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Cities & Chateaux of the Loire Valley - by Ferry

france Tours Cities & Chateaux of the Loire Valley - by Ferry

Cities & Chateaux of the Loire Valley - by Ferry

Gorgeous countryside meets spectacular Châteaux and culture in the stunning Loire Valley. Enjoy a relaxing ferry journey before driving south to meander gently along the river Loire as you observe striking architecture and explore vibrant towns and cities.  

  • Style: No Fly Holiday
  • Duration: 6 days/5 nights
  • Starts in: Saumur
Highlights:
  • Saumur
  • Amboise
  • Blois
  • Chambord
  • Orléans
Itinerary:

Day 1  Poole, UK to Saumur, France    
Begin your holiday on board your short ferry crossing to Cherbourg, where you can enjoy excellent facilities including a choice of dining, plus shopping and entertainment. On arrival, drive south to the Loire Valley and the sophisticated riverside town of Saumur, renowned for its delectable local wine and world class restaurants. This evening, perhaps take a walk along the river Loire before indulging in a delicious meal.    

Day 2  Saumur    
Spend the day exploring Saumur and its enchanting surrounds. Visit the imposing Château de Saumur, a fairytale style castle which survived WWII bombings, or perhaps head along the riverbank to discover the troglodyte caves used as mushroom farms and wine cellars. Later, be sure to visit a local vineyard to sample some of the award-winning wines of the region.    

Day 3  Saumur to Amboise
Enjoy a leisurely morning as you make your way to Amboise, ideally situated for exploring the nearby Châteaux. Make sure to stop and admire the impressive Château de Villandry en route, as well as the abundant gardens of the Château de Chenonceau. Château du Clos Lucé, the former home of Leonardo da Vinci and where the artist died over 500 years ago, is also a must see. Finally, the Château d’Amboise overlooks the river Loire as it runs through the town.    

Day 4 Amboise to Chambord    
Continue your journey upstream to the royal city of Blois. Steeped in history and home to the Château de Blois, the magnificent former residence of seven French kings and 10 French queens, spend the afternoon exploring on foot. Choose from a wealth of cultural sights including fascinating museums and beautiful churches, or perhaps indulge in some retail therapy on the main pedestrianised street before heading to your hotel in nearby Chambord.  
     
Day 5  Chambord to Orléans    
Spend the morning exploring the breathtakingly grand Château de Chambord and its stunning formal gardens. Later, head north to the elegant city of Orléans where the afternoon can be spent visiting the Maison de Jeanne d’Arc, a museum dedicated to Joan of Arc, or perhaps simply wandering the charming streets of the beautifully restored old town.    

Day 6  Orléans to Portsmouth, UK    
This morning, drive north to the port city of Le Havre for your evening ferry to Portsmouth.    

Prices
Guide Price £729
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
Inclusions
  • Ferry journey from Poole to Cherbourg with Brittany Ferries
  • 5 nights 4star accommodation
  • Ferry journey from Le Havre to Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries
Not Included
  • International flights
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The tour itinerary, inclusions and departures are based on travel from 29/05/2020 to 31/12/2020. Guide prices are based on twn/dbl share, are subject to availability and may vary by departure date. For travel outside of these dates, the itinerary and inclusions may vary to that shown above - please ask for details.
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