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Walk at your own pace from one hotel of character to the next on a non-group,self-guided walking holiday in the Loire. We transfer your luggage, and supply you with our highly reliable route notes, leaving you free to enjoy the graceful châteaux.
The Loire was once the playground of kings, and their legacy – elegant châteaux and a rich history – mean that walking holidays in the Loire are about more than walking. These being Slow holidays, we encourage you to visit the châteaux that you pass, and perhaps the odd vineyard, too – you’re not part of a group, and have no luggage (we transfer your bags to the next hand-picked hotel), so make the most of it, following our trusted route notes at your own pace.
Probably the main motive for choosing a Loire Valley walking holiday is the châteaux, so we’ve designed our Châteaux & Vineyards route so that it takes in several: romantic Azay-le-Rideau, turreted Ussé, formidable Chinon and small but perfectly formed Montsoreau. You’ll also have chance to visit ancient cave dwellings, museums and Fontevraud Abbey.
To give you a good idea of how we can tailor our trips to your individual requirements, take a look at the section of the website specifically devoted to travellers from outside the UK.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to get the low-down on Inntravel holidays from someone who has first-hand experience, you can email Phil Wise. Based in California, Phil has taken many trips with us over the years, and will be happy to give you general information about travelling to Europe and the overall Inntravel holiday experience from an American perspective.
Is our walking holiday in the Loire right for you?
If you’re looking for a particularly easy walking holiday, the Loire Valley is an excellent choice, as the terrain is generally flat and the distances reasonably short, plus you needn’t walk every day if you prefer not to. To be sure that it is right for you, check our grading system below.
Generally easy walking with few ascents / descents, but perhaps the occasional long day.
Easy-to-moderate walking with some ascents / descents, and occasional longer days.
Moderate walking on varied terrain, with some long days and regular ascents / descents.
Moderate-to-challenging walking on more rugged terrain with significant ascents / descents on most days. Compass skills may be required (check the individual holiday).
Challenging hikes, featuring long days with significant ascent / descent on challenging terrain. Compass skills may be required.
Choice of easier or harder routes, so that you can tailor most days to your requirements.
What to expect from your walking holiday in the Loire
Enchanting landscapes; delightful hotels chosen by us for their hospitality; and flavoursome local cuisine. These are the hallmarks of Inntravel holidays, and our walking holidays in the Loire are no different. We’ll ensure you get the most out of your walking holiday.
Extensive route information
On an Inntravel walking holiday you can depend on our detailed, comprehensive route notes. Distilled from many years’ experience, brimming with up-to-date local information, think of our route notes as your portable and reliable guide. No need to spend precious time planning routes – simply set off and enjoy the views!
The advantage of independence
With Inntravel, unlike travelling with a group, you can stay in charming small hotels and set your own timetable each day. You’re also free to choose a start date that suits you, to extend your holiday if you wish, and to decide how to travel and from where – we’re happy to handle plane, ferry or train bookings for you.
The walking specialists
We’ve been seeking out the finest routes in Europe and beyond since 1984. If you’ve travelled with us before, you’ll already appreciate our knowledge and expertise. If you are new to Inntravel and have a question about walking holidays, please get in touch. Our friendly experts are waiting to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.