7 Day Loire Valley Cruise

Back-Roads Canal Cruise starting in Paris and finishing in Paris

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads's 7 Day Loire Valley Cruise. Cruise through the stunning former Berry province and the incredible Sologne region. Take a magnificent tour of the memorable sites, historic cities and prestigious vineyards of the are...read more
Overview
Operator: Back-Roads
Type: Canal Cruise (Premium)
Max Group Size: 15
Duration: 7 Days
From: Paris to Paris
Tour Code: BRLOR
Visits: France
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$ 3,709
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day
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1
Paris – Nevers
We’ll begin our Loire Valley tour by meeting the group in Paris and travelling to the humble town of Nevers, where we’ll board our private barge this afternoon. After settling into your cabin, there will be plenty of time to get to know your crew and fellow travellers with a round of welcome cocktails and an included dinner on board. (L/D)   Accommodation: MS Deborah   
2
Nevers – Marseilles-lès-Aubigny
This morning we’ll embark on a romantic tour of Nevers, where we’ll see the iconic Ducal Palace, stroll past the half-timbered houses of the old quarter and visit Nevers Cathedral, an impressive national monument. After that, we’ll stop off at the Nevers Blue Gold pottery district (where we’ll enjoy a local produce tasting session) before we continue along the river towards Marseilles-lès-Aubigny. (B/L/D)   Accommodation: MS Deborah   
3
Marseilles-lès-Aubigny – La Chapelle-montlinard
After a hearty breakfast, our first stop of the day will be the historic Fontmorigny Abbey. Then, it’s onwards to charming Apremont-sur-Allier, one of the most heart-stealing villages in France, for a photo opportunity or two. After we’ve had a look around the magnificent floral garden, we’ll return to the barge and continue our journey towards La Chapelle-Montlinard – where we’ll be treated to outstanding views of the Val de Loire Natural Reserve. After dinner, the evening will be yours to discover the unique nature, culture and heritage of the area. (B/L/D)   Accommodation: MS Deborah   
4
La Chapelle-montlinard – Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre
We’ll start the day with a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire and its beautifully restored, UNESCO World Heritage-listed priory. Afterwards, we’ll visit a farm deep in the countryside, where we’ll experience the rustic calm that can only be found in France. In the evening, we’ll enjoy an included dinner as we cruise towards Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre, our home for the night. (B/L/D)   Accommodation: MS Deborah   
5
Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre – Léré
This morning we’ll take a tour of Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we’ll visit the impressive Tour de Pouilly-Fumé – a winery located in a beautiful setting. Here, we’ll stroll the extensive vineyards, see the wine cellar and enjoy a delectable wine tasting session. Back on the water, we’ll set off for Léré, where you can spend the evening at your leisure after dinner. (B/L/D)   Accommodation: MS Deborah   
6
Léré – Briare
We have an exciting day ahead of us today, with a visit to Sancerre – a historic medieval hilltop town overlooking the Loire Valley – on the agenda. Afterwards, we’ll visit an authentic goat farm, where we’ll have the chance to taste some delicious cheeses and local Sancerre wine. This afternoon will be spent cruising through the Briare Aqueduct (one of the longest navigable aqueducts in the world) before we don our finest outfits for a gala evening dinner on board the barge. (B/L/D)   Accommodation: MS Deborah   
7
Briare – Paris
After enjoying one last buffet breakfast on board, we’ll bid a fond farewell to our barge around 9am. Then, it’s all aboard the mini-coach back to Paris, where our tour will come to an end. (B)
Back-Roads Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • See the Briare Aqueduct, one of the most prestigious waterways in France
  • Stroll through the well-preserved historic sites of the famous Berry and Sologne regions
  • Enjoy included drinks and onboard meals, as well as a Gala dinner and welcome cocktails
Trip Inclusions
  • 6 nights aboard a boutique hotel barge
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), daily lunch (L), daily evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to all the attractions in the itinerary, including: Tour de Pouilly-Fumé winery and traditional goat farm in Sancerre
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
Back-Roads
Back-Roads Reviews: (66)
Tours on Sale: 48
Accommodation: Various
Average Age: 40-60+ years
Types: Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 18
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Europe, UK & Ireland
Reviews (1)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Loire Valley Cruise with Back-Roads.
QLD, Australia
Jul 2018
2 Trips
“Wonderful small group canal cruise in the beautiful Loire Valley”
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Service from Global Journeys was excellent and Yvonne was happy to help with any query. Back Roads once again provided a series of great experiences around the cruise provided by Croisi Europe on the MS Deborah. The activities were organised in conjunction with local guides, who would meet us at the boat in the mornings. A short bus trip to local attractions and then back on board for a sumptuous lunch. Afternoons were spent relaxing on board as we cruised the Loire Canal Laterale.

Rachel our guide and made the trip a pleasure. The crew of the Deborah were wonderful. Friendly, helpful and always ready to be of service. Cabins were cosy but very comfortable. Food and drink were of a high standard. Only downside to the trip was the local guides often had minimal English and didn't quite grasp the need to inject a bit of 'colour' into their commentaries. Luckily Rachel was on hand to fill in the gaps.
Prices & Dates
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Thursday
30 May 2019
Wednesday
05 Jun 2019

4,499

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180

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4,319

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25 Jul 2019
Wednesday
31 Jul 2019

4,499

per person

790

per person

3,709

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08 Aug 2019
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14 Aug 2019

4,499

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180

per person

4,319

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Thursday
30 May 2019
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05 Jun 2019

5,748

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230

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5,518

solo traveller

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25 Jul 2019
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31 Jul 2019

5,748

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1,009

solo traveller

4,739

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Thursday
08 Aug 2019
Wednesday
14 Aug 2019

5,748

per person

230

solo traveller

5,518

solo traveller

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