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Loire Valley Castles


4 days / 3 nights Shared Tour 

 

Price per person from: 533 €
Based on a minimum of two participants

 

Included in the price :

• Private transfers on day 1 & 4.
• Full Day Shared tour on day 2 & 3 in executive minivan (8 participants maximum) with qualified driver-guide (EN, ES) and visits according to the above program

 

• 3 nights B&B in 3-star Hotel Artist in Tours

 

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How it works

 

This Loire Valley tour takes the form of a shared tour, leaving at precise hour and available every day. Transport is ensured by comfortable air-conditioned minivan with a qualified English- or Spanish-speaking driver-guide. You will be sharing this tour with other participants (8 maximum).

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Optional: Should you wish to combine elements of other escorted tours or wine tours with this selection, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Highlights

 

Discover the impressive heritage of the Loire Valley with guided visits of the local gardens, museums, as well as tours of some of the most breath-taking castles in France: Château de Chenonceau & Château d'Amboise.

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Enjoy also the landscapes, the castles gardens and the charming city of Tours.


Day 1: Tours

Arrival in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps.
Pick up by your driver & transfer from Saint-Pierre-des-Corps TGV train station to your Hotel in Tours.
Check in & overnight at your hotel.


Day 2: Amboise, Cheverny, Chambord, Chenonceau

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet your driver-guide for a full-day tour of some of the most magnificent châteaux of the Loire valley, wandering through ancient castles filled with history and strolling around magnificent gardens. You’ll visit the royal Château d’Amboise, an elegant Renaissance château overlooking the Loire River and the medieval city of Amboise.
Continue to Cheverny, one of the finest castles in the Loire Valley and which represents the zenith of French classical architecture, and then Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley and one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world due to its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture blending traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.
End your tour with a visit to Chenonceau, which spans the Cher River atop a supremely graceful arched bridge. It’s known as the “Château des Dames”, thanks to the work of several remarkable women through the years, and is one of France’s most elegant and romantic châteaux.
Return to Tours and overnight at your hotel.


Day 3: Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Usse, Langeais

Breakfast at your hotel.
Meet your driver-guide and start your tour by visiting the Château of Azay-le-Rideau, one of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley.

Romantic, moat-ringed Azay-le-Rideau is famed for its elegant turrets, perfectly proportioned windows, delicate stonework and steep slate roofs. Built in the early 1500s on a natural island in the middle of the Indre River, it’s one of the Loire’s loveliest castles and one of the foremost examples of early French renaissance architecture.
Then discover the Château de Villandry and its magnificent gardens. This castle is one of the last built during the Renaissance period in the Loire Valley, and Villandry’s six glorious landscaped gardens, covering over six hectares, are some of the finest in France.
Then it’s off to Ussé at the edge of the Chinon forest with its sweeping views and delightful formal gardens designed by André Le Nôtre, landscape architect of Versailles - and it was also the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty.
The last stop on your tour is the Château de Langeais - perhaps the most authentically medieval in architecture and furnishings and helping visitors to imagine the daily life of Royalty at the end of the Middle Ages.
Back to Tours and overnight in your hotel.


Day 4: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.
Transfer from your hotel in Tours to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps Train Station.