This tailor-made package includes executive coach travel throughout the holiday and from four nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in the Loire area to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.
- Our suggested itinerary could include:
- The gardens of Sericourt
- A walking tour of the city of Tours
- The Chateau d’Amboise with guided tour of the gardens
- Tours Museum of Apprenticeship
- Vouvray and the Chateau Montcontour Winery
- A guided tour of the Chateau de Chenonceau and a visit to Blere
- The 12 Gardens of La Chatonniere
- The Graveraux Rose Garden at L’Hay-les-Roses
- Group Organiser benefits
- No single room supplements (selected tours only)
To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.
Day 1 - Gardens of Sericourt - Travel to the Loire via the Gardens of Sericourt. Accompanied by a guide, you will meander along the exploratory paths in wonder and astonishment. The garden is a living catalogue of the knowledge of the landscape gardener and nurseryman Yves Gosse de Gorre.
Day 2 - Tours & Chateau d’Amboise - The home of the French language, an ancient ‘Gallo-Roman’ city and once the capital of the kingdom of France, Tours dates back to the 1st century AD and developed throughout the centuries. Tours was once the main link from France to Spain and its artistic and architectural heritage has remained to this day. Take a guided walking tour and soak up the atmosphere. Then visit the Chateau d’Amboise. This beautiful chateau was built in the 15th and 16th centuries and the authentically royal château was the first to introduce the Italian style to the Loire Valley. Built for defence purposes on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, the chateau began life in the 12th century. Includes a guided tour of the chateau gardens.
Day 3 - Tours Museum of Apprenticeship, Vouvray & the Chateau Montcontour Winery - The Apprenticeship Museum is unlike any other in the world, created to celebrate fine workmanship. Regularly cited as one of the best attractions in Tours, the museum shows a wide range of items produced by apprentices to gain admission to the relevant Guild. There are many breath-taking pieces of work. Following this move on to visit Vouvray and the Chateau Montcontour Winery. This is one of the oldest wineries in the Loire Valley, having been built around the 4th century.
Day 4 - Chateau de Chenonceau -Built on the river Cher, where the unique beauty of its architecture reflects in the water, the Château de Chenonceau is the Val de Loire’s most eloquent statement. ‘Château des Dames’, as recorded in the French history books, Chenonceau owes a large part of its charm to women: it was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, then made even more attractive by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis, and saved from the rigours of the French Revolution by Mme Dupin. The lovely surroundings, the formal garden and the park add to the impression of delicate grace emanating from the castle. After lunch in the pretty little floral town of Blere, move on for a visit to the 12 Gardens of La Chatonniere. Hidden away in a secluded valley crowned by 18 acres of flowering cornflowers and poppies and with sweeping views across the forest of Chinon and the river Indre, the twelve remarkable gardens of La Chatonniere are a carefully guarded secret. The owner, Béatrice de Andia and her award-winning head gardener, Ahmed Azéroual, have combined their skills to realise their vision to create a series of enchanting terraced gardens open to the public.
Day 5 - Graveraux Rose Garden - This garden claims to be the oldest surviving rose-garden in the world. By 1899 M. Jules Gravereaux had gathered together so many plants he employed the services of landscape architect Edouard André to design him this special garden for his collection. In 1900 the first catalogue was produced, listing 3,000 varieties. By 1910, the renown of the rose garden had spread all over the world. The town of l'Haÿ, proud of its local claim to fame, changed its name to l'Haÿ-les-Roses. Following this you make the return journey to the UK.
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