*Please note that because the French navigation authorities are unable to guarantee that the River Cher will be fully open this season we are not accepting any bookings on Nymphea for 2013. This is due to a combination of damage done to weirs in floods late last year, adverse weather conditions and budget limitations. We are advised that all necessary works should be completed this year and we are taking bookings for the 2014 season.
The 6 passenger Nymphea is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft and is ideal for navigating the incredibly beautiful yet somewhat sandy reaches of the river Cher in the Loire valley. Refitted throughout, her traditional ship interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass and a welcoming country house atmosphere.
Nymphea has three comfortable cabins, two twin staterooms and one twin or double stateroom, all with air conditioning and en-suite facilities. Six bikes are always available for you to enjoy rides along towpaths and trails. Her crew of Captain and Chef/Housekeeper are most knowledgeable about the history in this beautiful area and are excellent hosts for your luxury cruise.
Below you can find some of the highlights of the cruises we are currently offering on Nymphea, along with some examples of the cuisine and fine wines the master chef will present you with on board. You can view the current itineraries and maps by clicking "Nymphea Cruises" on the menu on the right where you will also find links to the photo gallery, deck plan and cruise rates.
- Excursion to the Château D'Amboise
- Cruise under the famed Château de Chenonceau
- Visit a Troglodyte cave dwelling and see the silkworm nursery
- Private tastings at Montrichard and Civray
- Château visit to Valençay or Blois
- Experience the colourful street markets
- Optional Hot air Ballooning
Filet Mignon de Veau à la Bière et Moutarde, Selle d'Agneau au Romarin, Saumon et Friture
St Nicolas de Bourgueil, L'Alliance des Generations, Sancerre, Vouvray
Valençay, St Maure de Touraine, Selles sur Cher
Maps and Itineraries for Nymphea
Nymphea is owned and operated by Leigh Wootton.