Jewels of the Loire: Medieval & Renaissance Chateaux
11 May — 18 May 2020 | Tour Director: Andrew Spira
• Explore the landscape of the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley
• Enjoy the magnificent treasure houses of the French kings from the peak of the Renaissance
• Visit the final home of Leonardo da Vinci and discover a variety of little-known masterpieces
Andrew was a specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons at the Temple Gallery, London, before working as a curator at the V&A Museum.
Depart London Stansted 0730, arriving Tours 0950. Transfer to Best Western Central Hotel, Tours, for seven nights. Afternoon visit to Cathédrale Saint-Gatien followed by a short cruise on the Loire (weather permitting). Welcome & introduction.
Whole day excursion to Angers: chateau, cathedral, Musée des Beaux Arts, Musée Jean Lurçat.
Morning visit to Montreuil-Bellay for a tour of the chateau and wine tasting. Afternoon: Abbaye de Fontevraud.
Chateaux visits: Clos Lucé (final home of Leonardo da Vinci), Amboise and Villandry.
Morning in Tours: guided tour of the Musée des Beaux Arts, followed by some free time. Afternoon visit to Chateau de Chambord.
Chateaux visits: Cheverny, Blois and Beauregard.
Depart Tours 1015, arriving Stansted 1115.
11 May — 18 May 2020
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"Andrew is an excellent communicator: knowledgeable, modest, attentive and empathetic to the needs of the group."
- previous ACE traveller with Andrew Spira
This tour requires a good level of fitness, as we have a full itinerary, making the most out of our stay in this beautiful region. There is a significant amount of walking, including over cobbles and uneven surfaces. Because of the age of some buildings, steps are of differing sizes and depths and some ceilings are low.
Cost of £2295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £315.
Own flight reduction: £150.