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Special Offer

10% off 2018 Cabins - for September 2, 9 & 30

  • Book by June 25, 2018
  • Applies to new bookings


20% off 2018 Cabins - for July 22

  • Book by June 25, 2018
  • Applies to new bookings
Print Boat Info

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. 

Boat Details

Boat Size: 81 x 14 ft
Number of Cabins: 3
Crew: 3
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Sunday

Cabin Information

Cabin 1 - Chenonceau
  • Twin or Double
  • 91 sq ft
Cabin 2 - Cheverny
  • Twin
  • 65 sq ft
Cabin 3 - Chambord
  • Twin
  • 75 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

Books & Games
Open Bar

Cabin Amenities

Opening Portholes

Pickup Location

4:30 PM, St Pierres des Corps TGV Station

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

9:30 AM, St Pierre des Corps TGV Station

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard
Welcome Aboard!
Guests are met at the designated meeting point and transferred to hotel barge Nymphea where the crew and a champagne welcome await you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray. Dinner on board.
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. In the afternoon, we enjoy an excursion to Château de Villandry, with its world-renowned Renaissance gardens. Dinner on board.
Larcay to Vallet
After a morning cruise past no less than six private châteaux, we tie up opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around its 18th century mill. From there, we drive to Amboise on the banks of the Loire, where we visit the Royal Château d’Amboise and the Château du Clos Luce, Leonardo Da Vinci’s home. Dinner on board.
Vallet to Chissay-en-Touraine
Whilst cruising in the morning we may pull in to the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Château de Fontenay. A two minute walk brings us to the courtyard where we can taste their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch while moored at Blere. In the afternoon we cruise under the 5 arch bridge of the impressive Château de Chenonceau and moor at Chisseaux. From there we take a short drive in the minibus to visit this magnificent château. Upon our return we cruise upstream to Chissay-en-Touraine. We have dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in Loire regional cooking.
Chissy-en-Touraine to Montrichard
A morning cruise takes us towards the troglodyte village of Bourré and we moor near one of the more unusual dwellings, 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. After lunch we visit Valencay, one of the most splendid châteaux of the Loire. We then cruise to Montrichard where we moor for the night. Dinner on board.
Montrichard to Nitray
Following breakfast, a short stroll takes us to the heart of Montrichard, into the midst of one of the largest street markets in Touraine. We also explore the 11th century overlooking the medieval town square. Before lunch we can visit the local vineyard of the Meriau family, to taste the regional Touraine vintages. After lunch, we enjoy another passage under Chenonceau and arrive at the hamlet of Nitray in time to visit the château and rose garden. Enjoy an aperitif from their vineyards before the Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
Breakfast and Farewell
After breakfast, disembark Nymphea and transfer to the designated drop-off point.

Sample 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



Cheese platter of Roquefort and Colommiers




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

2018 RATES
Stateroom Per Person $4,550
Single Supple $1,850 
Charter 2 Pass $18,800
Charter 4 Pass $23,100
Charter 5 Pass $24,500
Charter 6 Pass $25,900

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, transfers to and from the at the rail station in St. Pierre des Corps, all meals, from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, all wines with lunch and dinner, open bar, daily escorted excursions and use of bicycles

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

June 24 Between Montrichard & Nitray Regular
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Between Montrichard & Nitray Regular
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 Between Montrichard & Nitray Regular 
Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Between Montrichard & Nitray Regular