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The Loire Valley & Five-Star Seine Cruise

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Save £300 per person on selected cabin upgrades when you book on or before 7th April 2020 -  if booking online discount will be applied post booking.

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Explore some of the most famous châteaux that stud the Loire Valley

Explore some of the most famous châteaux that stud the Loire Valley and relax in the charming town of Blois, before joining a scenic cruise along the Seine which includes explorations of Monet's garden at Giverny and Rouen. This tour is operated by our sister company Great Rail Journeys.

  • Blois
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Clos Lucé
  • MS Renoir
  • Paris
  • Giverny or Versailles
  • Rouen
  • Duclair
  • Honfleur
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 6-night cruise on board the MS Renoir
    9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners

The Loire Valley & Five-Star Seine Cruise 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Eurostar

London to Blois

Meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras then leave for Paris on the Eurostar. Next, change for the rail service to Blois, situated on the banks of the River Loire, and check into the Mercure Blois.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Chateau De Chenonceau
Chateau De Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau and Clos Lucé

Today begins with an excursion to Château de Chenonceau, arguably the most iconic of its kind in the Loire Valley. The Château elegantly spans the River Cher and is a fine example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. After exploring the château and its picturesque fountain gardens, travel by coach to the town of Amboise, former home of Leonardo da Vinci, who died here in 1519. Visit his former manor house, Clos Lucé, which is filled with some of his fascinating inventions. You are free to explore this delightful manor house.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Blois

Discover Blois

You are free today to continue sightseeing independently. Perhaps take a relaxed stroll through Blois and discover Château de Blois. Located in the centre of the city, it was once the residence of King Louis XII. The 18th century bridge that spans the Loire is also a prime example of Renaissance architecture. Or why not head further afield? Nearby Château de Villandry is celebrated for its rich Renaissance style gardens. The castle-palace was constructed in the 16th century on the sight of the old fort, which had at one time been the location for peace talks during the Hundred Years' War between the English and the French. The castle gardens are some of the most beautiful in the world and include a variety of water gardens, ornamental flower beds and vegetable patches, all set within a puzzle pattern of low-box hedges.

  • Breakfast
Days 4-5 MS Renoir
MS Renoir

Return to Paris and the MS Renoir

Following breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the train station for the return rail journey to Paris. Then it's time to meet your floating hotel for the next six nights, the MS Renoir.

On the morning of Day 5, enjoy a guided tour of the splendid French capital and see major attractions such as the Louvre, Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Bastille and of course, the Eiffel Tower. After lunch you have some free time before setting sail in the evening for a cruise along the Seine, admiring the illuminated attractions along the way (weather permitting).

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Monet House In Giverny
Monet House In Giverny

Giverny or Versailles

Start the day cruising to Giverny, during which time there's an expert talk on board; 'A Definition of Impressionism', the perfect warm up for a visit to the delightful village of Giverny. With its instantly recognisable lily ponds, visit the Monet's garden and house. Alternatively, you may prefer to visit the opulent Palace of Versailles. Rejoin the boat where tonight there's a traditional French 'guinguette' evening held on board, an 18th century take on cabaret.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 7-8 Rouen

Rouen & Route des Abbayes

Your destination today is Rouen, former capital of Normandy, where you enjoy a guided tour that follows in the footsteps of the Impressionists themselves. This medieval city is the proud home of The Museum of Fine Arts and entrance is included to the gallery as well as Rouen Cathedral. Make your way to Duclair on Day 8 and embark on an excursion along the Route des Abbayes, exploring the abbeys that line the route of the river by coach. Later, continue upriver to Honfleur, where you moor for the night.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9-10 Honfleur

Honfleur or the beaches of WWII

The charming port town of Honfleur is located on the southern bank of the Seine Estuary. Here you can choose to take a tour of this quaint destination, Otherwise you might select our excursion to the nearby beaches of Gold and Juno, two of five landing sites utilised for the D-Day landings. Tonight, celebrate at the captain's special gala dinner. Transfer to Paris on Day 10 for the return journey to London.

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • Escorted by a UK Tour Manager from London to Blois and from Honfleur to London
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour and a fully escorted return journey by rail back to London
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 6-night cruise on the MS Renoir
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Excursions to Château de Chenonceau and Clos Lucé
  • Free time to explore Blois
  • Tours of Paris, Rouen and along the Route des Abbayes
  • On board talk on the Impressionists
  • Unique flexible excursions: A guided visit to Giverny or Versailles and a tour of Honfleur or the beaches of WWII
  • Choose your cabin number at no extra cost

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
  • Although we pride ourselves on excellent service as standard, we also firmly believe that tipping should be at the discretion of the guest - therefore we don't include tips in the price of our cruises, nor do we add a daily gratuity to your bill. If you do wish to tip, an envelope will be left in your cabin on the final evening for your convenience.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
The Loire Valley & Five-Star Seine Cruise

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