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Hotel Barge Nymphea

The 6 passenger Nymphea is a classic Dutch design with a 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 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 very knowledgeable of the history in this beautiful area and are excellent hosts for your fascinating cruise.

Cruise Highlights

Typical Cuisine

  • Cruise under the famed Château de Chenonceau
  • Visit a Troglodyte cave dwelling and see the silkworm nursery
  • Excursion to the Château d’Amboise and Château du Clos Lucé
  • Private wine tastings at Montrichard and the Domaine de Fontenay
  • Visit to Château de Villandry and its magnificent gardens
  • Colourful street markets
  • Optional hot air ballooning
Regional Specialities 
Filet Mignon de Veau à la Bière et Moutarde; Selle d'Agneau au Romari; Saumon et Friture
Wine Cellar
Château de Fontenay; La Reserve de Jean; Château de la Grille; Chinon; Domaine de la Renaudi; Touraine Blanc; Château de Nitray; Cabernet Franc; Les Meuriers

Cheese Board
Valença; St Maure de Touraine; Selles sur Cher

Nymphea is owned and operated by Leigh Wootton.


Sample Itineraries for Nymphea

Nymphea - Classic Loire Valley Cruise
Nymphea - Loire Valley Family Cruise
Nymphea - Loire Valley Honeymoon Cruise
Nymphea - Loire Valley Cycling Cruise
Nymphea - Loire Valley Golf Cruise

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