The glorious valley of the Loire is renowned for its sumptuous chateaux, luxuriant landscape and magnificent wine and food. Here you can visit chateaux from the medieval to Renaissance periods, each one unique and resplendent within their ornamental gardens.
Relax on a riverboat or if you feel energetic, enjoy an easy cycle ride along the banks of the Loire. A local crisp, fresh white wine will accompany your meal of fish, game, mushrooms and abundant fresh vegetables.
Included in the price are transfers from Saumur train station and to Amboise train station (both stations are direct from Paris) a welcome dinner, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 7 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with one or two glasses of wine, all excursions, all entry fees, bike and canoe hire for the energetic, boat trips.
Travel for daily excursions is in a comfortable new 5-9 seat vehicle
Transfer from the train station at Saumur (direct line from Paris), arrive and relax at our hotel in Saumur before a welcome dinner
Today we visit the much fought over 11th century Chinon castle, nestled on a rocky outcrop on the banks of the Vienne river. After tasting some of the Loire valley wines and lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Fontevraud Abbey where Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son, Richard the Lionheart are buried.
Today we go to the beautiful village of Montsaureau where we explore the village before a tour of its Renaissance chateau on the banks of the Loire. Returning to Saumur to visit the chateau and town, enjoy an afternoon wine-tasting before dining at one of the superb restaurants
Leaving our Saumur accommodation after breakfast, we visit one of the foremost examples of early Renaissance architecture, the chateau of Azay le Rideau in its parkland setting. After a light lunch we are on the way to our Amboise hotel where we settle in before a late afternoon stroll and dinner in a restaurant built into one of the troglodyte caves
Today we explore Amboise on foot, visit Leonardo da Vinci’s chateau museum and discover chateaux of the region in miniature
After breakfast, we go to Chaumont chateau and its magnificent gardens where there is an international garden festival. A free afternoon before the sound and light show at the Royal chateau of Blois and dinner at a restaurant in Blois
Free morning then a must see visit with lunch in the gardens of the ladies' chateau of Chenonceau. Once a Royal chateau it was a gift from Henri II for his mistress Diane de Poitiers, then after Henri's death his widow, Catherine de Medici, forced Diane to exchange it for the chateau Chaumont
After breakfast, depart from Amboise or Tours train station or continue on the Normandy tour
I am eternally grateful for finding "Slow Tours" and Carol on the internet. My friend and I wanted to spend time in France, as part of a small group. Whilst we wanted to see and experience the beauty and history of The Loire Valley, we preferred to do this at a pace where we could absorb the atmosphere, and immerse ourselves in the French culture each day, and that meant no rushing or trundling onto a big coach for tour hopping. Our day would begin over a leisurely breakfast in a "parlour", with our small group of like minded and fabulous travelling companions, and Carol, in the magnificent 16th century chateau where we were staying....sigh. This was, for us one of the best weeks of our lives. We could not have anticipated how fantastic a holiday could be. Often we had to pinch ourselves just to check that we weren’t in the middle of a wonderful dream. Thank you Carol for organising such an amazing holiday experience. It won’t be our last trip with "Slow Tours". It was too good not to do again in another region of France. Jenny and Ray (Victoria) Loire Valley September 2011
Being the successful bidder for a charity auction, I secured a week long "Slow Tour" in France's Loire Valley not really knowing what it was all about. For a busy executive though who has done lots of travel all over the world for business, it turned out to be the right recipe for experiencing all things French. The whole concept is great and was so relaxing. Being able to visit places less seen by the big tour promoters at a pace set by our group was only one of the true benefits that Carol brings. Doing activities that let you see the true countryside, townships, culture and people was among the others. Staying in fantastic accommodation cannot be understated either. They say the little things make a big difference in customer service and when I decided at the last minute to catch an early morning train on the last day, Carol did not disappoint by getting up before dark to take me & my partner to the train station. The experiences, the knowledge and the friendliness brought a group of people from all walks of life together who now have lifetime memories of this region of France. If you don't do at least one of these Slow Tour trips, you are missing out on so much. Ian and Adele (Queensland) Loire Valley September 2011
This is the beautiful manor house where we stayed in the Loire valley. We had the most wonderful time and thanks to Slow Tours, went to some places we would never have known about, which made our holiday a lot of fun. Leigh (Sydney) Loire Valley September 2009
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