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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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We are now taking bookings for 2021. We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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This holiday is not available in 2020.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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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: 14.5km, 4.5hrs
    From Azay you are taken by taxi to the Maurice Dufresne Museum, whose fabulous automotive and machinery collection you may like to view before beginning today’s route. This traces the riverside as it heads through floodplains and along levées (dykes), offering good bird-watching opportunities along the way. 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: 14.5km
    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: 17.5km, 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: 17.5km
    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 historic villages of Candes-St-Martin and Montsoreau whose 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.
 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Apr 2020 £920 £320
    25 Apr - 21 May 2020 £975 £320
    22 May - 24 Sep 2020 £995 £330
    25 - 30 Sep 2020 £975 £320
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £920 £320
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    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 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Apr 2020 £1195 £320
    25 Apr - 21 May 2020 £1265 £320
    22 May - 24 Sep 2020 £1295 £330
    25 - 30 Sep 2020 £1265 £320
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £1195 £320
    3rd & 4th person discount -£135
    Single traveller supplement £135

    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 0h40 taxi transfer. Home, St Pierre des Corps–Lille/Paris (TGV), Lille/Paris–UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 6h plus 1h30 taxi transfer.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 6 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 same services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 01 April 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 24 Apr 2020 £1035 £320
    25 Apr - 21 May 2020 £1090 £320
    22 May - 24 Sep 2020 £1125 £330
    25 - 30 Sep 2020 £1090 £320
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £1035 £320
    3rd & 4th person discount -£145
    Single traveller supplement £145

    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.
    > More information about travelling self-drive

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outward travel on 3-5 & 10-12 April 2020, and for homeward travel on 12-13 April 2020. A supplement of £47 per car per single journey applies outward on Fridays & Saturdays 22-23 May & 10 July-15 August 2020 and homeward on Saturdays & Sundays 30-31 May & 18 July-30 August 2020.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel de France, Chinon
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £22
    La Croix Blanche, Fontevraud
    'Mini suite': 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £25

    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 2020 £70 £115
    Hotel de France, Chinon (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £80 £130
    La Croix Blanche, Fontevraud (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £120 £156
    01 May - 30 Sep 2020 £146 £182
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £120 £156
  • 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.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tours

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Tours airport to hotel (0h45) £42 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Tours airport (1h15) £64 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) £35 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to St Pierre des Corps (1h30) £60 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) £75 1700
    rail Paris Montparnasse to St Pierre des Corps (1h05), taxi St Pierre des Corps to hotel (0h40) £73 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) £100 1500
    taxi hotel to St Pierre des Corps (1h30), rail St Pierre des Corps to Paris Montparnasse (1h) £97 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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