Barge Cruising in Loire Valley
The Loire Valley and its chateaux have been the quiet custodians of 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.
Now a gorgeously preserved gateway, to the lives, loves, and losses that once unfolded within these grand structures, the Loire Valley boasts a living story of European history both intimate and extreme. This iconic region exudes the tragic grace of bygone gentility, making it the perfect cruise route for those captivated by art, architecture, and culture.
The 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 its enchanting Medieval neighborhood and lots of bustling bistros.