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Château to Château à Pied Loire

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: home of Leonardo de Vinci and interactive museum
  • 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 the region

What's Included

  • 6 days easy walking
  • 7 nights, half-board/B&B
  • Welcome introduction
  • Outward station transfers
  • Return transfer to Blois
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Comprehensive route notes
  • Belle France 24hr Support

Itinerary & Hotels

  • 1

    Arrive Chenonceaux day 1

    Summary

    Arrive at Hôtel Restaurant La Roseraie where there will be time to relax and explore the surroundings before your evening meal.

    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
    (10 km)

  • 2

    Chenonceaux to Amboise day 2

    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
    (18 km)

  • 3

    Amboise to Chaumont day 3

    Summary

    A walk through Amboise and on 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
    (10 km)

  • 4

    Chaumont to Candé sur Beuvron day 4

    Summary

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

    Hotel
    • Auberge de la Callière garden
    • Auberge de la Callière

    Auberge de Callière
    Candé- sur -Beuvron

    A relaxing hotel set in pretty gardens with a gastronomic restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Terrace and garden
    • Free WiFi
    • Gourmet restaurant
    • Bar
    • Sound proofed rooms

    Board

    Cuisine

    5 mi
    (8 km)

  • 5

    Candé sur Beuvron to Chitenay day 5

    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
    (16 km)

  • 6

    Chitenay to Cour Cheverny day 6

    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 or bath
    • Satellite television
    • Telephone
    • WiFi
    • Restaurant offering regional cuisine

    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 dessert menu

    7 mi
    (10 km)

  • 7

    Cour Cheverny to Chambord day 7

    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
    (18 km)

Route & Location

Customise Your Holiday

  • 5 NIGHT OPTION

    The five night holiday begins in Amboise and walking starts from there the following morning. Please call for pricing.

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