Along the Loire Valley from Orléans to Atlantic coast by lindash

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									                                                     French Travel Connection                             Ref : C4544
                                                             Along the Loire Valley :
                                                          from Orléans to Atlantic coast

                        Follow the new cycling path ‘Loire à vélo’.
          Compose as you want your trip : 6, 10 or 15 days to discover this great valley
                               and reach the Atlantic coast.

                                    Version A: From Orléans to Tours
  Discover the royal valley by longing the majestic river from Orléans to Tours where thousands of
  treasures are waiting you :historical heritage and testimony with numerous chateaux, wonderful
                landscapes of different natural areas, regional gastronomy delights…


1st Day : Arrival in Orléans
Discover Orléans and its old historical centre, situated between the large countryside fields         Easy to moderate !
of Beauce area, green pastures, ponds and forest of Sologne area.
                                        Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant
2nd Day : Orléans – Beaugency      28 km
Longing the wild river banks for a stage in calm and serenity through the charming and very
flowered city of Beaugency .                                                                         DEPARTURE DAYS
                                        Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant   Version A : on request
3rd Day : Beaugency - Blois 46 km
Leaving Beaugency by the river banks passing via the prestigious château of Chambord: the            Version AB : on request
widest Château of the Loire Valley masterpiece of the Renaissance period. Then, follow the               Version ABC :
direction of Blois presenting a rich historical heritage with the château offering a brillant
                                                                                                          on request
illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th
century.
                                                           Dinner and accommodation in 2* hotel
4th Day : Blois – Amboise      44 km                                                                       VALIDITY
Follow the small countryside routes until the chateau of Chaumont overlooking the Loire                 March to October
river, before reaching Amboise and its royal chateau from 15th –16th century. Few streets
further on, is the last home of Léonardo Da Vinci : Manorhouse of ‘Clos Lucé’                             DURATION
                                        Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant      6 days / 5 nights
5th Day : Amboise – Tours     25 ou 31 km                                                                   4 stages
A stage via the vineyards of Montlouis to discover the numerous cellars offering sweet white
or sparkling wines. Then, enjoy the lovely chateau birthplace of Gabrielle d’Estrées, the                   ACCESS
favourite of King Henri IV. Continue to the heart of the city of Tours to discover the old           By road : RN 152, A10
quarters sheltering the famous 'Place Plumereau' and its half-timbered houses.
                                                                                                     By train: Orléans station
                                        Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant
6th Day : Departure




                             Suite 601 | 83 Mount St | North Sydney | NSW 2060 | Australia
                                        Ph:   +61 2 9966 1177 | Fax: +61 2 9966 1455
                                               ABN 51 328 832 827 Licence 2TA5872
                                                        French Travel Connection                             Ref : C4544
                                                        Version B: From Tours to Angers
                                    This part of the Loire Valley is the most doted in chateaux and vineyards.
                                      Follow the Loire river which will guide you from historical places to
                                       famous cellars for tasting. Enjoy the ‘French art de vivre’ along the
                                                           peaceful and wild landscapes.




1st Day : Arrival in Tours
                                          Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant
                                                                                                        Easy to moderate !
2nd Day : Tours – Azay le Rideau   36 km
Reach Savonnières for a journey in the heart of Petrifying Grottoes. Then proceed to
Villandry with its famous Gardens, matchless in Europe and composed of 3 superposed
terraces, then Saché, the house of the famous novelist Honoré de Balzac. Finally arrive in             DEPARTURE DAYS
Azay le Rideau where you can admire its Renaissance chateau, a jewel set over the Indre
                                                                                                       Version B : on request
river.
                                     Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant            Version BC :
                                                                                                            on request
3rd Day : Azay le Rideau – Chinon 39 km
Departure towards Langeais and its 15th century château offering a typical form of a
medieval fortified castle where you could admire wonderful tapestries and piece of                          VALIDITY
furniture. Then ride towards the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ chateau in Ussé which has inspired                    March to October
Perrault for its famous fairy tail story.
                                          Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant
                                                                                                           DURATION
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4 Day : Chinon – Saumur      43 km                                                                       6 days / 5 nights
Before leaving the medieval city of Chinon, founded on the Vienne river, possibility to visit                4 stages
numerous cellars which propose the famous red wine such appreciated by Rabelais. Then,
continue towards the abbey of Fontevraud, the largest monastic city remaining in Europe                    ACCESS
which is the Necropolis of the Plantagenêts sovereigns before reaching the lovely town of By road: RN 152, A10
Saumur.                                                                                          By train : Tours station
                                      Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

