Vineyards and Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Resort: Vineyards and Châteaux of the Loire Valley
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1649.00


Explore the Loire in comfort aboard an authentic river paddle-ship – a vessel small enough to effortlessly sail this less accessible, but no less beautiful river. From the coast of Nantes, we sail through the tranquil Loire Valley, experiencing the best in French cuisine and hospitality. Expansive châteaux and exquisite gardens appear between the thousands of vineyards that stretch along the riverbanks. Well stop to take in iconic castles filled with treasures, and visit a wine cellar to savour the winemakers creations.

Whats Included

  • 5 nights cruise on MS Loire Princesse
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with easyJet from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 14 meals: 5 breakfasts (days 2-6) 4 lunches (days 2-5) 5 dinners (days 1-5)

1 excursion

  • Visit châteaux of the Loire Valley


  • All-inclusive drinks (excluding champagne and selected wines/spirits)
  • Welcome cocktail party on cruise
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Porterage


Day 1 UK – Nantes

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Nantes. On arrival we transfer to embark MS Loire Princesse (3.5-star) in Nantes.

Day 2 Nantes – Saint-Nazaire

Nantes still shows signs of its former status as the capital of Brittany. The medieval quarter, the magnificent Château des ducs de Bretagne and one of the tallest cathedrals of France, all tell a little of the city’s history. You can learn more about them on an optional tour.
Alternatively, you can enter a magical world of huge mechanical contraptions inspired by Nantes-born Jules Verne. Of all the incredible, larger-than-life creatures which you can ride, operate or just watch in child-like delight, a journey atop the 12m-high Grand Éléphant has to be the most extraordinary.
This afternoon we reach the attractive city of Saint-Nazaire. Take an optional tour or enjoy an aimless amble through the streets. Along the coast, you can sink your toes into the beautiful sandy beaches, or step aboard a submarine, a reminder of the town’s time as an impenetrable German submarine base during World War II occupation.

Day 3 Ancenis

Enjoy the scenery as we sail to Ancenis, a town built on an island, surrounded by vineyards, and countryside beyond. This afternoon, take the opportunity to follow the wine route through the muscadet region, pausing at history filled vineyards to savour samples of aromatic wines. The excursion is completed with a stop at Clisson, a charming medieval city with 15th-century ruins and an Italian flair. Alternatively, soar over the Loire in a helicopter for views over Ancenis, its hills and castle, the 14th-century tower in Oudon, the Château de Clermont and more.

Day 4 Bouchemaine

After a gentle morning of cruising, we reach Bouchemaine. From here, you have the opportunity to visit Château de Brissac, a monumental royal residence. After visiting some of the 204 rooms and breathtaking Belle Époque theatre, you can stroll amongst centuries-old trees in the surrounding park, and sample wine in the castle cellars.
Alternatively, embark on a guided tour of Angers. This former capital was particularly rich during the Renaissance, and was home to the House of Plantagenet. We pass through the cold, thick walls of Louis I’s famous Château d’Angers. This formidable 13th-century castle contains the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry, one of the most important medieval tapestries in the world.

Day 5 Bouchemaine – Ancenis

We spend today exploring beautiful castles in the Loire Valley. Château d’Azay-le-Rideau is a vision of refinement; a medieval and Italian Renaissance monument surrounded by the Indre River. The elegant Château de Villandry, unrestricted by water, is spread over a wider area, with stunning Renaissance gardens. Our third is Château d’Ussé. Rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, this stronghold with fortified towers, turrets and steeples looks like something out of a fairytale. Which will you add to your wish list?
Dress up for tonight’s gala dinner, as our ship starts to sail towards Nantes.

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