Accommodations & Amenities

  • Three cabins with ensuite shower bath
  • Chambord – 75 sq feet, two twin beds, accessible by salon
  • Cheverny – 65 sq feet, two twin beds, accessible by salon
  • Chenonceau – 91 sq feet, one queen or two twin beds,accessed by 7 steps from the outside main deck
Public Area
  • 80 Feet Long
  • Upper salon with large windows
  • Lower salon in which to dine
  • WIFI with limited availability
  • Cruises right beneath chateau at Chenonceau
  • 6 touring bicycles


Travel from Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard in the Loire Valley

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Private Chauffeured Transfer to the Barge
Travel: St. Pierre des Corps Train Station to Moulin de Nitray
Meals: Dinner onboard

In the afternoon, you will be met at the St Pierre des Corps Train Station by Nymphea crew. From here, relax as you are chauffeured to the barge, moored nearby in the petite village of Moulin de Nitray. A traditional champagne welcome and introduction to the crew awaits you, before your first of many gourmet dinners aboard.

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Elegant Renaissance Gardens at Chateau de Villandry
Travel: Moulin de Nitray to Larcay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

A morning cruise through two locks takes us to the quaint town of Larcay, mooring under the weeping willows. Relax on deck and admire the scenery slipping by. Your Tour Guide escorts you on an afternoon excursion to Chateau de Villandry, with its world-renowned renaissance gardens. Return to the barge for dinner and drinks aboard.

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Tour Leonardo da Vinci's Home
Travel: Larcay to Vallet
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

After a morning cruise past no less than six private chateaux, we tie up opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around its 18th century mill. Laze on deck and watch the scenery go by. This afternoon’s excursion is to Amboise on the banks of the Loire, for visits to the Royal Chateau D'Amboise and the Clos Luce, Leonardo Da Vinci's home. Back onboard, Chef is crafting another gourmet dinner.

Cruise right under the Chateau de Chenonceau!wednesday image
Cruise right under the Chateau de Chenonceau!
Travel: Vallet to Chisseaux
Meals: Breakfast & lunch onboard, dinner ashore

A morning cruise may include a stop at the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Fontenay. A two-minute walk brings you to their courtyard for a tasting of their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch moored at Blere. In the afternoon, cruise under the 5- arch bridge of the impressive Chateau de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. From here, your Tour Guide accompanies you on a guided visit at the Chateau. Tonight’s dinner is ashore at a local bistro.

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Unusual Troglodyte Dwellings
Travel: Chisseaux to Montrichard
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

Relax on deck during a morning cruise. This afternoon’s excursion is to Valencay, one of the Loire's most splendid chateaux and the home of Napoleon's foreign minister, Talleyrand. Once back onboard, cruise to the next lock and disembark or a visit to one of the area's more unusual dwellings, La Magnaneraie. The Coquillat family have grown up in this hillside troglodyte habitation, which has been in turn wine cellar, quarry for the tuffeau stone, and lastly a silkworm nursery. Return to the barge for a late evening cruise and dinner aboard.

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Join the locals at a street market, then taste local vintages
Travel: Montrichard to Nitray
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner onboard

This morning, a short stroll takes us into one of the largest weekly street markets in Touraine. There is much to explore at the 12th Century Chateau of Foulques Nerra, overlooking the medieval town square. Visit the local vineyard of the Meriau family, to taste the vintages of Touraine. Back onboard, an afternoon cruise passes under Chenonceau once again and arrives at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the Chateau and its rose garden. Enjoy an aperitif from their vineyards before returning to the barge for the Captain's Farewell Dinner.

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A Sad Farewell
Travel: Nitray to St. Pierre des Corps Train Station
Meals: Breakfast onboard

After breakfast, you will be chauffeured to the St. Pierre des Corps Train Station.

Please note: this is a sample itinerary which may be subject to change depending on local conditions

Gourmet Dining

  • Local White Asparagus with Crispy Parmesan Tuiles
  • Seared Quail’s Breasts with Seasonal Greens and Cep Mushroom Vinaigrette
  • Cheeses: Bleu de Causses and Chaource
  • A Selection of Coffees, Teas, and Biscuits
  • Onion and Potato Tart, Seared Scallops and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Filet Mignon de Porc with Market Vegetable Rattatouille
  • Cheeses: Pont l’Eveque and St. Maure de Touraine
  • Dark Chocolate Molten Cake with White Chocolate Ice Cream
  • A Selection of After Dinner Drinks
  • 1 Dinner Ashore Inclusive of the Cruise Rate
  • Domaine Baudry Dutour
  • Château de Chaintres
  • Lycée Viticole d’Amboise
  • Domaine de la Renaudie
  • Domaine de Fontenay, Cuvee Prestige
  • Cabernet Franc

Rates & Dates

Value Season
Regular Season
Private Charter for 6 guests-$26,500
Private Charter for 5 guests-$25,100
Private Charter for 4 guests-$23,700
Private Charter for 2 guests-$20,000
Double Cabin (Per Person, Double Occupancy)-$4,650
Single-Occupancy Supplement-$1,850

2019 Dates

Gray Bold Dates = Regular Season

June23-29, 30-6
July7-13, 14-20, 21-17, 28-3
August4-10, 11-17, 18-24, 25-31
September1-7, 8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-5

Additional Details

Included in the rate
  • 6 nights/7 days in a cabin with a private bath
  • transfers to and from the at the rail station in St. Pierre des Corps
  • all meals – from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning
  • all wines with lunch & dinner
  • open bar
  • daily escorted excursions and use of onboard bicycles.
Not included in the rate
  • Airfare to and from France
  • transportation to the cruise route (we will assist you with this)
  • cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)
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