Chateau and Gardens of the Loire
5 days from £419 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Join us on this tour to the Loire Valley, famed for its monumental castles and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Loire Valley has an outstanding cultural landscape, a remarkable architectural heritage and lovely towns and villages. It is also referred to as the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards which line the banks of the river. Our tour includes a guided visit of Tours, a visit to two world-famous castles, the Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Villandry, a visit to the troglodyte village of Rochemenier, an excursion to lovely Amboise and a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci’s last home: Manoir du Clos Luce. The tour also includes a wine tasting at the Chateau de Nitray.
We depart our local area for the channel crossing and journey to the Loire Valley.
After breakfast head to the Chateau de Villandry, famed for its magnificent gardens covering three different terraces. We then continue with a scenic drive along the valley for a short visit to Saumur – a beautiful town built in the chalky white tufa stone, characteristic of the Loire Valley and rich in restaurants and cafes where lunch will be taken (not included). This afternoon we visit the troglodyte village of Rochemenier where we will be met by our guide. A troglodyte is a dwelling carved within the local stone in a quarry type setting. There are several of these ‘rooms’ fully furnished and scattered throughout the village which include a farmyard, an underground chapel, the all important communal oven and a modernised troglodyte house. We will be given an insight into a unique way of life.
This morning we travel to the medieval town of Amboise, historically linked to Joan of Arc and then to Leonardo Da Vinci who lived and died at the Manoir du Clos Luce, now a museum to Leonardo. Here we will be able to browse through some of the great man’s inventions: forty models ranging from the suspension bridge to the paddle-wheel boat and turbine, all meticulously constructed according to Leonardo’s plans and sketches. We will then travel to the 16th century Chateau de Nitray where we will enjoy a guided tour and wine tasting.
Today we visit the second most visited chateau in France. Built of the Cher River, Château of Chenonceau, once a royal residence and home to Catherine de’Medici, is a richly decorated and highly elegant castle. It also houses a wonderful collection of paintings by masters such as Murillo, Le Tintoret, Poussin, Le Corrège, Rubens and some extremely rare Flemish Tapestries. This afternoon we return to Tours for a guided tour of the cultural centre of the Loire. A lively town with architectural heritage, art and history the guided tour will show you the best of the charming medieval streets and squares, museums, monuments, and half timbered houses. There will also be time to enjoy the shops and local specialities in the cafes and restaurants.
We check out of our hotel and return to the UK.
The exact order of excursions is subject to availability.
Other chateaux, gardens and towns can be visited in revised itineraries by being based on Angers.
Alliance Hotel Tours Centre
The Alliance Hotel Tours Centre, located within the city centre near the old town and cathedral, is conveniently positioned for visits to all of the Loire’s major sights. All en-suite rooms are equipped with hairdryer, telephone, minibar, hire safe and air-conditioning. Facilities include an à la carte restaurant and the comfy bar provides the perfect setting for relaxing and socialising. Internet access is available in the hotel’s lobby. Currency exchange and room service is available.
Half board is available at the hotel at extra cost
• Executive coach travel throughout
• Return channel crossings
• 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Tours
• Wine tasting
• Excursions as per itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or email@example.com