|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||12 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Mar 1- Oct 31, 2014.|
|Start city:||Tours, France|
|End city:||Saumur, France|
An incomparable journey through the vineyards of Touraine and Saumur, passing via many sumptuous châteaux and medieval towns dotted along the way.
Enjoy a walk through an authentic rural environment along typical countryside lanes that the only Loire Valley area can offer.
Day 1: Arrival in Tours
You will have the opportunity to visit the heart of the city, especially the old quarters including the famous ‘Place Plumereau’ with its half-timbered house and the gothic cathedral.
Overnight in Tours.
Day 2: Villandry – Azay le Rideau (11 miles/17 km)
Transfer by taxi to Villandry
Do not hesitate to visit in Villandry the famous Gardens ‘à la française’, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed terraces ! This stage will bring you to the Indre Valley passing via Azay le Rideau and its Renaissance château: a jewel in a wonderful setting of water and green!
Overnight in Azay le Rideau.
Day 3: Rigny Ussé - Chinon (12 miles/19 km)
Transfer by taxi to Rigny Ussé
From Ussé and its château of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which inspired Perrault to write hid famous novel, departure through Chinon Forest to the medieval city of Chinon built on the edge of the Vienne river and famous for its red wine well appreciated by François Rabelais.
Overnight in Chinon.
Day 4: Excursion around Chinon (11 miles/17 km)
An excursion through the vineyards of Chinon where you will have the opportunity to enter and visit numerous cellars, without forgetting to taste this famous red wine of course!
Overnight in Chinon.
Day 5: Chinon – Fontevraud (11 miles/17 km)
Leave Chinon following the Vienne river to reach Fontevraud, well-known for its amazing Abbey which is the largest monastic city remaining in Europe.
Day 6: Excursion to Montsoreau (9 miles/14 km)
Excursion towards Montsoreau, a charming village on the Loire river, where you will have the possibility to visit incomparable troglodyte sites become mushroom beds installed in an old carrier where before were extracted the “tuffeau” stone.
Day 7: Turquant - Saumur (7 miles/11 km)
Transfer by taxi to Turquant
Departure from Turquant for a stage through the vineyards of ‘Saumur’ and ‘Saumur-Champigny’ towards Saumur, a nice historical town overlooked by its imposing château.
Overnight in Saumur.
Day 8: Departure from Saumur
Daily: Mar 1- Oct 31, 2014.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Le Mirabeau, Tours
The old mansion is located in the heart of the city of Tours. The rooms are modernly decorated intertwined with the antique charm of the mansion.
Day 2: Le Biencourt, Azay Le Rideau
The hotel is housed in a former 18th century building. The rooms are decorated in demure neutral tones for a peaceful environment.
Day 3 and 4: Hotel le Diderot, Chinon
The family run mansion is beautifully decorated in rich warm tones and provides the perfect atmosphere for rest and relaxation.
Days 5 and 6: Hotel Croix Blanche, Fontevraud L’Abbaye
The charming hotel is located in an 16th century building and offers modern conveniences. Be sure to enjoy the relaxing patio while eating breakfast.
Day 7: Hotel Kyriad, Saumur
Located in the center of Saumur, the hotel provides 29 rooms that are crisply decorated in whites and neutral tones creating a peaceful ambiance.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
This hike/walk takes you through vineyards and medieval towns. It follows some river paths.
Nearest airports: Paris airports
Nearest train station: Tours
Nearest airports: Paris airports
Nearest train station: Saumur
Transfers are available from the main Paris airports, prices are per direction (must be made at time of booking).
CDG to Tours
1 to 3 people: €390
4 to 6 people: €420
6 to 8 people: €440
Orly to Tours
1 to 3 people: €335
4 to 6 people: €385
6 to 8 people: €400
Public Holidays and Sundays: €22 surcharge
9pm to 5am departure: €19 surcharge
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Loire Valley Travel has been organising cycling and walking tour packages in a large number of French regions and making its exclusive skills available to you for more than 20 years.
From 3 days to two weeks, our fully inclusive tours and trips allow you to take advantage of our France’s most beautiful regions on cycling tours . You are free to program the visits of sites as you please. Programs adapted to your own rhythm !
With experience and detailed local knowledge, our team ensures your comfort by selecting the best private hotels, where you will be constantly reminded that you are in a region where well-being and living well are key concepts!
When you book one of our tours, you can be sure of the tranquillity of an organised holiday planned down to the last detail before you leave (hotel reservations, luggage transfers, detailed itinerary and maps). Once you arrive, you have all the time you want to complete each day’s itinerary in total freedom and at your own pace, stopping where you like - you can choose from among the various sites suggested along your route depending on your interests (culture, cuisine, vineyards etc.).
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