European Waterways Introduces Renaissance Cruise of Loire Valley

Loire Valley
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In recognition of “500 years of Renaissance heritage” in France, European Waterways will introduce a new itinerary aboard the Nymphea next year focused on this era of history. Sailing through the Loire Valley, the six-passenger barge will take guests to many of the area’s exhibitions, festivals and culinary events commemorating the occasion.

The six-night cruise will look at the history, art, architecture, wine and cuisine of the Loire Valley, often called the “Valley of the Kings of France.” The trip will take guests to historical royal residences like the Château de Villandry and the Château de Chenonceau. Guests will also see Château d’Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb is located, as well as Château du Clos Lucé, where he lived until his death.

Next year will mark the 500th anniversary of three major moments of the French Renaissance: the death of Leonardo da Vinci; the beginning of work on Château de Chambord, a classic example of Renaissance architecture; and the birth of Catherine de’ Medici in Florence, who became the queen of France.

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European Waterways’ barge Renaissance will also offer six-night cruises in an area further east in the Loire region. Stops will include Gien, the home of Faience Pottery, and the UNESCO-recognized Château de Fontainebleau.

European Waterways is a boutique cruise company centered on culture, history, fine wine and gourmet dining. Its ships range in capacity from six to 20 people, all with a 1-to-2 crew ratio.

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