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Château to Château à Pied

Famous names and hidden gems

Château to Château à Pied

This easy walk through the Garden of France follows the limestone banks of the Loire. Turn inland through vineyards and flower-decked villages to take in some of the region’s most enchanting châteaux and their gardens.

Holiday Highlights

  • Authentic French Auberges and hotels with some very good dining
  • Château Chenonceau : the beautiful castle nicknamed the Chateau des Dames
  • Clos Lucé: interactive museum of Leonardo de Vinci’s inventions
  • Royal Château at Amboise
  • Château Chaumont and its quirky international garden festival
  • Château Cheverny, don’t miss feeding time of the hounds
  • Tintin interactive museum at Château Cheverny
  • Château Chambord: the most spectacular of them all

What's Included

  • 7 days walking
  • Welcome introduction
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • English rep
  • Outward station transfers
  • Return transfer to Blois
  • 7 nights half board

Starting Days

Also available as a six night holiday, beginning any day except Saturday or Sunday. The eight night holiday begins on Wednesday or Saturday.

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrival Bourréday 1

    Summary

    Settle in at your lovely hotel and maybe find time to relax by the pool or wander in the gardens before a typical French meal that evening.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Pool
    • Hotel exterior
    • Bedroom
    • Restaurant

    Château de Vallagon Bourré

    In an idyllic valley of the lovely Loir-et-Cher, Château de Vallagon is surrounded by famous Loire chateaux such as Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau. In 2005, the current Dutch owners bought this beautiful domaine and the surrounding properties. Today, with its 12 rooms and suites, Château de Vallagon is a charming three star hotel with a gastronomic restaurant where guests can enjoy an authentic French but modern cuisine. Chateau de Vallagon is surrounded by a park with fruit and nut trees. Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown in a 160 year old greenhouse and used by the Chef.

    Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor swimming pool 
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Salon
    • TV lounge
    • Free WiFi in bedrooms

    Board

    Cuisine

    Example Dishes

    Les Entrées

    • Cannellonis – homard – parmesan – herbes – mousse pleurotes 
    • Veau – thon – salade- mayonnaise – veau panée – pommes de terre 
    • Ecrevisses – œufs panés – épinards –  mayonnaise pimentée   
    • Crème – pleurotes – lardons – herbes – croûtons – moutarde
    • Boudin noir –crème betterave – st. Jacques – aceto balsamique    

    Les Viandes

    • Ris de veau – médaillon de veau – cantharelles  – sauce porto   
    • Coquelet – lentilles – carottes – lardons – herbes – betteraves 
    • Côte de porc –  pommes de terre sucre – moutarde                  
    • Faux filet – gratin – champignons de Bourré – sauce porto foie gras

    Les Poissons 

    • Risotto du chef – légumes – champignons de Bourré – parmesan
    • Thon grillé – crevettes grises – vinaigrette – haricots verts  – fettuccine
    • Homard – épinards – parmesan – pommes de terre – beurre blanc
    • Bar filet – câpres – citronnelle – tomates – gnocchis – herbes – crème petits pois
  • 2

    Bourré to Chenonceauxday 2

    Summary

    There’s time to relax and explore the surroundings before you follow the banks of the River Cher to Chenonceaux, where you’ll see the stunning château with its magnificent interior and gardens.

    Hotel
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX
    • La Roseraie CHENONCEAUX

    La Roseraie Chenonceaux

    A typically French, 3 star hotel, only 400m from Château de Chenonceau, with large spacious rooms, very attentive staff and a good menu choice. Many famous people such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman,Churchill, Rockefeller have stayed in this 18th century building. Rooms are charming, comfortable and individually decorated.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Garden
    • Terrace
    • Air-conditioning
    • TV
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking

    Board

    Cuisine

    Example menu

    Les Entrées

    • Snail in garlic butter
    • Cream of corn
    • Salad of purple cabbage with hot beef
    • Custard tart of Duck Foie Gras
    • Pastry on tomato and hot goat cheese

    Les Plats

    • Duck tenderloin with Mulled wine sauce
    • Fillet of Carlet fish with butter and capers
    • Kidney with blackcurrant
    • Oxtail of Beef, crispy with wine sauce

    6 mi
    (10km)

  • 3

    Chenonceaux to Amboiseday 3

    Summary

    A shady walk through the Forêt d’Amboise will bring you out across farmland as you approach the town. Pass the manor house where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years and stay at the 4-star Pavillon des Lys. Eat in a delightful restaurant close to your hotel.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Terrace
    • Lounge
    • Bedroom
    • Hotel exterior

    Le Pavillon des Lys Amboise

    Located in the centre of the town of Amboise, Le Pavillon des Lys is a four star hotel, with 8 bedrooms and suites, within 5 minutes walking distance from the Château d'Amboise. Bedrooms are spacious and there is a garden and a terrace for the guests.

