Loire Valley holiday, Castles and Terroir

“A week to discover the Loire, based in a watermill in the heart of the valley, near Bléré, you can opt to have your own chauffeur guide. Good thing too, with all that fine wine at every turn.”


Watermill accommodation in Loire Valley | Bléré | Amboise Castle | Vouvray wine tour | Château Montpoupon | La Magnanerie de Bourré | Tuffeau caves | Château de Chenonceau | Barge trip on Loire River | Chambord Castle

Description of Loire Valley holiday, Castles and Terroir

On this tailor made Loire Valley holiday we can fit in as many chateaus, sights and sipping of fine wines as you like, however this sample itinerary below has been a great favourite with guests to date.

A region full of cultural heritage, fine architecture and stunning landscapes, we have chosen a 16th century water mill for you to stay in, part of a former monastery and enveloped by the Loire Valley’s natural riches. Located within walking distance of Bléré, go on walks to explore vineyard covered hills, visit chateaux such as magnificent Chenonceau, take a river barge trip on the Loire and visit the troglodytic site at “La Magnanerie de Bourré with its famous silk worm cave.

At the mill, stay in one of four large and elegant guest bedrooms, all ensuite. Breakfast is included, including fresh local fruits, fine French bread of course, and plenty of homemade jams. We also include a French dinner in the traditional “table d’hôtes” style, dining together with your hosts and other guests at the mill. A highlight for many of our guests, this make a great start to a lovely week in the Loire.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The Val de Loire has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites since 30 November 2000.
The listing specifically covers the Val de Loire and the area situated in general between the two hillsides that border the river between Sully-sur-Loire (Loiret) and Chalonnes-sur-Loire (Maine-et-Loire), a distance of 280 km and an area of almost 800 sq. km.

In these program, discover the charming scenery of the Loire Valley: authentic villages, vineyards on hillsides as far as the eye can see, immersed in the unique light of the Loire, make you savor all the pleasures that the green and lush “Garden of France” offers you.

Our agency tries to promote mainly eco-friendly activities with no harm to environment. The trip focus on enjoying nature and the beauty of the Loire Valley. All the trips are self-guided. This aims to have a more personal and rich experience. We make efforts in giving as much information as possible to the travelers about the region they are visiting. This to ensure that even without a guide, the travelers are aware about the sensitivity of the region they visit. As an example, we plan a visit a to an organic wine producer in Vouvray.

Because this area is only accessible by car, when selecting a car for the road trip, we search for low consumption car. Nevertheless, once within the region, we provide the traveler with details for hike, walks and where to rent a bike.

We focus our guest’s attention on local efforts to preserve flora and fauna and we like to think holidays significantly contribute to raising awareness environment. We ask our guests to be aware of their electricity and hot water consumption when they travel with us. We advise our guests about local regulations and protected areas at each destination.

Our office minimizes the use of paper by using internet, emails and for marketing purposes we also make use of websites. Our vouchers are electronic to avoid massive use of paper. When we have to use paper, we use the APUR paper, and our Brother’s cartridges are brought to the recycle center, which has a partnership with CoolEarth.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our aim is to offer customers a chance to discover the Loire Valley, a secret France by offering a original itineraries off the beaten path. Customers will stay at in a small guesthouse in Bourré, the accommodation is a small B&B away from the city centers and from the crowds. They are in the most authentic places. As always, our B&B have been selected to ensure that you will be able to exchange with you host and meet locals.

You will have the chance to meet people that offer warm hospitality, ensure comfort and cleanliness and who are willing to share their environment. We select local suppliers that have the same vision as us to reduce the environmental impact of tourism and preserve local surroundings.

We have selected local guides and craftsmen to ensure that our activity benefits the local economy. Our guides are able to offer an insight into the local culture and are able to guide visitors to less known sites and unknown treasures.

Our vast experience and extensive knowledge enable us to propose packages that will give a true insight into the country they visit. Packages are selected in close relationship with customers and suppliers. We guarantee to replace or refund unavailable products, giving reassurance to the customer.


1 Reviews of Loire Valley holiday, Castles and Terroir

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

visiting chateaux

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure they book Catherine as she really knows a great deal about the area and can find the best things for you to see/visit/eat

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

we spent money in the local area on a few occasions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

10 - relaxing, enjoyable even in the heatwave

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