Your LGBT+, all-inclusive, guaranteed full ship charter adventure begins on land with two nights in Bordeaux, the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site, cradling half the city (18 sq km) in its Unesco-listed treasure chest. From the elegant symmetry of place de la Bourse, palaces strung with stone-sculpted mascarons (faces), to tree-shaded boulevards laced with hôtels particuliers (mansions) built for 18th-century wine merchants, Bordeaux architecture is world-class.
We embark on a cruise on the Royal Loire River whose beauty is legendary. Visit Nantes and The Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a gallery that recreates the imaginary world of the famous writer Jules Verne. Discover Saint-Nazaire and admire its shipyard and the Escal’Atlantic which immerses you in the world of steamships from the beginnings of their gigantic construction to life on board. Soak up the magical castles of the Loire such as Brissac, the highest castle in France whose monumental facades rise up from its large landscaped park and so much more…
Luxury Level: **** Four Star
Activity Level: Low to Moderate
Guest Count: 92
- Two nights in a 5-star hotel in central Bordeaux
- Welcome reception
- Guided tour of Bordeaux
- Five nights on board the 4-Star Croisi Europe Loire Princess
- See the Machines de l’Île
- Join Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town
- Take an optional Helicopter ride (additional cost to be booked in advance)
- Upgraded open bar including wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, mineral, water, coffee & tea (excluding Champanges and wines from the wine list)
- See Saint Nazaire and its shipyard, the embodiment of French pride
- Visit Brissac castle for wine tasting in the cellars
Intercontinental Bordeaux or Similar
Each of the hotel’s Classic Rooms has its own identity and reveals an exceptional décor. These majestic 215 sq ft rooms inspired by the 19th century immerse you in a cozy and refined universe. Your stay includes free wifi, a fitness center and acclaimed dining options.
Dates of Stay: May 22 -24
Additional pre-program nights available upon request. Please contact us for availability and pricing.
character to the interior decoration. A “royal” atmosphere to discover the Loire châteaux from the water. A nod to the famous “inexplosibles” that once crisscrossed the Loire: a large fireplace is located in the middle of the lounge.
The welcoming public spaces have large window areas and the cabins on the upper deck have terraces with outdoor furniture. All meals during the cruise are served in the restaurant on the main deck. Onboard fun, music and dancing happen in the lounge / bar on the upper deck, where a cozy patio also provides great landscape
views. The sun deck has deck chairs and sun loungers ideal for relaxing. In the reception area you can admire the mechanism of the paddle wheels during navigation
Located on the main deck, the restaurant is where all meals are served during your cruise. It seats all guests at tables which vary in size with a panoramic view. The atmosphere is casual but elegant.
LOUNGE BAR WITH DANCEFLOOR
The lounge tastefully decorated, is located at the front of the ship and offers panoramic views. Cocktails and games, dancing, and other forms of entertainment all happen here.
Take advantage of the sun deck to relax! It is equipped with chairs and deckchairs, allowing you to cool off while enjoying a panoramic view of the magnificent landscapes.
Start your day by joining us for a morning fitness class on the sun deck.
Type : FLUVIAL
Year of construction : 2015
Numbers of passengers : 96
Size of the crew : 24
Number of cabins : 48 cabins
Length : 88.8 meters
Width : 15 meters
Dates of Stay: May 24 -29, 2024
There are currently no extensions for this tour.
- Guaranteed all-LGBT+ charter
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Bordeaux including daily buffet breakfast
- Welcome reception in Bordeaux
- Transfer from the hotel in Bordeaux to the ship
- Five nights on board the 4-Star CroisiEurope Loire Princesse
- Wine & Beer with lunch and dinner
- Complimentary upgraded beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the cruise
- Superb Dining: all meals included during your cruise
- Complimentary shore excursions offered daily
- Brand g signature entertainment
- Transfers from the Loire Princess to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) or Train Station
Although the focus of our cruises is mainly on sightseeing and socializing, we do like to mix in a bit of frivolity as well. With that in mind, we’re planning a couple of themed parties during the cruise. If you should choose to participate, great; if you’d rather just be a voyeur, that is totally fine as well.
This afternoon and evening is free for you to explore the city on your own.
Saint-Nazaire is best known for its shipbuilding industry, which began in the 19th century. In 1862 the port became the departure and arrival point for France’s first transatlantic crossings to South America thus, Saint-Nazaire became a canter for building ocean liners; the Queen Mary II was built here in 2003.
We’ll visit Escal’ Atlantic, a museum that explores the historic ocean liner experience, and the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe. This evening we’ll board a local boat for a cruise on the Erdre River, one of the most beautiful in France. (B, L, D)
This morning, following breakfast, join the guided tour of Nantes and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
Reborn as one of France’s most dynamic and culturally progressive cities, Nantes is a city that wears its innovation on its sleeve. Populated by artists, engineers, and students, its ever-changing skyline is anchored by medieval roots and a rich maritime heritage.
Set in the historic heart of Nantes, the Château des ducs de Bretagne is the city’s most important historic building, along with the Cathedral St. Pierre. It was built in the late 15th century by François II – the last Duke of Brittany – and later by his daughter, Anne of Brittany, who was twice Queen of France. This castle is filled with six centuries of history, and a palatial residence with sophisticated façades and Renaissance-era loggias.
Back on board indulge in a delicious lunch before setting off on your choice of afternoon excursions.
The included excursion is the Muscadet Wine Route and Clisson, a charming medieval town. The Clisson valley is situated in the département of Loire-Atlantique in the heart of the Nantes vineyards. Here, the grapes for the well-known Muscadet wine are grown. The valley boasts many architectural monuments which are testimony to its splendid past and also illustrate its extraordinary history dating back to the 10th century.
The historical centre of Clisson boasts numerous sights, including the town gate, market halls, the Church of Notre Dame, the valley bridge, the Convent of Cordeliers, the St. Antoine bridge, the viaduct, the Church of the Trinity, the Garenne Valentin, the Chapel of the Templars, the Church of St. Jacques, the mills, the mediaeval fortress and the gardens of Garenne-Lemot with the gardener’s house and Villa Lemot. This 13-hectare park was created in the 19th century on the banks of the Sèvre. The pine trees, grottoes and statues in the picturesque park are also reminiscent of Italy.
OR for an additional fee you can choose to take a Helicopter ride of the Loire from above.
We’ll meet back up with the Loire Princesse in Ancenis. Once onboard relax with a cocktail, dinner and another night of Brand g signature entertainment.
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Dubbed as the ‘tallest castle in France’, the Château de Brissac is said to have originally built as a castle by the Counts of Anjou during the 11 th century. During the 15 th century, the château was rebuilt as a fort-like structure by one of Charles VII’s ministers. During the French Wars of Religion, which broke out during the 16 th century, the château was made into his possession by Henry of Navarre (who would later reign as Henry IV of France). When Henry became the King of France, the château was given to Charles II of Cossé as a reward for his support. Charles was also awarded the title ‘Duke of Brissac’.
Tonight on board, enjoy another evening of socializing with your fellow Brand g guests, dinner and more fabulous Brand g entertainment.
With its sweeping vineyards and quaint towns, the Loire valley spans 280 kilometres (170 miles) in central France. The entire region is a UNESCO world heritage site, making it the largest one in France.
We’ll return on board in Ancenis for tonight’s farewell gala dinner and evening, while 0ur ship sails towards Nantes.
Bookings for 2024 The Loire Valley, A Royal Legacy tour ranges from $5,699 to $4,599. Please contact us directly at email@example.com or +17132530041 for real-time availability of staterooms and for reservations.