Day 1 – Sunday – Sept 2nd 2017
Morning landing in CDG to catch a train to Tours, capital of the Loire.
Afternoon in Tours or Amboise to rest and refresh at one of these two wonderful hotels “Le Domaine de la Tortinière” or “Le Manoir des Minimes” both very comfortable 4*, your home for the next four nights.
First convivial dinner.
Day 2 – Monday – Sept 3rd 2017
After a morning spent in the town of Amboise, for its castle and the Clos Luce, Da Vinci last residence. Lunch and afternoon in Chaumont for the splendid setting, the park and the annual “Festival des Jardins”.
Day 3 – Tuesday – Sept 4th 2017
To start the day: the most spectacular gardens of Villandry. Re-planted twice a year with vegetables and flowers coloring the seasons, theses gardens are truly exceptional.
After centuries of defensive and solid castles, the first “leisure” and romantic castle of Azay is next before spending the end of the afternoon at the gardens of Le Rivaud.
Day 4 – Wednesday – Sept 5th 2017
First, medieval Chinon and Joan of Arc before heading to Saumur for lunch. Many troglodyte residences are visible from the road along the Loire River.
We will visit the Royal Abbey of Fontevraut for Alienor d’Aquitaine and Henri II Plantagenet memories before some time to discover some Chinon wines.
Farewell dinner at an excellent table of the region.
Day 5 – Thursday – Sept 6th 2017
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 500 years history, it definitely has a feminine feel and beauty.
We will then visit spectacular Chambord and its 365 fireplaces before going back to Tours for a train to Paris late afternoon.
Froggytravel services end at the train station.