Gardens of the Loire Valley
- Discover the gardens of Loire Valley on this 5-night garden holiday to France.
- Explore the renowned gardens of Parc Floral de la Source & Le Conservatoire International des Parc et Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire.
- Enjoy a guided tour & wine tasting in Chateau de Valmer.
- Relax with free time to explore the French city of Tours.
- Be guided by Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener throughout the tour.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To The Gardens of The Loire Valley
Discover the wonderful gardens of the Loire Valley with garden expert Iain MacDonald. On this 5-night break we’ll wander among the plants and rose gardens at Parc Floral de la Source. We’ll learn how the 16th century noblewomen influenced the enchanting French style gardens of Château de Chenonceau. It wouldn’t be a trip to France without wine tasting! We will get to tour the wine cellar in Chateau de Valmer and sample some wine from the Vouvray vineyards. We’ll visit two stunning gardens overlooking the Loire, Chateau d’Amboise and Le Conservatoire International des Parc et Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire. We’ll see the fairy-tale castle in Chateau de Rivau and its modern gardens. We’ll also have the opportunity to uncover the city of Tours in our own time and Iain will be happy to offer some suggestions. So join us on this guided garden holiday in France and uncover some of the best gardens of the Loire Valley.
Depart Dublin & Parc Floral de la Source
Depart Dublin & Parc Floral de la Source
On arrival in Paris we will board our coach for a visit to Parc Floral de la Source located in Orleans. This magnificent 35 hectare landscaped garden is divided into themed areas including a dahlia, iris and rose gardens.
Following our visit we will transfer to our hotel for our welcome meal together.
Chateau de Chenonceau & Chateau de Valmer
Chateau de Chenonceau
Following a leisurely breakfast we depart our hotel for a visit Chateau de Chenonceau which boasts two magnificent gardens in the French style, dedicated to Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.
Chateau de Valmer
After free time for lunch we travel to Chateau de Valmer overlooking the Vouvray vineyards for a guided tour by the owner of the formal terraces display flowers, roses, fruit, vegetables, statuary and fountains. We finish our visit with a tour of the wine cellars and wine tasting.
This morning we will visit Chateau d’Amboise where Italianate gardens surround the fortress overlooking the Loire. Free time in Amboise to lunch at your leisure.
Le Conservatoire International des Parc et Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
In the afternoon we will visit Le Conservatoire International des Parc et Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire. Overlooking the Loire River the doors of the chateau and park hosts the International Garden Festival from April to October.
You will have today free to explore or enjoy the hotel facilities. Iain will be happy to advise and offer suggestions on how best to spend your free time!
Chateau de Rivau and The Garden of St Cosme Priory
Chateau de Rivau
Our first visit today is to Chateau de Rivau – encircling a 15th century turreted castle, the contemporary gardens are inspired by legend and folklore.
The Garden of St Cosme Priory
This afternoon we visit Prieure de Saint Cosme, where a series of small gardens are linked by roses and dedicated to the medieval poet Pierre de Ronsard who lived here for 20 years.
Jardin Botanique de Tours and Return Home
Jardin Botanique de Tours
We check out of our hotel this morning for a visit to Jardin Botanique de Tours before transferring onwards to the airport for our return home.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
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