Sat 29 Jul 2017: Join Johnsons Coaches for a 7 Day coach holiday to the Loire Valley with its historic chateaux, vineyards, gardens and rolling countryside
The Loire Valley with its historic châteaux, vineyards, gardens and rolling countryside, is one of Frances loveliest and most interesting regions.
Your Tour Includes:
Door to door pick up service
On-board courier service
Return ferry crossing from Dover/Calais
6 nights half board
Chartres Cathedral Tour
Château of Blois
Château Royal dAmboise
Chateau de Chenonceau
Not Included: All lunches
We head for Dover and the ferry crossing to Calais. We then travel across France to our overnight hotel in Lisieux, in the heart of the Normandy countryside. We enjoy a welcome drink on arrival.
Leaving Lisieux after breakfast, we travel to Chartres, a beautiful town of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, dominated by the two-spired Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres. We have a one-hour tour of the cathedral before free time in the town. In the afternoon we continue our journey south reaching Orléans and our hotel late afternoon.
We visit the Chateau de Chenonceau. Set in 70 hectares of park with landscaped gardens and forests on either side of the River Cher, the château with its stylised moat, turrets and 16th Century towers is everything a fairy-tale castle should be. We begin in Chisseaux, boarding a traditional barge for a 50-minute cruise on the River Cher, passing beneath the arches of the Château. We then have time to explore the château and the glorious gardens including the Catherine Medici Garden and the Daine de Poitiers Garden.
A free day to relax and enjoy Orléans.
This morning we travel to Blois, on the northern bank of the Loire. Stroll among the twisting medieval streets, historic buildings, pretty squares and cafés. In the afternoon we visit the Royal Château of Blois, the handsome former seat of the dukes of Orléans, and residence to seven kings and ten queens of France.
Today we travel to Amboise, the childhood home of Charles VIII and the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. We move on to Vouvray, famous for its beautiful dry, semi-dry, sweet and sparkling wines, and enjoy a 45-minute wine cellar tour of Château Gaudrelle in the heart of the Loire Valley.
After an early start, we travel homewards arriving during the evening.
Mercure Orléans Centre
Our modern 4-star hotel is located on the banks of the Loire and within a 15 minute walk of the town centre. Le Chaland Restaurant is chic, modern and serves excellent French cuisine. The hotel has a pleasant terrace overlooking the outdoor pool, a fitness room and Wi-Fi throughout.
Duration, Dates & Price:
7 Day Tour
Saturday 29 July Friday 4 August 2017
£810 per person
Twin/Double for Sole User: £200
Holiday Insurance: £51
Tour Departs By: 5.00am n Returns By: 9.00pm n Times are approximate
This Tour is operated by & in conjunction with Woods Coaches of Bognor Regis.
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