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Chateaux of the Loire Walk

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This 8 night walking holiday takes you along riverside trails, through sleepy hamlets and beside vineyards, stopping on route to visit some of the finest chateaux of the Loire Valley including Chenonceau, Amboise, Cheverny and Chaumont.

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All about the Chateaux of the Loire Walk.

On this 8-night, self-guided holiday you’ll enjoy wonderfully relaxed walking amidst the sublime architecture and picturesque landscapes of the famous Loire region.
Your holiday begins in Chaumont from where you’ll follow serene riverside tracks and meander through sleepy villages and hamlets towards the charming wine village of Chitenay, an ideal base from which to discover pretty Cheverny with its impressive ‘Secrets of Moulinsart’ art exhibition. After a transfer to Bourre, you’ll keep the beautiful River Cher close, walking through Montrichard, Chenonceaux – with its iconic chateau on the banks of the Cher – and Montlouis before heading, via verdant fields and vineyards (be sure to enjoy a spot of wine-tasting!) to the mediaeval market town of Amboise. Explore the narrow, winding streets and take in the imposing Chateau d’Amboise, a royal residence and Da Vinci’s final resting place, before returning to Chaumont where you’ll experience yet another masterpiece – the Chateau de Chaumont which dates back to the 10th century and hosts the acclaimed International Garden Festival.
We’ve hand-picked friendly, welcoming hotels for your holiday, full of character and in some of the Loire’s finest locations. You can expect mouth-watering food and wine, with meals included everywhere except Amboise where there’s a wonderful selection of restaurants for you to choose from.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel
  • 4 Days Walking
  • Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Wonderful relaxed walking on flat, riverside routes and through poppy fields and parkland
  • Beautiful Loire and Cher rivers; majestic chateaux including Amboise, Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chaumont
  • Sleepy wine village of Chitenay; pretty Amboise with its boutique-lined streets
  • Hotels full of character with delicious regional cuisine and excellent wines
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive at Chaumont

    Arrive at your riverside hotel in Chaumont. (Staying at Hostellerie du Chateau, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Chaumont to Chitenay 14km/9m/3hr

    Today’s walk takes you alongside the River Beuvron into the sleepy village of Cande-sur-Beuvron before passing the Chateau de Frileuse on your way to Les Montils, a perfect place for a lunch stop. Heading out of town through open countryside, you arrive in the pretty hamlet of Seur, before crossing the river into Chitenay. Your hotel offers superb food; relax on the terrace overlooking the gardens and swimming pool and enjoy an aperitif before dinner. (Staying at Auberge du Centre, Half Board)

  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. (Staying at Auberge du Centre, Half Board)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Chitenay to Chenonceaux 17km/11m/3hr

    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 through Chissay-en-Touraine to Chenonceaux. (Staying at Hotel La Roseraie, Half Board)

  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. (Staying at Hotel La Roseraie, Half Board)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Chenonceaux to Amboise 17km/11mi/4hr

    We take you from Chenonceaux to Veretz-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; don’t forget – we’ll carry any wine purchases for you! Continue your walk alongside the Loire and you’ll arrive in the bustling market town of Amboise. (Staying at Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys, Breakfast only)

  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. (Staying at Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys, Breakfast only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Amboise to Chaumont 21km/13.5m/4hr

    Head south-east today, following the GR3 trail towards the village of Souvigny-de-Touraine, before sauntering through open fields and vineyards, perhaps stopping off for a final tasting! You’ll then join the Camino de Santiago trail as you make your way back to riverside Chaumont. (Staying at Hostellerie du Chateau, Half Board)

  9. Day 9 Day 9 Leave Chaumont
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Where you stay
Hostellerie du Chateau
This hotel is situated between the Loire river and the famous chateau itself, the Hostellerie du Chateau is a lovely, quirky hotel, that just oozes charm. The bedrooms also reflect the theme of times gone by, but they are well- equipped for the demands of the C21 guest, as they all have telephone, satellite tv and hairdryer. The dining room, with its wooden beams and grand fireplace, adds to the overall antiquated atmosphere.
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 C18 offers comfortable rooms and a wonderful place to relax after a day walking or sightseeing with its garden and pool.
Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys
The Pavillon des Lys offers nine rooms spread out over the main building and in two small cottages on the hotel grounds, some of which have a view over the Chateau Royale d’Amboise and the Clos Luce. Located in the heart of Amboise we have left evenings free for you to choose from one of the many restaurants on offer.
Hotel Le Clos d’Amboise
Located near the pedestrian area of Amboise, the Hotel Le Clos d’Amboise was built in the C17 and was once a doctor’s mansion. Renovated over the years it has still retained a number of original features.
Eating and Drinking

Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.

Standards of cooking in the Loire are consistently high. It’s civilized and refined country cooking, not heavy but rich in flavors and textures, drawing on the great garden of the Loire valley.

Fruit and vegetables abound: asparagus, artichokes, button mushrooms, cherries and strawberries from the Loire are transported to kitchens throughout France. These provide succulent accompaniments to the duck, venison and wild boar dishes (all hunted locally) and served in sauces using wines from the local vineyards.

Non-meat eaters have no need to feel left out though – with three wide, gently flowing rivers passing through, freshwater fish appear on most restaurant menus. Sandre (pikeperch) and brème (bream) are especially popular and are usually served in a beurre blanc sauce – the Loire fish dish, made with shallots, butter, dry white wine and vinegar.

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
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As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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