The Loire Valley: Cruising from Chatillon to Decize

Our sales and marketing support Nicci, recently went on her first Le Boat trip in June. Along with other members from the Le Boat global sales team, she got to cruise on the Grand Classique along the popular Loire River. The route was from Chatillon sur Loire to Decize, a popular trip with our South African customers. Let’s discover the Loire along its waterways filled with charming villages, spell-binding scenery and good wine!


Wine tasting

Our first stop was Sancerre, a popular wine producing region with many farms to visit and sample the produce. My personal favourite was the pinot noir and I highly recommend spending a day here for our wine-loving South Africans.


sancerre wine tasting



Mooring into Montilinard

We moored into La Chapelle which is a 2km cycle from the main town called La Charite. La Charite is really pretty and its quirky little rooftops reminded me of the cityscape in the Mary Poppins movie. There’s also a karaoke bar for those interested in a night out!


la charite loire valley


We moored nearby one of the most beautiful bridges, the Pont Canal de Guetin a large Romanesque style bridge reaching across the Loire River. The nearest town, Apremont, lies 6 km in from the mooring area and it is absolutely beautiful. It was voted one of the top 10 most beautiful towns in France. An old castle fort looms over the valley and further in you can find a classic French chateau near the riverbank.


apremont loire valley


The Big Lock

A challenge we all experience when canal barging…are locks! Narrow gates along the waterways to deliver us safely onto the next part of our journey. At Vers Marseilles le Aubigny, we encountered a double lock before venturing into Nevers. Nevers is a big town and a great place to spend your last day before handing in your boat at the base in Decize. Nevers has plenty of outdoor attractions in the summer which will delight the kids or young at heart.


big log loire valley


My first barging trip with Le Boat was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Cruising itself is incredibly relaxing and the work we all do on board help bring you and the team closer. I can’t wait to do my next Le Boat trip!


Happy boating!


Sales and marketing support at Le Boat SA


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