The Loire is famous for its chateau with over 300 in total to discover. This easy-paced, gentle walking tour balances peaceful, out-of-the-way discoveries with the splendor and opulence of some of the finest Renaissance chateaux in France. There's no tough climbing - the highest point is at just 150m - but you are still rewarded with beautifully unspoiled landscapes and enchanting views at every turn.
You follow a circular route from Chaumont-sur-Loire along peaceful riverside tracks, passing quiet hamlets, before continuing alongside the river Cher through Montrichard,Chenonceaux and Montlouis. on your return you'll enjoy wonderful walks through open ï¬elds and sprawling vineyards - with opportunities for wine-tasting - and onto Leonardo da Vinci's bustling town of Amboise, before returning to Chaumont-sur-Loire. Along the way you'll take in some of France's most impressive chateaux: Chenonceau mesmerises with its iconic arches over the river Cher (be sure to taste the chateau's wine and enjoy a scenic riverside walk); the majestic Chateau d'Amboise is a former royal residence and also houses the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci; while Chateau de Chaumont is set in beautifully tended gardens which host the annual Festival des Jardins.
The places you'll stay in have been hand-picked for their superb locations, atmospheric charm, excellent cuisine and warm, friendly owners. As well as chateaux, the Loire prides itself on its delicious local cuisine and wine and we've included evening meals everywhere except in Amboise - given the fantastic variety of restaurants on your doorstep, we thought you'd appreciate us leaving the choice to you.
|Meals||Continental breakast and 4 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Pick up from Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 13:39 (transfer to hotel, 40 mins, included).|
|Tour Ends||Drop off at Tours St Pierre des Corps train station by 12:09 Mon-Fri, 10:54 Sat & Sun (transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Rail: Paris to Tours St Pierre des Corps 12:35/13:39. Return: Tours St Pierre des Corps to Paris 12:09/13:15 Mon-Fri & 10:54/11:52 Sat & Sun.|
|Rail Supplement||Second Class French Rail: Prices starting from $78 per person, round trip; from $117 First Class.|
|Singles||Add $56 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade from $33 per person per night. For people wanting to rent bikes for all 'rest days' add $93 per person.|
|Hotels||**** (2 nights), *** (4 nights)|