Wed 11 Jul 2018: A 6 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to the Gardens of Loire in France with door to door pick up with Johnsons CoachesBook Now
The Loire Valley with its historic châteaux, vineyards, gardens and rolling countryside, is one of Frances loveliest and most interesting regions. We visit the Châteaux at Ambois, Blois and at Chenonceaux, with its beautiful Catherine Medici Garden; enjoy a barge cruise and a wine tasting as we soak up the beautiful scenery and historic atmosphere, all from our base in the beautiful town of Tours.
Door to Door Service
Luxury Coach Travel
Return Channel Crossing
5 nights half board
Chartres Cathedral tour
Château of Blois
Château Royal dAmboise
To Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. We 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 reaching Tours and our hotel during the late afternoon.
We visit one of the world's most famous châteaux, Chenonceaux. 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. Our day includes a traditional barge for a 50-minute cruise on the River Cher, passing beneath the arches of the Château and time to explore the château and the glorious gardens including the Catherine Medici Garden and the Daine de Poitiers Garden.
This morning we travel to Blois, where 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. After a little free time in the town to explore the twisting medieval streets, historic buildings, pretty squares and cafés, we return for free time in Tours.
Today we travel to Amboise, the childhood home of Charles VIII and the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. The town is perched on the southern bank of the Loire and is overlooked by the magnificent 15th century château. 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 up through France, to Calais for the short sea crossing to Dover. Then it's homeward bound.
Novotel Tours Centre, Tours
Our modern four-star hotel is located in the centre of Tours, within walking distance of the main shopping street, as well as the excellent tramway system allowing easy travel down to the old town by the River Loire.
Small fitness room
En Suite Bedrooms
Wed 11 Jul Mon 16 Jul 2018
Tour Departs: 5.30am
Tour Returns: 9.00pm
Times are approximate
Twin/Double for Sole Use: £200
Holiday Insurance: £44.50 (IPT included)
This Tour is operated by & in conjunction with Woods Coaches of Bognor Regis.
Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain and Europe.
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