Saumur lies on a lovely stretch of the western Loire valley between Tours and Angers before the mighty river flows into the Atlantic at Nantes. It’s a fabulous area known for its unique troglodyte dwellings dug in tufa and chalk, excellent sparkling wine, and the town is famously home to the National Cavalry School and is one of the main locations of horseback riding in France. The city hosts numerous equestrian events throughout the year with opportunities to meet the famou horsemen of the Cadre Noire.
An unforgettable Road Trip Adventure along The Loire Valley (a region with picturesque villages alternate with towns rich in art and history and lined with magnificent Chateaux's, luxuriant landscape and fine food and wine to make the region one of the most attractive destinations in France. Pick up your car at Paris Airport and start your trip in: Orleans (capital of the "Loire Valley Centre Region", and best known as one of the cities visited by Joan of Arc); after that, drive to Blois (renowned for its magnificent Renaissance chateaux created by French Kings in the 15th and 16th centuries); next is Tours (with its gothic cathedral Saint-Gatien, with 12th-century bases and Renaissance tops); after that, Saumur (famous above all for two things: its excellent sparkling wine and its military French Cavalry Academy); and finally, visit Nantes (a city full of interesting landmarks like the castle and the cathedral and famous for its vineyards that produce Muscadet white wine). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
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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.
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
Nantes - Western Loire Area: 1 hr. 45 mins/ 2 hrs. approx.
Western Loire Area - Nantes: 1 hr. 45 mins/ 2 hrs. approx.