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Walking tour in the Loire Valley From Chinon to Angers

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Self-guided walking tour in Loire valley. Independent gentle walking holidays along Loire river from Chinon to Angers to discover beautiful castles, gardens, abbeys and churches.

Listed as World Heritage site, The Loire Valley is one of the rare places in the world where one finds magnificent chateaux, mansions, churches and abbeys in such quantity. It shows the intense and rich spiritual and cultural life. as well as the art de vivre in the Loire Valley. In the midst of a reputable vineyard, and plunging into the waters of the river Vienne, lies the fortified city of Chinon where your tour starts. During your journey, you will visit Usse and its splendid ferrytale chateau, with its thousands of pinnacle turrets and skylight windows. You will then move to the famous Fontevraud Abbey and the chateau of Montsoreau on the banks of the Loire. You will leave the valley long enough to visit the chateaux of Montreuil-Bellay and Breze and then return to the Loire to find the city of Saumur, famous for the chateau and the equestrian school of Le Cadre Noir. Your journey will end at Angers, famous for its chateau, its cathedral and the Apocalyse tapestry.



Independent walking holidays.

DATES: April to October.
DEPARTURE: any day of the week.
DURATION: 6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS.
DIFFICULTY: Grade 1 – This tour is easy. No walk more than 17 km (10.5 miles) You will walk 4 or 5 hours at relaxed pace and spend time at places of interest along the route. Walking experience is not necessary as distances are short and the terrain is gentle. Everybody can walk this tour





  • walking tour
    from Chinon to Angers


    price per person / twin-share


    single supplement


    solo traveller



  • walks for
    discerning travellers


    1225 Euros / person


    295 Euros


    1646 Euros



  • walks for
    budget travellers


    970 Euros / person


    245 Euros


    1322 Euros


Price includes:

6 nights accommodation in selected 2 & 3-star hotels
6 breakfasts - 2 gourmet dinners
Taxi transfers :Chinon-Rigny Usse, Chinon - Le Rivau, Chinon - Fontevraud, Candes St Martin - Fontevraud, Fontevraud - Montreuil Bellay, Breze - Saumur, Saumur - Angers.



These rates do not include:

Lunches, drinks, and sundries , Insurance for cancellation



To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.



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itinerary loire castles from Chinon to Angers

Day 1 - Arrival in CHINON

Visit of the old city dominated by the medieval castle. Some parts are dated back to the 17th C. The future king Charles VII has sought refuge in this town in 1418 during the Hundred Years War and Joan of Arc came here to acknowledge him as leader. Take time to discover the narrow and twisty lanes, the old houses and the churches.
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Day 2 - USSE – CHINON (17 km)

A taxi will take you to Rigny-Usse. The chateau of Usse is remarkable by its beauty. The roof ois unique with thousands of pinnacle turrets, chimneys, and skylights. After a visit of the chateau and admiring the magnificent cedars in the park, you will walk through the national forest of Chinon, the vineyards and arrive back in Chinon.
Lodging and breakfast in the same 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Day 3 - LE RIVAU – CHINON (14 km)

A taxi will bring you to the steps of the 13th century chateau of Le Rivau for a visit. After the tour, you will walk to the banks of the Vienne River and back to Chinon. Strolling through the city, you will discover the chateau, Old Chinon, Le Grand Carroi, many old homes and several churches. At the end of the day a taxi will escort you to Fontevraud for the night.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a charming 2-star hotel at Fontevraud or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Day 4 - FONTEVRAUD – CANDES SAINT MARTIN (16 km)

You will spend the morning visiting the Fontevraud Abbey, one of the largest abbeys in France. Built at the beginning of the 12th century, the abbey has housed a number of religious communities, both masculine and feminine. The religious life of the abbey came to an end during the Revolution. Napoleon I, converted the abeey in a prison in 1804. The abbey became public in 1963. You will leave the village and head through the vineyards for the banks of the Loire. The path crosses in front of the old windmill of La Herpiniere and descends towards the troglodytic village of Turquant. You will move on to Montsoreau and the chateau which now houses a museum dedicated to the colonial history of France. You will then arrive in Candes Saint Martin, a charming village located at the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers. The 12th century church was built on the very spot where Saint Martin died. Return by taxi to Fontevraud.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Day 5 - MONTREUIL BELLAY – BREZE – SAUMUR (12 km)

Transport by taxi to Montreuil-Bellay: lovely gardens, and beautiful collection of furniture. You will leave the village and follow the Thouet Valley to Breze and its chateau. In the depths of the chateau, in the underground halls, one finds a fortress and a lordly medieval residence. At the end of the day, a taxi will take you to Saumur where you will visit the old neighborhoods of the city, Saint Pierre and Notre-Dame-de-Nantilly churches.
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Saumur or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Day 6 - SAUMUR and ANGERS

The morning will begin with a visit of the chateau of Saumur, a squat fortress that overlooks the Loire Valley. Inside you will find several museums, including Les Arts Decoratifs, featuring Medieval and Renaissance art. Transport from Saumur to Angers by taxi. In Angers you will visit the old parts of the city and see beautiful ancient homes. The Saint Maurice Cathedral was built between the 12th and 13th century.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel in Angers or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)



Day 7 - ANGERS

You will spend the morning touring the chateau, a feudal fortress built by Saint Louis at the beginning of the 13th century. The Chateau hosts the famous Tenture de l’Apocalypse. Tour ends late morning.




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