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The Loire, a Royal River

Itinerary, Prices and Dates

Round Trip from Nantes 8 Days

Loire Princesse in Challones-sur-Loire
Loire Princesse in Challones-sur-Loire

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.

What's Included

  • 7-nights full board cruise on the MS Loire Princesse
  • Unlimited complimentary drinks onboard including wine, beer, soft drinks, mineral water and speciality tea and coffee
  • Full day guided excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire
  • Entertainment onboard
  • Captain's Gala Dinner
  • Multilingual cruise manager
  • Port charges

Optional Features

  • A full complement of optional excursions
    Excursion packages may be puchased at a 5% discount when booked with the cruise.
  • Guided tour of Angers
  • Tour of the Muscadet region
  • The Corniche Angevine
  • Tour Guérande and the salt marshes
  • Cruise the Erdre with its wonderful Châteaux
  • Guided tour of Nantes
  • Tour Saumur and visit the famous Cadre Noir riding school
  • Tour of Saint Nazaire
  • Packaged flights and transfers available on request

Day 1: Nantes

Map of the Loire river
Map of the Loire River

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".
Included Meals D

Day 2: Nantes - Saint Nazaire

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
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Saint Nazaire - Ancenis

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Ancenis - Bouchemaine

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Bouchemaine (Angers Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach)

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Bouchemaine - (The Châteaux of the Loire Valley Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach)

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Bouchemaine - Ancenis - Nantes

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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Nantes

After breakfast, disembark the Loire Princesse.
Included Meals B

  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

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.

Deck Plan

CroisiEurope MS Loire Princesse - deck plan
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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 & Excursions

Flights LogoFlights, transfers and optional excursions can be packaged on request, please call for details.

The Loire, A Regal Legacy 5 Nights

MS Loire Princesse

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  • This cruise offers a similar route with a slightly shorter duration
  • Tour the Loire valley on this unique Loire Vessel
  • Included guided tour of the Chateaux of the Loire
  • Upper deck cabins available with sit out balconies
  • Lovely French cuisine with all meals included
  • All inclusive drinks package on board
  • Wide choice of optional excursions available

Nantes​•Saint Nazaire​•Ancenis​•Bouchemaine​•Angers

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