LOIRE VALLEY - castles in the mist; hues of red and gold

25th-31st October 2020

I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.'

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

To journey around the chateaux of the Loire Valley is to step into an enchanted, fairytale land where castles rise majestically and dense dark forests create the backdrop. Stunningly elegant gardens surround the magnificent Renaissance monuments, and three wide, gently flowing rivers pass through this magical region.

A part of the world disproportionately blessed with riches - the Loire Valley is a lush green land of gently undulating countryside interspersed with charming towns and magnificent, storybook castles.

Undoubtedly an exceptional place to visit in the Autumn; chateaux looming out of the early morning mist while vineyards stretch along its majestic river providing the autumn evenings with a tapestry of purple and gold as their leaves wither and fade.

 

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE SEEN IN OUR ONLINE PRESENTATION

We have based ourselves just outside the city of Tours- the gateway to the region. It has  a well preserved cultural heritage and is small enough to be navigable on foot.

Tours benefits from a number  parks and gardens which offer a tranquil retreat from the energetic vibe  of the city.

The old town has a medieval atmosphere with with its winding  paved streets, wooden pitched roofs and bustling  squares

The region is known for its fine food and Tours is indisputably  a town of culture and gastronomy. We will have no difficulty in finding agreeable bistros to rest our weary bones at the end of the day.

A wealth of regional and artisanal products awaits those in need of a little retail therapy. The creative vibe is pervasive - and contemporary design and crafts are well represented amongst the more traditional attractions.

 

Accommodation options are plentiful in this region. We have opted for the Château Belmont just outside Tours. It offers a mix of authentic French cuisine and decor, beautiful gardens and within easy reach of many of the attractions we hope to visit.

There is a spa and a swimming pool onsite with many attraction close by so would be ideal for a non-photographing partner to enjoy.

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PRICING: 

SINGLE ROOM, STANDARD £2,595

SINGLE ROOM, UPGRADE £2,750

DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING - 20%

Partner rate (non photographing)  £975

Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt out and we will cover your contribution.

INCLUDES:

Six nights  single room accommodation at the Château Belmont  including breakfast.

Transfers to and from Nantes airport (if your flight coincides with ours).

Tuition from Denis and Valda

Max, 10 clients.

EXCLUDES

Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.

Average temperature High 17°, Low 8°C

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

Midday Easyjet from London, Gatwick - details to follow

Flying time about two hours.

GMT +1 hours

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