driving holidays in the loire valley




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2018 SELF DRIVE HOLIDAYS in the Loire valley
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Self- drive holidays in The Loire Valley from 477 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".


2018 loire valley 5 & 8 day self-drive tours.

your itinerary at a glimpse

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.



Loire valley 5 day itinerary, click here
Loire & chateaux 8 day itinerary, click here.



  • Amboise

  • Angers

  • Chambord

  • Chenonceau

  • Cheverny

  • Clos Luce

  • Langeais

  • Montsoreau

  • Sully


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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.

Chateaux in Loire Valley: 5 day package

Tour begins at Blois and finishes in Angers.

VALUE** (2* Hotels): 477 Euros / person
accommodations in 2-star family-run hotels handpicked for you and very often listed in Tourist French guides as Red Michelin or Gault et Millau guides.

GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 552 Euros / person
Day 1 – Blois – Hôtel Ibis (website)
Day 2 – Amboise – Le Vinci Loire Valley (website)
Day 3 – Fontevraud – Hostellerie de la Croix Blanche (website)
Day 4 – Saumur - Hôtel Adagio (website)

DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 1061 Euros / person
Day 1 – Cheverny – Château du Breuil (website)
Day 2 – Amboise – Le manoir des Minimes (website)
Day 3 –Langeais – Château de Rochecotte 4* (website)
Day 4 – Saumur – Hôtel Saint Pierre (website)

PRESTIGE 4/5* Chateaux-Hotels: 1357 Euros / person
Day 1 – Onzain – Domaine des Hauts de Loire 4* (website)
Day 2 – Amboise –Le Choiseul 4* (website)
Day 3 –Langeais – Château de Rochecotte 4* (website)
Day 4 – Saumur –Château de Verriéres 5* (website)


The Loire & Chateaux. 8 day package

Tour begins at Gien and finishes in Angers.

VALUE** (2* Hotels): 840 Euros / person (twin share)
Accommodations in 2-star family-run hotels handpicked for you and very often listed in Tourist French guides as Red Michelin or Gault et Millau guides

GREAT COMFORT*** (3* Hotels): 1357 Euros / person (twin share)
Day 1 – Orléans – l’Hôtel d’Orléans (website)
Day 2 – Blois – Hôtel Ibis (website)
Day 3 – Amboise – Le Vinci Loire Valley (website)
Day 4 – Tours – Mercure Tours Nord (website)
Day 5 – Fontevraud – Hostellerie de la Croix Blanche (website)
Day 6 – Saumur - Hôtel Adagio (website)
Day 7 – Angers – Hôtel du Mail (website)

DELUXE**** (3/4* Chateaux-Hotels): 2360 Euros / person (twin share)
Day 1 – Orléans – l’Hôtel d’Arc (website)
Day 2 – Blois – Hôtel Mercure (website)
Day 3 – Amboise – Le manoir des Minimes (website)
Day 4 – Tours – Château Balmont (website)
Day 5 – Fontevraud – Le Prieuré (website)
Day 6 – Saumur – Hôtel Saint Pierre (website)
Day 7 – Angers – Château des Briottiéres (website)

PRESTIGE*****(4/5* Chateaux-Hotels): 2542 Euros / person (twin share)
Day 1 – Romorantin - Grand hôtel du Lion d’Or 4* (website)
Day 2 – Onzain – Domaine des Hauts de Loire 4* (website)
Day 3 – Amboise –Le Choiseul 4* (website)
Day 4 – Rochecorbon – Les Hautes Roches 4* (website)
Day 5 & 6 – Chinon – Le château de Marcay 4* (website)
Day 7 – Angers –Château de Noirieux 4* (website)




self drive holiday in the loire valley


5-day and 4-night self drive holiday
Most beautiful chateaux in Loire valley

Day 1 : Discovery tour of Blois – visit of Chambord and Cheverny castles.
Day 2 : visit of Chenonceaux and Chaumont castles – Tour of Amboise, visit of the royal, chateau, the Clos Lucé manor and Chanteloup pagoda at the edge of the forest.
Day 3 : To day you will visit - the Villandry castle and its famous Renaissance gardens – the medieval castle of Langeais – the elegant Azay le Rideau chateau buit on an island in the middle of the Indre river – the Ussé castle or Sleeping Beauty’s chateau since it is said to have inspired Charles Perrault.
Day 4 : you will visit the Saumur castle which overlooks the Loire river. Then you will follow the Loire banks to discover the Romanesque church of Cunault and admire some great landscapes along the famous corniche angevine before visiting some beautiful chateaus as Serrant and Plessis Bourré.
Day 5 : Visit of the Saumur castle which overlooks the Loire river - Tour of Angers, its fortified castle, the Saint Maurice cathedral and the famous medieval master piece the tapestry of Apocalyse.


self drive holiday - the loire and the chateaux


8-day & 7-night tour from gien to angers

Day 1: Loire upriver from Orleans – in this first day you will tour some chateaus and historic monuments , Gien dominated by its red-bricked castle, the medieval fortress of Sully sur Loire, Saint Benoit sur Loire basilica and Orleans, one of the oldest towns in France.
Day 2: Visit of Chambord and Cheverny castles, walking discovery tour of Blois and its chateau.
Day 3: Visit of Chaumont castle and its gardens. Tour of Amboise, visit of the royal, chateau, the Clos Lucé manor and Chanteloup pagoda at the edge of the forest.
Day 4 : Visit of Chenonceau castle and walking discovery tour of the old city of Tours.
Day 5: To day you will visit - the Villandry castle and its famous Renaissance gardens – the medieval castle of Langeais – the elegant Azay le Rideau chateau buit on an island in the middle of the Indre river – the Ussé castle or Sleeping Beauty’s chateau since it is said to have inspired Charles Perrault.
Day 6 : the day will start with the tour of the medieval city of Chinon dominated by a fortress. You will discover Candes St Martin, a quaint village along Loire river and Montsoreau castle before reaching and tour the Fontevraud abbey, which was one of the vasted monastical ensembles of the Christian world. You will tour the fortified city of Montreuil-Bellay.
Day 7 : you will visit the Saumur castle which overlooks the Loire river. Then you will follow the Loire banks to discover the Romanesque church of Cunault and admire some great landscapes along the famous corniche angevine before visiting some beautiful chateaus as Serrant and Plessis Bourré.
Day 8 : Tour of Angers, its fortified castle, the Saint Maurice cathedral and the famous medieval master piece the tapestry of Apocalypse


bon voyage !


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