The Kings Path. From the famed Loire River walk the Royal château route, hiking via the green Sologne forest, to the famous Touraine Vineyards, a route enabling you to enjoy the richness of the Loire.
From the famed Loire River walk the Royal château route, hiking via the green Sologne forest, to the famous Touraine Vineyards, a route enabling you to enjoy the richness of the Loire Valley area with its unique flavour. An easy to moderate walk in one of the most beautiful parts of France.
£745 per person (based on two people sharing) £180 single room supplement. Supplement of £70 for one person walking alone. An extra night in Blois in 3* hotel on B & B basis: £45 pp with a single supplement of £28
When to Go:
Daily March to October
Day 1: Arrival in Blois.
Discover the town with its handsome streets and its château offering a brilliant illustration of the evolution of French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. Overnight and dinner.
Day 2: Blois – Bracieux
Departure for a walking stage through the forest to reach the pretty village of Bracieux situated at the edge of the Sologne. Overnight Bracieux. Dinner in local restaurant.21 km/13 miles
Day 3: To Chombard
Walk to the magnificent Château of Chambord, one of the largest Châteaux of the Loire Valley, built mainly under King Francois I, passing through the huge Forest Estate covering more than 5500 hectares. Overnight Bracieux, dinner not included.21 km/13 miles
Day 4: Bracieux – Chitenay
Walk via Cheverny, well known for its Château still inhabited by the owners, and known for its hunting traditions, before proceeding to the charming village of Chitenay. Overnight and dinner Chitenay.21 km/13 miles
Day 5: Transfer by taxi to Choussy: Choussy – Montrichard
Leaving the Sologne area through the vineyards, you will reach the Cher Valley and the villages of Bourré and Montrichard. Overlooked by vineyards, these typical villages shelter remarkable underground mushroom beds where you can now discover the secrets of mushroom cultivation. Overnight Montrichard, dinner in local restaurant.19 km/11.8 miles
Day 6: To Chenonceaux
Following the Cher river, this excursion will bring you to Chenonceaux, famous for its Renaissance chateau spanning the river, still thought of in association with the famous women of French History: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis. Overnight Montrichard, dinner not included.21 km/13 miles or 25 km/15.6 miles
Day 7: Montrichard – Amboise
Leave the Cher river to join the Loire. Cross the forest of Amboise before reaching the charming town of Amboise itself where you will have the opportunity to visit the Royal Château (where the most important Kings of France lived) or the Parc Leonardo Da Vinci, last home of Leonardo Da Vinci, with an astonishing collection of models representing his genius. Overnight Amboise, dinner in local restaurant.22 km/13.75 miles
Day 8: Departure from Amboise.