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Chateau of the Loire Valley (Self Drive)

15 to 22+ Nights from $964*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 8/13/2024. Choose your own arrival dates.

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This 15 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Rental Car for 13 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in the Amboise
  • Hotel for 2 nights in the Chenonceaux
  • Hotel for 2 night in Loches
  • Hotel for 2 nights in the Chinon
  • Hotel for 2 nights in the Azay-le-Rideau
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Montbazon
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Paris
  • Driving Time
    Paris- Amboise: 2 hour 39 mins. approx.
    Amboise- Chenonceaux: 21 min approx.
    Chenonceaux- Loches: 31 mins. approx.
    Loches- Chinon: 1 hr. approx.
    Chinon- Azay-le-Rideau: 22 mins. approx.
    Azay-le-Rideau - Montbazon: 24 min approx.
    Montbazon - Paris: 2 hrs 53 mins. approx

Explore Europe with this unique Self-Drive Package. The multi-layered journey unfolds across France. Start in Paris (the romantic City of Lights, stroll the Champs Elysses and indulge in the incomparable French cuisine). After that, drive to Amboise, Chenonceaux (this small village is famous for its chateau; the most visited and photographed chateau of the Loire Valley in France), Loches, Chinon (It is famous for its medieval streets and a ruined chateau, where the first meeting between St. Joan of Arc and King Charles VII of France took place in 1429), Azay-le-Rideau and Montbazon. Last but not least, visit Paris one last time for a few days. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, and activities.

Flexible Itinerary

  • Amboise

  • Chenonceaux

  • Loches

  • Chinon

  • Azay le Rideau

  • Montbazon

  • Paris

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Trip Summary

  • Amboise

    Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It lies on the banks of the Loire River, 14 miles east of Tours. Today a small market town, it was once home of the French royal court and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years here. Château d'Amboise is a 15th-century château, a combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles, often associated with Charles VIII. Other important sights are: the Hotel de Ville dating from around 1500, the Tour de l'Horloge and the Church of St. Denis. Explore the Château de Chenonceau, Château at Amboise, Château de Clos Lucé at Amboise, Gardens of Château Gaillard, The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard, The Parc Leonardo da Vinci, The Gardens of Amboise, and so much more!

  • Chenonceaux

    A masterpiece of French renaissance, the Chateau de Chenonceau was built in the beginning of the 16th century by Thomas Bohier, the Minister of Finance of Francois I. After his death, Henri II gave it to one of his mistresses, Diane de Poitiers. It is one of the most remarkable castles in France, spanning an entire river and with acres of stunning gardens, peaceful cedar forests. That's why many visitors consider this their favorite château in all of France with a mystical air.

    Visit the iconic Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux Gardens, Village of Chenonceaux, La Pagode de Chanteloup, and more!

  • Loches

    Listed as the 'Most Beautiful Detours of France,' the historic town of Loches boasts old-world charm, stunning gardens, and a fabulous ambiance alongside the Indre River, a left-bank tributary of the Loire. On the hill above the modern section of Loches is the medieval city, fortified by a 1.5-mile encompassing ramparts. Within the walls is a charming medieval world of cobblestone streets and ancient Tuffeau stone buildings.

    Visit The Medieval City, Collegiale Saint-Ours, Lansyer House, The Saint-Antoine Church, Château de Loches, Le Donjon de La Cité Royale, and so much more!

  • Chinon

    The Château de Chinon is one of the oldest fortress-châteaux in France and was once a major stronghold of King Henry II of England. Historically it is most famous however because it was here that Jeanne d'Arc met Charles VI and urged him to declare himself king and raise an army to liberate France from the English. Today, Chinon remains a charming village known mainly for its delightful red wines. Another sight is the house where Richard Lionheart died.

    Explore The Château de Chinon, The Old Town, The Fortresses of Chinon, Musée Jeanne d'Arc, and so much more!

  • Azay le Rideau

    Built on the idyllic banks of the Indre river between 1518 to 1527, the chateau of Azay-le-Rideau is one of the earliest French Renaissance châteaux. Gilles Berthelot, Treasurer of François I, commissioned the castle. Later he was accused of misappropriation of funds and forced to flee from Azay-Le-Rideau leaving the castle uncompleted behind him forever. Nowadays it houses a museum with beautiful paintings and furniture mostly from the 18th century.

    Visit Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Jardins du Château, Le Parc des Moutons, Vieux Tours d'Azay-le-Rideau, Rue Balzac, and so much more!

  • Montbazon

    Located 12 km to the south of Tours, Montbazon is a favorite stop along the Route d'Espagne. It was an important fortified town that controlled the valley of the Indre. The castle of Montbazon whose remainders are visible our days, was built from 991 to 994 and is one of the first castles in France. A valley begging at Montbazon and ending at the Loire River comes into sight here, a magnificent emerald basin along whose bottom the Indre River sinuously winds its way.

    Visit The castle of Montbazon, Lac des Bretonnières, Domaine de Cande, Eglise Sainte Benigne, and more.

  • Paris

    Paris is regarded as one of the most dynamic cities in Europe, and for good reason: the city assaults the senses; demanding to be seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled. Gaze at impressive monuments and savor its gourmet cheeses, chocolates, wines, and seafood. Paris is relatively small as capitals go, with many of its major sights and museums within walking distance of each other. A world of discovery awaits in every hidden corner and at all the famous sites, there is so much to explore.

    Visit the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Jardin des Tuileries, Latin Quarter, Avenue des Champs Elysees, Musee d'Orsay, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe and so much more!

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