Chateaux of the Loire on Foot

Chateaux of the Loire on Foot information and booking

from
$1320
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 4 nights in 3-star hotels and 3 nights in a 2-star hotel
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, good walking shoes/boots and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Walking in the heart of the Loire Valley
  • Exploring the many grand chateaux
  • Experiencing the market places and rural delights of the region
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties
  • Sampling some of the many excellent wines in local ‘caves’

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Discovering the grand chateaux of the Loire on foot is both unique and rewarding, providing a greater depth of understanding of the local landscape. During these 6 days of walking, there is ample opportunity to appreciate the stunning surrounds, sample local produce and delve into the fascinating history of the region. At night you will enjoy the hospitality of family run hotels where the local cuisine is showcased.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and consist of croissants, breads, jams, cheese, yoghurt, sometimes sliced meats and eggs, coffee, tea and juices. dinner will consist of 3 to 4 courses which include some regional specialties.
  • 4 nights in 3-star hotels and 3 nights in a 2-star hotel with private facilities on a twinshare basis
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 transfer by taxi on day 5 from the hotel to choussy
  • Maps, itinerary and tourist information

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Blois
On your arrival in Blois, make your way to the hotel. Depending on when you arrive, we recommend you take a walk around the town which is known for its light facades and blue roofs, its pedestrian streets gracefully preserving the flavour of lost centuries and its serene atmosphere. The château is also worth visiting, offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
Day 2 To Bracieux (21km or 19km, 5-6hrs)
The first day of walking is through the forest to reach the pretty village of Bracieux situated at the edge of the Sologne area, a vast agricultural and natural region, parts of which are set on reclaimed swampland!
Day 3 Round trip to visit the chateau of Chambord (19km or 23km, 5-6hrs)
A round trip to visit the prestigious Château of Chambord, the widest Château of the Loire Valley mainly built under King Francis the First, passing by the Forest Estate covering more than 5500ha.
Day 4 To Chitenay via Cheverny (21km, 5-6hrs)
Today’s route takes you to Cheverny, well known for its château still inhabited by the owners and their hunting traditions, before proceeding to the typical and charming village of Chitenay. Our hotel tonight is a delightful country style inn with relaxing gardens and a fine restaurant.
Day 5 Taxi to Choussy then walk to Montrichard (19km or 17km, 5hrs)
Leaving the Sologne area through the vineyards, the route leads you into the Cher Valley and the villages of Bourré and Montrichard. Overlooked by vineyards, these typical villages shelter fascinating underground sites including a mushroom bed installed in an old carrier where in the past the Bourré’s “tuffeau” were extracted and where you can now discover the astonishing mushroom cultivation. There is also an underground city carved in the limestone for which the region is famous. Overnight in the riverside town of Montrichard.
Day 6 Round trip to Chenonceaux (21km or 25km, 6 or 7hrs)
Following the Cher river, this excursion will bring you to Chenonceaux, famous for its Renaissance chateau spanning the river and still steeped in memories of the famous ladies of French History: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis. An early start is recommended to ensure you have plenty of time to explore the gardens and the chateau.
Day 7 Walk through the forest to Amboise (21km or 26km, 6hrs)
From the Cher river the route again rejoins the Loire river via the forest of Amboise before reaching the charming town. In Amboise you will have the opportunity to visit the royal château (where the most important Kings of France once lived) or the Parc Leonardo Da Vinci, last home of Leonardo da Vinci sheltering an astonishing collection of models representing the fabulous inventions of this Renaissance genius.
Day 8 Trip concludes Amboise
Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.