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Chateaux & Gardens of the Loire

Chateaux & Gardens of the Loire

The Loire Valley with its historic châteaux, vineyards, gardens and rolling countryside, is one of France’s loveliest and most interesting regions.

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There are countless estates nestled in the forests of Sologne, and we visit the Châteaux at Ambois, Blois and at Chenonceau, with its beautiful Catherine Medici Garden; enjoy a barge cruise and a wine tasting as we soak up the beautiful scenery and historic atmosphere.


Tour highlights:

  • Chartres Cathedral Tour

  • Château of Blois

  • Barge Trip

  • Château Royal d’Amboise

  • Wine Tasting

  • Chenonceau Château


This tour includes our door to door home collection service.


This tour is operated in conjunction with Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.

Day 1

Following collection from home, travel to Dover for the short seacrossing to Calais and on to the overnight hotel


Day 2

Travel to Chartres, a beautiful townof cobbled streets and half-timberedhouses, dominated by the two-spired Cathédrale Notre Dame de Chartres. Enjoy a tour of the cathedral and free time in the town before continuing to Tours and the Novotel Tours Centre for the five night stay with dinner bed and breakfast.

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Day 3

Discover Amboise, the childhood home of Charles VIII and the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. The town is perched on the southern bank of the Loire and explore the magnificent 15th Century château overlooking the river. Continue to Vouvray and enjoy a wine cellar tour of Château Gaudrelle in the heart of the Loire Valley.

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Day 4

Visit the Royal Château of Blois, the handsome former seat of the Dukes of Orléans, and residence to seven kings and ten queens of France.

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Day 5

Set in 70 hectares of park with landscaped gardens and forests on either side of the River Cher, the world famous Chenonceua Château with its stylised moat, turrets and16th Century towers is everything a fairy-tale castle should be. Begin in Chisseaux, boarding a traditional barge for a cruise on the River Cher,passing beneath the arches of the Château.

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Day 6

Start the day with a guided walking tour of Tours, strolling by the Archbishop's Palace, Saint-Gatien's Cathedral, through the French Gardens and along the narrow pedestrian streets in the Old City.The afternoon is at leisure.

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Day 7

Travel through France to Calais for the short sea crossing to Dover before continuing to East Anglia where the door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included

Mercure Orléans Centre, Orléans


Our modern 4 star standard hotel is located on the banks of the Loire and within a 15 minute walk of the town centre. Le Chaland Restaurant is chic, modern and serves excellent French cuisine. The hotel has a pleasant terrace overlooking the outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room and WiFi throughout. Bedrooms have air-conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Brentwood George & Dragon George & Dragon PH, Roman Road, Mountnessing
(B1002) CM15 0TZ
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn. Stowmarket Railway Station.
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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