    Facilities

    • Very large beds
    • Soundproof rooms
    • Air-conditioning
    • Television, radio, CD and DVD player, safe
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    The hotel has no restaurant. The meals are booked at the restaurant L'Alliance (2 minutes away).

    Options at L'Alliance include...

    Example Menu

    Starters
    Oysters au gratin Vouvray, Endive and smoked duck breast
    Ballottine of duck foie gras and mallard, mango chutney with Szechuan pepper

    Mains
    Roast scallops, pumpkin puree, ravioli with chestnuts and dried bacon

    Veal sweetbreads, mushrooms, truffle sauce and potatoes

    Cheese platter & dessert of your choice

    11 mi
    (18km)

  • 4

    Amboise to Chaumontday 4

    Summary

    After a little sightseeing, you’re transferred to Mosnes. From here the route leads along riverbanks and through leafy vineyards until you reach your hotel in Chaumont.

    Hotel
    • Germanic style exterior
    • Traditional interior
    • Simple bedroom

    Hostellerie du Château Chaumont- Sur -Loire

    L'Hostellerie du Château is situated in the charming village of Chaumont sur Loire, between Blois and Amboise in the center of the Grands Châteaux circuit of Chambord, Blois, Amboise, Chenonceaux. The hotel is on the edge of the Loire, at the foot of the feudal Chaumont castle which dominates the valley and the village and is renowned for its famous International Garden Festival.

    The owners, Dominique Poignon and Pascal Delsériès and their team, use their savoir-faire to lend charm and comfort to their home in order to make your stay pleasant, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel has 3 stars and 15 rooms, of which 3 are family rooms. In the summer, the meals are served on the terrace, and in the winter you can enjoy the heat from the fireplace in a dining room filled with character. During the summer months you can enjoy the swimming pool or spend a relaxing moment in the garden.

    Facilities

    • Three star accommodation
    • Satellite TV
    • Telephone
    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Lounge 
    • En suite with bath or shower
    • Traditional cuisine
    • Free WiFi
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Garden
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    The restaurant proposes traditional dishes prepared with local fresh seasonal products. The wine list is composed of various wines representing the local vintages: Touraine, Touraine Mesland, Touraine Amboise and Cheverny, as well as other vineyards from the Loire Valley which extend from Sancerre to Muscadet passing by Vouvray, Chinon, Saumur, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil and other French vines.

    Example Menu

    Entrées
    Tartare de Saumon aux Agrumes, Vinaigrette Acidulée
    Corolle de Melon, Mousse de Jambon Sec, Gelée de Pineau des Charentes
    Charlotte de Dinde et Caviar d’Aubergines, Brochette de Gambas au Tandoori

    Plats 
    Filet de Dorade Poêlé, Beurre d’Orange, Tatin d’Endives
    Emince d’Onglet de Veau aux Herbes, Légumes Confits au Curry
    Magret de Canard, Sauce Cassis, Tian de Légumes

    Desserts
    Soupe de Fruits Rouges, Ecume de Basilic, Mouillettes de Pain d’Epices
    Pêche Pochée à la Menthe, Nid de Meringue et Crème Chocolat
    Fondant Chocolat, Praliné et Noisette, Glace Fromage Blanc

    6 mi
    (10km)

  • 5

    Chaumont to Candé sur Beuvronday 5

    Summary

    Spend the morning visiting the famous château and gardens before walking to Candé and tonight’s comfortable hotel, with its excellent restaurant.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Restaurant

    Le Lion d’Or Candé sur Beuvron

    Le Lion d'Or is a small establishment, comprising of only nine rooms. The restaurant uses only the freshest products from which are created refined and original dishes. Situated in the heart of the village, Lion d'Or offers comfortable accommodation and creative traditional cuisine.

    Facilities

    • Terrace garden
    • Tastefully decorated rooms
    • Traditional cuisine

    Board

    Cuisine

    Example Menu

    Starters
    Noix de St-Jacques et boudin noir caramélisés, coulis de Butternut, pointe de piment d'Espelette, tuile de parmesan 
    Tapis craquant de daurade, granny-smith, vinaigrette aux échalotes confites.

    Main courses:
    Dos de cabillaud, purée de céleri et rutabaga, émulsion de persil légèrement aillée 
    Quasi de veau en médaillon et ses petits légumes d'automne, jus réduit et dés de pancetta.

