Day 1 – Monday – Sept 11th 2017
After 3 days of hard work at the show, it is time for you to relax and enjoy the beauties of French renaissance.
Morning transfer to Montparnasse train station for a high speed train to Tours, capital of the Loire.
Late morning visit of the superb and always surprising “Garden Festival” in Chaumont. After lunch, Amboise and Da Vinci last residence Le Clos Luce, are on the program before checking in at one of these two wonderful hotels “Le Domaine de la Tortinière” or “Le Manoir des Minimes” both very nice 4*, your home for the next three nights.
First convivial dinner.
Day 2 – Tuesday – Sept 12th 2017
We start the day with the most spectacular gardens and castle of Villandry. Re-planted twice a year with vegetables and flowers coloring the seasons, theses gardens are truly exceptional.
Lunch in a village.
After centuries of defensive building, the first “leisure” and romantic castle: Azay-le-Rideau is our next stop.
A walk in the medieval town of Chinon in the foot steps of Joan of Arc and Richard Lion’s heart followed by a local wines tasting will end the day.
Day 3 – Wednesday – Sept 13th 2017
Morning drive to Saumur where we will learn how to make bubbly wine in wonderful caves before a tasting.
After lunch, visit to the Royal Abbey of Fontevraut for Alienor d’Aquitaine and Henri II Plantagenet memories. Many troglodyte residences, typical of the region, are visible from the road along the Loire River.
Late afternoon in Tours for a quick acquaintance with this old city and perhaps to do some shopping.
Farewell dinner at an excellent table.
Day 4 – Thursday – Sept 14th 2017
We kept the largest and most famous castles for our last day in the region. An early drive will bring us to Chenonceau; improved and owned only by women during its entire history, this castle definitely has a feminine feel and beauty.
We will visit spectacular Chambord and its 365 fireplaces before catching a high speed train to CDG airport late afternoon. This will allow a stress free morning departure to land home same day afternoon.
Froggytravel services end at the train station.