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The Sparkling Cruise

The Sparkling Cruise

Sway to the fresh vibe of colourful gardens, glorious châteaux, and flourishing vineyards, as you cruise from Châtillon-sur-Loire to Decize. Enjoy wine tours and tasting as you revel in peace and quiet during your touristic journey in Loire Valley, central France.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy & Nivernais Loire

Sway to the fresh vibe of colourful gardens, glorious châteaux, and flourishing vineyards, as you cruise from Châtillon-sur-Loire to Decize. Enjoy wine tours and tasting as you revel in peace and quiet during your touristic journey in Loire Valley, central France.

  • Country / Region
    France / Burgundy & Nivernais Loire
Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesTourTour Visit magnificent Gothic cathedrals and churches. TourTour Chateaux and historic monumentsActivityActivity Great destination for fishingItineraryItinerary Cruise from Châtillon-sur-Loire to DecizeTour Tour Visit the region's famous vineyards. Includes wine tastings. ActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Vineyard tours and wine tasting are a must do when you're in Loire Valley also known as the "Garden of France." Cruise from Châtillon-sur-Loire to Decize and discover the region's kaleidoscope of colourful gardens, glorious châteaux, and flourishing vineyards. Excite yourself with wine tours and tastings and explore restaurants and fascinating museums surrounded by the valley's elegant flair. The idyllic Canal latéral à la Loire beckons, and this cruising holiday gives you the best of both worlds.

 

Choose to cruise in either direction.

 

Cruising time Number of locks Lock Type Waterways
 23 hours 28  Automatic operated by lock-keeper  Canal latéral à la Loire

 

Choose from our available boats.


Inclusions

  • Renting the boat and its equipment
  • A galley (kitchen) with all the utensils and appliances you would expect
  • Towels and linen for all passengers
  • A boat handling demo
  • Technical support
  • On-board cruising information
  • Free locks (except in Ireland & Holland)

Note:

The cruising season in Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire last from 1st April to 31st October 2019, and then from 1st April to 31st October 2020. 

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Itinerary 

Explore the following towns and villages:

  • Châtillon-sur-Loire
  • Sancerre
  • La Charité sur Loire
  • Nevers
  • Decize

Below is a sample itinerary. You can explore this area in whichever order you want, so long as your boat is back at the end base at the end of your holiday.

Sail along the Loire and observe quiet and preserved landscapes all along your trip.

Enjoy the beautiful countryside all around Chatillon-sur-Loire. Wander downtown and visit the beautiful church that dominates the city. You can try fishing in the river, or if you prefer a bike ride, there are several good cycle paths to explore.

Stop and savour the tasty wine in Sancerre. It comes from the adjacent vineyards. You'll also have the chance to visit the remains of the former Castle of Sancerre, which was destroyed by the King after a religious war.

Visit the Church Notre-Dame-de-la-Charité-sur-Loire as well as the historic battlements on the outskirts of town. Enjoy the unique view over the Loire on the Old Bridge.

Nevers is full of history and sights to see such as the medieval Porte du Croux, the huge Cathedral Saint-Cyr, or the impressive Palais des Ducs. It's a perfect place to discover a part of France's history and heritage.

Situated at the junction of the Canal du Nivernais and the Canal Latéral à la Loire, and at the confluence of the Rivers Loire and the Aron, Decize is an interesting town to visit, and is full of history. Walk along the charming winding streets and discover the old fortified walls and the ruins of the Castle Decize. Visit the beautiful church Saint-Aré and marvel at the view over the Loire from the huge old bridge.

Hiking in the ruins of the Comtés de Nevers Chateau in Decize makes for a pleasant outing.

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