Barging in Loire Valley
River barging in the Loire Valley conjures up visions of fairytale chateaux set against a background of green fields and rows of poplar trees - or even spanning the River Cher!
The famed Loire Valley lies south-west of Paris, easily reached by TGV trains to St. Pierre-des-Corps which arrive in less than 90 minutes from Paris. As well, spend the night before the cruise in the town of Tours, with an enchanting Medieval neighborhood and lots of cute bistros. It is very easy to combine your Loire Valley cruise with a night or two in Paris.
River Cher, which has carried cargo and passengers since pre-Roman times!
The Loire Valley and its chateaux have preserved a time when western architecture set a new standard of beauty, luxury and scale. The region’s approximately 300 chateaux served as elegant residences for French royalty and aristocrats before the French Revolution. In 2000, the area was made a UNESCO Heritage Site. This is an area for lovers of art, architecture and culture.
Cruise right under the famed Chateau of Chenonceau, which spans the River Cher. Visit the home of artist Leonardo da Vinci. Tour the Renaissance gardens at Chateau de Villandry. Taste the wines of Touraine. Join the locals at a street market. Cruise from one unique village to the next.
The classic and cozy barge Nymphea would be perfect for a family barge trip.