7 Days - Classic Escorted Tours

If you are looking to visit one of the most beautiful regions of France, then our tour of the Loire Valley is ideal – indeed the very name conjures up wonderful images in the mind. The châteaux, the translation of ‘castles’ does not do them justice, are magnificent, and you have the opportunity to sample the best of them: Chenonceau, Villandry, Chinon and Amboise. The scenery is stunning too; in fact the valley is also known as The Garden of France and you can see why. Furthermore the harvest here is very rich: plums, apples and grapes – the area is renowned of course for its fine wines, namely Muscadet, Rosé d’Anjou, Sauvignon, Vouvray and many more; and the gentle landscapes are warmed by the rich golden colours of the ripening fruit. You can sample the local produce at the Ackerman Wine Cellars, during a tasting of some of their award-winning Saumur wines. History abounds here. Every time you turn a corner you see a reminder of Richard the Lionheart, the Hundred Years’ War or Joan of Arc. Visiting the Loire Valley is like stepping back in time; the sleepy towns are a delight to explore and the local people seem to have time on their hands, stopping to chat to each other or drinking endless coffees in the nearby bars and cafés. You visit the Château of Fontainebleau, set in a vast forest just outside Paris, and famous as the place where Napoleon commenced his journey into exile and Fontevraud Abbey, the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, arguably the greatest monastic establishment left standing in France. You also visit the house, and most importantly the garden of one of France’s most famous sons – Impressionist artist Claude Monet. All this, but there is much, much more so for a unique combination of culture, wine, superb and interesting monuments, châteaux, beautiful scenery and French provincial life at its best, come with us and see.

Highlights

  • Visit the most beautiful valley in France
  • Visit impressionist artist Claude Monet’s home and garden – see the ‘Water Lily’ pond and ‘Japanese Bridge’
  • Explore the finest of France’s stunning châteaux; Chinon, Chenonceau, Villandry and Fontainebleau
  • Visit Chartres and its stunning gothic cathedral displaying Europe’s finest stained glass
  • Visit medieval Tours, royal Amboise and Leonardo da Vinci’s house
  • Visit to Saumur and the Ackerman wine cellars
  • Guided tour of Fontevraud Abbey, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Six nights in three-star and four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and three dinners including one at a traditional, local restaurant

Inclusions

  • The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The holiday includes: 
  • Return standard class on Eurostar
  • All coach transfers and transport 
  • Six nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners at hotels as mentioned
  • One dinner at a carefully selected traditional restaurant
  • All local accommodation taxes
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • Included excursions are entrance to Monet’s Garden, Chenonceau, Villandry and Leonardo da Vinci’s House; guided tour of Fontevraud Abbey; visit to Ackerman wine cellars
  • Not Included: Entrance to Chinon €8.50, approximate costs, payable locally.