Laying Down the Loire

River cruise specialist Orbital Travel has launched a new Loire river cruise with departures available from April 2015 on the brand new paddlewheel ship, the four-starMS Loire Princesse.The river Loire, the longest river in France, meanders through the beautiful Loire Valley, which is often referred to as the 'Garden of France' with its abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards along its banks. The Loire Valley has a temperate climate which is ideal for the production of wine, making the area the third largest wine region in France. Historic towns, medieval fortresses, magnificent chateaux and royal gardens adorn the banks of the river.
The seven night cruise starts and ends its journey in Nantes and travels as far as the wine producing area of Saumur. Nantes was originally France's largest port and the historic centre of this quintessential French city boasts a cathedral and the Château of the Dukes of Brittany, as well as other fine historical sights.
There is a full programme of optional excursions whilst on the cruise to visit charming towns and cities along the great river's banks including Saint-Nazaire which has a magnificent harbour with a long tradition of fishing and shipbuilding, picturesque Ancenis, Angers, a bustling old town, famous for its tapestries and the Chateau d'Angers, Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau and other magnificent Loire châteaux.   

The all-inclusive cruise is priced from GBP1.420 (US$2,290) per person, including flights from London, transfers and seven nights’ accommodation in a twin share cabin. The cruise operates between April and

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