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The Loire Valley and its castles

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Saumur - Valençay - Loches - Amboise - Chenonceaux - Bourré - Amboise - Valençay

3 days
As often in Touraine, it is around a good table where it all begins. Animated the discussions resume the thread of history, the exploits of Jeanne d'Arc, until the alchemy born in the Renaissance...
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As often in Touraine, it is around a good table where it all begins. Animated the discussions resume the thread of history, the exploits of Jeanne d'Arc, until the alchemy born in the Renaissance of the encounter between French and Italian cultures.

The Castles, of course, have been mentioned: Chenonceau and its ladies, Amboise, Chambord ... And that's not counting the fortresses of medieval times, also at the heart of History: Chinon, Loches ...

And then we talk about nature ... colorful gardens, cherished by the pleasant climate of the Loire Valley, the last wild river in Europe, their unique and their fauna.

Day 1 Saumur - Valençay - Loches - Amboise

Appointment in Saumur. Arrival in Valençay late morning.
Lunch

Loches, guided tour of the city: the Royal Gate of the twelfth century, the church of Saint-Ours, which owes its reputation thanks to its nave and its originally carved portal, its ramparts and its old town.
Guided tour of the castle, royal house overlooking the valley of the Indre.
Dinner and evening folk dance with traditional instruments of Berry.   

Accommodation : HOTEL LE VINCI LOIRE VALLEY*** A AMBOISE
Other suggesting accommodation (Optional)  :  LES HAUTES ROCHES ****


Day 2 Amboise - Chenonceaux - Bourré - Amboise

Visit Castle of Chenonceau, which seems to have survived the centuries without suffering the ravages of time. Built over the river Cher, with its unique beauty reflected in the water, the castle of Chenonceau is one of the jewels of the Loire Valley. Outside, you discover the French gardens and the park that surrounds it, giving the place a graceful and delicate impression. Inside, you can admire the richness of its collections: Renaissance furniture, an important assembly of carpets of the XVIth and XVIIth centuries and numerous paintings of masters.
Lunch at restaurant
Promenade cruise on the Cher River which depart from Saint-Aignan.
In the way back, in Bourre, visit a place where mushroom grow or a place that you can explore how silkworm grow, livestock and cultivation from worms to become silk.


Accommodation : HOTEL LE VINCI LOIRE VALLEY*** A AMBOISE
Other suggesting accommodation (Optional)  :  LES HAUTES ROCHES ****


Day 3 Amboise - Valençay

Breakfast
Route to Castle of Valençay :  undoubtedly one of the most beautiful monuments of the Renaissance, which contains many souvenirs of Prince de Talleyrand. Audio tour of the castle: the salons, the apartments, dining room and free visit of the kitchens, office, cellar and the park.
End of the circuit after the lunch.   

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