Groups 5 Days from £499
Arguably the most stunning collection of palaces anywhere in the world, the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Châteaux of the Loire Valley offer of wealth of French and European royal history, architecture and art, surrounded by exquisite gardens, vineyards and charming towns.
■ Dinner, bed & breakfast
■ Hotel accommodation
■ All rooms ensuite
■ Private coach travel
■ Services of an experienced tour driver throughout your stay
■ Excursions from your resort*
* Entrances extra
Single Supplement Extra.
Holiday priced on 30 passengers.
Amboise was a fortified royal stronghold on the Loire and its ramparts remain impressive to this day. Leonardo da Vinci came here in 1515, spent the last years of his life and was buried at Amboise.
On the banks of the river Vienne, Chinon was a royal residence in the 12th century. King Henry II of England died here in 1189 and Joan of Arc stayed here in 1429. The fortified medieval castle stands on a rock dominating the small town of Chinon.
The château contains one of the finest medieval gothic halls in France. In the early 16th Century, King François I added a new wing, which is one of the finest pieces of Renaissance architecture in France.
Chenonceau is no doubt the most romantic of the Loire Chateaux due to its uniqueness, straddling the glistening waters of the River Cher.
The iconic French château, Chambord is also the biggest of the Loire châteaux. Designed as a hunting lodge for King François I, the castle is surrounded by a purely decorative moat.
A later addition, Cheverny was the first French château to open its doors to the public in 1922. It boasts 3 superb gardens, including the vast tulip garden, a must see in April with its 120,000 bulbs.
Recently reopened to the public after years of painstaking restoration, the château's new owners inherited a shell of a palace. Its rooms and gardens restored, this was the first Renaissance château in France, dreamt by Charles VIII in 1496 and housing the first Royal Orangery in France.
Grand Hotel Tours
The Grand Hotel Tours was built in 1927 by Maurice Boille and decorated by the famous architect Pierre Chareau. It is centrally located in the Loire Valley which makes it a prefect place to visit the castles of the Loire. To preserve the Art Deco of the Grand Hotel, it was recently renovated and upgraded to 4* standard.
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