Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Loire Valley is known for its Royal Castles where the Kings of France liked to stay. But this region with its mild climate is also home to a considerable number of superb gardens, some of which have been built for several centuries. Among the most famous are those of Villandry, Chambord, Chaumont or Chenonceau. Others less famous present remarkable collections of rare plants and trees which will delight the visitor whether he is a simple amateur or a seasoned scholar. And as often as possible, meetings with managers, gardeners or site owners will be organized for exciting discussions.
THE HIGLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
- Visit the gardens of Chaumont, Chenonceau, Valencay, Villandry, Chinon and Chambord.
- Visit the botanical garden of the priory of Orchaise, the gardens of the Château de Rivau, the Domaine de la Bourdasière and the gardens of Sasnières.
THE TOUR in detail
step by step
DAY 1 : Paris – André Eve Roseraie - Amboise
Welcome of the participants in Paris and drive south to visit the André Eve Roseraie near Pithiviers, a rose garden famous for its ancient varieties of roses. Continue to the Loire valley and check-in at a hotel near Amboise for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 : Chaumont castle – Botanical garden of the Orchaise priory
Drive to Chaumont. Visit of the castle park and, when it takes place, visit of the famous international garden festival of Chaumont. Each year, about twenty projects are shortlisted and exhibited throughout the festival. Afternoon visit to the botanical garden of the Orchaise priory. The garden includes important collections of peonies, rhododendrons, roses, evergreens, and rare trees. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 : Fontevraud Abbey - Montsoreau – Castle of Rivau
Visit of the famous Fontevraud Abbey, built in 1101, which gardens (vegetable gardens, medicinal herb gardens) were re-designed according to the plans of the middle age. Drive to Montsoreau.
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