Discover the Heart of France
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The longest river in France, the Loire is lined with traditional farms, perfectly preserved dwellings built centuries ago, and valleys of vines from which world-renowned wines are created. This cruise takes you right into Frances rural heartland. Youll discover medieval treasures in riverside towns and stroll through sleepy streets in quiet villages. Youll taste fresh goats cheese and Sancerre wine on a farm deep in the countryside. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery as we glide through unspoilt landscapes.
6 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Paris – Briare
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Paris. On arrival, we transfer to the port in Briare to embark our ship, with time to settle in before a welcome cocktail party and dinner. Well make a return journey along the remarkable Briare Aqueduct, once the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.
Day 2 Briare – Lr
Today well take a tourist train and explore picturesque Briare and its historic castles and churches. Well also visit the Deux Marines Museum and learn about the history of the Loire and its canals once considered the most important waterway crossroads in France. We spend the afternoon cruising to Léré.
Day 3 Lr – Mntrol-sous-Sancerre
Just a few miles away, in the historic Berry region, Sancerre overlooks the gorgeous Loire Valley. We discover this beautiful medieval city, taking in the old wine-making neighbourhoods, bakeries and art galleries. For a small fee you can choose to climb the Fief Tower, the only remaining tower of the 14th-century medieval castle. Afterwards, we visit a family run goat farm and taste its trademark cheeses and the local Sancerre wine. Afterwards we return to our vessel for a journey to Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre.
Day 4 Mntrol-sous-Sancerre – Herry
This morning we travel by coach to Pouilly-sur-Loire, where we visit the vineyards and wine cellar of the Tour du Pouilly-Fumé. After tasting the local wine, enjoy the scenery as we cruise to Herry.
Day 5 Herry – Marseilles-ls-Aubigny
We start today with a tour of La Charité-sur-Loire, a book town with fine Romanesque architecture, and the only town successfully defended against Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War. Its magnificent, UNESCO-protected priory church was built in 1059 by the powerful order of Cluny, and soon became a major stop on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela. We then visit a farm deep in the countryside to experience the authentic rustic calm of rural France. Enjoy the scenery as we cruise this afternoon, with the option to borrow one of the bikes on board to follow the canal path.
Day 6 Marseilles-ls-Aubigny – Nevers
Today a coach takes us to Fontmorigny Abbey, an influential monument to more than eight centuries of French religious heritage. We continue to Apremont-sur-Allier, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in France. Enjoy views of the castle that overlooks it, and take a stroll along one of Frances longest rivers – the Allier is relatively unknown and possibly more beautiful for it. After sailing to Nevers through the afternoon, we take a romantic lantern tour of Nevers at nightfall.