- Excursion to the Château D'Amboise
- Cruise under the famed Château de Chenonceau
- Visit a Troglodyte cave dwelling and see the silkworm nursery
- Private tastings at Montrichard and Civray
- Château visit to Valençay or Blois
- Experience the colourful street markets
- Optional Hot air Ballooning
Filet Mignon de Veau à la Bière et Moutarde, Selle d'Agneau au Romarin, Saumon et Friture
St Nicolas de Bourgueil, L'Alliance des Generations, Sancerre, Vouvray
Valençay, St Maure de Touraine, Selles sur Cher
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). 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)
Sunday, Day 1 Moulin de Nitray
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, 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. Afternoon excursion to Chateau de Villandry, with its world-renowned Renaissance gardens. Dinner on board.
Tuesday, Day 3 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, Day 4 Vallet to Chissay en Touraine
While cruising in the morning we may 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 take dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in regional cooking
Thursday, Day 5 Chissy 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, Day 6 Montrichard 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 12th Century Chateau of 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 a pre-Captain’s dinner aperitif from their vineyards. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Saturday, Day 7 Nitray
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..
** Designated meeting and drop off point is St Pierres des Corps TGV Station near Tour (Just 1 hour train journey from Paris) . Other options are available for charter groups