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Loire Valley: Wines and Castles

Loire Valley: Wines and Castles

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 790 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 900 Euro (EUR)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: To Amboise. After your flight to Nantes or Paris, you will be pre-booked in our selected 2-star hotel, “Logis de France”, in the historical part of town - close to all facilities and only 5 minutes walk from the Castle. This picturesque town, with is white-washed buildings, is in the magnificent Loire valley. Definitely worth a visit. You could spend more time here and visit the magnificent Chateau d'Amboise, Clos Luce (the house of Leonardo da Vinci), or the Pagoda of Chanteloup - all within a short taxi ride (10 minutes) or by bus in the summer. Town: Shops, train, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, bars, restaurants. Accommodation: 2* Hotel, conveniently located in the heart of Amboise. Includes: (B).

Day 2: Thésée to Montrichard (4 h, 16 km). From the Gallo-Roman ruins of Thésée, our way leads to Bourré via the Castle of Gué-Péan and Monthou-sur-Cher. Vineyards and troglodytic dwellings will be part of the landscape. You will continue your journey towards the medieval town of Montrichard with its castle overlooking the cobble streets and Le Cher. Town: Shops, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, bars, restaurants. Accommodation: 2* Hotel Logis de France, in the heart of the medieval town, at the foot of the castle and nearby river Le Cher. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: Montrichard to Chissay-en-Touraine (2 h, 8 km). For this second day, we offer you a short walk so you can enjoy visiting Montrichard, its castle and the Monmousseau Cellars, Touraine’s longest wine underground galleries. Then, an easy walk along Le Cher and through vineyards will bring you to Chissay-en-Touraine. Here, you are booked in a 4* castle. Town: Bar and restaurant, shops. Accommodation: 4* stunning XVIth century Castle, with swimming pool. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: Chissay-en-Touraine to Chenonceaux (2 h 45 m, 11.5 km). Today is an easy day with a quiet start as you walk through vineyards and hamlets, passing by Chateau des Coudraies (a vineyard itself). After your lunch in Francueil, you reach the South bank of river Le Cher from where you will have plenty of time to admire the grand Chateau de Chenonceaux (also known as Ladies’ Castle). Then, you walk through Chisseaux before reaching the town of Chenonceaux on the North side of Le Cher. Town: Shops, bars, restaurants. Accommodation: 2* Hotel Logis de France, a few steps away from Chateau de Chenonceau. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5: Chenonceaux, free day. Discover the “Chateau de Chenonceaux”, the prettiest and most romantic castle of the Loire valley. Built on the river Cher, where the unique beauty of its architecture reflects in the water, it is called the “Château des Dames”, or the Women’s Castle, in French history books. Indeed, it owes a large part of its charm to women: Katherine Briçonnet, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis (mistress of Henri II). Town: Shops, bars, restaurants. Accommodation: 2* Hotel Logis de France, a few steps away from Chateau de Chenonceau. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: Chenonceaux to Azay-sur-Cher. For your last day, you leave Chenonceaux behind you to enjoy a quiet walk on towpaths along Le Cher for most part of the day. After passing Bléré, you will continue along the river and through the quiet Touraine countryside to reach Chateau de Nitray where you will have the opportunity to stop by for some wine tasting and much more. You will then continue peacefully to Azay-sur-Cher where a taxi will pick you up to tours. Town: Shops, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, bars, restaurants. Accommodation: 3* Hotel in the heart of the historical center of tours. Includes: (B).

Day 7: After breakfast, we bid you farewell. Town: Shops, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, bars, restaurants. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 2 and 3* Hotels, 4* castle
- Half board meals (breakfast, dinner)
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel on day 2, 3, 4 and 6
- Transfer from Amboise to Thesee on day 2 (starting point of walking day)
- Transfer from Azay-sur-Cher to tours on day 6 (finishing point of walking day)
- Step by step walking notes (road book)
- 2 detailed 1/25000 hiking maps.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Transfers from/to airport (we can arrange them on additional cost)
- Insurance
- Lunch
- Drinks.

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