Sample some of France’s best known wines on this relaxing cruise down the Loire Valley
Relax and sample some of the Burgoyne’s famous wine and cheese as you cruise down the scenic waterways of the Loire Valley. Known as the ‘Garden of France’ this region is celebrated for its wines and agriculture. As you guide the canal boat down the Loire River, you can take your time and choose your pace and stops however a must do are the towns of Pouilly Fume and Sancerre, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc grapes. With an expert local guide, specialised in the Upper Loire wines, you learn about the regions viticulture and why this part of France has been known for its wines since Roman times. When not cruising the river or canals you can cycle through the vineyards or visit the famers markets in the picturesque towns and villages along the way. At the end of each days cruising you can watch the sun go down from the sundeck while enjoying the mandatory glass or Sauv Blanc. This relaxed trip is the perfect way to sample the Burgundy region of France.
Visit one of Frances most famous wine making regions and discover what makes this region so fertile for growing grapes and the history of wine making in the region
Enjoy a full day touring local vineyards and chateaux’s with an expert guide specialising in wines from the Upper Loire Valley (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume, Menetou Salon), learning all about the process of wine making before relishing a tasting of the locally made wines
Delight in a relaxing bike ride through the scenic countryside, visiting vineyards, cellar doors and local farmers markets, picking up delicacies to be enjoyed for the evening meal on the sundeck of your boat
Discover the history and importance of the Burgoyne region, from Roman times, through the middle ages to the early and late 20th century
The best way to enjoy your wine is to match it with the Loire’s culinary delights, such Crottin de Chavignol, duck rillettes, or anguilles in a beurre blanc sauce
Although we don't ask travellers to complete a Physical Participation Form for this trip, we do ask that you read through the trip notes carefully to ensure that this trip is right for you. You’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the boat and leaving and re-boarding the vessel when you make landings, which can involve walking a gangplank. The cabins and communal areas of the boat are spread over two decks, and the steps between the decks are steep. Please keep this in mind when choosing this trip.
While on the water and exploring the surrounding countryside, you may be exposed to the sun for large parts of the day. It’s important to use sun protection and drink plenty of water.
While the itinerary features visits to wineries, cellar doors and a cheese factory, the rest of the trip is designed to be flexible. The group will be in charge of setting the pace and deciding where to stop from a selection of quaint villages and historic towns. You'll even have the opportunity to steer the boat yourself, with your leader always at hand. A sense of humour and flexibility will ensure you have a fun, relaxing trip through this beautiful part of the world.
Although quite an important wine growing region in France, there is still a sense of calm around the many towns and villages you'll visit. This trip is meant for those who want a slower and relaxed pace. The boat will ease down the canal at walking pace, as this is the law, which offers an opportunity to really slow down and immerse yourself in the Burgoyne way of life.
We want you to have fun and enjoy this trip, but please show respect for your fellow travellers by not smoking on-board and try not to overindulge in too much of the local wines. Remember your fellow travellers and more importantly the Leader will need to rise early to prepare the day’s activities so they may not appreciate being woken at 3am by a chorus of La vie en Rose.
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