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!
- Sancerre fine wines
- Medieval towns & villages
- Gothic Cathedrals
- Peaceful & beautiful scenery
Reviews for Loire Valley cruises
Great service here in Australia during booking and in Decize. Boat was fine with good facilities, everything worked!
Staff were very helpful & obliging
Canals were great and the Lock keepers all good
Booking experience was very good and the agent very helpful. Sadly it all started to fall apart a week or so before the trip when the inclement weather hit France. The email communication was misleading one saying we needed to change cruise start base the other saying it was going to be the same, then the boat we'd booked 12 months in advance for a special international family holiday was no longer available. Despite obvious and long term damage to the canal we were advised to go to Chatillon Sur Loire where we sat for two and a half days before the obvious was confirmed and sailing from that base cancelled. We were transported to our planned end base and were able to enjoy several days on the canal albeit without the air conditioning we had specifically wanted on the boat. Getting refunds for services not provided eg one way trip has been slow. Compensation for the disruption is poor.Despite all of the above when we were on the canal we had great fun; the staff at the base stations at least tried to be helpful and other boats with returning guests said this was not reflective of their previous Le boat holidays. The scenery was lovely; the lock keepers excellent and there were great places to moor and visit so I would recommend it as a holiday option.What could have been done better was the response to the canal damage. We met a canal inspector early on the Sunday who informed us that the canal would not be open for a week at least so obviously this information was available before we joined the base station. As we had an early check-in booked & arrived before 11.00am, there would have been plenty of time to have us transferred to Decize on the Saturday and for us to start our cruise on the Saturday evening.
Very pretty place with historic places to visit. Excellent restaurants and great scenery.
Excellent pre-trip communication. Lots of detailed info available on the website, and prompt and helpful responses to email queries. Friendly and easy-going staff at boat pick up and drop off, and assistance with transfers to trains made the whole process very easy.
Beautiful rural scenery and numerous charming small towns. Very relaxing and felt like we were "off the beaten path" during our cruise the first week of July.
Excellent service - boat was ready early, spotlessly clean and all necessary info was provided for our route and points of interest.Some of the extras weren't necessary (eg a lantern not needed when it was light until 10pm!) but apart from that we found everything just as we hoped. It was our second Le Boat cruise and we hope it won't be our last.
Very quiet, laid-back, beautiful countryside with lots of small hamlets and gorgeous scenery. Ideal if you want a "chilled" holiday; might be too quiet for those who want a bit more activity on their nightly stops.