France : The Loire

Chateaux Of The Loire Walk - Short Break

Trip code: W04LO

Self-guided walking

4 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

9.0Kg CO2e

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SUMMARY

  • Gentle, off-the-beaten-track walking on relaxing flat routes through sunflowers fields, forest, vineyards and along the Loire and Cher rivers
  • France's finest chateaux including Blois, Chambord, Amboise and Chenonceau
  • Sleepy wine villages; regal Amboise with its boutique-lined streets and esplanades enjoying excellent views over the Loire River.
  • Based on our popular 7 night, Chateaux Of The Loire Walk

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All breakfast and 1 evening meals
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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.

Terrain

Walks on this holiday are off-the-beaten-track, gentle and flat routes. There are no tough climbs on this route. Walk through vineyards, villages and along rivers.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Blois

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

You stay at Hotel Le Monarque.

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Hotel Le Monarque, Blois

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One of our bestsellers in Blois! Located in Blois, 400 m from Blois Castle, Hôtel 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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Blois / Chambord to Chitenay (19km/11.8mi)

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

You stay at Auberge du Centre.

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Auberge du Centre , Chitenay

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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.

Day 3: Chitenay to Chenonceaux (16km/9.9mi)

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.

Then, 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.

You stay at Hotel La Roseraie.

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Hotel La Roseraie, Chenonceaux

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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.

Day 4: Chenonceaux to Amboise (19km/11.8mi)

We take you from Chenonceaux along the Cher river and through quaint villages before to continue through the majestic forest of Amboise. Continue your walk until you arrive in the bustling market town of 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.

You stay at Hotel Le Clos d.

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Hotel Le Clos d, Amboise

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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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 5 : Leave Amboise

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Le Clos d, Amboise; Hotel Le Monarque, Blois.

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Hotel Le Clos d, Amboise

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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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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Hotel Le Monarque, Blois

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One of our bestsellers in Blois! Located in Blois, 400 m from Blois Castle, Hôtel 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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £265.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £265.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Heathrow to Paris with British Airways, then onward rail to the region.
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air-rail prices include our standard flights and onward rail
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Paris CDG then rail Paris Montparnasse to Blois-Chambord via St Pierre des Corps and taxi to hotel payable locally 5 minutes Return: Taxi to station payable locally 5 minutes then rail Blois-Chambord to Paris Montparnasse via St Pierre des Corps then British Airways Paris CDG to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Phone answered quickly
Listened to our requirements and arranged a holiday to suit.
Very good communication.

18 Jul 2024

Friendly, efficient and helpful

1 May 2024

Megan was easily able to acquaint me with the advantages of my proposed holiday

Eric Suddes, 20 Jan 2024



1 Jan 1970


Self-guided walking

4 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

9.0Kg CO2e

Navigation App

4 nights from £1079

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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