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The Loire, a royal river

16th April 2017, 8 Days from £1775 Per person based on 2 travelling Standard class, or £1895 per person based on 2 travelling in 1st class (Standard Premier)

Other dates available on request.

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Description

Look forward to a Spring break with our train and Croisi cruise package along the royal Loire river. Leave in style on 16th April from London’s iconic St Pancras on a relaxing train journey, we recommend you book 1st class Standard Premier for attentive service and a light meal on the Eurostar. 

Want something different to what is shown here? We can bespoke and tailor make any of our holidays to fit your personal wishes. Just call our team for help in creating the perfect holiday.

Price

This offer includes: 

Your cruise with all meals from dinner D1 to breakfast D8 - drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices and coffee served by Croisi Europe during meals on board and all drinks from the bar (except champagne and drinks on the wine list)- double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom - onboard entertainment - assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - the gala dinner and evening - the excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - all port fees.

This offer does not include: 

Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - optional excursions (to be reserved and paid for on board or at travel agency) - personal expenses - transfers - booking fees.

Formalities: 

valid passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate. Please note: Your passport must be valid for six months beyond the last day of your travels.

Important:

We cannot be held liable for railway operational delays or strikes.  We will endeavour to reroute you in these circumstances but advise that you have suitable insurance to cover out of pocket expenses

Please note that all of the prices on the website were correct at time of publication, and all offers are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the relevant cruise lines and hotels used in our offers.

Itinerary

DAY 1: NANTES

The Eurostar from St Pancras departs at 08.31, if there’s not time to reach London if you live outside the capital, why not spoil yourself staying at the 5* St Pancras Renaissance, the restored adjoining railway hotel in all its gothic splendour.  After an hour and a half on the Eurostar train, you change stations at Paris (private transfer) to the equally high speed French TGV getting you to Nantes just after 4pm.  Here a coach will pick you up for the short transfer to your Croisi cruise ship

Boarding in Nantes between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Crew presentation and welcome drink. Dinner on board.

DAY 2: SAINT-NAZAIRE - NANTES

Full board on board. Optional excursion to Saint-Nazaire, a city by the sea. The Escal'Atlantic which ingeniously retraces the history of Norman and French ocean liners through a unique experience, then the Saint-Nazaire shipyard (this excursion must be pre-booked in advance through your travel agent. Each passenger will be asked to produce a valid passport or identity card in order to gain access to the shipyard).

Or optional guided visit of Guérande, medieval city surrounded by ramparts overlooking the salt marshes. Afternoon spent cruising to Nantes. In the evening, optional cruise on what King Francois Ist called the “most beautiful river in France”: The Erdre and evening of entertainment. Overnight.

DAY 3: NANTES - ANCENIS

Optional tour of Nantes (you must reserve this excursion before your departure through your travel agent), the city of the Dukes of Brittany, and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. Afternoon spent cruising to Ancenis, arriving during the evening. Evening of entertainment. Overnight.

DAY 4: ANCENIS - BOUCHEMAINE

Full board on board. Optional excursion to the Muscadet region. Passing through many villages reflecting the strong identity of the wine region. Cruise to Angers, arriving early in the evening. Entertainment provided by the crew. Overnight.

DAY 5: BOUCHEMAINE - Angers

Full board on board. Optional tour of the town of Angers. Capital of the historical Anjou province, it is distinguished not only by its legacy, but also by its modern nature. In the afternoon, optional visit of the Cadre Noir(1), listed of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a school of horseback unique in France, and the city of Saumur (you must reserve this excursion before your departure through your travel agent). Evening of dancing. Overnight.

DAY 6: BOUCHEMAINE - The Loire Châteaux

Full board. Full day's excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. The Château Azay-le-Rideau, built on an island in the Indre River, the lovely gardens surrounding the Villandry Château (outside), and Ussé Château with fortified towers, which have inspired Charles Perrault "The sleeping Beauty". Evening of entertainment. Overnight

DAY 7: BOUCHEMAINE - ANCENIS - NANTES

Full board on board. Optional excursion along the Angevine Corniche, with its picturesque villages and several viewpoints along the Loire. Afternoon spent cruising to Nantes. Along the Loire's banks you'll admire the landscape which has been shaped by the river over the centuries. Gala evening. Overnight.

DAY 8: NANTES

Buffet breakfast on board. Disembark around 10:00 a.m.

Returning from Nantes, you will be transferred by coach to the railway station for the 10.04 departure taking 4 hours to Lille.  Here we change platforms and pass through UK passport and immigration for our return leg by Eurostar back to London at 4.05 pm.  It’s useful to know that the Eurostar also stops at the Ebbsfleet close to the M25 with plenty of easy parking!

Included

What’s included:

  • Return Standard class Train travel London to Nantes by Eurostar and TGV
  • If travelling return Standard Premier (1st class) London to Nantes a light meal on Eurostar
  • Return coach transfer from Nantes station to port
  • Your cruise from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 8
  • All drinks from the bar and during meals on cruise (exceptions apply)
  • Double occupancy cabin with private facilities on cruise
  • Excursion to the Chateaux of the Loire Valley
  • On board entertainment during cruise
  • Services of Multi-lingual Host/Hostess during cruise