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Loire - Chateaux & Vineyards

Nestled where the River Vienne meets the Loire, Chinon's charm is palpable. Cream-colored stone buildings, elegant turrets, and half-timbered façades grace its riverside. This historic land, steeped in royal legacy, produces some of the Loire's finest wines. Chinon's tranquillity, scenic beauty, and rich heritage invite exploration, painting a captivating portrait of the Loire Valley's allure.

  • Loire Valley

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Culture

    Landscape

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  • Average group size: 12-14

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Adagio Collection

The perfect blend of guided shorter walks, sightseeing trips, and quality accommodation for a more leisurely way to discover the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the alluring charm of Chinon.
  • Discover Château d'Ussé, the enchanting inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.
  • Walk through pretty vineyards and woods where you'll find a nice spot for a picnic lunch.
  • Savour the vibrant market, ideal for your delightful picnic lunch essentials.

Your holiday begins in the enchanting town of Chinon, nestled gracefully on the north bank of the meandering River Vienne. This picturesque town is surrounded by some of the most celebrated vineyards in the entire Loire Valley, painting a scene straight out of a postcard. The River Vienne, a vital waterway in southwestern France, played a significant role in the region's trade routes, enriching Chinon's historical tapestry.

Dominating the skyline is the renowned Fortress of Chinon, perched majestically on its banks, lending the town an irresistible medieval charm. From this central hub, you have effortless access to a plethora of attractions, including the region's iconic chateaux, fortresses, and captivating museums. These sites offer profound insights into the rich history of this captivating area.

Throughout your holiday, you'll embark on delightful adventures, occasionally utilizing hired transport to reach your starting points swiftly. This thoughtful approach enables you to maximize your time exploring the sights, sounds, and scents of the region, immersing yourself fully in the authentic Loire Valley experience. As you venture off the beaten path, the captivating blend of chateaux, French charm, medieval influences, and the soothing embrace of rivers and greenery might make you feel as though you've stepped into a fairy tale.

Each day promises a unique journey through time, culminating in the evenings when you return to your comfortable retreat. Picture yourself, after a rewarding day of delving into French history and indulging in local delicacies, returning to your cozy mansion. The day's adventures blend seamlessly with the promise of a warm, peaceful night, creating memories that will linger long after your Loire Valley escapade.

  • Return rail from London St Pancras to Tours
  • Hotel transfers
  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
  • Half Board with five dinners taken at local restaurants
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary
  • Services of a local guide in some attractions
  • All local tips
  • Services of an Adagio Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

50200

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Chinon

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You'll journey from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord, followed by a private taxi transfer to Paris Gare Montparnasse for your connecting train to Tours or Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps. Upon arrival, enjoy a convenient one-hour transfer to the charming Hotel Diderot.

Day 2

Getting to know Chinon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Start your day with a morning orientation walk through Chinon's captivating old town. Following a delightful lunch, venture to the majestic Forteresse Royale, offering unparalleled views of the Loire Valley - don't forget your camera for this medieval marvel perched high above the town.

Day 3

Saut du Loup & Fontevraud Abbey

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

For the early birds, a visit to Chinon's vibrant weekly market awaits, before a private bus transfer to Montsoreau to explore the unique Saut du Loup troglodyte mushroom cellar. Embark on a serene walk through Candes-St-Martin, renowned as one of France's most charming villages, culminating in a scenic lunch spot. Afterward, delve into history at Fontevraud Abbey, the final resting place of Plantagenet kings.

This is a tougher day in the grade and a prompt pace makes for a great walk with plenty of time to explore the abbey.

Day 4

Old towns and cave dwellings

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Begin your day with a train/bus journey to Azay le Rideau, where you'll stroll through the charming old town to explore the chateau, a splendid example of early French Renaissance architecture dating back to 1515. Post-lunch, embark on a scenic walk, passing troglodyte houses and ending at the intriguing wicker Co-operative. Discover the multifaceted world of wicker cultivation, far beyond basket weaving.

Day 5

Vineyard walks & Troglodyte Chapels

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today we will explore the Radegonde Troglodyte Chapel, a rock-cut church adorned with a twelfth-century Plantagenet fresco. Wander through vineyards and woods, finding a serene spot for a picnic lunch. Continue your leisurely stroll through the Loire's scenic countryside until you reach Cravant-les-Côteaux. Return to Chinon, where free time awaits in the town. 

Day 6

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Following breakfast, you'll be whisked away to the renowned Castle of Ussé, steeped in history and widely believed to be the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle in Charles Perrault's tale. After an enchanting exploration, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic River Indre to Rivarennes. Here, a unique experience awaits at the Maison of Pear Preservation, offering a fascinating tasting opportunity despite its unconventional nature.

