The spectacular Loire Valley and its main tributary, the River Cher, have carried cargo and passengers for over 2000 years, since pre-Roman times. The Valley of the Kings is a timeless region of spectacular beauty and grace and we are delighted to offer the only hotel barge navigating the heart of the Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is as rich in legend as it is in beauty and you will realise that, fortunately, little has changed over the centuries. Talk to a cheesemaker and find out why his is the most famous goat’s cheese in France. Wind your way through the narrow streets of a centuries-old village, perhaps discovering hidden shops with hand-painted pottery, or stumble across an open market on your own.
The 6 passenger Nymphea is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft and is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful yet somewhat sandy reaches of the river Cher in the Loire valley. Refitted throughout, her traditional ship interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and a welcoming country house atmosphere.
Nymphea has three comfortable cabins, two twin staterooms and one twin or double stateroom, all with air conditioning and en-suite facilities. Six bikes are always available for you to enjoy rides along towpaths and trails. Her crew of Captain and Chef/Housekeeper are most knowledgeable about the history in this beautiful area and are excellent hosts for your luxury cruise.
20% off per twin cabin September 17 (expires 29/08/17)
Renaissance is a very spacious hotel barge that accommodates up to 8 passengers in ultimate luxury. Her cruise route takes her across the mighty River Loire on the Canal de Briare, France’s oldest canal and steeped in history, past beautiful scenery and small country villages towards Sancerre, a region famed for its wonderful white wines.
Her interior includes a delightful dining area and a beautifully appointed saloon, while the extremely generous accommodation features four suites, each averaging 250 sq ft including a large en suite bathroom. Renaissance’s other features include a forward deck with a roof extension for alfresco dining and an on-deck heated spa pool.
2018: 20% off per cabin April 15 (expires 19/2/18)