Chateaux Of The Loire Walk

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This gentle hotel-to-hotel walking holiday is a fabulous introduction to the Loire Valley. Your route will lead you from a chateau to another including the most famous ones such as Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau and Amboise. Warm, friendly hotels and great regional cuisine.

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All about the Chateaux Of The Loire Walk.

The Loire is famous for its chateaux with over 300 in total to discover. This easy paced, gentle walking holiday balances peaceful, off-the-beaten-track discoveries, with the splendour and opulence of some of the finest Renaissance chateaux in France. There’s no tough climbing but you’re still rewarded with beautifully unspoilt landscapes and enchanting views at every turn.
You follow a linear route from Blois, passing quiet hamlets and wine villages, before continuing alongside the River Cher through Montrichard, Chenonceaux and Montlouis. Then, you’ll enjoy wonderful walks through open fields and sprawling vineyards – with opportunities for wine-tasting – and on to Leonardo da Vinci’s bustling town of Amboise. 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 Chambord is set in a majestic nature reserve.
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 2 evening meals – given the fantastic variety of restaurants on your doorstep, we thought you’d appreciate us leaving the choice to you.

  1. Day 1 Day 1 : Arrival in Blois

    Explore the cobbled streets, arcaded squares and impressive chateau of this pretty riverside town before dinner.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Blois / Chambord to Chitenay 22 km / 13 M / 4,5 HR

    Transfer to Chambord, the largest Chateau of the Loire Valley. Then walk through the estates forest before heading across open countryside via sleepy wine villages to Chitenay. Dinner is included for the next 2 nights.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: At Chitenay

    The sleepy wine village of Chitenay is ideally placed to visit many of the Loire’s finest chateaux. We particularly recommend picture-postcard Cheverny which has one of the region’s largest art collections including a permanent ‘Secrets of Moulinsart’ exhibition, and also, just 3km further on, lovely little Chateau de Troussay with its rich furnishings collection, elaborately decorated ceilings and attractive landscaped gardens. Enjoy to relax by the pool at the hotel.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Chitenay to Chenonceaux 15 km / 9,5 M / 3 HR

    Today a 20-minute transfer takes you to Bourre, where you’ll begin your walk alongside the River Cher. You have the chance to visit the Caves des Roches – or ‘mushroom caves’ – on the way, a vast network of underground caves and tunnels which were formerly limestone mines. You’ll also pass La Magnanerie de Bourre, the site of traditional cave dwellings and a silk-worm farm. Continue your walk alongside the River Cher to Montrichard, a traditional French town with its own riverside beach and a number of good restaurants to choose from for lunch, before heading along the GR41 to Chenonceaux.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: At Chenonceaux

    Today you can marvel at the impressive Chateau de Chenonceau, one of the best-known of the Loire chateaux with its iconic arches over the river. This fairytale chateau has seen some famous figures from history, notably Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’Medici – rivals for Henry II’s affections – and Mary, Queen of Scots. The university city of Tours is an easy train ride away, home to a plethora of bars, cafes and restaurants, along with popular shopping centres and quirky independent shops in the old quarter.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Chenonceaux to Amboise 18 km / 11 M / 4 HR

    We take you from Chenonceaux to Montlouis and from there follow the back roads of the GR3 which run parallel to the River Loire. From Montlouis you’ll walk through the Loire’s sprawling vineyards, with the chance to stop and taste delicious wines on the way. Continue your walk alongside the Loire and you’ll arrive in the bustling market town of Amboise.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: At Amboise

    Amboise has a charming mediaeval feel, with historical links to the French Royal Family and also connections to Leonardo da Vinci who spent his last few years at Clos Luce, now a museum which houses displays of some of the artist’s original work. Da Vinci’s tomb is housed in the majestic Chateau d’Amboise which also hosts the impressive Son et Lumiere display. Amboise offers plenty of restaurants and cafes in which to relax and sample the local wines and produce.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 : Leave Amboise
Where you stay
Hotel Le Monarque
One of our bestsellers in Blois! Located in Blois, 400 m from Blois Castle, Htel Restaurant LE MONARQUE boasts a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site, subject to availability. Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom with a hairdryer. You will find room service at the property. A buffet breakfast including cold meats, eggs and hot drinks is served every morning.
Auberge du Centre
Tucked away in the elegant little village of Chitenay is the lovely ivy-clad Auberge du Centre, run by the charming Martinet family. Dinner is served either in the pretty dining room, or on the terrace. The hotel has a pleasant terrace overlooking its pretty gardens and swimming pool (pool towels are provided; ask at reception), which are a real treat on a summer’s day, as well as an attractive sitting area inside, complete with wooden beams and comfy chairs. Access to the Spa area is payable locally at 15 per person per day. Access is free to those staying in a ‘Balneo’ room.
Hotel La Roseraie
Ideally situated in the centre of Chenonceaux and just a 400m from the chateau, the Hotel La Roseraie, built in the 18th century offers comfortable rooms and a wonderful place to relax after a day walking or sightseeing with its garden and pool.
Hotel Le Clos d
Located near the pedestrian area of Amboise, the Hotel Le Clos d’Amboise was built in the 17th century and was once a doctor’s mansion. Renovated over the years it has still retained a number of original features.
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