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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

A/C
Heater
Books & Games
Open Bar
Transfers

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
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

Img Nymphea Deckplan
Moulin de Nitray to Montrichard
Sunday
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.
 
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. In the afternoon, we enjoy an excursion to Château de Villandry, with its world-renowned Renaissance gardens. Dinner on board.
 
Tuesday
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.
 
Wednesday
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.
 
Thursday
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.
 
Friday
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.
 
Saturday
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

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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

2015 RATES
ACCOMMODATIONREGULAR
Stateroom Per Person $4,475
Single Supplement $1,850 
Charter 2 Passenger $18,500
Charter 4 Passenger $22,700
Charter 5 Passenger $24,100
Charter 6 Passenger $25,500

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)

2015 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATEROUTERATE SEASON
June 28 Montrichard - Nitray Regular
July 5 Nitray - Montrichard Regular
July 12 Montrichard - Nitray  Regular 
July 19 Nitray - Montrichard  Regular 
July 26 Montrichard - Nitray  Regular 
August 2 Nitray - Montrichard  Regular 
August 9 Montrichard - Nitray  Regular 
August 16 Nitray - Montrichard  Regular 
August 23 Montrichard - Nitray  Regular 
August 30 Nitray - Montrichard  Regular 
September 6 Montrichard - Nitray  Regular 
September 13 Nitray - Montrichard  Regular 
September 20 Montrichard - Nitray  Regular 
September 27 Nitray - Montrichard  Regular 
October 4 Montrichard - Nitray  Regular