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Canals & Waterways

At 629 miles the Loire River is France’s longest river, though not all of it is navigable. Its main tributary is the 246-mile Cher, a more intimate river that tranquilly traverses through miles of bucolic landscape. The Loire rises in the Cévennes in south-eastern France and flows north and then west through Orléans, Tours, Angers, and Nantes until it reaches the Bay of Biscay.


Sightseeing Highlights

Cruise right under the famed Chateau of Chenonceau, which uniquely spans the River Cher. Visit the home of artist Leonardo da Vinci. Tour the Renaissance gardens at Chateau de Villandry. Wander through the dainty streets of a centuries-old village, perhaps discovering a lively local market or a hidden shop with hand-painted pottery. Taste the wines of Touraine.

Indulgent Insights

With its lush pastures and fertile farmlands, the Loire Valley’s food and wine reflects the region’s agricultural bounty. The tangy zip of five regionally recognized goat cheeses paired with crisp rose wines whets the appetite for hearty salads made with tender mushrooms and savory entrees featuring farm fresh eggs. Stone fruits, such as juicy plums and sweet peaches, are served at breakfast buffets and found in flavorful desserts. The Touraine’s signature grape varietals, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, infuse the region’s light and bright white wines with their unique minerality.


Why Barge in Loire Valley?

What could be more extraordinary than cruising in the “Valley of the Kings”, past magnificent chateaux built centuries ago by wealthy dynasties of global influence, and designed by architectures of great distinction? The Loire Valley is as rich in legend as it is in verdant natural beauty, and fortunately, little has changed over the centuries.