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Loire Prestige à Pied Loire
Loire Prestige à Pied
Enchanting châteaux and picturesque villages
Loire Prestige à Pied
Live like a king on this luxurious holiday, which takes you through scenic countryside to some of the Loire’s most prestigious châteaux. The easy walk follows pathways alongside the river and through vineyards, to luxury hotels and gourmet cuisine at the end of each day.
- Châteaux and luxury hotels
- Michelin starred dinners and gourmet 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
You can choose to begin this holiday on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Itinerary & Hotels
Arrival Château de Chissay day 1
This imposing 16th century château offers a large outdoor pool, a vaulted dining room and peaceful inner courtyard; a wonderful setting in which to begin your exploration of the Loire valley.
Château de Chissay
For an authentic château atmosphere, a night in this former 13th century fortress is sure to satisfy. Set in a beautiful 10 acre park, this 4 star hotel can provide beautiful, individually designed accommodation from which you can admire the views.
Chateau de Chissay, is an ancient royal residence set in the heart of the Loire Valley. Rooms overlook the park, the swimming pool or the 15th century courtyard. Rooms are individually furnished in 19th century style. The bathrooms are decorated with mosaics featuring the characters of the French history that is stamped on this chateau. Once occupied by German troops and then renovated in 1986, the buildings are representative of the years of Touraine architecture. Set in the midst of pleasant countryside, Chissay resembles one of the chateaux that decorate the Book of Hours of the Duke of Berry.
- Rooms are individually designed and have en suite facilities
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Gothic style vaulted dining room
Dinner is served in the Room of the Guards or the Gothic room, which is more intimate for the quiet evenings. The food and the wines are inspired by the region.
Day trip from Chissay day 2
After threading through the ancient village of Chissay, cross open fields and vineyards to Chisseaux and then follow the River Cher to the fabulous Château de Chenonceau. After viewing the gardens and interior of this architectural masterpiece, return along the banks of the Cher for a second night at the Château de Chissay.
Chissay to Amboise day 3
A peaceful walk takes you through woodland to the historic town of Amboise. Stay at the Château de Pray, which dates back to the 13th century and has a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Château de Pray
You will not fail to be impressed by the beauty of this historical 13th century château. With its fortress towers and Renaissance façade and set in a 12-acre park, this is a real romantic hideaway. Chateau de Pray lies in the heart of the prestigious Loire Chateaux region. A mile west of the town center, this château from 1224 resembles a tower-flanked castle on the Rhine. Inside, you'll find antlers, hunting trophies and a panelled drawing room with a fireplace and a collection of antique oils.
Inside this beautiful exterior reigns a certain bygone charm. The rooms are furnished with 16th and 18th century furniture and the en suite bathrooms are decorated with marble and wood. The swimming pool and vast terrace are ideal places to relax.
- 4 star chateau hotel
- Heated outdoor pool
- Individually designed, en suite rooms
- Gastronomic restaurant
The restaurant, one star in the Michelin guide, offers quality regional food, much of which is supplied by the kitchen garden and transformed into creative dishes by Chef Frédéric Brisset. Discover an imaginative, tasty and colourful cuisine made of fresh and seasonal products.
Blue lobster “boule de Siam” and oxalis
Cod, tomatoes from St Genouph, green beans and basil
Slow roasted duck, Chanterelles and English cherries
Strawberries from Loire Valley, fennel and astina cress
Amboise day walk day 4
Amble into Amboise and visit Leonardo Da Vinci’s residence, Le Clos Lucé, or stock up on French produce in the town. Stay at the luxurious Le Pavillon de Lys and enjoy your meal in a nearby restaurant.
Le Pavillon des Lys
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.
- Very large beds
- Soundproof rooms
- Television, radio, CD and DVD player, safe
- Free WiFi
The hotel has no restaurant. The meals are booked at the restaurant L'Alliance (2 minutes away).
Options at L'Alliance include...
Oysters au gratin Vouvray, Endive and smoked duck breast
Ballottine of duck foie gras and mallard, mango chutney with Szechuan pepper
Roast scallops, pumpkin puree, ravioli with chestnuts and dried bacon
Veal sweetbreads, mushrooms, truffle sauce and potatoes
Cheese platter & dessert of your choice
Amboise to Noizay day 5
A short walk through the fertile fields of the Loire Valley leads to the opulent Château de Noizay in the heart of the Vouvray vineyards. The hotel gardens house an outdoor pool and tennis court.
