The Loire Valley is considered the birthplace of the French Renaissance. The year 1519 marked the beginning of the Renaissance period with the death of Leonardo Da Vinci in Amboise, the birth of Catherine de Medecis, and the commencement of construction of Château de Chambord.
In 2019, throughout the entire anniversary year, events, expositions, scientific symposiums, visits, and regional and European-themed courses revive the spirit of the Renaissance while confronting modern challenges, creating a dialogue between the history and the future.
Join in the celebration aboard French Hotel Barge Nymphea and cruise the River Cher in the Loire Valley, France.
Guests aboard the French Hotel Barge Nymphea visit the extraordinary Château d’Amboise, its gardens with the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, as well as the Château du Clos Lucé, where da Vinci lived until his death. Other excursions include tours of royal residences, wine tastings, and visits to local markets and other attractions.
- Route: The Cher River between Moulin de Nitray and Montrichard
- Up to 6 guests
- Charters and Cabin cruises
- Itineraries: Standard classic, Biking/Cycling, Family, Golf, Honeymoon
- Learn More: Online Brochure
We are delighted to offer Nymphea, currently the only hotel barge navigating the heart of the Loire Valley. The Valley of the Kings is as rich in history and legend as it is in beauty – little has changed over the centuries. The River Loire and its main tributary the River Cher have transported passengers and cargo for more than 2000 years.
There is much to discover in the Loire Valley, from the fabulous châteaux to the centuries-old villages dotted along the river. Wind your way through the narrow streets possibly discovering hidden shops with hand-painted pottery or stumble across an open market. Meet a winemaker or a cheese maker and learn why his goat cheese is the most famous in France.
The proximity of such a wealth of gorgeous Renaissance architecture makes a cruise along this waterway a unique travel experience.