driving holidays in the loire valley

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SELF DRIVE HOLIDAYS in the Loire valley
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Self- drive holidays in The Loire Valley from 450 Euros (twin-share).

One of France's true treasures and 'must see' is the World Heritage listed romantic Loire Valley. UNESCO bestowed the title on the region between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes; with its many majestic chateaux and picture-perfect villages, draped and emblazoned in vivid, colorful flowers, meld into the beautiful patchwork landscape of vineyards, sunflowers and wine caves etched into the hillsides. The sophisticated towns perch on the riverbanks of The Loire - all waiting for you to explore. The Loire oozes charm and is a perfect self-drive region of France to discover at your own pace.

Why choose a self-drive tour rather than car rental?

Renting a car in France is easy. You do not need assistance for that. However, getting suitable accommodation could be a challenge as well as knowing where to go and what to see. Our solution is a self-drive tour where all of this ( accommodation, tour guide and local knowledge) is provided. We can't do much about driving on the right, but we can make you feel more relaxed at the wheel with precise directions to follow, a list of places to visit and pre-booked quality accommodation every night, including where to park. Choosing one of our self-drive tour will allow you to see a lot without worrying or wasting any time. Each night, you will stay at a good hotel we have inspected and carefully selected for you.

Our self-drive wallet contains:

• One or several green Michelin guides (the best!) • Detailed maps of the region (scale 1cm = 1Km) • Iitinerary with distances, time & GPS bearing • A list of restaurants, shops, wine producers • Practical notes on "what to do and see".

loire valley 5 & 8 day self-drive tours.

your itinerary

The Loire itinerary takes you from castle to castle. Following the river Loire from Orleans, you will start by Gien dominated by its red-bricked castle, the medieval fortress of Sully sur Loire and the Saint Benoit sur Loire basilica. The following day, you will discover Chambord and Cheverny castles and visit Blois. On day 3, you will explore the castle of Chaumont and its gardens, Amboise and its castle, the Clos Lucé manor and Chanteloup pagoda at the edge of the forest. The next day, you will admire the majestic castle of Chenonceau and wander through the city of Tours. The visit of Villandry castle and its famous Renaissance gardens will be for the following day with the medieval castle of Langeais – the elegant Azay le Rideau chateau built on an island and Ussé, the castle which inspired Charles Perrault, the writer of Sleeping Beauty’s. You will start day 6 with a tour of the medieval city of Chinon dominated by a fortress. You will enjoy Candes St Martin, a quaint village along Loire River and Montsoreau castle before reaching the superb Fontevraud abbey. At the end of the day, you will tour the fortified city of Montreuil-Bellay. On day 7, you will visit the Saumur castle overlooking the Loire River, discover the Romanesque church of Cunault and stop at the chateaux of Serrant and Plessis Bourré. In Angers on your last day, you will visit Saint Maurice cathedral and Angers’ fortified castle hosting the famous medieval master piece the tapestry of Apocalypse. Welcome to the Chateaux Country!

Chateaux in Loire Valley: 5 day package from 450 Euros.

Tour begins at Blois and finishes in Angers.
VALUE** (2* Hotels): 450 Euros / person (twin share)
GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 537 Euros / person (twin share)
DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 1037 Euros / person (twin share)
PRESTIGE*****(4/5* Chateaux-Hotels): 1312 Euros / person (twin share)

The Loire & Chateaux. 8 day package from 807 Euros

Tour begins at Gien and finishes in Angers.
VALUE** (2* Hotels): 807 Euros / person (twin share)
GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 1369 Euros / person (twin share)
DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 2368 Euros / person (twin share)
PRESTIGE*****(4/5* Chateaux-Hotels): 2490 Euros / person (twin share)

NOTE: For your convenience, our prices include car rental. If you prefer to hire a car directly yourself, you are welcome to do so. Ask our consultant to quote the tour without the car.

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