|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||13 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Mar 1-Oct 31, 2014|
|Start city:||Blois, France|
|End city:||Amboise, France|
On this hiking tour, you begin from the prestigious Loire River and its Royal châteaux, hiking to the famous Touraine Vineyards. Along the way, you will pass the green Sologne forest.
Enjoy the richness of the Loire Valley area, and the combination of rich artistic, historical heritage and incomparable flavors!
Day 1: Arrival in Blois
Discover Blois, a town with typical pedestrian streets and its château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century.
Overnight in Blois.
Day 2: Blois - Bracieux (13 miles/21 km)
The day begins with departure for a walking stage through the forest, on the way to the pretty village Bracieux situated at the door of the Sologne area!
Overnight in Bracieux.
Day 3: Excursion to Chambord (13 miles/21 km)
Today is a walking excursion to the prestigious Château of Chambord, the widest Château of the Loire Valley, built under King Francis the First. On the way you pass the Forest Estate that covers more than 13,590 acres (5,500 ha).
Overnight in Bracieux.
Day 4: Bracieux - Chitenay (13 miles/21 km)
The walking stage today heads in direction of Cheverny well known for its Château, which is still inhabited by the owners and hunting traditions. You then continue to the typical and charming village of Chitenay.
Overnight in Chitenay.
Day 5: Choussy – Montrichard; transfer by taxi to Choussy (12 miles/19 km)
Leaving the Sologne area through the vineyards, you will reach the Cher Valley and the villages of Bourré and Montrichard. Surrounded by vineyards, these typical villages shelter incomparable underground sites. Among them is a mushroom bed installed in an old carrier where you can now discover the astonishing mushrooms cultivation.
Overnight in Montrichard.
Day 6: Excursion to Chenonceaux (13 or 15 miles/21 or 25 km)
Following the Cher river, this excursion will bring you to Chenonceaux, famous for its Renaissance chateau on the river and rooted in memories of famous ladies in French History: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.
Overnight in Montrichard.
Day 7: Montrichard - Amboise (14 miles/22 km)
Today you leave the Cher River to join the Loire River. You will cross the forest of Amboise before reaching the charming town of Amboise where you will have the opportunity to visit the Royal Château (where the most important Kings of France lived) or the Parc Leonardo Da Vinci, last home of Leonardo da Vinci sheltering an astonishing collection of models representing the fabulous inventions of this Renaissance genius.
Overnight in Amboise.
Day 8: Departure from Amboise
Daily: Mar 1-Oct 31, 2014
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: Hotel le Monarque, Blois
Days 2 and 3: Hotel L’Oree des Chateaux, Bracieux
Day 4: Auberge du Centre, Chitenay
Day 5 and 6: Hotel Croix Blanche, Montrichard
Day 7: Hotel le Blason, Amboise
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
This hiking/walking route follows paths through the forests and along rivers.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Paris, France
Nearest train station: Blois, France
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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.).
Any change to a confirmed booking will give rise to extra cost of: 40 euros per person.
For cancellation of a booking more than 30 days before the departure date, expenses will be payable on the following basis:
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