Château de Noizay
Chateau de Noizay, in the heart of the Loire, close to Vouvray vineyards, is a charmingly constructed 16th century edifice set on 24 hectares of land overlooking the wine making village of Noizay. Surrounded by 6 hectares of park with centuries old trees, it has a delightful formal garden. The lobby and its magnificent staircase, majestic stained glass and tapestries, salons adorned with velvet and silk hangings and the library all offer moments of joy, great and small, throughout the day.
The 19 bedrooms are furnished with 16th and 18th century furniture but modern comfort has not been forgotten; every room is equipped with satellite television, a safe and mini-bar. Free WiFi is available in public areas. The swimming pool and southern-exposed terrace are ideal places to relax.
- 4 star hotel.
- Gourmet restaurant.
- Outdoor heated pool.
- Tennis court
- Gardens and terraces ideal for relaxing
There are two restaurants at Noizay offering wonderful gourmet menus and a splendid selection of some of the best wines of the region. Chef Frédéric Collin, who took over from Sébastien Hervé, offers a delicious cuisine based on regional products, the seasons, and local flavours – and in perfect harmony with the surroundings.
Amuse bouche du moment
The brave from the Atlantic (salmon maki with avocado and banana)
Le Bouquer Laper (rabbit, stuffed with foie gras and barigoule vegetable)
Thick steak of hake, Paimpol's white beans.
Or The Farmer's chicken, celery and barbecue sauce.
Le Paris-Brest (choux pastry stuffed with praline-flavoured mousseline and garnished with flaked almonds)
Or Le Marronnier grillé (sweet chestnut, millefeuille and litchi sorbet)
Noizay to Vouvray day 6
Leaving Noizay, walk through vast acres of the Vouvray vines to the village of Vernou. Climb the slopes above Vouvray before descending through the village to reach the unique hotel Les Hautes Roches. You may spend the night in a troglodyte chamber hewn into the cliff face with spectacular views of the mighty River Loire. Dinner tonight in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
Hôtel Les Hautes Roches
Rising up over the banks of the royal river just a few minutes from the centre of Tours, an 18th century manor house nestled against a cliff is lit up by the Loire Valley's gentle light. From the moment you arrive, the hotel personnel's welcome is as simple and warm as the surroundings. It is this unique atmosphere at the Hautes Roches hotel that transforms every moment of your stay into a remarkable experience.
The hotel has 14 rooms, all facing south and overlooking the meandering Loire river. Twelve rooms are sculpted into the rock, the 2 others are situated on the first floor of the manor house. It is only natural that in such an unusual environment, every room must be unique. Unique in terms of the care and attention paid to the decor where high-quality materials and the rock create subtle harmonies, but also the unique characteristics created by a living space carved into the rock: calm, comfort and above all, originality. It was the passion of one builder, Philippe Mollard, that lead to the renovation of these caves that once belonged to the Marmoutier Abbey. After a long period of renovation the dormitories initially reserved for the monks were transformed and became part of the Relais & Chateaux family in 1991. From that moment on the Hautes Roches hotel has retained its title as France's leading luxury Troglodytic hotel.
- Gourmet restaurant
- Magical location
- Heated pool - May to September
- Wonderful troglodyte bedrooms
- Warm and friendly welcome
At the intimate gastronomic restaurant located in "la gentilhommière," Didier Edon proposes a traditional, whilst at the same time bold, cuisine, inspired by seafood.
Note: In busy periods Château de Chissay may be replaced by Auberge du Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux
Route & Location
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Belle France: Thank you so much for your feedback, we quite understand the impact that the missing bag would have had at the end of your holiday.
This is the first time in the 30 years that Belle France has been operating, that a clients bag has gone missing. Despite all our efforts in contacting other clients at hotel Noizay and other Loire agents to see if the bag had been taken in error, unfortunately we could not locate the bag. It was unfortunate that the bag had in fact been left in the hotel foyer and not handed over to the receptionist. The hotel had therefore not seen the bag and so had not safely stored it ready for collection by our rep, Clive.
We have been in constant communication with the hotel and I have of course spoken to them regarding compensation but unfortunately I do not have the ultimate say in their decision.
Thank you also for your comment regarding the new construction and we will of course ask our rep Clive to check this route and will update our notes for future clients.
7th June 2016
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