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Loire Valley Golf Cruise with European Waterways

Loire Valley Golf Cruise with European Waterways

per person

6 Nights | 4 Rounds | Various dates June 2022 – October 2023 

Golf Travel Cruise presents this exceptional 6-night, 4-round golf voyage and sightseeing adventure that cruises the River Cher in the heart of the Loire Valley.

This private charter holds a total of 06 guests on board the outstanding Hotel Barge Nymphea.

Nymphea’s Dutch design with its shallow draft makes her the ideal vessel for navigating the beautiful sandy reaches of the River Cher in the Loire Valley.

Very few other vessels are able to cruise this magical waterway.

Her traditional interior, reminiscent of a classic yacht, features a warm décor of rich varnished hardwoods, stained glass, and shining brass.

The traditionally furnished saloon and dining area have a warm and welcoming country house atmosphere and there is an additional upper saloon area with more comfortable seating to relax in.

Nymphea has three compact, but comfortable cabins, two twin staterooms, and one twin or double stateroom, all with air conditioning and en-suite facilities.

This carefully crafted itinerary will also allow us 4 great golfing opportunities including the stunning Golf de Touraine at the Chateau de la Touche, Tours Ardrée Golf Club, play the golf on the estate of the Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau des Bordes golf which is one of only two courses in Continental Europe to enjoy the highest rating in the Peugeot Golf Guide to 1000 European courses.

SHIP HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Cruise under the famed Château de Chenonceau
  • Visit a Troglodyte cave-dwelling and see the silkworm nursery
  • Excursions to the Château d’Amboise and Château du Clos Lucé
  • Private wine tastings at Montrichard and the Domaine de Fontenay
  • Visit Château de Villandry and its magnificent gardens
  • Tour of Château de Chenonceau and gardens
  • Colorful street markets
  • Optional hot air ballooning
6 Nights Tour
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Tours - Tours
  • Departure Time
    Embark / 3:00PM
  • Return Time
    Disembark / 9:00AM
  • Dress Code
    There is no specific dress code for daytime onboard.
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PORTS OF CALL:

  • Moulin de Nitray, France
  • Larcay, France
  • Vallet, France
  • Chissay-en-Touraine, France
  • Montrichard, France

VOYAGE ITINERARY

Sunday, Day 1 Tours to Moulin de Nitray

Guests are met near Tours** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to hotel barge Nymphea where the crew and a Champagne.
Welcome await you at our mooring opposite the 17th century Moulin de Nitray.
Dinner on board.

Monday, Day 2 Moulin de Nitray to Larcay

A morning cruise through two locks takes us to the quaint town of Larcay where we moor under the weeping willows for lunch.
Afternoon spent at Golf de Touraineat the Chateau de la Touche, Ballan Miré.
Return to Nymphea for dinner on board.
(18 holes Par 71 – length 5673 m).

Tuesday, Day 3 Larcay to Vallet

After a morning cruise past no less than six private chateaux, we tie up opposite the hamlet of Vallet, a cluster of classic Tourangeau architecture grouped around its 18th century mill.
From there we leave for Tours Ardrée Golf Club. Laid out in 350 acres of park and woodland, the fairways thread their way through the trees and water hazards, leading to large but well protected greens.
We take dinner tonight in one of the local restaurants specializing in regional cooking.
(18 holes, par 72, 5734 metres).

Wednesday, Day 4 Vallet to Chissay-en-Touraine

Whilst cruising in the morning we may pull into the tiny landing stage next to Domaine de Fontenay.
A two-minute walk brings us to their courtyard where we can taste their range of Touraine wines as an aperitif before lunch.
In the afternoon we play golf on the estate of the Chateau de Cheverny.
Winding round the Rousseliere Lake, home to mallard ducks, swans and grey herons.
Before returning to the barge we can visit the Chateau if time permits.
An evening cruise takes us under the famed Chateau de Chenonceau to the village of Chisseaux.
Dinner on board. (18 holes par 71, 6272 metres).

