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Hiking tour – Loire valley castles – Briare to Orleans

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  • Hébergement 1/2 pension
  • Hôtel tout confort ou 2 étoiles
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  • Hébergements en hôtels 2 étoiles
  • Dîners du terroir selon description
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  • Dîners gourmets selon description

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D 1
Day 1 – Arrival at BRIARE
This town where the water is everywhere is marked by the 19th century. It’s best-known for the Pont-Canal, a bridge built by Gustave Eiffel’s company to carry a canal over the Loire River and for the Musee de la Mosaïque et des Emaux (museum), that shows wares produced by the mosaic factories of the town. You’ll see the Port de plaisance (marina) in the center of the town and the St Etienne church covered with mosaics – Lodging and breakfast is a 2-star hotel
D 2
Day 2 – CHATEAU of BUSSIERE – BRIARE (15 km)
Transfer by taxi to La Bussiere. You will tour the chateau, a magnificent, 18th century structure that rises from the banks of a pond and is still inhabited by a family. The chateau houses a fresh-water fishing museum and a wonderful vegetable garden. After the visit, you will head out for Briare, passing by the chateau and the pond of Pont-Chevron and following the canal of Briare. During your visit of the town you will see Briare’s famous bridge-canal, its port and charming city-center. Lodging and breakfast in the same 2-star hotel
D 3
Day 3 – BRIARE – GIEN (7 km)
You’ll leave the town crossing the Loire on the Pont-Canal heading to the village of St Firmin. You’ll walk on the heights through hamlets, crossing some woods and meadows to reach St Brisson. This old village sits at the base of a medieval chateau built straight above an ancient arm of the Loire. It was transformed into a residence during the 16th century. You will hike back to Gien by way of the village of Saint Martin sur Ocre. The afternoon will be spent touring Gien and its many treasures, including the chateau which houses the Musee International de la Chasse (museum dedicated to the art and history of hunting), and the Musee de la Faïencerie (Gien’s famous pottery), where you will learn the history of the Manufacture de Gien since 1821 and see many examples of the fine art of these pieces – Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 4
Day 4 – OUZOUER SUR LOIRE – SULLY SUR LOIRE (11 km)
Transfer by taxi from Gien to Ouzouer sur Loire. From the village, you will walk down to the banks of the Loire River and follow these majestic waters to Sully sur Loire. You will spend the afternoon visiting the chateau, a gorgeous example of a medieval fortress, with its high towers and deep moat. You will climb to the heights of the keep and admire the vaulted framework of the tower’s interior, a masterpiece of apprenticeship. After having visited the city (lovely churches and Renaissance homes), you will again cross the river to arrive at your hotel, situated on the opposite bank, at Saint Pere. Your view will be that of the chateau – Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel
D 5
Day 5 – SULLY SUR LOIRE – CHATEAUNEUF SUR LOIRE (21 km)
You’ll cross the Loire to head St Benoit sur Loire. You will visit the Fleury Abbey, with its bell-tower and choir loft, which help to make it one of the most beautiful gems of the Loire Valley. You will leave this charming village by the banks of the river to arrive at Germigny des Pres and its Carolingian oratory, one of the oldest sanctuaries still standing in France, and decorated by a magnificent 11th century mosaic. You will then arrive in Chateauneuf sur Loire, where the summer chateau lies largely in ruins but the stables have been completely restored and now house the very interesting Musee de la Marine de Loire. Transfer by taxi to Orleans – Lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel in Orleans
D 6
Day 6 – ORLEANS
You will enjoy touring the city of Orleans, the Cathedrale Saint Croix, the Renaissance-style Hôtel Groslot, the home of Joan of Arc, the old neighborhoods of the city-center and the fantastic floral park that stretches more than 35 hectares to the south of the city, near the source of the Loiret River. Lodging and breakfast in the same 2-star hotel
D 7
Day 7 – ORLEANS
Tour ends after breakfast
D 1
Day 1 – Arrival at BRIARE
This town where the water is everywhere is marked by the 19th century. It’s best-known for the Pont-Canal, a bridge built by Gustave Eiffel’s company to carry a canal over the Loire River and for the Musee de la Mosaïque et des Emaux (museum), that shows wares produced by the mosaic factories of the town. You’ll see the Port de plaisance (marina) in the center of the town and the St Etienne church covered with mosaics – Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 4-star hotel
D 2
Day 2 – CHATEAU of BUSSIERE – BRIARE (15 km)
Transfer by taxi to La Bussiere. You will tour the chateau, a magnificent, 18th century structure that rises from the banks of a pond and is still inhabited by a family. The chateau houses a fresh-water fishing museum and a wonderful vegetable garden. After the visit, you will head out for Briare, passing by the chateau and the pond of Pont-Chevron and following the canal of Briare. During your visit of the town you will see Briare’s famous bridge-canal, its port and charming city-center. Lodging and breakfast in the same 4-star hotel
D 3
Day 3 – BRIARE – GIEN (7 km)
You’ll leave the town crossing the Loire on the Pont-Canal heading to the village of St Firmin. You’ll walk on the heights through hamlets, crossing some woods and meadows to reach St Brisson. This old village sits at the base of a medieval chateau built straight above an ancient arm of the Loire. It was transformed into a residence during the 16th century. You will hike back to Gien by way of the village of Saint Martin sur Ocre. The afternoon will be spent touring Gien and its many treasures, including the chateau which houses the Musee International de la Chasse (museum dedicated to the art and history of hunting), and the Musee de la Faïencerie (Gien’s famous pottery), where you will learn the history of the Manufacture de Gien since 1821 and see many examples of the fine art of these pieces – Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel
D 4
Day 4 – OUZOUER SUR LOIRE – SULLY SUR LOIRE (11 km)
Transfer by taxi from Gien to Ouzouer sur Loire. From the village, you will walk down to the banks of the Loire River and follow these majestic waters to Sully sur Loire. You will spend the afternoon visiting the chateau, a gorgeous example of a medieval fortress, with its high towers and deep moat. You will climb to the heights of the keep and admire the vaulted framework of the tower’s interior, a masterpiece of apprenticeship. You will visit the city which has lovely churches and Renaissance homes. Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel
D 5
Day 5 –SAINT BENOIT SUR LOIRE – CHATEAUNEUF SUR LOIRE (14 km)
Transfer by taxi to St Benoit in the morning. You will visit the Fleury Abbey, with its bell-tower and choir loft, which help to make it one of the most beautiful gems of the Loire Valley. You will leave this charming village by the banks of the river to arrive at Germigny des Pres and its Carolingian oratory, one of the oldest sanctuaries still standing in France, and decorated by a magnificent 11th century mosaic. You will then arrive in Chateauneuf sur Loire, where the summer chateau lies largely in ruins but the stables have been completely restored and now house the very interesting Musee de la Marine de Loire. Transfer by taxi to Orleans – Lodging and breakfast in a 4-star hotel in Orleans
D 6
Day 6 – ORLEANS
You will enjoy touring the city of Orleans, the Cathedrale Saint Croix, the Renaissance-style Hôtel Groslot, the home of Joan of Arc, the old neighborhoods of the city-center and the fantastic floral park that stretches more than 35 hectares to the south of the city, near the source of the Loiret River. Lodging and breakfast in the same 4-star hotel
D 7
Day 7 – ORLEANS
Tour ends after breakfast
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