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Based on our guests' favourite visits over recent years, our classic Loire Valley tour lets you experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the region. The itinerary is as follows:

Day 1

If you are arriving by train, we collect you from Port Boulet - our local station - in the afternoon. After settling you into your accommodation, we will share a drink to chat about the next few days before you head out to a local restaurant for your first Loire Valley dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast, we will head for Chateau Chenonceau, built over the river Cher and known as the ladies chateau.  After your visit, we'll travel into Amboise for lunch.  In the afternoon you can choose to visit the chateau at Amboise or Chateau Clos Lucé, where Leonardo de Vinci lived, or let us take you on a guided tour, where you'll discover the history and hidden stories of this pretty town.  

Day 3

This morning we’ll visit a troglodyte village where we will take you on a private guided tour for you to learn the fascinating history of cave-dwellers in the Loire Valley.  Then we'll travel to Azay le Rideau; here you'll have time to enjoy lunch and either visit the newly renovated chateau or take a tour of the narrow streets and sites of the town. To finish the day, you'll visit Villandry -  famous for its magnificent gardens.

Day 4

Today we'll start at a local weekly market; browse the stalls for delicious local produce and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this traditional Loire Valley event.  Then to the medieval town of Chinon - you'll explore the town and the  fortress, which Joan of Arc visited in 1429. After lunch we'll take you on a private winery visit, then we'll end the day with a tour of Candes St Martin, one of the prettiest villages in France.

Day 5

This morning's first stop is  Fontevraud l'Abbaye where you have the choice of visiting the Abbey - the final resting place of Richard the Lionheart - or enjoy a guided heritage walk to learn more of the varied history of the town and abbey. Then we'll move onto Saumur, where you will have time to explore the town and have lunch.  To round off the day, we will take you on a private tour to see the production of Loire Valley sparkling wine and also a tasting.

Day 6 - departure after breakfast with transportation (if required) to Port Boulet station for your onward journey.

The itinerary may change slightly to the above depending on the time of year of your visit and the days of your tour – for example we will visit the market on the days they take place locally!

If your holiday plans mean you don't have time to enjoy the full Loire Valley tour, check out our short tour options. Or if you have special interests and would like to alter the itinerary, our tailor-made tours could be right for you.