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Loire Valley Walking Tour

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Listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, the Loire Valley offers so many chateaux, mansions, churches, and abbeys that a visitor can't possibly see it all in one trip!
France
Food & Wine
Walking & Hiking
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Highlights

6 nights accommodation in charming hotels

Wine tasting at Les Caves Duhard in Amboise

Explore the town of Blois, built on a hill overlooking the Loire River

Discover the famous Chateaux de Blois, Chambord, Chaumont and many more!

On this walking tour starting from Blois you will travel past the picturesque city of Amboise. Visit numerous castles and historical sites including the famous chateaux de Blois, Chambord, Chaumont, Amboise and Chenonceau! On your way you will walk along the Loire river and through many beautiful villages of the Loire Valley. The level of this hiking tour is quite casual so you can enjoy the beauty of the Valley while walking.

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Included

1 night in Blois at Hotel Mercure Blois Centre - 4*
1 night in Bracieux at Hotel de la Bonnheure - 2*
1 night in Ouchamps at Le Relais des Landes - 4*
2 nights in Amboise - Le Clos D'Amboise - 4*
1 night in Chenonceaux at Le Bon Laboureur - 4*
9 meals included - 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Orientation in person with local guide
Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
1 GPS for every 1-3 people
All luggage transfers
Comprehensive trip literature
Technical and emergency support available at all times

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Map
Loire Valley Walking Tour

Average / Day : Distance : 10.50 Km / 6.67 Miles - Elevation gain : 81.00 Meters

Loire Valley Walking Tour
Day 1
Blois

Arrive in Blois
Arrival in Blois, famous for its Royal Renaissance Chateau. Blois is a short train ride from Paris and has plenty to offer for your first night: pedestrian streets, 18th century stone bridge, Saint Louis Cathedral, shopping and restaurants. Since you are spending the night in Blois, do not forget to check if there is a Light and Sound show tonight (in English on Wednesdays!).

Overnight in Blois at Mercure Blois Centre

Blois
Blois Castle
Day 2
Blois → The Royal Château of Chambord → Village of Bracieux

Distance 1 : 6 Miles - 9 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 54 Meters 

This morning, our local guide will meet you at your hotel where you will have your orientation meeting. Then we will transfer you to one of the most recognizable Chateaux in France: Chateau de Chambord. You can visit the Chateau, walk around in the park, and then start your hike from Chambord to Bracieux through the forest. Stay in a charming hotel in Bracieux.

Chateau de Chambord: is one of the most recognizable castles in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture that blends traditional medieval forms with classical Italian structures. One of the architectural highlights is the spectacular double-helix open staircase that is the centerpiece of the castle. The two helices ascend the three floors without ever meeting, illuminated from above by a sort of light house at the highest point of the castle. There are suggestions that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed the staircase, but this has not been confirmed.

Overnight in Bracieux at Hotel de la Bonnheure.

Breakfast, Dinner
Blois → The Royal Château of Chambord → Village of Bracieux
Château de Chambord
Day 3
Village of Bracieux → The Château de Cheverny → Ouchamps

Distance 1 : 9 Miles - 14 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 85 Meters 

This hike will take you to Cheverny, another famous town because of its Chateau. The Chateau de Cheverny is an original jewel among the more famous monuments that stretch along the Loire Valley. The Renaissance style did not find its place in Cheverny, which is built in the purest Louis XIII style, distinguished by an extraordinarily symmetrical architecture.

Cheverny is primarily known for being an inspiration to Hergé, cartoonist and author of Tintin, who drew the castle in his comics as the Chateau de Moulinsart, home to Captain Haddock.

We transfer you at 3pm to your hotel in Ouchamps.

Overnight in Ouchamps at Hotel Le Relais des Landes.

Breakfast, Dinner
Village of Bracieux → The Château de Cheverny → Ouchamps
Château de Cheverny
Day 4
Ouchamps → Chaumont sur Loire → Amboise

Distance 1 : 6 Miles - 9 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 35 Meters 

In the morning, start your hike from the hotel and cross Chaumont sur Loire village rich in history and a perfect place for walking along the riverbanks. Each year the International Garden Festival is held in the castle park. Chaumont sur Loire is also known for its feudal castle dominating the valley.

After your visit of Chaumont, we will transfer you to Amboise, where you will stay tonight. Amboise has a lot to offer and plenty to visit: The Royal Castle, which introduced Italian-style architecture in the 15h and 16th centuries; Clos Luce: last residence of Leonardo Da Vinci, where you can see some of his many projects in different fields.

Overnight in Amboise at Hotel Clos d'Amboise.

Breakfast
Ouchamps → Chaumont sur Loire → Amboise
Loire Valley and Ambroise
Day 5
Amboise

Option 1 : 4 Miles - 6 Km  Option 2 : 6 Miles - 10 Km 

You have 2 hiking possibilities today to discover Amboise in details. Amboise has a lot to offer and plenty to visit: The Royal Castle, which introduced Italian-style architecture in the 15h and 16th centuries; Clos Luce: last residence of Leonardo Da Vinci, where you can see some of his many projects in different fields.


This evening a wine tasting is included in Amboise with a local wine maker. He keeps some aged bottles of wine; you might find you birthday bottle there! The wine tasting comes with local cheese.

Overnight in Amboise at Hotel Clos d'Amboise.

Breakfast
Amboise
Les Caves Duhard, Amboise
Day 6
Amboise → Chateau of Chenonceau → Chenonceaux

Distance 1 : 9 Miles - 15 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 150 Meters 

Start walking in the forest of Amboise and through farm villages. Then continue your walk to the Cher River and the famous Chateau of Chenonceau, built by Henry II in the 16th century over the Cher River; and then improved by Catherine de Medicis.

A gourmet dinner awaits you at your hotel tonight!

Overnight in Chenonceaux at Auberge du Bon Laboureur.

Breakfast, Dinner
Amboise → Chateau of Chenonceau →  Chenonceaux
Chateau of Chenonceau
Day 7
Chenonceau

Departure from Chenonceaux. You can take your time getting started in the morning to have breakfast and
depart at your leisure. Transfer back to Tours TGV station on your own.
 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Active Holiday Package

Walking Level Casual

Walking through a new region allows you to take in every aspect of that place. You hike at your own pace, stopping when you see something truly remarkable or if you simply want to rest and recharge. 

 

Loire Valley Walking Tour

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Food & Wine, Walking & Hiking
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Please note that pricing is based on a “from price” which varies on each departure and is subject to change without notice. Please contact our friendly team for exact pricing, availability, and upgrade options.

Our hotels or B&B provide amenities that are ideal for active vacations, located in easy walking distance to downtowns, restaurants and sightseeing. We prioritise family-owned, authentic accomodations over large chains. If the hotel advertised on our website is full, we will book you in another hotel similar in category.

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  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own. You will find all information needed with our team support in your roadbook.

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