• Sunset dinner on a traditional river barge
  • Gourmet cuisine and fine wines
  • Play boules with local villagers
  • Stay in a 15th-century chateau
  • Wine tasting in a troglodyte cave

The Loire, France's most fabled river, is our companion for this Walk through the historic garden of France. Crossing undulating countryside and fertile riverbanks, we encounter a royal abbey, privately owned chateaux, vineyards and orchards, underground passageways and troglodyte caves. We dine on traditional local produce, visit a mushroom farm, sample the sparkling and still wines of Saumur, play locals at the ancient game of boules de fort and enjoy a delightful dinner on board a traditional barge on the river Loire as we watch the sun set.

In Chinon we discover a medieval fortress where Joan of Arc met Charles VII and we visit Fontevraud, the royal necropolis of the Plantagenet family: Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lion-Heart, and the only mixed monk and nun community in France. Nearby we enjoy strolling through a charming medieval floral garden.

"The guides are very well chosen and make connections we haven't had with other companies"
Terrain: Orchards, vineyards and woodlands, some hills. 9-11 miles walking per day.


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(Single Supplement $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,195.00


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Arrival: Saumur Rail Station
Departure: St Pierre des Corps Rail Station


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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants