Châteaux of the Loire Valley

With an enviable location our hotel, in the centre of the regional capital of Tours, provides the perfect base for our new packaged tour. As well as visits to the beautiful castles in the area and wine tasting, we also include an elegant dining experience in a château overlooking the stunning Loire Valley.

Laura says…
“The Novotel Tours Centre is in a fantastic location and just a short walk away from the traditional Old Town, where you can experience the local culture and an array of bars and restaurants.”
Day 1 Arrival
Upon arrival at our hotel, we enjoy a refreshing welcome drink whilst our bags are taken to our rooms.

Day 2 Château de Villandry & Chinon 101km/63 mile round trip
Today we have a relaxing day that commences with a short drive to the beautiful gardens in the grounds of Château de Villandry. Whilst the château itself is impressive, Villandry is set apart by its beautiful gardens created at the beginning of the 20th century. Don’t miss the varied sections of the Renaissance Garden within this World Heritage Site. After our visit we will travel the short distance to the medieval town of Chinon, one of the most famous wine-growing towns in the region. We will enjoy free time within the town by the river before visiting one of the cellars nearby to take part in some wine tasting. We then return to our hotel later in the afternoon.

Day 3 Tours & Dinner in Château Driver’s Day Off ~ 88km/56 mile round trip (evening)
We have today free to explore the regional capital, Tours, at our leisure. With its impressive old town by the river, churches and excellent shopping, there is plenty to enjoy. We recommend making use of the excellent tram system or there is also an interesting road train tour that runs regularly from the tourist office, just a 3 minute walk from our hotel. In the evening, we will board our coach for the short journey to Château de Rochecotte overlooking the valley, where we will experience an unforgettable dinner in the most elegant of surroundings. What better way to round off a leisurely day?! After our dinner, we return to our hotel for the night.

Day 4 Châteaux Chaumont & Chenonceau 101km/63 mile round trip
This morning we make our way to the renowned Garden Show at Château Chaumont in a beautiful setting overlooking the Loire. Every year the hugely impressive gardens are recreated in different themes by designers and landscape artists, bringing the surroundings of the château to life. In the afternoon, we continue to perhaps the most impressive of all the châteaux, Chenonceau. The château has a dramatic history of intrigue and is possibly most famous for its connection with the French Royal family and Catherine de Medici. Its dramatic position across the River Cher also makes it one of the most iconic locations in the whole of France.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we bid a fond farewell to our hotel and begin our journey home.

Novotel Tours Centre

Tours, Loire Valley
AAA+ Central Location
This modern 4 star hotel is undergoing renovation in 2017 to further enhance its product. With an exceptional location in the centre of Tours, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the main shopping street, as well as the excellent tramway system permitting easy travel down to the old town by the River Loire. All of the 105 bedrooms are of a good size with modern facilities including air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a modern bar and ground floor restaurant. Coaches can drop off at the main entrance and parking is off-site at the end of the street, free of charge.

Novotel Tours Centre

Tours, Loire Valley
4 Nights Half Board
April - October 2018
(Selected Dates)
Twin from £445pp to £459pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £185

• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome soft drink on arrival
• 3 course set menu on arrival night
• Choice of menu on 2 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Château de Villandry Gardens
• Wine tasting in Chinon
• 3 course set menu dinner including 1/4l wine at Château de Rochecotte on 1 night
• Entrance to Châteaux Chaumont Garden Show
• Entrance to Châteaux Chenonceau
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Prices starting from...

£445 for 5 days

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Features of this tour

  • Entrance to Château de Villandry Gardens

  • Wine tasting in Chinon

  • 3 course set menu dinner including 1/4l wine at Château de Rochecotte on 1 night

  • Entrance to Châteaux Chaumont Garden Show

  • Entrance to Châteaux Chenonceau