    Deserts:
    Entremets ""chocolat-noix de coco-ananas", sorbet exotique
    Douceur "café",  façon crème brûlée, tuile croustillante aux amandes.

    5 mi
    (8km)

  • 6

    Candé sur Beuvron to Chitenayday 6

    Summary

    At Les Montils, pick up the ingredients for an al fresco lunch then head off through woodland, fields and a vintner’s yard to Chitenay and the delightful Auberge du Centre.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Lounge
    • Dining room
    • Garden

    Auberge du centre Chitenay

    The Auberge du Centre, a three star hotel with 27 bedrooms, is located in the centre of Chitenay, a small, quiet village, typical of many in this Garden of France. The hotel, though not particularly large, occupies a prominent position on the high street and is swathed in Virginia creeper. Across the road is the white tufa stone church with its little avenue of pollarded trees shading the place de l’eglise. A small shop offers basic groceries, and the wherewithal for a picnic.

    There is a pleasant comfortable bar to the front of the hotel and the restaurant runs through to the rear. There is private parking at the back of the hotel with storage and racks for Belle France bikes. The garden, home to red squirrels, has a couple of swings and enough hidey-holes amongst the colourful shrubs to keep children entertained in safety.

    From all points on this crossroads, cycle routes are signposted to Cheverny (6 miles), Chaumont (11 miles) and Chambord (15 miles) which are three of the larger chateaux within relatively easy range, and other lesser known gems are even closer.

    Facilities

    • En suite bathroom
    • Satellite television
    • Free WiFi
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Pleasant, easy cycle routes on the doorstep
    • Pretty, tranquil village location
    • Attractive garden terrace for al fresco dining
    • Friendly staff, great for families

    Board

    Cuisine

    Monsieur Martinet is clearly proud of his hotel whose restaurant has an established reputation in the Blois catchment area. The food is carefully prepared and presented fairly elaborately in some cases. The menu offers a reasonable choice and children are catered for with simplified ‘grown up’ dishes (no nuggets in evidence). Local Loire wines are much in evidence on the wine list with some good value carafes on offer, especially those from Cheverny.

    Example Menu

    Les Entrées
    Le croustillant de canard confit à la confiture d'oignons et son mesclun aux noix
    L'assiette de saumon fumé à l'Auberge, salade de betterave rouge aux herbes

    Les Plats
    Le médaillon de volaille de la ferme de la Faubonniére farcie aux pleurotes, sauce forestière écrasé de pommes de terre aux appétits
    Le filet de Lieu "sous Anna", boulgour crémeux à l'estragon et tomate confite, beurre citronné

    Les Fromages
    La sélection de fromages de chèvre et son mesclun

    Les Desserts
    L'opéra chocolat, crème de marron et glace aux grains de café
    La tarte fine aux pommes, Sauce caramel, glace pain d'épices

    10 mi
    (16km)

  • 7

    Chitenay to Cour Chevernyday 7

    Summary

    Today’s easy walk takes you through fields and woodland to the spectacular hunting château at Cheverny. Tonight’s hotel has an elegant dining room serving traditional French cuisine.

    Hotel
    • Hotel exterior
    • Dining room
    • Hotel exterior
    • Plate
    • Bedroom
    • Bedroom
    • Lounge
    • Bedroom
    • Terrace

    Hôtel Saint-Hubert Cour Cheverny

    Situated about 457m (1,500 ft.) from Château de Cheverny, at the entrance to the village Cheverny, this three star hotel was built in the 1950s in the provincial style. It does offer some family rooms. You are sure to receive a warm welcome by the owners Monsieur and Madame Tisserand in this charming and comfortable hotel.

    Facilities

    • Fully equipped rooms with a choice of shower of bath
    • Satellite television
    • Telephone
    • WiFi
    • Restaurant offering regional cuisine
    • Restaurant 

    Board

    Cuisine

    Chef Carl Bigot offers you his regional gourmet specialities and game when in season.

