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Loire Valley Wine and Chateau (Self Drive)

15 to 22+ Nights from $1,774*
* This sample price: priced within the past 7 days for arrival on 2/27/2024, departure from New York City (All Airports) (NY), US. Choose your own departure city and dates.

This 15 night sample itinerary includes:

  • Flight into Nantes and out of Paris
  • Rental Car for 13 days
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Nantes
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Saumur
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Tours
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Blois
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Bourges
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Paris
  • Driving Time
    Nantes - Saumur: 1 hr. 30 mins. approx.
    Saumur - Tours: 1 hr. 35 mins.
    Tours - Blois: 45 mins. approx.
    Blois - Bourges: 1 hr. 30 mins. approx.
    Bourges - Paris: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.

A Self-Drive package for wine lovers, enjoying the cities located along The Loire Valley and its world-famous vineyards; - the longest wine route in France - , as well as its landscapes and impressive Manor Houses/Castles (Chateaux`s). Start in Nantes (in the waterside region on the Loire River; a city renowned for its splendid preserved old town, scenery as well as its castles and Muscadet white wines); after that, drive through the Loire Valley, visiting: Saumur (a city known for its cavalry school and for its famous Saumur sparkling white wines); then, Tours (with its gothic cathedral Saint-Gatien, with 12th-century bases and Renaissance tops)and after that, Blois (renowned for its magnificent Renaissance chateaux created by French Kings in the 15th and 16th centuries). Continue to Bourges (in Central Loire Valley; renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage gothic cathedral and timbered old town and during a time a major centre of alchemy); and finally, spend an unforgettable stay in Paris (the romantic City of Lights and the world's most visited capital). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

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Trip Summary

  • Nantes

    Attractively situated on islands in the estuary of France's mighty Loire River, the solid city of Nantes exudes an air of importance and historical significance. It is a wealthy industrial port, its architectural heritage reflecting its past achievements, from the medieval remnants in the narrow streets of pedestrianised Bouffay. Many famous people, from Molière to Stendhal, have lived here. Nantes is now home to high-tech industries, it has some 30,000 college students.

  • Saumur

    Nestled between the Loire and Thouet Rivers, beautiful Saumur sits amongst acres of vineyards and farmland, close to many beautiful châteaux. A Loire Valley gem for foodies and history buffs, the town is famously home to the National Cavalry School. Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See`s: Château de Saumur, National School of Horse Riding, Museum of Decorative Arts and Horse Museum, Old Town, and so much more!

  • Tours

    Situated at the junction of the Loire and Cher rivers, Tours is an excellent base for visiting the region's magnificent châteaux. The original home of the French language and the `art de vivre`, Tours is a land of harmony and proportion. Today, it is a modern, lively centre; with a thriving university, cultivating economic development. You can taste its charm visiting the old quarter, the Gothic Cathedral of St. Gatien, Touraine Wine Museum, the fine-arts museum and Plessis les Tours. Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See`s: The Old Quarter and Pilgrims, Place Plumereau, Priory Saint-Cosme, Saint-Gatien Cathedral, La Psalette Cloisters, Saint-Martin Basilica, Botanical Garden of Tours, Museum of the Compagnonnage, Markets, Châteaus, and so much more!

  • Blois

    Towering above the northern bank of the Loire, Blois’ royal château, one-time feudal seat of the powerful counts of Blois, offers a great introduction to some key periods in French history and architecture. The city makes an excellent base for visits to the châteaux, villages and towns of the central Loire Valley. Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights Must See`s: Château de Blois, Beaux-Arts Museum, Fondation du Doute: Museum of Contemporary Art, Maison de la Magie (House of Magic), Rocher de la Vierge, Historical Museum, Tour Beauvoir, Loire River Trips, Chateux, of the Loire Valley, Gardens, and so much more!

  • Bourges

    Once the capital of Aquitaine, Bourges lies in the heart of France and it boasts a rich medieval past. In 52 B.C., Caesar called it the finest city in Gaul. The Saint Etienne Cathedral, the Jacques Coeur Palace are just two examples of the precious heritage from its past. Its spring festival "le Printemps de Bourges" is the international crossroads of rock music. The colorful atmosphere of the Water Gardens and the quietness of its old Berry Canal are an invitation to walking and relaxing.

  • 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!