The Loire Valley
Traveling with the Royals

DAILY ITINERARY

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Day 1: (Hotel in Saumur)
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Saumur

Morning
Walk through Saumur,tour its fairy-tale château, then explore the rest of this lovely town.
Afternoon
Discover some "maisons troglodytes" carved into the chalky white tufa cliffs, among them the unique Trogo Tap Museum, where a local family has revived the ancient art of preserving apples by "tapping" them. Finally, tour the gracious medieval village and Château of Montreuil-Bellay, established in 1025, or the lovely wine village of Montsoreau.
Day 2: (Hotel in Saumur)
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Jean Lurcat Museum in Angers

Morning
Visit Angers, historic capital of Anjou, home of the Plantagenets. In its formidable 13th-century château you will see one of France's finest medieval works, a series of immense tapestries woven between 1375 and 1378 and depicting in exquisite colors the story of the Apocalypse. Your visit will include the beautiful rose garden next to the château and a scenic stroll along the river.
Afternoon
Visit the Jean Lurçat Museum to see some of Anger's modern treasures. Optional short bike ride or walk in the area.
Day 3: (Hotel in Saumur)
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Alienor & Rchard at Fontevraud

Morning
Visit of the 12th-century royal Abbey of Fontevraud where you will see the tombs of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lion-Hearted and explore the grounds of this immense monastic site to see how it has evolved over centuries.
Afternoon
Time for exercise, optional visits of wine cellars or one of the lovely private châteaux in the area, possibly 11th-century Brézé, with its unique moat and underground passages, its pigeon house and orangery.
Time permitting, see the famous trained horses or performances of Saumur's cavalry school.
Day 4: (Hotel in Tours)
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Villandry

Morning
Enjoy three very different château experiences, beginning with Villandry and its unique Renaissance gardens.
Next explore the severe feudal fortress of Langeais, with its imposing drawbridge and towers
Afternoon
Our third château experience will take us to the elegant 16th century Azay-le-Rideau, which Balzac called "a multifaceted diamond set in the Indre (River)".
Day 5: (Hotel in Tours)
Morning
Walking tour of Tours. Discover the elegant Renaissance and neo-classic mansions of the old town and learn about the fascinating history of the city, which has been an important metropolis since early Roman times.
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Chenonceau

Afternoon
Lunch and wine-tasting in the famous village of Vouvray.
Evening
Later visit the romantic château and gardens of Chenonceau.
Day 6: (Hotel in Tours)
Morning
Brief visit to picturesque Amboise, once home of King François I, followed by a tour of the Clos Lucé nearby, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years under the king's patronage. Here you will see working models of Leonardo's inventions constructed by IBM from his mechanical sketches.
Mid-Afternoon
After lunch, you can tour the not-to-be missed and most extravagant Château de Chambord, used by the kings of France as a hunting lodge. Free time for walking or biking in this beautiful area.
Day 7:
Morning
Tour ends after breakfast.

The Loire Valley
Traveling with the Royals

7 days, 6 nights

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