The elegant Nymphea cruises next to the fairy
tale chateaux in the heart of the Loire Valley
(right). A refined but cosy interior and spacious
high sun-deck (bottom-right) make her the perfect
hotel-barge for exploring the Loire valley— a
glistening jewel set into the rolling landscape of
Where is it?
couple of hours south of
Paris. Tours and Blois are the major cities in this region.
What are the cruises like?
Gentle and dreamy;
What could be more special than cruising past magnificent,
built centuries ago by families of wealth
and great influence and designed by architectures of great distinction?
The chateaux on this route will really take your breath away.
The Loire valley is the longest in France
and can be very wide
in places. Its sister river the River Cher is smaller and can feel
How does this area compare with others in Europe?
It really is the land of fairy-tale châteaux more than any other in France
this will definitely feature as a large emphasis of your cruise. The landscape and
towns are, of course, delightful and good weather and a lot of sunshine
enjoyed here. Much of the architecture in the large towns reflects the style
found in the centre of Paris
, as historically it was the ‘playground of the rich
in times gone by and influential Parisians or Royal Palace Courtiers, often
built their grand homes here... Fields of sunflowers and green, leafy glades
characterise the countryside.
Why would I want to cruise here?
Chateaux that will leave
you ‘wowed’, fine wines
now becoming very fashionable in Paris and further
afield, beautiful landscapes, interesting museums and you want to cruise in
a region with style, on a barge with style...
How can I travel to this area?
As well as the extensive road network, there is an airport and several train stations in this region:
- Tours 'Val de Loire' Airport - 6km from the city centre.
A small airport offering scheduled flights to European and North African destinations.
TGV train stations
- Tours (ville)
- Tours St.Pierre des Corps
to go to the Barge Company dedicated 'trains' website to find out more about travelling around France on the TGV High Speed Rail network