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Châteaux & Vineyards

Stroll between the Loire’s finest châteaux
 
Visit some of the region’s most romantic châteaux as you set out on relaxed, self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking with your luggage transported. On your picturesque and leisurely walks you may also appreciate pauses for wine-tastings!
Châteaux & Vineyards. 7 nights
Châteaux & Vineyards. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Loire past châteaux

West of Tours, the Loire and its many tributaries meander through the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Park, an area of vineyards, rolling farmland, hunting forests and limestone cliffs into which curious troglodytic dwellings have been carved. Crowning these picturesque landscapes are some of the Loire’s most splendid châteaux, from elegant Renaissance palaces such as that of Azay-le-Rideau to sturdy fortresses like that of Chinon.
As the walking, accessible to all, is relaxed and leisurely, you have time to visit both these châteaux on this holiday, as well as the château at Ussé, the abbey at Fontevraud and other places of interest such as vineyards and mushroom caves (pay locally in all cases).
 
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Itinerary

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  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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  • Arrival in Azay-le-Rideau

    Night 1: at Hotel de Biencourt (the first of two nights here).

    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Free day in Azay-le-Rideau
    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.

    Circular walk from Azay-le-Rideau: 7.5km, 2hrs
    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.
    Circular walk from Azay-le-Rideau: 7.5km
    Track through farmland around Azay-le-Rideau
  • Azay-le-Rideau to Ussé: 13.5km, 4.5hrs
    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.
    Azay-le-Rideau to Ussé: 13.5km
    Fairy-tale château at Ussé
  • Ussé to Chinon: 17.5km, 5.5hrs
    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.
    Ussé to Chinon: 17.5km
    Track beside the vines en route to Chinon
  • Free day in 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.
    Around Chinon - Chinon Old Town
  • Chinon to Fontevraud: 16.5km, 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.
    Chinon to Fontevraud: 16.5km
    Quiet countryside en route to Fontevraud
  • Free day in Fontevraud
    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 could opt for one of our two suggested walks into the surrounding countryside:

    Circular walk from Fontevraud: 8km, 2.5hrs
    The first walk is a gentle stroll though the woodland around Fontevraud.

    Circular walk via Candes-St-Martin: 14.5km, 4.5hrs
    This 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.
    Enjoy a circular walk via pretty Candes-St-Martin
    Circular walk from Fontevraud: 8km
    Circular walk via Candes-St-Martin: 14.5km
 

Accommodation

The four pleasant hotels which feature on this holiday all provide comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome.
 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Apr 2019 £930 £305
    25 Apr - 23 May 2019 £975 £305
    24 May - 24 Sep 2019 £1015 £315
    25 - 30 Sep 2019 £975 £305
    1 - 24 Oct 2019 £930 £305
    3rd & 4th person discount -£80
    Single traveller supplement £80

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 01 April 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Apr 2019 £1135 £305
    25 Apr - 23 May 2019 £1180 £305
    24 May - 24 Sep 2019 £1220 £315
    25 - 30 Sep 2019 £1180 £305
    1 - 24 Oct 2019 £1135 £305
    3rd & 4th person discount -£125
    Single traveller supplement £125

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK–Lille/Paris (Eurostar), Lille/Paris–St Pierre des Corps (TGV), approx. duration 6h plus 0h45 taxi transfer. Home, St Pierre des Corps–Lille/Paris (TGV), Lille/Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 6h plus 1h30 taxi transfer.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 01 April 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Apr 2019 £980 £305
    25 Apr - 23 May 2019 £1025 £305
    24 May - 24 Sep 2019 £1065 £315
    25 - 30 Sep 2019 £1025 £305
    1 - 24 Oct 2019 £980 £305
    3rd & 4th person discount -£130
    Single traveller supplement £130

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first town at the end of your holiday to collect your car.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel de France, Chinon
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £22
    La Croix Blanche, Fontevraud
    'Mini suite': 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £24

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel de Biencourt, Azay-le-Rideau (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £68 £110
    Hotel de France, Chinon (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2019 £78 £128
    La Croix Blanche, Fontevraud (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2019 £110 £144
    01 May - 30 Sep 2019 £130 £164
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £110 £144
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Tours, St Pierre des Corps, Paris CDG

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Belfast Intl. - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Birmingham - Paris CDG Air France,  Flybe 
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    Bristol - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet 
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    Cardiff - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Paris CDG Flybe 
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    Edinburgh - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Edinburgh - St Pierre des Corps via Paris CDG air/rail Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Paris CDG jet2 
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    Liverpool - Paris CDG easyJet 
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    London City - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Paris CDG British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Paris CDG easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Tours Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Paris CDG Air France,  easyJet,  Flybe 
    Manchester - St Pierre des Corps via Paris CDG air/rail Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Paris CDG Air France,  KLM 
    Newcastle - St Pierre des Corps via Paris CDG air/rail Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Paris CDG Flybe 
    Southampton - Tours Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Paris CDG. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tours

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Tours airport to hotel (0h45) £20 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Tours airport (1h15) £42 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via St Pierre des Corps

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi St Pierre des Corps hotel (0h45) £15 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to St Pierre des Corps (1h30) £40 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Paris

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail direct TGV Paris CDG to St Pierre des Corps (1h40), taxi St Pierre des Corps to hotel (0h40) £56 1700
    rail Paris Montparnasse to St Pierre des Corps (1h05), taxi St Pierre des Corps to hotel (0h40) £40 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to St Pierre des Corps (1h30), rail direct TGV St Pierre des Corps to Paris CDG (1h50) £78 1500
    taxi hotel to St Pierre des Corps (1h30), rail St Pierre des Corps to Paris Montparnasse (1h) £65 1500
What's included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on day 2
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to France, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is French. The currency is the Euro. French time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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