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Luxury barge cruise vacations on the French hotel barge NYMPHEA cruising the Cher River in the Loire Valley, France French Hotel Barge NYMPHEA - Loire FRANCE - ParadiseConnections.com
French Hotel Barge NYMPHEA
Cruising the Cher River in the Loire Valley, France
~ ABOUT THE BOAT ~

Nymphea is a 6-passenger Dutch-designed barge whose 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.

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SPECIFICATIONS:

  • 80 feet long
  • 2 or 3 Crew
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 cabins (2 twins and 1 either twin or double)
  • Air conditioned / Centrally heated
  • Upper sun deck
  • TV/DVD player
  • WiFi (subject to local availability)
  • 6 Touring bikes
  • Air conditioned minibus


GUEST CABINS

3 Staterooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. 

Chenonceau (Bow):
  • 91 sq ft (27.7m2)
  • Headroom: 6ft 4" (1.9m) and above the beds 6ft (1.8m)
  • Configured either as double (5ft x 6.4ft) or twins (2ft 6" x 6ft / 0.90m x 1.95m)
  • Accessed separately by 7 steep steps from the OUTSIDE Main Deck. No direct access to main saloon
  • 1 large rectangular window (80 cm x 40 cm) and 1 smaller (50 cm x 25 cm). All windows in this cabin are half sliding
  • Bathroom has a shower, WC and wash basin with tiled floors and walls
Chambord:
  • 75 sq ft  (22.8m2)
  • Headroom: 7 ft (2.13m)
  • Twin beds arranged foot to foot (3ft x 6.3ft / 0.90m x 1.90m)
  • Chambord has a step as you enter the cabin
  • 2 half-sliding windows of 70cm x 45cm and 50 x 25 cm
  • Bathroom has a shower and WC. The wash basin is in the cabin
Cheverny (Port):
  • 65sq ft (19.8m2)
  • Headroom: 7 ft (2.13m)
  • Twin beds arranged in L shape (3ft x 6.3ft / 0.90m x 1.90m)
  • 4 portholes of 30cm diameter which open and one 20cm opening porthole in the en suite bathroom area
  • Bathroom has a shower and WC. The wash basin is in the cabin
The measurements are approximate.

BATHROOMS: Each bathroom is supplied with hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer and towels.

OTHER AMENITIES:
  • Closet space: Yes
  • Hair dryers: Yes
  • Air conditioning / Central Heat: In the saloon and each guest cabin

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.

PUBLIC ROOMS

LOWER SALOON/DINING ROOM DIMENSIONS & DESCRIPTION
  • Room Size: 10' X 20' (3.05m wide x 6.10m long) and height from floor-to-ceiling: 6’7” (2.0m)
  • Finished with mahogany panelling, a hardwood ceiling and brass light fittings, the saloon area has built in seating and a coffee table with stained glass windows.
  • A fully stocked bar cupboard with fridge and ice machine
  • Mahogany dining table seating all guests at once.
  • The lower saloon/dining area is on the same level as the cabins.

UPPER SALOON:
  • Room size: 8' x 6' (2.5m x 1.8m)
  • Height from floor to ceiling: 6'2" (1.88m).
  • Comfortable seating with larger windows for viewing.

SUNDECK:
  • 10ft x 20ft (3.05m x 6.10m)
  • Hand rail around the deck
  • 6 reclining chairs, table and parasol


LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

  • iPod Docking station (passengers can connect and play music from their iPods)
  • Digital TV with French digital channels (clients can also use this to view their digital photos)
  • DVD player in the upper saloon for clients who wish to bring their own DVDs to watch
  • 6 mountain bikes – Children’s bikes and child bike seats can be arranged if required with advance notice
  • A small library of books and DVDs & maps
  • Board games
  • Binoculars for watching the bird life
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.


THEMED CRUISES

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.

SMOKING

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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