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Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk – Short Break

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This gentle hotel-to-hotel walking holiday is a fabulous introduction to the Loire Valley and follows a circular route linking the chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise and Chaumont-sur-Loire. Warm, friendly hotels and great regional cuisine.

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All about the Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk – Short Break.

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; the highest point is at just 150m but you’re still rewarded with beautifully unspoilt 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 fields and sprawling vineyards – with opportunities for wine-tasting – and on to 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 only in
Chaumont – given the fantastic variety of restaurants on your doorstep, we thought you’d appreciate us leaving the choice to you.

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.
  • All breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • 4 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation (in 3 and 4-star hotels)
  • Services of your onsite Headwater Representative
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps provided
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Walk off-the-beaten-track on relaxing, flat routes beside the rivers Loire and Cher
  • Visit France’s finest chateaux: Amboise, Chenonceau and Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • Stay in quality hotels offering masses of local character, great regional cuisine and outstanding wines
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive at Chaumont-sur-Loire

    Arrive at your riverside hotel in Chaumont-sur-Loire where there’s a lovely pool if you fancy a dip.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Chaumont-sur-Loire to Chenonceaux 15km/9.5mi/3hr

    Today a 20-minute transfer takes you to Bourre, before walking alongside the River Cher. En route you have the opportunity to visit the Caves des Roches, an underground town previously sculpted in a limestone quarry, and La Magnanerie de Bourre, a troglodyte site and silk-worm farm in a lovely hillside setting. The route continues alongside the Cher to Montrichard, a bustling market town which has kept its French traditions, a perfect place to have lunch. The final section of the route takes you along the GR41 through Chissay-en-Touraine to Chenonceaux with its iconic chateau.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Chenonceaux to Amboise 16km/10m/3hr or 19km/12mi/4hr

    You begin today with a train journey from Chenonceaux to Veretz-Montlouis. The route then takes you along the quiet back roads of the GR3, running parallel with the Loire. Leaving Montlouis you walk through the open fields and vineyards of the Loire region, with the opportunity to stop for wine tastings and perhaps take advantage of our wine-carrying service. The final stretch takes you beside the Loire River into the fascinating town of Amboise.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Amboise to Chaumont-sur-Loire 21km/13.5m/4hr

    Today’s walk leads you out of Amboise heading south east along the GR3 trail towards the charming village of Souvigny-de-Touraine. The paths then flow through the fields and wineries of the Loire region (your last opportunity for a tasting or to purchase a few bottles). The final stretch follows part of the Camino de Santiago trail back to Chaumont-sur-Loire beside the river, with its impressive 15th century chateau.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Leave Chaumont-sur-Loire
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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 21st century 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.
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 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.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 2 dinners

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

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)

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 fields and sprawling vineyards – with opportunities for wine-tasting – and on to 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.

This trip is on the easier end of leisurely/moderate as there are only 3 days walking.

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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