Nymphea

  1. Overview
  2. Amenities
  3. Prices
  4. Itinerary
  5. Cruise Schedule
  6. Dining
  7. Photos


Nymphea_MooredNYMPHEA " Water Lily"
Three Star
Capacity 6
Sunday Departure
Loire Valley Region

The Nymphea is a charming six passenger barge cruising in a very special area of the Loire Valley. The 6 passenger Nymphea is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft and is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful yet somewhat sandy reaches of the river Cher in the Loire valley. Refitted throughout, her traditional ship interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and a welcoming country house atmosphere.

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Size: 80”X14”
Capacity: 6
Crew: 3
Cabins: 3
Accommodations: 2 Twins & 1 Double (convertible to twins)
Heat & Air: Central Heating & Air Conditioning
Cruisng Region: Loire Valley
Length of Cruise: 6 Nights
Departure Day: Sunday
Electricity: 1 X 220 volt generarors (silent night running)
Engine: 125 HP, DAS, maximum speed 13 knots
Water: 4 tons of water and 3 tons of fuel
Meals: All Included
Beverages: All Included
Entrance Fees: Al Included
Hairdryers: Supplied
Laundry Facilities: Not available
Transportation: Transfers to and from St Pierre des Corps TGV Station outside of Tours & Private Motorcoach for excursions (train tickets to tours and back not included in price)
Pick-Up Location: St Pierre des Corps TGV Station outside of Tours
Pick-Up Time: 4:30 PM
Recreational Items: 6 Mountain Bikes, Soundsystem with CD, Library of books & games
Cruisng Season: April until November


Boat Diagram: nymphea140_2010


2015 Rates

Accommodation
Regular
Suite per person
$4,475
Single Supplement
$1,850
Charter 2 passengers
$18,500
Charter 4 passengers
$22,700
Charter 5 passengers
$24,100
Charter 6 passengers $25,500
2015 Dates (Sunday) Rate Cruise Route
June 28 Regular Loire Valley
July 5, 12, 19, 26 Regular Loire Valley
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Regular Loire Valley
September 6, 13, 20, 27 Regular Loire Valley
October 4 Regular Loire Valley
Price includes: Transfer to the barge from the meeting point on Sunday, 6 night cruise, all meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef, open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, all wines served throughout the cruise, excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary, use of barge facilities, which includes bicycles, and transfer back to the drop off point the following Saturday morning.


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Nymphea Classic Itinerary
The Loire Valley
Moulin de Nitray to Nitray

Sunday - Moulin de Nitray
You are met at 4:30pm at the TGV railway station at St Pierre des Corps and transferred to Nymphea where a Champagne Welcome awaits you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner aboard.

Monday - Moulin de Nitray to Larcay
A morning cruise through two locks takes us to the quaint town of Larcay where we moor under the weeping willows for lunch. Afternoon excursion to Chateau de Villandry, with its world-renowned Renaissance gardens. Dinner aboard.

Tuesday - Larcay to Vallet
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. From there we leave for our excursion by minibus to Amboise on the banks of the Loire, where we visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise and the Clos Luce, Leonardo Da Vinci's home. Dinner aboard.

Wednesday - Vallet to Chisseaux
While cruising in the morning we may pull in to the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Fontenay. A two-minute walk brings us to their courtyard where we can taste their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch moored at Blere. In the afternoon we cruise under the 5-arch bridge of the impressive Chateau de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. From there we depart by minibus to visit the Chateau. We take dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in regional cooking.

Thursday - Chisseaux to Montrichard
A morning cruise takes us towards the troglodyte village of Bourre. After lunch we drive east to Valencay, one of the most splendid chateaux of the Loire and the home of Napoleon's foreign minister, Talleyrand. Once back on board we cruise to the next lock, a short walk from which is one of the more unusual dwellings in the Loire Valley, La Magnaneraie. The Coquillat family have grown up in this hillside troglodyte habitation, which has been in turn a wine cellar, a quarry for the tuffeau stone, and lastly a silkworm nursery. Returning to the barge we cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner aboard.

Friday - Montrichard to Nitray
Following breakfast, a short stroll takes us to the heart of Montrichard, into the midst of 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. Before lunch we can visit the local vineyard of the Meriau family, to taste the regional Touraine vintages. After an early lunch, Nymphea sets off downstream again, for another passage under Chenonceau and arrives at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the Chateau and rose garden of Nitray. Enjoy a pre-Captain's dinner aperitif from their vineyards. Captain's Farewell Dinner aboard.

Saturday - Nitray to Tours
After breakfast you will disembark and be transferred to St Pierre des Corps Station, arriving there at 9.30am.

