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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
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.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Ferry journey from Poole to Cherbourg with Brittany Ferries
- 5 nights 4 accommodation
- Ferry journey from Le Havre to Portsmouth with Brittany Ferries
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