You and a guest could be enjoying an enchanting cruise on Europe’s longest river with CroisiEurope

Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, France © iStock
Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, France © iStock

We have teamed with Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, to offer you the chance to win a fabulous seven-night Loire cruise for two on board the stylish river ship Loire Princesse.

Loire Princesse is the only river cruise ship able to operate on the Loire thanks to its innovative paddlewheel technology which allows it to navigate the shallow waters of this iconic river.

The seven-night cruise starts in Nantes with the ship docking next to Îles de Nantes where a fascinating regeneration project has been inspired by the futuristic ideas of science fiction writer Jules Verne.

The first stop is Saint Nazaire with excursions to Escal’Atlantic, a museum exploring the historic ocean liner experience, and the Saint-Nazaire shipyard, one of the largest shipyards in Europe. Alternatively, take a guided tour of Guérande, a fortified medieval city.

The ship then sails back to Nantes where you can take a tour of the city and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, or visit the Machines de l’Île, secret courtyards and covered passageways.

Loire Princesse © Goetten
Loire Princesse © Goetten

In Ancenis, take the Muscadet Wine Route to the charming medieval city of Clisson then on toward La Chapelle Heulin where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting at a chateau. In Angers, take a guided tour of the historic districts and the famous Apocalypse tapestry before enjoying another guided tour of Saumur and the Cadre Noir at the French military riding academy.

A highlight of the cruise is a full-day excursion to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, including Château d’Ussé which is said to have inspired Sleeping Beauty.

En route back to Nantes, take a trip along the Angevine Corniche with its picturesque villages and many viewing points along the Loire or enjoy a scenic bike trip.

Loire Princesse is a modern ship with plenty of open spaces, accentuated by large picture windows so you’ll always be able to catch views of the Loire Valley. All cabins are en suite and have satellite television, a hairdryer and safe.

For further information about CroisiEurope, call 0208 328 1281 or visit croisieurope.co.uk.

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