Day 7

Villandry & Wine

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

On another day, drive just half an hour to the stunning Château at Villandry along the Cher's banks. Explore the enchanting formal vegetable and flower gardens, where every bed, adorned with a rose bush, symbolizes a monk. The gardens are truly mesmerizing. Conclude your Loire Valley experience with wine tasting and a leisurely walk back to the hotel.

Day 8

Time to say goodbye

Meals

Breakfast

As your enchanting holiday comes to an end, let the memories of this fairy-tale-like adventure linger. A private transfer awaits to take you to Tours or Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps train station, where you'll catch your train to Paris Gare Montparnasse. From there, another private taxi transfer ensures you reach Paris Gare du Nord on time for your final journey back to London St Pancras International.

Departure dates for your selected tour

16th Jul 2024 - 23rd Jul 2024 (7 Nights)

8th Apr 2025 - 15th Apr 2025 (7 Nights)

15th Jul 2025 - 22nd Jul 2025 (7 Nights)

12th Aug 2025 - 19th Aug 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return rail from London St Pancras to Tours via Paris (Change of station required)
  • Rail station transfers by road c.1hr

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Chinon

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You'll journey from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord, followed by a seamless private taxi transfer to Paris Gare Montparnasse for your connecting train to Tours or Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps. Upon arrival, enjoy a convenient one-hour transfer to the charming Hotel Diderot.

Day 2

Getting to know Chinon

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Start your day with a morning orientation walk through Chinon's captivating old town. Following a delightful lunch, venture to the majestic Forteresse Royale, offering unparalleled views of the Loire Valley - don't forget your camera for this medieval marvel perched high above the town.

Day 3

Saut du Loup & Fontevraud Abbey

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

For the early birds, a visit to Chinon's vibrant weekly market awaits, before a private bus transfer to Montsoreau to explore the unique Saut du Loup troglodyte mushroom cellar. Embark on a serene walk through Candes-St-Martin, renowned as one of France's most charming villages, culminating in a scenic lunch spot. Afterward, delve into history at Fontevraud Abbey, the final resting place of Plantagenet kings.

This is a tougher day in the grade and a prompt pace makes for a great walk with plenty of time to explore the abbey.

Day 4

Old towns and cave dwellings

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Begin your day with a train/bus journey to Azay le Rideau, where you'll stroll through the charming old town to explore the chateau, a splendid example of early French Renaissance architecture dating back to 1515. Post-lunch, embark on a scenic walk, passing troglodyte houses and ending at the intriguing wicker Co-operative. Discover the multifaceted world of wicker cultivation, far beyond basket weaving.

Day 5

Vineyard walks & Troglodyte Chapels

Meals

Breakfast

Accommodation

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150m

Today we will explore the Radegonde Troglodyte Chapel, a rock-cut church adorned with a twelfth-century Plantagenet fresco. Wander through vineyards and woods, finding a serene spot for a picnic lunch. Continue your leisurely stroll through the Loire's scenic countryside until you reach Cravant-les-Côteaux. Return to Chinon, where free time awaits in the town. 

Day 6

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Following breakfast, you'll be whisked away to the renowned Castle of Ussé, steeped in history and widely believed to be the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's castle in Charles Perrault's tale. After an enchanting exploration, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic River Indre to Rivarennes.

Day 7

Villandry & Wine

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

On another day, drive just half an hour to the stunning Château at Villandry along the Cher's banks. Explore the enchanting formal vegetable and flower gardens, where every bed, adorned with a rose bush, symbolizes a monk. The gardens are truly mesmerizing. Conclude your Loire Valley experience with wine tasting and a leisurely walk back to the hotel.

Day 8

Time to say goodbye

Meals

Breakfast

As your enchanting holiday comes to an end, let the memories of this fairy-tale-like adventure linger. A private transfer awaits to take you to Tours or Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps train station, where you'll catch your train to Paris Gare Montparnasse. From there, another private transfer ensures you reach Paris Gare du Nord on time for your final journey back to London St Pancras International.

Departure dates for your selected tour

22nd Oct 2024 - 29th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

21st Oct 2025 - 28th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return rail from London St Pancras to Tours via Paris (Change of station required)
  • Rail station transfers by road c.1hr

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Diderot

Chinon serves as an ideal hub for your Loire Valley explorations, boasting rich history and all the conveniences expected from a town that has graciously welcomed travellers for generations.

Situated within this charming town is the three-star Hotel Diderot, a lovingly converted 15th-century family mansion now run by the Duteuil family. Guests enjoy their delightful homemade jams (available in an impressive 20 varieties!) at breakfast.

