on board.
Cabins on all decks are a similar size at approximately 150 sq.ft. and feature twin/double beds, en suite facilities, flat screen TV, hairdryer and safe. Cabins on the upper deck have small outside balconies whilst those on the main deck have large twin windows.
Your cruise includes full board dining and an inclusive drinks package comprising wine, beer and fruit juices with meals, tea and coffee and drinks from the bar (excludes champagne and drinks from the wine list). The dining room is large enough to accommodate all guests at one sitting. Breakfasts are buffet style, while lunch and dinner have set menus, usually including a choice of regional specialities and traditional favourites. Aperitifs, coffee and digestifs are available in the lounge bar.
Vegetarian meals and any special dietary requirements should be requested at the time of booking. There is an evening programme of entertainment and a welcome cocktail on the first night. While on board you will be looked after by the ship's hostess and purser.
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Prices are cruise only, per person, based on two sharing and are subject to availability at time of booking. Operators reserve the right to amend published prices prior to a confirmed booking being made.
Flights, transfers and optional excursions can be packaged on request, please call for details.
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