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Loire Valley

Centre of France

Explore the scenic Loire Valley

A neighbour of Nivernais, the beautiful Loire Valley presents you with many of the same delights. Stately châteaux, colourful gardens, flourishing vineyards, medieval villages and larger Roman towns all make boating the Loire Valley in France a magical experience you’ll cherish. Stop to fish, take the bikes for a spin, and enjoy Sancerre wine at a café!
Great for... 
  • Sancerre fine wines
  • Medieval towns & villages
  • Gothic Cathedrals
  • Peaceful & beautiful scenery

Reviews for Loire Valley cruises

The week was overshadowed by the weather as it rained every day. The best bits were the wine tour at Sancerre, the locks and the crosssing of the Allier river.
As above but also a recommendation for a Whitebait meal at the Le Marina restauirant in Nevers Port and the hotel Le Floroine in Menetreol sous Sancerre
We travelled from Paris by train to Nevers where we stayed overnight before catching a taxi to Decize. This allowed us to get to the base early and start provisioning. As a previous hirer, the briefing on the boat was quick and we were on our way by 2pm. Our hire period was the 1st week in September and the weather was perfect. We visited the port of Nevers but only bought supplies as we had explored the town when we stayed overnight. This was also worth doing! We allowed a full day in port at Menetreol (Sancerre) and took advantage of the full day wine tour offered by Vinitour. The scenery was excellent and there were considerably less locks than on our previous hire on the Canal du Nivernais. We made good time to Chatillon sur Loire and continued over the aqueduct and on to Briare. The greatest surprise of the trip was the Pont du Guetin, a stone aqueduct with 2 consecutive locks that were the deepest ever encountered.
There are many small villages of interest and I would strongly recommend at least one bike hire to get provisions. The larger towns of Nevers, La Charite sur Loire, Menetreol (Sancerre) and Briare are all worthy of some detailed exploration. The full day wine tour was excellent but not cheap at 95 euro pp. There are plenty of good restaurants along the way but check to make sure they are open, especially once you get past the summer holiday period. Getting water at Nevers is a pain if you are making a quick stop as everything is locked up and the 'captain' only comes down twice a day. After Menetreol (where you will pay for water) there are plenty of places to fill up.
Finding a pub restaurant or shop open in august!!
Not to go in august and saw lots of pubs restaurant and shops shut
We spent a week cruising on the canal from Chatillon sur Loire in July 2013. Sancerre was beautiful and the canal south of there much prettier than the part near Chatillon. Don't miss the entrance to Briare which you can do on a day trip north of Chatillon. We did this on our way back.
We went from Chatillon to Sancerre and back up to Briare and then to Chatillon base station. We cut our holiday short by two days because the area (apart from Sancerre itself) was pretty boring and disappointing. What I mean by this is we struggled to find restaurants/bars that were open! I know its France and they close at odd hours, but this is the height of holiday season (first week in July) and from the Saturday thru to the Wednesday, we found a lot of signs saying Ferme......The restaurants we did find open where very disappointing. Not the typical French Brasserie/Bistro types you read about but very average Pizza or general fayre restaurants offering poor quality food and average service.........Someone needs to speak to the French Tourist board!! The above unfortuneately is our most memorable experience of our holiday and hence why we cut it short by 2 days!
The honest answer to above is nothing and absolutely nothing. As I mentioned, Sancerre is pretty (but a fair hike from Canal) but that's it.......
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