Hotel Barge NYMPHEA - Barging in France -

Cruising the Cher River in the Loire Valley, France

Family Cruise Itinerary

If you are a family with children, we are able to create a bespoke barge charter itinerary and substitute a maximum of 4 excursions from our Standard Classic Barge Cruise Itinerary with your preferred family activities.

When considering taking children on a boating holiday in France, a river cruise in the Loire Valley aboard Nymphea is a wonderful way to explore the many attractions this region has to offer. Learning how locks operate, visiting castles, an aquarium and a zoo, makes this not only fun for children and adults but it’s an education in itself.

French hotel barge Nymphea - Loire Valley cruise itinerary map

All activities are subject to availability. Children's bicycles, bicycle helmets, child car seats and high-chairs are all available without cost.

Due to their nature, some activities may carry a supplement and must be booked directly by the customer with the activity provider. All activities are subject to availability. Please contact our Reservations Team to discuss your requirements.

The following activities can usually be arranged on-board directly with the barge Captain and included in your itinerary without any extra charge (unless otherwise stated):

Château du Clos Lucé & Gardens

Grab hold of your Inventor’s Notebook and walk amongst his famous inventions and Leonardo gives you tips on how to become an inventor yourself.

Canoeing at Civray

Explore the Charente by canoe and you’ll see a wild and unique side to rural France, like a cross between the Amazonian rainforest and the French countryside. Glide along down hidden, other worldly inlets and past magnificent waterside châteaux.

Château de Chenonceau & Gardens

Immerse yourself in hundreds of years of royal history as you roam the beautiful halls of the Château de Chenonceau, get lost in the hectare-sized maze designed by Catherine de’ Medici or discover the military hospital that was used in WWI.

Zoo Parc de Beauval

Set over more than 40 hectares of lush French countryside and home to almost 10,000 animals, the Zoo Parc de Beauval has been named as one of the top 5 zoos in the world, and there’s so much to do, from birds in flight, to behind the scenes zookeepers tours.

Montrichard Yachting Club

Laze about on the small beach and take a dip in the lovely cool water of the River Cher or hire a canoe and head up the river and beneath the arches of the famous Château de Chenonceau.

Silkworms and Troglodyte Cave Dwellings

See the cosy cave dwellings of the troglodytes that have been hewn from the unique Tuffeau stone that surrounds them, the same substance that was used to build many of the Loire Valley castles. Discover the magnanerie where the silkworms have been reared since the 17th century.


For more information about this area, view our FRANCE: LOIRE VALLEY page in our REGIONS section of this website

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