Famous Châteaux of the Loire

The Loire Valley is the land of stunning châteaux, fine wines and spectacular scenery. We’ve pieced together a fabulous itinerary to take in some of the finest parts of the region, including wine tasting and lunch at Château du Rivau.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Château de Villandry & Rivau
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 Château et Jardins du Rivau where we enjoy a guided tour of the Château, before settling down to a picnic lunch including wine followed by a tasting of 3 wines. We spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the gardens.

Day 3 Tours & Amboise
Today we will travel to the nearby capital of the region, Tours. We will have free time at leisure to explore the delightful town of Tours, the regional capital. With its impressive old town by the river, beautiful tree-lined squares with half-timbered houses, narrow winding streets, churches and excellent shopping, there is plenty to enjoy. In the afternoon we will return to Amboise and visit the charming town where our hotel is based. We can wander the small streets of the town centre and marvel at the Trogoldyte cave dwellings that have been turned into houses and wine cellars. We could try some local wine and also visit the Clos Lucé Castle where Leonardo di Vinci spent his final years.

Day 4 Château Chaumont & Chenonceau
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 gardeners, bringing the surroundings of the château to life. In the afternoon, we continue to perhaps the most impressive of all, Château 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 begin our journey home.

Novotel Amboise

Amboise, Loire Valley
AAA+ Great Views
This 4* hotel is ideally located in an elevated, tranquil setting, overlooking Amboise, approximately 20 minutes on foot from the town centre and the banks of the Loire River. From the hotel’s terrace you can enjoy impressive views of Amboise Chateau and the beautiful Loire countryside beyond. All 121 bedrooms are of a good size with modern facilities including air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors.

Novotel Amboise

Amboise, Loire Valley
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £504pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £168

Dates available

• Welcome drink
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Buffet-style evening meals
• Entrance to Château de Villandry Gardens
• Guided tour of Château et Jardins du Rivau
• Picnic lunch including wine at Château et Jardins du Rivau
• Tasting of 3 wines at Château et Jardins du Rivau
• Entrance to Château de Chaumont
• Entrance to Château de Chenonceau
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