Discover the castles in the Loire Valley

  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Chinon / Amboise
  • Distance 72 km / 40 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    April - October
  • Price From $1,234

Overview

Discover the magic and centuries of history of the Loire Valley, known as the "Garden of France", on a journey that will take you through the incredible castles of ancient royalty, fortresses and magnificent vineyards. In addition, it will be the perfect opportunity to delight you with its incomparable and exquisite gastronomy.

  • Admire the beautiful Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Chinon, Amboise and Chenonceau castles.
  • Tour the Sentier de Grande Randonnee 3 – GR3, from Chinon to Amboise.
  • Stroll along the banks of the River Cher until you reach Leonardo da Vinci's former residence in Amboise.
  • Enjoy delicious local cuisine and premium wines.
  • Walk along rural trails and in beautiful medieval cities.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in hotels and cottages
    • Breakfasts
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Baggage transfer service between stages
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Entrance to castles and other attractions
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Unspecified meals
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Personal equipment
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    To get to the starting point of this walking holiday through the Loire Valley, the best option is to take a flight to Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris.

    From there, you can go by high-speed train to Saint Pierre des Corps (2 hours) and from there take a local train to Chinon (1h 30m).

    When you've finished your journey, from Amboise you can head by train to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

    FAQs

    This route is of low difficulty. Daily routes have a distance ranging from 13.5 to 20 km (8.4 to 12.4 miles). Ascents and descents are minimal, which makes the route more agile. You'll walk on rural trails and paved paths and, on some occasions, share paths with cyclists.

    During the afternoons, you will have time to get to know the cities and castles.

    You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to the next property.

    The detailed information will be sent to you once you make the reservation. In it you will find a specific list of items, among which are good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a backpack.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    We suggest you book once you have decided your plans in order to ensure the best accommodation options.

    We recommend that the minimum age of the traveller be 5 years old.

    Yes, this is a requirement when you book with us. It's important that this insurance covers your activities, emergency evacuation, and hospital care.