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Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    6 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $1799per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every two days from 22 Jul '19 to 16 Oct '20
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 6 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Services of your local Headwater Representative
  • Headwater Wine Collection Service
  • Route directions and maps
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • City break add-ons in Paris
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, lake & river routes


For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details

      from 14 reviews

Mr Morton says...
Great introduction to the Loire. Good introduction to Walking Holidays
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France: The Loire

Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

  • Gentle, off-the-beaten-track walking on relaxing flat routes beside the rivers Loire and Cher, through poppy fields and pretty parkland
  • France's finest chateaux: Amboise, Chenonceau and Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • Quality hotels offering masses of local character, great regional cuisine and outstanding wines
  • Serene Amboise with its boutique-lined streets and esplanades enjoying excellent views over the Loire River

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 everywhere except in Amboise - given the fantastic variety of restaurants on your doorstep, we thought you'd appreciate us leaving the choice to you.



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Day-by-day itinerary



Walking information

Mainly flat walking along riverside paths and through open fields and vineyards. Much of the route follows waymarked GRs. Good views with not too much effort!




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Day 1: Arrive at Chaumont

Arrive at your riverside hotel in Chaumont where there's a lovely pool if you fancy a dip.
You stay at the Hostellerie du Chateau (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 2: Chaumont 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 Cave 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.
You stay at the Hotel La Roseraie (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 3: At Chenonceaux

Explore the superb Chateau de Chenonceau with its famous arches spanning across the river. It's the most romantic and beautiful of all the Renaissance chateaux and is associated with some famous names - rivals Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de'Medici (respectively mistress and widow of Henry II) and Mary, Queen of Scots who stayed here as the child bride of Francis II. After you visit you can taste the chateau's wines, hire a rowing boat (July-August), or take a pleasant riverside walk. Why not take the train to explore the lively city of Tours before coming back to relax with a swim in the hotel pool?
You stay at the Hotel La Roseraie (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 4: Chenonceaux to Amboise 17.5km/11mi/4hr

You begin today with a transfer 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, providing you with numerous options for your rest day.
You stay at the Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys (breakfast included)

Day 5: At Amboise

Amboise is filled with interest. It's well known for its Son et Lumiere display based at the massive chateau, which was turned by Charles VIII into a luxurious palace in the late 15th century. The town has bustling narrow streets, some excellent restaurants and attractive buildings. Leonardo da Vinci spent the last four years of his life at Clos Luce, now a museum with displays of models constructed from his original plans. there's a striking fountain (made in 1968 by Max Ernst) and fascinating stained glass, paintings and sculptures in the 12th century church of St-Denis.
You stay at the Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys (breakfast included)

Day 6: Amboise to Chaumont 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.
You stay at the Hostellerie du Chateau (breakfast and evening meal)

Day 7: Leave Chaumont


Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Hostellerie du Chateau, Chaumont-sur-Loire

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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.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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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.


Room upgrades: Charme Room or Superior Room.


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Hotel Le Clos d'Amboise , 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.


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Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys, Amboise

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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.


Room upgrades: Deluxe Room, Suite or Suite Terrasse.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Hotel Le Senat , Paris

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The 4 star Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a five-minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.

Travel

Transfers included from Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 12:58 and back to Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 10:10.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Morton, 13/06/2019

Great introduction to the Loire. Good introduction to Walking Holidays


Mr Keen, 25/05/2019

A straightforward and easy walk, interspersed with days to view old towns and chateaux. Varied hotels and we enjoyed some excellent food


Mrs Banning, 11/10/2018

The holiday was very enjoyable once we had arrived. Be sure to check all the details of travel arrangements.


Ms Osborne, 05/07/2018

Both times we have been on your holiday they have been well organised and well planned. Hotels well chosen, food very pleasant. Hope to go one a few more in future years


Mr Normand, 13/06/2018

A gentle walking holiday just right for our age with sufficient tourist interest to fill in the non-walking days.


Mr Etheridge, 24/05/2018

Our 6th or 7th Headwater holiday. Although not as physically challenging as some of the others - purposely - this was one of the best. The hotels were excellent and their staff extremely friendly and helpful. It was a new experience having a "minder" as most of our other holidays used hoteliers as local reps, but this time Marc your rep was helpful, and charming . The walking was good, route notes so good we only referred the maps a couple of times. And the weather was great - who needs more? Thanks!


Mr Thompsell, 25/09/2017

A great introduction to a luxury walking holiday


Mr Fuller, 14/09/2017

A lovely area to visit, with well-planned routes, excellent accommodation and helpful representatives.


Dr Hurley, 05/07/2017

We really rated Amboise and Blois and enjoyed a trip to Tours. The range of wild flowers we saw and bull frogs too whilst walking were amazing. The House of Magic in Blois was great so glad we found the time to stop there. The Headwater Reps were really helpful and enabled us to tailor the activities to our needs.


Mrs Tyce, 07/06/2017

We had a well organised trip which went smoothly.


Mr Kaye, 05/06/2017

Excellent locations, accommodation, food and service from local reps. Good instructions and walks, but check the amount of walking on metalled surfaces before booking.


Mr Lowe, 18/08/2016

The local team gave us really useful practical tips and were very friendly

The holiday exceeded our expectations in terms of pure enjoyment, accuracy of walking routes and notes and we particularly appreciated the views, suggested stops for refreshments and quality of the hotels we stayed in


Ms Gane, 27/07/2016

Easy walking, lovely views and good food


Mrs Stoyle, 18/07/2016

A very easy paced walking holiday in an interesting area of France.



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For 2020 departures our trip inclusions are changing - please contact us for full details.

This 6 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals

Services of your local Headwater Representative

Headwater Wine Collection Service

Route directions and maps

Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed rep.

Departures
Every two days from 22nd Jul 2019 to 16th Oct 2020, for 6 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
Continental breakfast and 4 evening meals

Other details
For people wanting to have bikes available for all 'rest days' these can be pre-booked for you (£60 per adult) and will be waiting at each hotel for you.
This holiday may be adapted into a 4 night version - just deduct £120 per person from the prices above.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers included from Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 12:58 and back to Tours St Pierre des Corps train station at 10:10.

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