2nd Week-end trip to Castles of the Loire Valley
Week-end of the 6th and 7th of April 2013
Discover the delights of the Loire Valley. Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois and Cheverny open their doors and welcome you back to the time of the Kings of France. Well known for its beautiful landscapes, lovely weather and gentle way of life, the Loire region was greatly enjoyed by the Kings of France from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, who eagerly constructed their castles here.
"Travel and Excursions in France" offers you an inspiring and refreshing experience at the castles of the Loire Valley. Come join us for an energizing travel through the four most beautiful places of the region.
Our adventure will begin at Cheverny Castle. Accompanied by an experienced guide, we will explore this beautiful castle built in the seventeenth century, wich was inspired by the Palais du Luxembourg. A perfect example of classical French architecture, The splendid interior decoration is a work by a native of Blois – Jean Monier. 34 wooden panels placed on the walls of the dining room, retell the story of Don Quichotte (a character of a novel by Cervantes).
Upstairs, you can admire sumptuous decoration of the King’s Chamber, particularly its coffered ceiling.
Our next step will be at Blois. This castle was built in a dominant position over looking the Loire and the Arrou.
The castle we see today essentially dates back to the sixteenth century, it is the work of Louis XII (North East wing) and François I (North West wing – with the famous staircase). The castle is the result of all these various extensions throughout the centuries and gives a good insight into how life used to be at Blois
After a good night's sleep, we will continue our journey and visit Chenonceau. Chenonceau Castle, the most exquisite of the Loire castles, is the most popular historical monument in France after Versailles. Built on the river Cher, the waters reflect the unique beauty of the Renaissance architecture, Chenonceau Castle is the jewel in the Loire crown. This enchanting place, with its surrounding French gardens and park, has an aura of delicate elegance.
We will finish our trip by visiting Amboise. Built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, this classically royal castle, introduced an Italian taste to the Loire Valley. The historical setting creates the perfect atmosphere for the exceptional collection of gothic and Renaissance furniture. After a visit to the royal lodgings, a walk in the beautiful panoramic gardens with Mediterranean plants is in order. In the Saint Hubert chapel, the tomb of Leonardo de Vinci has recently been elegantly restored.
For more information and to reserve your spot, please go to Castles of the Loire Valley Tour Page and use ‘Book Online’ link on the bottom. The member price is 128 euros; instead of 138 euros please use ‘MEETUP8023’ promotion code to get 10 euros discount.
Be sure to BOOK directly your reservation. Accepting invitation is not sufficient to participate in the event.
To book and pay online, please Click on : http://www.budgetourism.com/itour/manual/reservation/reservation.php?excursionId=36&_lang=en&offerCode=MEETUP8023
Unique opportunity to connect with your fellow Internationalists and Expats and share a meaningful experience! So mark on your calendar, the 6th and 7th of April 2013, the date not to be missed!
Price : 138,00 € 128,00 € (code: 'MEETUP8023') includes:
- Transport by coach
- Guided tours
- The accommodation in shared rooms* (3 persons per room) (for double room, there is 7 Euro extra per person)
- Breakfast Sunday morning
*Triple room (non mixed) have a double bed and a single bed
- Meeting at 6:30 am on the stairs of the Opéra Garnier (metro Opéra, lines 3-7-8 and RER A, station Auber)
- Departure for Cheverny castle
- Guided tour of Cherverny castle
- Departure for Blois
- Time for lunch at Blois
- Guided tour in Blois castle
- Free time to walk around and visit the city of Blois
- Departure for hotel/hostel
- Diner and an evening out at Blois - Night at the hotel/hostel
- Breakfast and departure for Chenonceau castle
- Self-guided tour of Chenonceau castle and its magnificent gardens
- Departure for Amboise
- Time for lunch at Amboise
- Self-guided tour of the city and its monuments : Amboise castle, Clos Lucé (Leonard de Vinci’s house)
- Departure for Paris
- Arrival expected around 8.30pm
Please note that in this tour all guided tours will be done in English as well as in French.
Be sure to BOOK directly your reservation. Accepting invitation is not sufficient to participate in the event