7 nights and 8 daysEnjoy this tour to the Loire Valley in central France, a region that is renowned for its gentle countryside, vineyards, forests, rivers and numerous châteaux. This leisurely touring holiday of the Loire Valley gives you ample opportunity to explore the famous corners and hidden gems of this delightful region, bursting with Renaissance châteaux, mediaeval strongholds and vineyards. Suggested itinerary for this touring holiday: Start your touring holiday by arriving by ferry in Calais or by plane in Paris. Drive to the first of your three hotels, the Château de Noirieux which is a superbly restored edifice set in extensive parkland and overlooking the River Loire, a short distance northeast of Angers. Capital of the Anjou and cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty, Angers and its famous Apocalypse Tapestry makes for an interesting excursion. From here, drive through tranquil landscapes punctuated by stately châteaux and fields of vines of the Parc Naturel Régional Loire Anjou Touraine en route to your second hotel set just south of Chinon. Stop off perhaps in the delightful town of Saumur, set between the Loire and Thouet rivers and renowned for its famous vineyards and Cadre Noir riding school. The Chateau de Marçay is an enchanting building, dating back to the 12th-century, and is the perfect setting from which to visit mediaeval Chinon, birthplace of Richard the Lionheart. From Marçay, drive north, past the stunning château of Azay-le-Rideau and towards the cathedral city of Tours and the heart of châteaux country – Amboise, Cheverny, Blois, Chenonceau among others. Your last hotel - Le Choiseul - is an elegant property situated in the town of Amboise. With gourmet restaurants accompanied by the finest local wines, your stay in the Loire is certain to delight. From Amboise, drive back to Calais or Paris for the return journey to the UK.
Driving times for this touring holiday:Calais to Angers: 4 hours 45 minutesAngers to Marçay: 1 hour 15 minutesMarçay to Amboise: 1 hour 15 minutesAngers to Amboise: 1 hour 45 minutesAmboise to Calais: 5 hoursPRICESPrices for a self-drive holiday from £1067 per personPrices for a fly-drive holiday from £1095 per personWhat's included:•Three nights’ bed and breakfast at the Château de Noirieux near Angers•Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the Chateau de Marçay near Chinon•Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the Le Choiseul in Amboise•Self-drive - P&O return ferry crossing from Dover to Calais for car and passengers•Or Fly-drive - British Airways flights (London to Paris return) and hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
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