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Châteaux & Vineyards

Stroll between the Loire’s finest châteaux
Starting point:

Hotel de Biencourt, Azay-le-Rideau, for two nights.

Day 1
Circular walk via Goupillières: 7km, 2hrs

Spend your day in Azay-le-Rideau visiting the splendid 16th-century château, one of the most important Renaissance buildings in France, and exploring the streets of this charming town. In the afternoon, stroll across farmland and through woodland to Goupillières, where a series of cave dwellings have been set up as they would have been when they were inhabited in the Middle Ages.

Day 2
Azay-le-Rideau to Ussé: 13km, 4hrs

From Azay you are taken by taxi to the start of the walk near a small château with smart formal gardens. You set out through open fields, orchards and the occasional vineyard, walking alongside a poplar-lined small river, looking out for herons and other water birds. As you approach your destination – and your inn, the Le Clos d’Ussé – you are rewarded with lovely views of Ussé's fairy-tale château.

Day 3
Ussé to Chinon: 18km, 5hrs

We recommend that you start the day by visiting Ussé’s beautifully furnished and very romantic château, thought to have been the inspiration for Perrault’s tale of Sleeping Beauty. Your walk begins with a gentle ascent away from the River Indre on which Ussé is located, after which you follow good tracks through a centuries-old hunting forest towards Chinon. The last section is along an ancient trail along the escarpment above the River Vienne that formed the main approach to Chinon in the Middle Ages and is dotted with troglodytic dwellings. Your hotel for the next two nights is the Hotel de France, located in the Old Town.

Day 4
Free day to explore Chinon

Surrounded by high walls, Chinon's Old Town contains winding streets of half-timbered medieval houses that lead down to river. You can while away your time in the picturesque main square; visit museums dedicated to Joan of Arc and Richard I; explore the vast 12th-century fortress, or enjoy a wander round the wine museum.

Day 5
Chinon to Fontevraud: 17km, 5hrs

From Chinon, you walk along the willow-lined banks of the River Vienne, before crossing rolling pastureland and woodland to historic Fontevraud, and La Croix Blanche for two nights.

Day 6
Circular walk around Fontevraud: 8km, 2.5hrs
Circular walk via Candes-St-Martin: 14.5km, 4.5hrs

You can spend your last day in a variety of ways. The village is famed for its magnificent abbey which houses the tombs of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard, 'coeur de lion', among others, and is well worth a leisurely visit.
Alternatively, you can opt for one of two suggested walks into the surrounding countryside. The first is a gentle stroll though the woodland around Fontevraud; while a longer route takes you through farmland to the idyllic village of Candes-St-Martin where vineyards produce the refreshing and delicious wines of Touraine and Anjou.

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