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.

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

Hotel barges

3 hotel barge cruises

C'est La Vie
Burgundy & Loire

C'est La Vie

8 guests

Montargis & Sancerre

Loire Valley


6 guests

Moulin-de-Nitray on the Loire

Last dates!
Loire Valley


8 guests

Montargis to Chatillon

Self-drive boats


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

P1020 FB self-drive

P1020 FB

5 guests

P1107W self-drive


7 guests

P1120R self-drive


6 guests

P1165 FB self-drive

P1165 FB

7 guests

P1180 FB self-drive

P1180 FB

7 guests

P1260R self-drive


10 guests

P1400 FB

10 guests

P1500 FB

12 guests

P1500 R self-drive

P1500 R

12 guests

P935W self-drive


5 guests


Nicols have 10 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

N DUO self-drive


4 guests

N OCTO self-drive


8 guests

N QUATTRO B self-drive


4 guests

N1000 self-drive


8 guests

N1100 self-drive


9 guests

N1160 self-drive


10 guests

N1170 self-drive


10 guests

N1350 B self-drive

N1350 B

10 guests

N800 self-drive


4 guests

N900 DP self-drive

N900 DP

7 guests

Le Boat

Le Boat have 13 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Caprice self-drive


6 guests

Clipper self-drive


6 guests

Continentale self-drive


6 guests

Crusader self-drive


6 guests

Elegance self-drive


6 guests

Horizon 1

5 guests

Horizon 2S self-drive

Horizon 2S

5 guests

Horizon 4

9 guests

Magnifique self-drive


10 guests

Mystique self-drive


8 guests

Royal Mystique B self-drive

Royal Mystique B

6 guests

Vision 4 self-drive

Vision 4

9 guests

France Passion Plaisance

France Passion Plaisance have 9 different self-drive boats for you to choose from.

Haines Rive 40 self-drive

Haines Rive 40

8 guests

La Peniche F self-drive

La Peniche F

12 guests

Tarpon 32 self-drive

Tarpon 32

8 guests

Tarpon 37 self-drive

Tarpon 37

10 guests

Tarpon 42 self-drive

Tarpon 42

12 guests

Triton 860 Fly self-drive

Triton 860 Fly

3 guests

Loire Valley