If you like bicycling on quiet roads, if you like châteaux, if you like French food
Are you with me here? Thought so. Nothing to object to. A long-time favorite returns to the season line-up with this Loire Valley tour.
We'll stay two nights in Chinon, where the local ch√¢teau once was home to Plantagenet kings and both Rabelais (wickedly French satirist) and Joan of Arc (saintly French martyr) are immortalized in bronze.
This is châteaux country, pretty as a picture and within easy reach of Paris, so a natural choice for the ruling classes country homes. Some homes. We'll pass Château d'Ussé, a romantic mélange of styles that inspired the 17th-century writer Charles Perrault to invent the story of Sleeping Beauty. At Azay-le-Rideau, we'll visit the famous château where Henri IV's beloved mistress, Gabrielle d'Estrées, lived when she wasn't with the king.
US$ 2590 Guided
11 nights, daily breakfast and dinner, group transfer from and to the airport; English-speaking guide, support van, bicycle rental, all entrance fees, and our famous t-shirt.