Loire Valley

Loire Valley

Stunning chateaux and world-famous vineyards

Cruise destinations for Loire Valley

The Loire valley invites wine connoisseurs and historians alike to discover it's natural beauty.

Hotel barges

4 hotel barge cruises

Adagio
Exceptionally spacious

Adagio

8 guests

Nemours to Chatillon-sur-Loire

C'est La Vie
Burgundy & Loire

C'est La Vie

8 guests

Montargis & Sancerre

Nymphea
Loire Valley

Nymphea

6 guests

Moulin-de-Nitray on the Loire

Special Offers
Renaissance
Loire Valley

Renaissance

8 guests

Montargis to Chatillon

Self-drive boats

Locaboat

Locaboat have 12 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

P1020 FB

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1107W

P1107W

7 guests

P1120R

P1120R

6 guests

P1165 FB

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R

P1260R

10 guests

P1400 FB

12 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P1500 R

P1500 R

12 guests

P935W

P935W

5 guests


Nicols

Nicols have 9 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

N DUO

N DUO

4 guests

N OCTO

N OCTO

8 guests

N1000

N1000

8 guests

N1100

N1100

9 guests

N1160

N1160

10 guests

N1170

N1170

10 guests

N1310

N1310

12 guests

N1350 B

N1350 B

10 guests

N800

N800

4 guests


Le Boat

Le Boat have 12 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Caprice

Caprice

6 guests

Continentale

Continentale

6 guests

Crusader

Crusader

6 guests

Elegance

Elegance

8 guests

Horizon 1

4 guests

Horizon 2S

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Magnifique

Magnifique

10 guests

Mystique

Mystique

8 guests

Royal Mystique B

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Vision 4

Vision 4

9 guests


Loire Valley

Loire Valley information

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, the Loire Valley is characterised by the pomp and splendour of its extravagant châteaux and its gentle, rolling landscape. Referred to as the "garden of France", this fertile region boasts abundant fruit and vegetables as well as the vineyards for which it is so well known.

Starting on the River Seine at Saint-Mammès, the canals Loing, Briare and the Lateral to the Loire, connect to the Canal du Centre and then the River Saône. At Décize you can also cruise onto the Canal du Nivernais and head to Auxerre.

As you cruise southwards, you'll cruise the spectacular "canal bridge" at Briare. With its 662 metres in length and 11 metres wide, it spans the River Loire and is an incredible construction by Eiffel in 1896. 

Views of the vineyards on top of hills can be enjoyed from The Canal Latéral à la Loire, which follows the course of the river Loire. Pretty, waterside villages with magnificent chateaux and ancient churches line the route, while delightful towns such as La Charite sur Loire and Sancerre offer the opportunity of wine tasting.

What to see and do whilst you're here

Monuments to visit

  • Castles nearby
    • Château d'Apremont
    • Château Blois
    • Château de la Bussière
    • Château Chambord
    • Château Fontainbleau
    • Château de Guedelon
    • Château Sully-sur-Loire
    • Château Saint-Fargeau
    • Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte at Maincy

Places to go

  • Visit the town of Gien
  • Visit the city of Orleans
  • Visit the town of Château Landon

Along the canals

  • Moret-sur-Loing and the inspirations for Alfred Sisley
  • Château-Musée de Nemours
  • Discover the streets Rue Raymond, Laforge of Montargis
  • Walk across 
  • View the old flight of 7 locks at Rogny-Les-Sept-Ecluses and cruise on the new flight of locks!
  • Discover the magnificent Pont-du-Canal Briare by Monsieur Eiffel
  • Walk around the quaint village of Châtillon-sur-Loire
  • Visit Sancerre, discover the red and white wines
  • Notre-Dame de La Charité-sur-Loire
  • The town of Nevers
    • Port du Croux
    • Duke Palace
    • Church Sainte-Bernadette-du-Banlay
    • Sanctuary of Saint Bernadette Soubirous of Nevers and Bernadette’s Shrine
  • The double lock and Pont-du-Canal of Guétin

To taste and eat

  • Wine tasting in Sancerre
  • Wines of Pouilly-sur-Loire and Pouilly Fumé
  • Taste the Crottin de Chavignol goat's cheese near Sancerre