5th Day : Saumur – Angers 64 km
A stage following the Loire river before going through the vineyards of Anjou. You will reach
the peaceful city of Angers and its chateau sheltering the famous Apocalypse Tapestry.
                                        Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant

6th Day : departure




                               Suite 601 | 83 Mount St | North Sydney | NSW 2060 | Australia
                                           Ph:   +61 2 9966 1177 | Fax: +61 2 9966 1455
                                                  ABN 51 328 832 827 Licence 2TA5872
                                                          French Travel Connection                             Ref : C4544
                                                  Version C: From Angers to Le Croisic
                           Discover the charms of the Western part of the Loire valley: from Angers all the
                          way to Le Croisic. This itinerary is your chance to visit the typical countryside by
                         salterns and marsh to finally "take the plunge" into the Atlantic Ocean at Le Croisic.
   1st Day : Arrival in Angers
                                         Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant     Easy to moderate !
   2nd Day : Angers – Montjean or Ingrandes sur Loire       36 km
   From the heart of the vineyards of Anjou: slopes of the River Loire, Aubance and Layon,
   to the banks of the Loire at Chalonnes, the confluence of the Rivers Loire and Layon.
                                                                                                        DEPARTURE DAYS
                                                           Dinner and accommodation in 2* hotel
   3rd Day : Montjean or Ingrandes s/Loire - Champtoceaux          40 km                                     Version C :
   A ride along the banks of the River Loire to Champtoceaux, in its magnificent setting                     on request
   marking the boundary between Anjou and Brittany.
                                                           Dinner and accommodation in 2* hotel               VALIDITY
   4th Day : Champtoceaux - Nantes         30 km                                                         March to October
   From countryside and small villages to the big city of Nantes. Discover another point of
   view of the Loire in the capital of the western part.                                                    DURATION
                                         Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant       7 days / 6 nights
   5th Day : Nantes – St Brévin      55 km                                                                     5 stages
   A stage along marshlands and countryside to finish at the estuary of the Loire river and
   enjoy the seaside and beaches.
                                                                                                              ACCESS
                                                           Dinner and accommodation in 2* hotel
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   6 Day : St Brévin – Le Croisic       53 km                                                       By road : A11
  From the estuary of the River Loire to the wild sea coast of Le Croisic. An opportunity to By train : Angers station
  discover the famous salterns of the medieval town of Guérande.
                                         Accommodation in 2* hotel and dinner in a local restaurant
  7th Day : Departure


                                                            2010 rates
                     VERSION A      VERSION B        VERSION C          VERSION AB         VERSION BC        VERSION ABC
                       6 days /       6 days /         7 days /           10 days /          11 days /         15 days /
                       5 nights       5 nights         6 nights            9 nights          10 nights         14 nights
Package /pers.
Double room            $ 1,272          $ 1,238          $ 1,778            $ 2,194              $ 2,494         $ 3,475
basis
Single
supplement             $ 1,728          $ 1,700          $ 2,422            $ 2,979              $ 3,487         $ 4,722

     Extra night :               ORLEANS                   TOURS                      ANGERS                 LE CROISIC
    Double room :
          B&B basis               $ 97 pp                   $ 95 pp                      $ 104              ON REQUEST
                                                                                                           ACCORDING THE
Single supplement                 $ 160                      $ 157                       $ 174                PERIOD


   This program includes :                                           This program excludes :
      Accommodation : on half board basis in ** star hotels             Drinks, lunches and personal expenses.
      according the program, double room with shower and                Personal bike transfer
      toilets.                                                          Train ticket for return transfer
      Transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel.                          Luggage transportation on last day
      Maps and itineraries, tourist information.
      Rental bike.




                                  Suite 601 | 83 Mount St | North Sydney | NSW 2060 | Australia
                                             Ph:   +61 2 9966 1177 | Fax: +61 2 9966 1455
                                                    ABN 51 328 832 827 Licence 2TA5872

								
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