The Loire valley and its châteaux have charmed visitors for centuries. Their ornate architecture, elaborate decoration and lavishly planted gardens were designed to impress. They became the playgrounds of the French nobility and ultimately contributed to their downfall.
Riding from château to château takes you back to the 16th century when the surrounding land was reserved as royal hunting grounds. Highlights include the Grand Château de Chambord constructed like many others in the distinct French Renaissance style that blended traditional medieval and classical Italian forms.
Your guide, Anne-France, brings history to life with stories of the political and royal intrigues that have been linked with these magnificent estates from the time of Richard the Lionhart and the Knights Templar, through to Joan of Arc and the Valois and Bourbon Kings.
Enjoy gourmet picnics of local delicacies and elegant candle-lit dinners with fine cuisine