Follow Wendy and Haleigh in Loire Valley!
Wendy and Haleigh are American photographers and cultural influencers.
They are taking us in the magical Loire Valley and sharing their experiences using the hashtag #TimeTravelFrance
DAY 1: Monday, September 19th - First day in Paris
Situated on the prestigious Champs-Elysées, the Petit Palais is an architectural gem of the Art Nouveau style. Its collection is impressive: among others, one can admire masterpieces by Courbet, Cézanne, Monet, and Delacroix.
DAY 2: Tuesday, September 20th - En route to the Loire Valley
Etymologically, Amboise means ‘between two waters’, indeed, the town is situated between la Loire and l'Amasse, and is particularly famous for its Château.This iconic monument and its landscaped gardens offer one of the finest views of the Loire Valley, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Located at 500 metres from the Château d'Amboise, the Clos Lucé is a small castle built in the 15th century, where Leonardo da Vinci, invited by King Francois1er, spent the last three years of his life.
- Departure by private transfer from the hotel "Les Jardins d’Eiffel" to Montparnasse rail station
- Train Paris Montparnasse to Saint-Pierre des Corps
- Arrival at Saint-Pierre des Corps
- Lunch at "Le Patio"
- Visit: Château d’Amboise
- Drink at "Le Shaker" bar
- Dinner at the Bistro "Chez Bruno"
- Check-in at the Hôtel "Au Charme Rabelaisien"
DAY 3: Wednesday, September 21st - Visiting Clos Lucé and Chenonceau
The town of Chenonceau is home to one of the second most visited château in France, after Versailles. This iconic landmark is known for its unique architecture: a subtle blend of late Gothic and early Renaissance styles.
- Visit: Château Le Clos Lucé
- Lunch at the gastronomic restaurant "L'Orangerie" in the Château de Chenonceau
- Visit: Château de Chenonceau
- Hot Air Ballooning Tour above the Château de Chenonceau
- Dinner at "L'Etape Gourmande" in Villandry
- Night at Hotel B&B "Les Ifs"
DAY 4: Thursday, September 22nd - Azay-le-Rideau and Tours
An architectural mixture of French tradition and Italian Renaissance style, Azay-le-Rideau’s château was built during the reign of François 1er.
Enjoy a visit of Tours, and walk around the medieval district (le Vieux Tours), on the many bridges crossing the river Loire, and observe the typical architecture of the buildings, with their white and blue slate roofs. Tours is often called “Le jardin de la France”, because the town offers a multitude of parks and gardens to admire.
- Visit: Château d'Azay le Rideau
- Lunch at Château d’Azay le Rideau
- Drive from Azay le Rideau to Tours
- Car rental checkout
- Free time in Tours
- Dinner at "Le QG"
- Night at "Le Grand Hotel"
DAY 5: Friday, September 23rd - Nantes
Enjoy a whole day in Nantes, and a nice walk along the docks of the city that has been elected Green European Capital.
- Train from Tours to St Pierre des Corps
- Arrival in Nantes
- Visit: Machines de l’île
- Lunch at "La Cantine du Voyage"
- Visit of the city
- Drink at "Le Nid"
- Dinner at "La Cigale"
- Night in Hotel "Okko Nantes Le Château"
DAY 6: Saturday, September 24th - Back to Paris