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The Loire Valley wine region Self-guided Walk

Reference: UT


  • Walk Through History and the French Valley of the Kings!
  • Rolling French Walking Through Famous Loire Wine Estates
  • Contrasting Ambiance of the Loire, Vienne, Cher and Indre Rivers and their Chateaux
  • Interesting Range of Accommodation


The Loire is France's valley of the kings, where you will find much of its history and see the great palaces and castles. It is the countryside that inspired Balzac, where Leonardo Da Vinci spent his retirement and where Joan of Arc fought some of the battles of the 100 years war. The Loire is also one of the major wine producing areas of France, and it also has the advantage of being a great centre for cuisine and historical monuments. The walking is hilly at times, but generally the mix of old pathways, farm and forest trails make for fairly gentle walking. Our tour links the great chateaux at Amboise, Chenonceau, Azay le Rideau, Villandry and Chinon with the great vineyards of Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur, and Anjou. The combination of walking, spectacular historical sites, the food and wines of the Loire, makes this walk full of interest and pleasure and an ideal place to start for those with a love of France or setting out on a walking holiday for the first time.

Trip Grading  - Moderate

Cost per person twin share accommodation form $2,050


  • Day 1 - Arrive Amboise
  • Day 2 -  Amboise to Chenonceau 15.5 km/10 miles, 3.5 h
  • Day 3 -  Chenonceau to Montbazon 27 km/16.7 miles, 6.5 h (Can be shortened)
  • Day 4 -  Montbazon to Azay-le-Rideau. Choice of walks
  • Day 5 -  Azay-le-Rideau to Chinon 27 km/17 miles, 7 h
  • Day 6 -  Chinon to Fontevraud 16 km/10 miles, 4 h
  • Day 7 -  Fontevraud to Saumur 20.5 km/12.8 miles, 5 h
  • Day 8 -  Arrangements end after breakfast

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation in a mixture of 2-3 & 5 star hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline
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