Loire Valley – UNESCO castles to castles trek
With cities such as Orleans, Blois, Tours or Nantes, the Loire Valley offers an incredible quality of architectural heritage. Also known as the Gardens of France, Loire Valley is a great place to enjoy biological diversity, endless well kept forests (such as Forest of Amboise) and last but not least, its world class wines.
The Loire Valley is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, for its world-famous castles, such as the Château of Amboise, Château of Chambord or Château of Chenonceaux (“Château des Dames”), three of the most exceptional castles in France with Versailles but there are also lots of small castles you will see during these walking holidays like Leonardo da Vinci’s last home (Château du Clos Lucé).
The romantic representation of the Valley in the 19th century by writers and painters led to the Loire becoming a magnet for tourists, first from France, then Europe, and then in the 20th century the rest of the world. This interest in the scenic qualities of the Valley and its monuments encouraged efforts to preserve the heritage of the landscape, in the form of its monuments, its towns, its rural structure, it nature and gastronomy.
What is includedRoadbook (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps); accommodation and meals as mentioned, luggage transfers;
What is not includedOther meals and transfers, personal expenses;
Best periodApril, May, June, July, August, September, October
Day 1: Blois
Day 2: Blois to Chambord (walking: 17,5km/4h30)
Day 3: Chambord to Bracieux (hiking: 15.5km/4h00)
Day 4: Bracieux to Cheverny (walking: 18.5km/4h45)
Day 5: Cheverny to Fougères (hiking: 16km/4h45)
Day 6: Fougères to Thésée (walking: 19.5km/4h55)
Day 7: Thésée to Montrichard (hiking: 15.5km/4h25)
Day 8: Montrichard