Loire Valley Castles - The Renaissance jewels

LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES - THE RENAISSANCE JEWELS

Departure from Paris

April 24>29th 2017
July 12>17th 2017
September 6>11th 2017


Guided motorcycle tour

See self-drive motorcycle tour

Length: 6 days



Day 1: PARIS / BEAUGENCY / CHAMBORD / BLOIS (240 km)

Motorbikes delivery and rental formalities to fill.

Then, departure for Beaugency and Meung.
Visit of Meung S/Loire Castle.

The castle of Meung is one of the vastest and older castles of the Val de Loire.

Road in the afternoon and stop for a visit of CHAMBORD Castle.

The Chateau de Chambord is the most exciting of the Loire chateaux in plan and structure. Leonardo da Vinci, who designed a palace for François at Romorantin, may have been involved.

Short trip to reach Blois.


Day 2: BLOIS / CHAUMONT / AMBOISE (36 km)

Departure for visiting the BLOIS Castle.

Favourite residence of the Kings of France. A residence for the Counts of Blois, the Dukes  of Orleans, the Kings and Queens of France, and several princes in exile, the Royal Château  of Blois is haunted by the memory of all the illustrious hosts lived here.


Then, short distance for visiting CHAUMONT Castle.

Through its position and imposing bulk, softened here and there with elegant decorative motifs, the Château de Chaumont conveys its original function as citadel watching over the Blois area and its ultimate use as pleasurable Renaissance country house in this royal valley.


Short trip towards Amboise.


Beginning with François 1er’s reign, while the court generally stayed at Fontainebleau and the Louvre, the sovereign still appreciated Amboise, up to Henri II. The monarch’s stays were rarer from Henri III’s reign. The court left the Touraine region definitively for Ile-de-France under Henri IV.

Just 500 meters away the Clos Lucé Castle will be your next visited.
It was Francis I who brought Leonardo da Vinci to the Château de Cloux in 1516 and installed him there, on the advice of his sister, Marguerite de Navarre.


DAY 3: AMBOISE / VILLANDRY / BOURGUEUIL / SAUMUR (105 km)

Departure toward Tours then stop for visiting the VILLANDRY Castle.

Villandry was completed toward 1536 and was the last of the large castles built in the Loire Valley during the Renaissance.


Proceed to Langeais and Castle visit.

Around the year 1000, Touraine was coveted by two powerful local lords: the Count of Anjou, Foulque Nerra, and the Count of Blois, Eudes I.


Proceed to Bourgueil.

Bourgueil is mainly well-known for its wines with two appelations: Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil.


Stop in a Winery and wine tasting.

Departure for visiting « LE CADRE NOIR »


A unique school in the world ... The "Cadre Noir" Saumur presents its traditional occasions, intended to raise awareness of equestrian art.


Later, visit to SAUMUR Castle.

The castle of Saumur is built on a height which orders the Loire Valley. Saumur is in the beginning a strengthened site. A main tower of square plan occupied the slope at the 11th century.



DAY 4: SAUMUR / ANGERS: (85 km)

Departure for visiting BREZE Castle.


If the castle of Brézé is single in more than one way, it is to its owner, the count de Colbert, that it must! This true Loire château is actually a castle under a castle. Indeed, under the castle of surface, built between XIe and XIXe centuries, is hiding place an incredible underground fortress and up to that point closed with the public.

Then you will discover “a troglodyte village”.

Rochemenier is a troglodyte (cave dwelling) village situated on a plain. You can visit: Two ancient farms with dwellings and "out-buildings" cut into the rock, containing several hundred agricultural implements and pieces of furniture. 

It will be possible then to have wine tasting in the famous Saumur area, known for its sparkling wine and for the appellation Saumur Champigny.

Proceed to ANGERS through the magnificent Loire river right bank.


End of the afternoon on your own to stroll downtown in this lovely town.


DAY 5: ANGERS / CHINON / AZAY LE RIDEAU
(105 km)



Angers Castle visit this morning.

Discover one of the best-preserved mediaeval fortresses in France. The castle's architecture enables us to trace the morphological evolution of the site right back to the first traces of human occupation about 4000 years BC, including the construction of the fortress and its 17 towers by the young St Louis and that of the royal apartments, the chapel and the "châtelet" or little castle by the dukes of Anjou.

Departure toward CHINON Castle.

The fortress began its fall into decay in the 17th century, under the ownership of Cardinal Richelieu. In 1808, the monument was graciously handed over to the care of the Arrondissement Council – the General Council as it is now known.

Proceed to Azay le Rideau and Castle’s visit.

It was during the period of creative energy of the early years of the reign of François I that the Château of Azay was built. Located in Touraine, it is one of the string of prestigious châteaux of the Loire where, for a century, the Kings of France liked to stay.

The impressive staircase is a fine example of the sumptuous sculpted décor that is the most prestigious feature of this piece of architecture.


DAY 6: AZAY LE RIDEAU / CHENONCEAU / CHEVERNY / PARIS (300 km)

Departure for visiting Chenonceau Castle.

Built on the river Cher, where the unique beauty of its architecture reflects in the water, the Château de Chenonceau is the Val de Loire’s finial.


Proceed to Cheverny and visit of its Castle.

The present Château de Cheverny is an original jewel among the more famous monuments that stretch along the Loire Valley.

The Château de Cheverny is perfectly preserved as it was built all at once.

It’s now time to come back to PARIS by the highways.

Arrival in late afternoon and motorbikes drop off formalities
.

Starting from: 1.950 € p/p (2 persons, 1 motorbike & 1 double room

For Detailed itinerary, contact us.

Bikes available for this tour:
HARLEY-DAVIDSON
: Electra Glide, Road Glide, Street Glide, Road King, Softail.

BMW: R1200 GS Adventure, K1600 GTL, R1200 RT, R1200 GS.

 

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