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      Little Chateaux of the Loire
 
Little Chateaux of the Loire Historic châteaux, rambling estates, ancient cathedrals...

If it is a touch of French grandeur that you are after, then look no further than the glorious Loire Valley and this stylish 5-day break. Historic châteaux, sublime gardens, rambling estates, exquisite wines, delectable local cuisine and picture-perfect towns and villages all abound in this much loved region of France. Based directly on the Loire in the atmospheric city of Blois, your relaxed itinerary features some of the perhaps lesser known, but no less impressive, Châteaux of the region, with time to explore beautiful Blois itself from your centrally located hotel (10 minutes' walk from the cathedral).



      HIGHLIGHTS
     
   
  • Hotel for 4 nights with breakfast

  • Porterage

  • 2 included excursions as stated

  • Entrance Château Chaumont and Gardens

  • Entrance to Château

  • Wine tasting in Cheverny


      YOUR HOTEL
     
   

Mercure Blois Centre
Located in the heart of Blois, on Quai Saint Jean, the 4* Mercure Blois Centre is a few minutes' walk from the old town, Blois Château and the House of Magic, a realm of illusions and tricks of the magician Robert-Houdin, a famous son of the town. There is casual restaurant and a bar plus a small heated indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. 96 modern bedrooms all feature TV, minibar and tea / coffee making.



      YOUR ITINERARY
     
   

DAY 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Continue via the auto-routes of France to your base in Blois. Porterage is included. Bed & breakfast.

DAY 2 - 4 - At leisure in Blois with two included excursions. Bed & breakfast.
You will have a day to explore Blois itself - an utterly charming royal town, full of cobbled streets, paved squares, cafes and restaurants plus the gothic Cathedral, towering over the old town and the historic Château Royal de Blois, former palace and home to several French kings and queens (entrance not included).

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
Chaumont & Amboise
Enjoy a visit to the romantic Renaissance castle of Château de Chaumont, set in stunning landscaped grounds with remarkable views over the Loire Valley. The impressive gardens are a wonder to behold and every year visitors flock to the 'Festival des Jardins', a garden festival with up to 30 themed gardens, created by different landscape designers and artists bringing the château surrounds to life with colour and fragrance (entrance to the Château and gardens included). Continue along the Loire to the elegant town of Amboise with its own royal Château, which is also the final resting place of Leonardo do Vinci.

Cheverny with Wine Tasting
The wonderful Château de Cheverny has been home to the same family for more than six centuries (entrance to the house and gardens included). It exudes an intimate charm and is one of the few fully furnished châteaux in the Loire Valley. The château is the inspiration behind Hergé's Marlinspike Hall as featured in the famous Tintin series (separate entrance to this exhibition not included). Cheverny is also well known for its huge pack of 100 hunting hounds who reside in the kennels. The visit to the château is followed by a tasting of some of delicious wines for which the Loire region has gained such an excellent reputation.

DAY 5 - After breakfast, travel back to Calais for the return Channel crossing and the journey home.

 

Photos:
2014 - ©Jean-François Souchard - ADT Touraine
2015 - ©Léonard de Serres - ATTCS
2014 - ©Léonard de Serre - ADT Touraine
2006 - ©Stevens Frémont - ADT Touraine



 
Departure DateTour RefHotelBrochure PriceWeb PriceDaysSingle SupptAvailable 
Sun 02-Jul-2017CLV0702 1Mercure Blois Centre£399.00  £384  5£155.00 4
Sun 24-Sep-2017CLV0924 1Mercure Blois Centre£399.00  £384  5£155.00 10+
 
 
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