Thursday, Day 5 Chissay-en-Touraine to Montrichard

A morning cruise takes us to Montrichard.
After lunch we drive to Chateau des Bordes, which was originally conceived by industrialist Baron Marcel Bich (Bic pens fame) and businessman Mr Yoshiaki Sakurai.
The two friends decided to create a world-class golf course with an international dimension for their own and their guests’ pleasure.
Robert von Hagge, the Texan architect of more than 200 courses, was employed to bring American expertise to the project.
With no expense spared and free from development constraints, von Hagge created a masterpiece of extraordinary beauty exploiting the abundance of the Sologne’s lakes to present water hazards at 12 of its 18 holes as it winds its way through the forest.
The golf here is in the same league as Valderama. In fact, along with the former Ryder Cup venue, Les Bordes is one of only two courses in Continental Europe to enjoy the highest rating in the Peugot Golf Guide to 1000 European courses.
Dinner on board.
(18 holes, par 72, 7062 yards).

Friday, Day 6 Montrichard to Moulin de Nitray

There is much to explore at the 12th Century Chateau of Foulques Nerra overlooking the mediaeval town square.
Before lunch, we visit one of the more unusual dwellings in the Loire Valley, La Magnaneraie.
The Coquillat family has grown up in this hillside troglodyte habitation, which has been in turn wine cellar, quarry for the tuffeau stone, and lastly a silkworm nursery.
After lunch, Nymphea sets off downstream again, for another passage under Chenonceau with a chance to visit the castle, and arrives at the hamlet of Nitray.
Enjoy a pre-Captain’s dinner aperitif grown in Nitray and Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board

Saturday, Day 7 Moulin de Nitray to Tours

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private minibus to the drop-off point near Tours**.
*This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.
** Alternative locations available for Charter bookings
On alternate weeks the cruise is in the reverse direction.
Golf cruises include pre-booked and paid tee times and transfers to and from the golf clubs.
Hire of clubs, caddy or buggy are not included.

Location

GOLF DE TOURAINEAT, CHATEAU DE LA TOUCHE, FRANCE

Relatively narrow fairways,  bordered by trees of various species, pines, but also birches, cherry trees, beeches, and hundred-year-old oaks.

They are very defended by 103 bunkers of fine sand, but also by thick copses of heather, lilac, ferns, and broom, which makes it charm and difficulty and compose, according to the seasons, a symphony of colors and smells.

Large traditional golf course, Fontainebleau is considered by many players as one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe.

It was ranked in 2001, by the readers of the magazine Golf Européen, 1st Golf in France, all criteria combined, and figure 17th in the Top 50 golf courses of the European continent of "Golf world".

TOURS ARDEE GOLF CLUB, SAINT ANTOINE DU ROCHER, FRANCE

The course was designed in 1990 by Marc Adam and Patrick Fromanger.
Each hole features an interesting perspective and a different point of view, allowing for multiple approaches in the purest tradition of American golf courses.
The Château de Cély Golf Course hosted the Women’s World Championship for its inauguration and is one of the most beautiful courses in the Ile-de-France region.

GOLF DU CHATEAU DE CHEVERNY, CHEVERNY, FRANCE

Created in 1989 by Jean Garaïalde, an international golfer, and Jeremy Pern, designer of many international golf courses, the Domaine du Roncemay Golf Club enjoys a majestic setting for sports and nature lovers.
Its 6,219-meter course crosses a forest of centuries-old oaks, beeches, and birches, and opens onto a vast plateau modeled and colored like Scottish links.
Two parts make up this International Golf 18 holes: 11 holes run through the forest, while 7 holes are on the plateau with rugged terrain and overlooking the icaunaise countryside.
Golf is selective, but playable by golfers at any level, it requires some attention to putting on greens very large and very modeled.

LES BORDES GOLF CLUB, CHATEAU DES BORDES, FRANCE

This international standard course, designed by Jean Garaialde in 1991 has hosted many of France’s top competitions.
Overlooked by the château in whose grounds the course has been laid out, the length and technical nature of the course offer a challenge to even the most advanced player.
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