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The inner courtyard of Blois Castle

The classics of the Loire valley

A trip to the heart of the greatest monuments of the Loire Valley
Description

DAY 1


Arrival in Blois in the early afternoon 

GUIDED TOUR OF THE ROYAL CASTLE OF BLOIS 15H00
One of the most prestigious testimonies of architecture by its 4 facades of different styles, commissioned by the kings of France.

BY CARRIAGE YOU WILL GO FOR A PANORAMIC TOUR OF BLOIS WITH A TASTING BREAK (DURATION 1H15) - 17H00
From the castle square you will ride in the district of the Church of St Nicolas, the quays of the Loire and the Jacques Gabriel bridge. Then you will reach the left bank of the Loire and the Aître Saint Saturnin. In this magnificent 16th century cloister, strewn with Renaissance lapidary warehouses, you will enjoy a break and tasting of local products and wines with a breathtaking view of Blois. The carriages will bring you back to the castle square.

FREE TIME - HOTEL ACCOMMODATION - DINNER
SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW AT THE ROYAL CASTLE OF BLOIS "SO BLOIS IS TOLD TO YOU" IN THE EVENING.

You will be placed in the heart of the castle's courtyard and in turn the facades will be illuminated with illustrations telling the story of French history, in which Blois holds the first place.

From April 6 to September 23, 2019, except June 21 and July 13 

HOUSING


DAY 2


BREAKFAST
APPOINTMENT WITH THE GUIDE AT THE HOTEL FOR THE DAY 9:00 AM
VISIT OF THE CASTLE OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU 10H00

Built on an island in the middle of the Indre River, its architecture is a perfect combination of French Gothic style elements and features borrowed from Italian art.

VISIT OF THE VILLANDRY GARDENS WHICH RESTORE THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE GARDENS
The water garden, on the upper level, in a vast cloister of lime trees.
The pleasure garden with its gardens of love, music and singles
The ornamental vegetable garden forms a multicoloured checkerboard.


LUNCH IN A RESTAURANT IN VILLANDRY 13H00


VISIT OF THE AMBOISE CASTLE 16H00
A real fortress built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the orders of Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I, it houses a superb collection of furniture. Panoramic gardens with a view of the Loire and Saint-Hubert chapel where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. 

BACK TO BLOIS - 6PM
DINNER AT THE HOTEL AND ACCOMMODATION


DAY 3


BREAKFAST & DEPARTURE TO THE VALLEY OF THE CHER 9H00


CRUISE ON THE CHER FROM CHISSEAUX 10H00
Discover the charm of the Cher Valley during a guided tour of the history of inland navigation. The highlight of the visit: a breathtaking view of the Château de Chenonceau.

VISIT OF A CELLAR 11H15
In the hollow of the galleries dug in the cliffs of Tuffeau de la Vallée du Cher, you will discover the different stages of traditional elaboration then a wine tasting will be proposed to you.

LUNCH IN A RESTAURANT 13:00


FREE VISIT OF THE CASTLE OF CHENONCEAU 15H30
Château des Dames, located on the Cher river. You will visit the apartments of Catherine de Médicis, François I and Louis XIV. By going to the terraced gardens you will have an exceptional view of the castle.

END OF OUR SERVICES 17:00

The price includes
  • Two nights and breakfasts in a double room
  • Meals included in the 1/4 wine program
  • Entrances and visits to the program
  • The Sound & Light show at the Château de Blois
  • The services of a guide on the 2nd day
  • City tour by carriage with tasting
  • The cruise on the Cher river (subject to authorization of navigation)
  • Visiting cellars and tasting
  • The tourist tax
The price does not include
  • The transport
  • Personal expenses
  • Single room supplement for the stay: hotel** 56 €, hotel*** 72 €, hotel****** 92 €
  • The supplement guide Day2 per person: Sunday 4 €/pers, holiday 7 €/pers
Validity

Valid from January 01 to December 31, 2019

Useful information

- 220km circuit

- Free for the driver

- In 2019, the following sites will offer activities for the "500 years of rebirth" in the Loire Valley: the castles of Blois, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Amboise, Chenonceau. Please contact our service for more information.

2 stars hotel: 311€ /person
3 stars hotel: 345€ /person
4 stars hotel: 397€ /person