Loire Valley cruise, between Larcay and Montrichard
Sunday, Day 1Moulin de Nitray
Cruise route map
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Guests are met at St Pierres des Corps TGV Station near Tours and transferred to Nymphea where the crew and a champagne welcome” awaits you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on board.
Monday, Day 2 Moulin de Nitray to Larcay
A morning cruise through two locks takes us to the quaint town of Larcay where we moor under the weeping willows for lunch. In the afternoon we enjoy an excursion to Chateau de Villandry, with its world-renowned Renaissance gardens. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3Larcay to Vallet
After a morning cruise past no less than six private chateaux, we tie up opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around its 18th century mill. After lunch we transfer by minibus to Amboise on the banks of the Loire, where we visit the Royal Chateau D’Amboise and the Clos Luce, Leonardo Da Vinci’s home. Dinner on board.
Wednesday, Day 4 Vallet to Chissay-en-Touraine
While cruising in the morning we pull in to the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Chateau de Fontenay. A two minute walk brings us to their courtyard where we can taste their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch moored at Blere. In the afternoon we cruise under the 5 arch bridge of the impressive Château de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. From there we depart by minibus to visit the Chateau. Upon our return we cruise upstream to Chissay-en-Touraine. We have dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in Loire regional cooking
Thursday, Day 5Chissy-en-Touraine to Montrichard
Magnificent Amboise Chateau
A morning cruise takes us towards the troglodyte village of Bourré. We tie up at the lock, a short walk from which is one of the more unusual dwellings in the Loire Valley, La Magnaneraie. The Coquillat family have grown up in this hillside troglodyte habitation, which has been in turn wine cellar, quarry for the tuffeau stone, and lastly a silkworm nursery. After lunch we drive east to Valencay, one of the most splendid chateaux of the Loire and the home of Napoleon’s foreign minister, Talleyrand. Returning to the hotel barge we cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner on board.
Friday, Day 6Montrichard to Nitray
Following breakfast, a short stroll takes us to the heart of Montrichard, into the midst of one of the largest weekly street markets in Touraine. There is much to explore at the 11th century Chateau de Foulques Nerra overlooking the mediaeval town square. Before lunch we can visit the local vineyard of the Meriau family, to taste the regional Touraine vintages. After an early lunch, Nymphea sets off downstream again, for another passage under Chenonceau and arrives at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the Chateau and rose garden of Nitray. Enjoy an aperitif from their vineyards before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7Nitray
After breakfast, disembark and return to the St Pierres des Corps TGV Station, near Tours.
On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.