This circuit encompasses several of the most important Renaissance loire castles. We will visit: Cheverny (17th century) which has been owned by the same family for 7 centuries, Chambord, the hugest of all castles built by Francis Ist, Chaumont sur Loire (15th century), Amboise (15th century) royal castle residence of several French kings, Chenonceau, known as the “Castle of the ladies”. All these castles are between Cher and Loire valleys, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley to its list of World Heritage Sites.
INDICATIVE ITINERARY :
Day 1 : Arrival at Montrichard train station, transfer at 6.30 pm to the hotel Château de Vallagon, or in hotel toMontrichard.
Day 2: After the presentation and distribution of the horses, we leave to reach Fougères sur Bièvre. We lunch at the foot of his castle. It offers the ideal image of a small fortified castle from the end of the 15th century with a curtain wall, a donjon, artillery gunboats, a walkway and machicolations. In the late afternoon, the beautifully furnished castle of Cheverny welcomes us for the visit. This estate is a seigneurial property that has belonged to the same family for more than six centuries. From the Botanical Park to the splendid interior of the castle, from the Tintin exhibition to the forest park, the owners invite you to discover a fantastic heritage, authentic and lively. Dinner and overnight in bed and breakfast or at the hotel
Day 3 : In the morning, we take the direction of Chambord, where we picnic. Chambord is the largest of the Loire castles. It is an unrivaled architectural achievement with its double-staged central staircase, a marvel of elegance, located in the heart of a vast natural forest reserve of 5,440 hectares where deer is the king of the place. We visit the castle after lunch. We continue our hike towards the castle of Villesavin, dating from the sixteenth century. It was executed by the same French and Italian masters and workers who realized the great royal mansions. It has reached us, through four centuries, in an almost perfect integrity. Dinner and overnight in bed and breakfast or at the hotel.
Day 4 : We ride through the forest to arrive at the castle of Beauregard, stage for our picnic. Former hunting lodge of Chambord, built on the orders of Francis I, it has always been known for its famous Gallery of Portraits. A monumental work of 3 generations with 327 portraits of illustrious figures, a remarkable lapis lazuli ceiling (7 times the value of gold) and an exceptional paving of 5600 Delft earthenware tiles. After the visit of the castle, we leave with our horses for the village of Candé-sur-Beuvron. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 : We reach the village of Chaumont sur Loire by the banks of the Loire. Chaumont is also known for its feudal castle which overlooks the valley and the village. It is a charming village, classified in the Inventory of World Heritage of the U.N.E.C.O. Picnic near the castle. Dating from the end of the 15th century, it illustrates both the defensive architecture of the Gothic period and the architecture of amenity of the Renaissance. Not to be missed are the stables of the 19th century, considered the most luxurious in Europe for the time. After visiting the castle, we cross the woods of Sudais to reach our evening stage in the countryside. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Departure at 10 am on horseback. We go along the Loire by the beach, then we go up the hill and discover some areas of vineyards and cereal crops. Arrival in Amboise for a picnic and visit of the castle. The fifteenth century is the period of splendor of Amboise that the kings Louis XI, Charles VIII, and François I ° enlarge and embellish. In the afternoon, we cross the forest of Amboise. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: After breakfast we head towards the magnificent castle of Chenonceau. It is built on the Cher, whose waters reflect the unique beauty of its Renaissance architecture. Chenonceau was named "Château des Dames" for the history of France, built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, saved from the rigors of the Revolution by Madame Dupin. It is the jewel of the Loire Valley. We lunch on the site and we visit the castle. In the early afternoon, we leave the banks of the Cher to join the evening stage. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 : After breakfast, time to say “goodbye” and departure for the Monrichard train station around 9:00 am.
This ride can be run in reverse side at some dates.
This program is indicative. It may have modifications or adjustments according to the technical criteria, the imponderables, the safety requirements or the climatic conditions of the moment