French Hotel Barge NYMPHEA
Cruising the Cher River in the Loire Valley, France
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~
Nymphea is a 6-passenger Dutch-designed barge
shallow draft makes them ideal for navigating the River Cher, which few
other vessels can. Her traditional ship
interior features a warm classic decor of rich varnished hardwoods,
stained glass and a welcoming country house atmosphere.
3 Staterooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
BATHROOMS: Each bathroom is supplied with hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer and towels.
ELECTRICITY: 220 volt electricity (French two-pin plugs). The barge is wired for 220 and 240 volts but not 110 volts. It is suggested that you bring an adapter for your particular appliance, which corresponds to the standard French. If you wish to use an electrical appliance on board, please ask one of the crew when you arrive on board to ensure that it is suitable to the barge’s electrical system. We cannot be held responsible for unforeseen voltage fluctuations which sometimes occur when swapping from one voltage system to another.
LOWER SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
CYCLING & WALKING
The bikes are Dawes green model, unisex with a diagonal crossbar. Passengers are welcome to walk or cycle using the on board bicycles as often as they like. Most people choose to disembark the barge at a lock and visit local villages, returning to the canal and meeting the barge a little further along. The barge travels very slowly and therefore catching up will not be a problem.
HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHTS
Once on board the Captain can arrange this directly with the hot air balloon company. Flights last about 1 hour and are weather dependent. The cost is approximately 180-230 Euros per person and should be paid directly to the balloon company on the day of the flight and they do accept credit cards. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in ballooning.
EXCURSIONS BY MINIBUS
7-seater (including driver), air conditioned minibus.
FOR THOSE NOT WISHING TO ATTEND EXCURSIONS
You are welcome to stay behind on the barge if you would like. You can use the bikes, go for a walk or just relax.
Golf, Cycling, and Family cruise itineraries are available for charter groups, please visit the ITINERARIES page for more details. Special interest cruises often have a supplement which can be found on the RATES page. Contact Paradise Connections for more details.
COMPUTER & TELEPHONE FACILITIES
There is limited internet access in the upstairs saloon; this is for emailing only (no downloading available). Passenger telephones are not available on board Nymphea
PASSENGERS WITH MOBILITY RESTRICTIONS
Nymphea has a gangway from the bank of the river with a handrail. The top deck has rails all the way round. Stairways have one hand rail. There are 7 steep steps from the OUTSIDE main deck down to the Chenonceau stateroom and another set of 7 steps from the main deck level down to the lower saloon/dining area. There are no steps from the saloon to the other two guest cabins (Chambord & Cheverny). The crew will assist in every way they can. Nymphea’s itinerary is not suitable for wheelchair users or those who cannot walk far, or who have difficulty with steps, as the excursions involve a fair amount of walking and the castle visits involve many steps and stairways with pedestrian access only.
Our barges have a strict non-smoking policy. Smokers are asked not to smoke inside the barge as this may give offence to your shipmates. Smoking is categorically not permitted in the cabins for safety reasons. If you would like to smoke you are requested to smoke outside on deck or on the tow path, away from fellow passengers.
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