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  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 03, 2014
  • From $3,498 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,798 to $3,148

From castles to kings to vintage cars, this weeklong Loire Valley adventure is a recipe for family fun.

  • Family Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

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From castles to kings to vintage cars, this weeklong Loire Valley adventure is a recipe for family fun.

  • Pedal at a leisurely pace crisscrossing vast forests, lush vineyards, fields of sunflowers, and quiet villages
  • Bike to King François I’s Château de Chambord and count the staircases in the grandiose 440-room estate
  • Marvel at the lifelike King Charles VII and Anne of Brittany wax figures at the Château de Langeais
  • Ride to Le Clos Lucé in Amboise, the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci, to check out his countless inventions
  • Explore Château de Chenonceau, perched gracefully over the Cher River
  • Opt for a gentle kayak along the Vienne River and ooh and ahhh over the vintage car collection at Musée Dufresne
  • Dine like royalty over an exquisite meal of beef tournedos and handmade cream puffs at the Château de Pray
Biking in Loire
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I just loved the guides, and how organized everything was. All of the details were taken care of.

Melissa Ottenjan Bonita Springs, FL

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Tour Itinerary

7 days/6 nights

Paris, France (CDG or ORY)

Day 1: Blois
Day 2: Amboise
Day 3: Loches
Day 4: Azay-le-Rideau
Day 5: Azay-le-Rideau
Day 6: Tours
Day 7: Tours (departure)

Night 1: Hotel Mercure

Located in the center of Blois facing the Loire River, Hotel Mercure is just a five-minute walk away from the old part of Blois and 10 minutes from the chateau and the Maison de la Magie house of magic. With modern architecture, the hotel features the Quai St Jean restaurant, as well as a bar, swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, and steam bath.

Night 2: Château de Pray

Resembling a tower-flanked castle on the Rhine, Château de Pray lies in the heart of the prestigious Loire Châteaux Region. This 16th century Renaissance château houses antlers, hunting trophies, and a paneled drawing room with a fireplace and a collection of antique oils.

Night 3: Hotel Luccotel

This modern hotel offers comfortable rooms, and great views of the town of Loches.  At the end of your day, enjoy a glass of wine in the hotel's restaurant, or take a dip in the indoor pool.

Nights 4 & 5: Hotel le Grand Monarque

In the heart of La Vallee des Rois, a registered UNESCO world heritage site, sits Hotel le Grand Monarque. This hotel-restaurant offers you a charming stay and relaxation. During your stay, you will discover its enchantment, great comfort, an art of living, and genuine French cuisine.

Night 6: Château de Beaulieu

Recognized for the beauty and charm of its 18th-century architecture, Château de Beaulieu has been named a Monument Historique. The rooms of this château are beautifully decorated in charming French style. You’ll be a few steps away from the banks of the River Loire, and close to the lovely old town of Saumur.

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Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 03, 2014
  • From $3,498 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,798 to $3,148

Departure Dates

  • Jun 22 2014
  • Aug 03 2014

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The cars: Musee Automobile de la Sarthe (auto museum), is the result of over 100 years of car collecting and features some of the rarest and most beautiful automobiles in the world.
  • 2. The gardens: The well-maintained and manicured outdoor spaces include lush medicinal, aromatic, herbal and vegetable gardens as well as parterres, orchards of trained fruit, labyrinths, cloisters, rose gardens, canals and lakes.
  • 3. The Mini Castle Park: After you’ve seen your share of castles, villas and châteaux, see them again in miniature. This park in Amboise contains over 40 miniature models of the country's most famous châteaux.
  • 4. The Loire River Bridge: An impressive masonry bridge designed and built by Jacques Gabriel in 1717, who was the royal architect.
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