    Example Menu

    Les Entrées
    Cassolette d'Escargots de Bourgogne au Chablis et Crème d'Ail
    Terrine de Lièvre  Mariné à l'Armagnac
    Tartare de Saint-Jacques et Thon Albacore en Sauce Basilic sur Petite Salade
    Millefeuilles de Foie Gras de Canard Maison et Poires Caramélisées 

    Les Plats
    Sauté de Chevreuil à La Royale, Pommes de Terre et Champignons
    Filet de Saint-Pierre au Vin Blanc de Loire et Légumes du Soleil
    Tête de Veau Roulée avec Langue et ses Légumes d'Hiver, Sauce Gribiche
    Filet de Boeuf (origine Européenne) Façon Rossini, Tian de Légumes 

    Les Desserts
    Good choice in the desert menu
      

    6.5 mi
    (10km)

  • 8

    Cour Cheverny to Chambordday 8

    Summary

    Château Chambord is approached through vast parklands – a beautiful and fitting end to your exploration of the Loire. After your visit to the château, our rep will transfer you to Blois for your final night and a beautiful chambre d’hote and gourmet dinner in the l’Orangerie Chateau restaurant.

    Hotel
    • White frontage of hotel with foliage
    • Rustic French hotel room
    • Rustic French lounge with fireplace

    Maison du Carroir Blois

    This bed & breakfast in the heart of the Loire Valley offers a pleasant stay and friendly service from Mme Galland, who is extremely attentive. There are four large bedrooms, each with its own decor and atmosphere, as well as a pretty garden and terrace. Many of the most notable châteaux are only a short distance away.

     

    Facilities

    • En suite rooms
    • TV
    • Free Wifi
    • Garden
    • Terrace

    Board

    Cuisine

    A gourmet breakfast is served in the garden in summer, and around the fireplace in winter. Includes bread, local cheeses, homemade mini cakes, fruit, jams and fresh juice.

    11 mi
    (18km)

Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday

  • 6 NIGHT OPTION

    The six night holiday begins in Amboise (day 3) and walking starts from there the following morning. £200 reduction.

Customer Reviews

100% rating based on 6 reviews

Recent reviews

  • Great from start to finish - our rep in France, Robin, was particularly helpful and offered the hat off his head, literally. Hotels and food were all terrific. Our only minor commwnt is that some of the maps may need to be reviewed for accuracy, clairy and consistency. Having said that, we didnt get lost so all good in the end.

    5 out of 5

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  • Service rating : Bell France arranged all perfectly! No problems. Our greeter and luggage handler, Robin was very helpful. Staff at most lodges were great. Beautiful country. Good food.Product : good lodging, great food, great food presentation, pleasant hikes through th ecountry side. fun

    5 out of 5

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  • Service rating : very goodProduct : good time representative great got lost a couple times would have liked a big map to show me where I was

    4 out of 5

    Belle France Response: Thank you for your feedback, we are in the process of enlarging our maps in the route books for clarity and simplification... but we are also considering adding a large map to give an overview of the route,
    as we do for many of our holidays. I am sorry that we did not put one in your pack and we would have course sent you a map if you had requested this.
    I am glad that you found our English rep Robin helpful and we do hope that you will consider another holiday with us next year.

    Kind regards
    Lorna

    Lorna

  • Service rating : The service from Belle France was exceptional in every way. My wife & I have travelled extensively in the last 5 years since our retirement but have never experienced such a level of service and professionalism.Product : The Chateau to Chateau walk was a most memorable and wonderful experience. The hotels were tops the villages and scenery out of this world and our accommodation at Blois was OMG brilliant

    5 out of 5

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  • Service rating : Fantastic company to deal with that put together a wonderful holiday with extra days added at both ends with ease and courtesy. This is an excellent company that gives the customer what they want and more. Would more than happily recommend them to anyone. Their attention to every detail has to be admired. Lorna the rep is excellent.Product : Wonderful hotels from the best Chateau to the best of hotels to the best of B & B giving you a taste of the different levels of accommodation France has to offer. The food was excellent or better and we have just had the most amazing holiday.

    5 out of 5

    Belle France Response: Thanks very much for the lovely review and we look forward to booking another fantastic holiday for you in the future.

    Lorna

  • Service rating : Local agent was 1st class, helpful in every way and made the holiday one to recommend and be repeated.Product : Hotels very comfortable, food excellent. Perfect after walking from hotel to hotel and building up an appetite.

    5 out of 5

    Belle France Response: Yes we very much agree, our English rep in this region is wonderful and we are lucky to have him on our team. We are glad you liked the mix of hotels, walks and good hearty food. Look forward to booking for you again in 2015.

    Lorna

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  • From £1359 per person

  • Outward Depart St Pancras International station, change stations in Paris and trains at St Pierre des Corps. 8 night holiday arrive Montrichard late afternoon transfer to hotel included (5 mins). 6 night holiday arrive Amboise transfer to hotel included.

    Return Depart Blois station, change trains at St Pierre des Corps and stations in Paris. Arrive St Pancras International station late afternoon.

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