Strategically located, the hotel provides easy access to the must-see attractions of the Loire while maintaining a serene ambiance. Just a brief stroll from the heart of Chinon, the hotel is minutes away from amenities like supermarkets, bakeries, and charming shops. A nearby bank, post office, and multiple ATMs add to the convenience. Additionally, it offers a gateway to a plethora of restaurants, bars, and cafes, inviting you to unwind in the evenings, soaking in the lively atmosphere of this quintessentially French town.

Both the bedrooms and public spaces exude character and history, each room uniquely designed and equipped with modern amenities such as a hairdryer and complimentary WiFi. While in-room safes are not available, a secure safe at the reception ensures the safety of your valuables.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

We class Grade 3 as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, in our busy program in the Loire.

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 - 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or general daily activity. More detailed information on the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary’.

Walks & Excursions

We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.

Culture Holidays

Why simply visit a country as a tourist when you can truly experience it? In addition to great walking, on all these holidays, we'll visit the local sites of interest, absorb the natural beauty of our surroundings, and enjoy local customs and history.

These experience-rich itineraries are designed to suit those whose interests have a focus on sightseeing and history on their holiday. You'll see spectacular landscapes, while visiting the classic sites as well as discovering the quirky and lesser known along the trail.

On this holiday we visit Fontevrauld Abbey, wicker museum, Radegonde Troglodyte Chapel, the Château  of Ussé (the muse for Sleeping Beauty's Castle), Château at Villandry, Chateau d’Azay le Rideau and a wine tasting experience.

Local Costs

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Country Currency

The currency in France is the euro. 

Credit cards are widely accepted. You may be asked to provide ID if you can’t pay by chip and PIN. ATMs are widely available in most towns and villages throughout France.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Your Group

Your Leader

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations. Your tour leader takes care of all the local, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leaders Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Group Size

We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.

Travel Plans

Getting to your Holiday

We travel to Paris Gare du Nord by Eurostar from London St Pancras International. From here we have a transfer vehicle to take us Paris Gare Montparnasse and then take the TGV direct to Tours.  We will then have an hour’s transfer by private coach from Tours train station to Chinon. Some dates may arrive into Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps station on the outskirts of Tours.

If you are travelling to Chinon on your own it is important to note along with the information below that the Hotel Diderot reception closes at 21.00 every night, therefore it is very important that you arrive and check-in before 21.00, otherwise the doors will be locked and that If you plan to meet the group at Tours Station, NOTE that there are two exits at the front the station. When the group arrives by train, they take the left-hand side exit (facing the station façade from outside the exit is on your right). Please wait for the leader and group there. 

During the week we will travel on foot, by road and by train/bus.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel (and vv) are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.

Luggage Allowance & Tickets

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passport Information

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements. 

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

Your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

A hearty and typically French breakfast awaits you in the morning, with a range of warm fresh bread and croissants and the region’s specialty of goat’s cheese, honey and walnuts; the homemade jam is a treat!   In the cooler months we can enjoy this in front of the roaring log fire, in the summer we can sit nestled in between the fragrant flowers and green foliage of the hotel’s wonderful courtyard.

Breakfast and five dinners are included in the price of the holiday.  Breakfasts will be taken in the hotel and dinners will be taken in local restaurants.   We don’t include lunches in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a pleasant café.

When taking reservations for groups in local restaurants, it is the policy of some restaurateurs to offer one set menu, served to everyone at the table with the exception of vegetarians, vegans and gluten free. We would like to remind you that when making your holiday booking you had the option to state dietary requirements, if you didn’t do so at the time, please let us know as soon as possible so we can strive to try and meet your needs.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every traveller is different and may have their own preference.

Swimming in France

Please note that in French public swimming pools men are not permitted to wear baggy swimming shorts but must have ‘Speedo’ style trunks or tight fitting longer shorts. Men with incorrect swim wear will not be allowed into the pool.

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Travel Document Checklist

To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday currency
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in France

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Maps & Guidebooks

Ideal Maps & Guidebooks

The best map of the area, and one which covers several of our walks, is: 

  • IGN 1723 ET 1:25 000 Chinon, Langeais, Azay-le-Rideau. Neighbouring maps would be needed to cover all of the walks

The Rough Guide to France has about 50 pages on the Loire region and a couple of pages on Chinon.

The Chinon Tourist Office’s website is www.chinon-valdeloire.com with lots of information on all sorts of things in Chinon itself. 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Staying Healthy on Holiday

Country Health

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to France.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis

Further Health Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

GHIC / EHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Our Ethos

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. 

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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France

  • Capital

    Paris

  • Currency

    Euro; CFP Franc

  • Language

    French

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    1.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    4°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • February

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • March

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 55mm

  • April

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • May

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • June

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 58mm

  • July

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • August

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • September

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • October

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 79mm

  • November

    8°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • December

    5°C

    Avg. Rain: 74mm

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