Situated on the banks of the lower river Loire between Orléans and Tours, Blois is the capital of the Loir-et-Cher department in central France. In 1986, Blois was given the “Ville d’art et d’histoire” label, a description awarded by the Ministry of Culture to cities that work to enhance and protect their heritage.
Taxi from Blois to Chambord.
This small town is best known as the location of the Château de Chambord, the largest in the Loire Valley. It is one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture. The Chambord castle appears suddenly at the edge of a path, and the sight of its white massive structure that widens and takes shape, little by little, produces a dramatic impression, which is even more striking at sunset.
After visiting the castle (even if you did it yesterday), you will walk to Bracieux. In this stage, you will cross the unspoilt nature of Loire Valley and its famous vineyards.
You have now reached a pleasant hamlet called Bracieux. Breath in the peaceful atmosphere of this area. After reaching “Les Ogonières”, walk along and across a small lake called “Le Grand Cotlereau”. Now, the road to Cheverny is “Le Chemin aux boeufs”, an ancient way, which was used to transfer bullock herds from Limousin to Paris.
After crossing Cheverny forest you enter the town where you will stop for the night.
Taxi from Cheverny to Montrichard.
Montrichard is dominated by the gorgeous ruined medieval castle, Château de Montrichard. The castle was constructed by Foulques Nerra, Count of Anjou, and rebuilt in the 12th century. Leaving the town you will go along Cher River. Follow the path to Chissay, Saint-Georges, Franceuil and Chenonceaux; places which combine history with culture and heritage. The entrance to the Chenonceaux castle looks like something out of a fairytale. You’ll see it 1km before you cross Cher River and enter the town.
About 26 km east of Tours, Chenonceaux is situated on the right bank of the Cher River. It is a small but beautiful village in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area, right next to the Forest of Amboise. After visiting Chenonceaux castle, go to Civray-de-Touraine and follow the trail to Amboise through the forest. Enjoy the small lakes and idyllic clearings at every turn of the way.
Taxis from Amboise to Chaumont.
Chaumont-sur-Loire is a charming village on the banks of the Loire. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chaumont-sur-Loire is known for its feudal castle which stands tall over the valley and the village. Walk along the Loire River, a peaceful and pleasant meander. After crossing the areas of Candé-sur-Beuvron and Chailles, you will pass through a stretch of vineyards. Take a break to admire the magical landscapes at sunset before you enter the city of Blois.
The late-Gothic Blois Cathedral and quaint cobbled streets are wonderful yo explore before finishing your French walking holiday through the Loire Valley.
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