Note: This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


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2015

Week Route Season
June 28 Montrichard to Nitray
Regular
July 5
Nitray to Montrichard Regular
July 12
Montrichard to Nitray Regular
July 19 Nitray to Montrichard Regular
July 26 Montrichard to Nitray Regular
August 2 Nitray to Montrichard Regular
August 9
Montrichard to Nitray Regular
August 16 Nitray to Montrichard Regular
August 23 Montrichard to Nitray Regular
August 30 Nitray to Montrichard Regular
September 6 Montrichard to Nitray Regular
September 13
Nitray to Montrichard Regular
September 20
Montrichard to Nitray Regular
September 27 Nitray to Montrichard Regular
October 4 Montrichard to Nitray Regular


NYMPHEA
Loire Valley Cycling Itinerary
For Charter Groups of 4-6 passengers
luxury barge cruise vacations aboard Nymphea on the River Cher


SUNDAY
You are met at 4.30 pm at the TGV railway station at St Pierre des Corps and transferred to Nymphea where a Champagne Welcome awaits you in the park of the village of Larcay. Champagne welcome and Dinner aboard


MONDAY
After a continental breakfast we follow the Cher river by bike , downstream twenty kilometres, to visit the chateau and amazing gardens of Villandry. Cycling back is optional as the car and trailer meet us there after the visit. After lunch on board we cruise past the hamlets of Azay and Vallet. After a couple of little private chateaux on the left bank the small town of Blere appears ahead, and careful navigation is the order of the day under the many arched bridge, pilings of a 10thC mill left underwater pose a considerable obstacle and its always comforting to arrive for supper in the lock to the cheery welcome from the lockkeeper. Dinner aboard.


TUESDAY
After breakfast and a stroll across the bridge to Blere streetmarket, we cross over to the River Loire by bike to tour the Chateau d'Amboise and then le Clos Luce, Leonardo da Vinci's home and its basement stuffed with models of his inventions. (10kms) We start up the Cher again, after a late lunch and after a tricky bit of navigation under Civray bridge, we are safely into the lock . Shortly after, around the corner , we see Chenonceau castle hove into site, its one of the most visited private chateaux in France, and belongs to Mr.Meunier of chocolate making fame, and we aim under the second arch from the right while being recorded for posterity in about 400 tourists holiday albums, being the only barge on the Cher has its privileges. We moor at the little village of Chisseaux and pedal back to the castle when the crowds start to die down, and see the amazingly decorated rooms, no expense spared by Thomas Bohier, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis since its conception in 1515. Chateau visiting can be thirsty work so a sip and a swirl of the regional vintages can be had in the Chateau's winery or around the corner at the Caves de Pere Auguste in Civray. Dinner aboard.

WEDNESDAY
After breakfast we cruise to the village of Bourré, where we moor under its imposing tuffeau cliffs. In the afternoon we drive to the Chateau of Valencay, once home of Talleyrand and after our tour, take to the bikes again for a return cross country (24KM)via the myriad lanes to Seigy where we taste a plethora of regional wines at Domaine Max Meunier. An optional cycle ride afterwards or trip in the sag wagon returns us to Nymphea. Dinner onshore in a regional hostelry.

THURSDAY
A morning ride to the regional capital, Blois, to see the impressive 15 th C.Chateau Royale, then we pick up the bikes and cycle along the banks of the Loire to a picnic spot (15kms)where we enjoy an al fresco lunch. Those that wish can continue back by cycle, (15kms) to the barge moored at Bourré. A short walk from the next lock takes us to one of the more unusual dwellings in the Loire Valley, 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. Returning to the barge we cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner aboard

FRIDAY
Following breakfast, a short stroll takes us to the heart of Montrichard, into the midst of one of the largest weekly street markets in Touraine. There is much to explore at the 12th century Chateau of Foulques Nerra overlooking the mediaeval town square. After an early lunch, there is a choice of transport ;- bikes or our floating home as Nymphea sets off downstream again, for another passage under Chenonceau and arrives at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the Chateau and rose garden of Nitray. Meet up with the cycle party there and enjoy a pre-Captains dinner aperitif from Nitrays vineyards. Captains Dinner aboard.

SATURDAY
After breakfast guests are transferred to the TGV railway station at St Pierre des Corps for the 9.30 train returning to Paris.


Nymphea_Food_2010Sample Buffet style lunch

Roasted artichokes with a garlic persillade
Smoked salmon quiche with wholewheat pastry
Cucumber salad with dill and Meaux mustard
Seared quail’s breasts with seasonal greens and cep mushroom vinaigrette
Carrot ribbons with preserved lemon and sesame seeds
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Cheese platter of Roquefort and Colommiers

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Fresh vine peaches

coffee or tea

Sample Dinner

Confit of duck leg, roasted celeriac purée, red wine jus

Cheese platter of Brie de Melun and Affiné au Chablis served with a green herb salad

Apple tatin with crème Normande au Calvados

Coffe or herbal tea

Onion tart with potato base, seared scallops and balsamic vinaigre

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