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Explore the Loire Valley 8-day tour

  • 8days
  • France

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Discover the splendid chateaux of the Loire Valley on this 8-day tour

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 Loire Valley tour:

Transfer from Tours train station on arrival
Transfer to Tours train station on departure
7 nights in 3* and 4* accommodation
7 breakfasts, 6 x 3-course meals (either lunch or dinner) with a glass of wine or beer
Excursions as per the itinerary
Entry fees
Visitors taxes
Bike and canoe hire for the energetic
Boat trips as per the itinerary

Not included in the tour:

Meals not mentioned above
Drinks not mentioned above
Travel insurance
Travel to Tours for arrival and from Tours on departure

Travel is in a comfortable new vehicle - Maximum 14 guests

Slow tours offer other Small Group tours in Europe

  • Day 1

    Transfer from the train station at Saumur (direct line from Paris), arrive and relax at our hotel in Saumur before a welcome dinner

  • Day 2

    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.

  • Day 3

    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

  • Day 4

    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

  • Day 5

    Today we explore Amboise on foot, visit Leonardo da Vinci’s chateau museum and discover chateaux of the region in miniature

  • Day 6

    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

  • Day 7

    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

  • Day 8

    After breakfast, depart from Amboise or Tours train station or continue on the Normandy tour

Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Jun 10 2019 Jun 17 2019 14 Single rooms 2,490€
Double rooms 2,300€

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