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Loire Valley

Loire Valley

An in-depth cultural discovery of the Loire valley and its historic sites from Briare to Angers, ranked among UNESCO World heritage. more details.
13-day & 12-night self drive holiday.
This self drive holiday starst at Paris or Gien in the morning and ends late afternoon on 13th day in Angers.

PRESTIGE : 4 or 5 star hotels

LUXE : 4 star hotels

CONFORT : 3 star hotels

STANDARD : 2 star hotels

Description of the tour :

Day 1: Loire valley between Briare and Gien – visit of chateau de La Bussiére, the town of Briare and its famous canal bridge, the medieval castle of Saint Brisson sur Loire and Gien dominated by its red-bricked castle.

Day 2: Loire valley between Gien and Orleans – visit the medieval chateau of Sully sur Loire, Saint Benoit sur Loire basilica – the pre-Romanesque oratory of Germigny-Les-Pres, built during Charlemagne’s reign around 806 – Tour of Orleans, one of the oldest towns in France.

Day 3: Loire valley from Orleans to Blois – you will visit the pleasant city of Meung sur Loire with its strange chateau with an austere medieval face and the graceful opposite opening onto gardens. You will cross the Loire river to visit the imposing basilica of Cléry Saint André and continue to Beaugency a medieval city which houses some beautiful monuments. You will visit the chateau of Talcy and the beautiful XVII century castle of Menars.

Day 4: Chateaus of Chambord and Cheverny, two of the most beautiful chateaus in Loire valley. On the way to Blois you will stop to discover the little Renaissance chateau of Troussay and the Beauregard chateau.

Day 5: this day is devoted to the discovery of Blois, its chateau built in stages between the 13th and the 17th century, reflects changing architectural styles over five centuries, the Saint Louis cathedral, Some beautiful churches. We invite you for a stroll through the lanes of the old city to see some beautiful Renaissance dwellings.

Day 6: visit of the medieval chateau of Fougéres – Chaumont castle and its beautiful gardens – the famous chateau of Chenonceaux built over the Cher river.

Day 7: Visit of Amboise, the royal chateau, first Renaissance castle built in the Loire valley, the Clos Lucé manor where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years and the strange chanteloup pagoda, the only remains of a huge Baroque chateau.

Day 8: Visit of Tours, rich in History. You will discover some beautiful monuments, wooden houses,.. In the afternoon we invite you to visit the Saint Côme priory and the Meslay barn, one of the rare specimens of civil architecture from the XIII century.

Day 9: To day you will visit – the Villandry castle and its famous Renaissance gardens – the medieval castle of Langeais – the elegant Azay le Rideau chateau buit on an island in the middle of the Indre river – the Ussé castle or Sleeping Beauty’s chateau since it is said to have inspired Charles Perrault.

Day 10: the day will start with the tour of the medieval city of Chinon dominated by a fortress. You will discover Candes St Martin, a quaint village along Loire river and Montsoreau castle before reaching and tour the Fontevraud abbey, which was one of the vasted monastical ensembles of the Christian world.

Day 11: visit of – the medieval chateau Le Rivauand its gardens – castle of Brézé which houses an underground fortress and a village dug at bottom of the 18 meter deep ditches! Then you will tour Montreuil -Bellay surrounded by ramparts and its chateau.

Day 12: you will visit the Saumur castle which overlooks the Loire river. Then you will follow the Loire banks to discover the Romanesque church of Cunault and admire some great landscapes along the famous corniche angevine before visiting some beautiful chateaus as Brissac, Serrant and Plessis Bourré.

Day 13: Tour of Angers, its fortified castle, the Saint Maurice cathedral and the famous medieval master piece, the tapestry of Apocalypse.

The cost of the rental car is not included in the price. This tour can be done with a chauffeur-driven car or can be tailor made to meet your specific needs. Thank you to contact us if you need more information.

 

What’s included?

  • Lodging on B&B basis in hotels handpicked by us among the best.
  • Parking fees if the hotel has one (only for Prestige and Luxe tours)
  • The detailed road book with information about villages, attractions and hotels. It also contains maps of cities you will explore
  • IGN maps of the area (scale 1 cm = 1 km)
  • Green Michelin guide (tour guide) of the region
  • Emergency phone number available 24/24 and 7/7

 

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Comfort: 3/4 star hotel - gourmet dinner (according todescription)

Standard: 2-star hotel - regional dinner (according to description)

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