nymphea - loire valley

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Nymphea - loire valley

Canal Barge in France

"We loved the pace, food and the fact that our tour was basically private. I had always wanted to see the chateau country but couldn't figure out how to go about it. This was absolutely perfect!




Nymphea is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful river Cher in the Loire Valley. Nymphea has three comfortable cabins providing two twin-bedded staterooms and one twin or double stateroom all with en-suite facilities. Nymphea is 81ft long by 14ft wide. The dining saloon is decorated in a warm classic decor of rich varnished hard woods, stained glass and brass light fittings which provides a welcoming country house atmosphere. There are six bikes aboard for independent exploring, and an air-conditioned minibus for daily excursions.

on board

itinerary - Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard

SUNDAY - Moulin de Nitray

We moor at the Moulin de Nitray, an easy 55 minute high speed rail journey from Paris, and when you arrive we’ll welcome you with a glass of champagne, tell you a bit about the itinerary and then sit you down and let our chef take over – your taste buds are in for a real treat.You are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to Nymphea where a “Champagne Welcome” awaits you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on board.

MONDAY - Moulin de Nitray to Larcay

After cruising through two looks we moor up at the quaint little town of Larcay where we lunch under the weeping willows. After lunch it’s Châteaux o’clock as we drive to Villandry with its world-famous renaissance gardens. Aperitifs and dinner back on Nymphea.

TUESDAY - Larcay 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. From there we leave for our excursion 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 - Vallet to Chissay en Touraine

There are many private Châteaux along this waterway and the only real way to get any real glimpse of them is from the river itself – have your cameras ready as we cruise to the hamlet of Valet with its classic Tourangeau architecture and 18th century watermill. After lunch on board we travel to Amboise to see its Royal Château and the Clos Luce which was the home of Leonardo da Vinci. Dinner is served back on board.

THURSDAY - Chissay en Touraine to Montrichard

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 barge we cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner on board.

FRIDAY - Montrichard to Nitray

It’s a prompt start as Montrichard holds one of the best and busiest street markets in Touraine and we wouldn’t want you to miss that. Whilst here we wander around the 12th century Château of Foulques Nerra with its dungeon overlooking the medieval town square. If we make good time we can visit our friends the Meriau family to taste their regional Touraine vintages. After lunch we turn downstream, pass once again under the walls of Chenonceau, and arrive at Nitray in time to visit the Château and ‘English Rose Garden. Farewell dinner this evening.

SATURDAY - Nitray to St Pierre des Corps
After breakfast disembark, and return the designated drop off point.

On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.

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    2020 - 2021

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  • value season
    6 nights all inclusive

    28 June - 27 September

    4190 Euros per person

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  • Price for Nymphea includes:

    Transfer from St Pierre des Corps TGV station at 16:30 on Sunday to the barge mooring (or for charter groups 16:30 from Tours centre) and transfer back to St Pierre des Corps TGV station by 09:00 the following Saturday morning (or for charter groups Tours centre on request). If you are arriving by train on Sunday from Paris we recommend booking the following trains in advance: Sunday 15:21 departure from Paris Montparnasse TGV train station arrive St Pierre des Corps train station near Tours at 16.19 and return Saturday departing at 09:42 from St Pierre des Corps TGV station arriving at Paris Montparnasse Station at 10:42. For those passengers heading back to Paris CDG airport on Saturday morning there is a direct train departing St Pierre des Corps at 11:01 arriving at CDG 12.39 (or for earlier flights depart St Pierre Des Corps 09:01 arrive CDG 10:45)

    These rates do not include:
    • Insurance • Personal expenses • Gratuities to the crew (between 7 and 10%)

    To avoid currency exchange fees

    • Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card. • US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.


    Bon voyage!