France – Loire Valley : Gardens and Lights

3 days / 185 km - May to October
Period : May, June, July, August, September, October
Reference : 14B177

Prix : 244€

Think Castles of the Loire, think gardens! It’s almost impossible to separate the two. So many different time periods and styles are reflected in the stunning gardens – mediaeval, renaissance, kitchen garden and contemporary – that the result is an enchanting, heady, perfumed patchwork quite unique to the Loire. Discover it with your online incoming Tour Operator!

Highlights :
Guided Tours of extraordinary gardens, and a gardening workshop
Lights of Chartres

Our Gardens Hallmark :

–         Visit Exceptional Gardens

–         Gardening Workshop on a chosen theme

–         Services of an Expert Botanical Guide

–         Professional advice


D1 Lights of Chartres (15 km)

Lunch region Chartres. Visit the Cathedral: A masterpiece on the UNESCO World Heritage Site with its sculptures, stained glass and paving for most original. Having dinner. Discovery Lights of Chartres during an exceptional light path: 29 sites belonging to an exceptionally rich historical heritage are lit for 210 consecutive nights. Overnight.

D2 Magical and Mysterious Gardens (130 km)

Guided tour of the Mediaeval Chateau de Rivau and its legendary gardens : the Orchard of Paradise, Perfume Alley, the Garden of Magic Potions, the maze…the owner will be delighted to introduce you to this magical realm. Lunch then a chance to fine-tune your gardening know-how whether it be on planting roses, pruning, re-potting, biological cultures or other practical knowledge, in a workshop adapted to the season. To end the day there’s a wine tasting session featuring Chinon wines. Dinner and overnight.

D3 Garden Festival (40 km)

The park of the Loire’s Chateau de Chaumont is the setting where some of the most talented landscape gardeners unite to create fantastic modern day gardens, carefully choosing harmony and contrast and putting the best of their imagination to work to ensure a delight for all the senses. Lunch follows.

Service details

Full Board in a 2* hotel in the region of Tours
Entrance Fees : Tomato Conservatory, Rivau Chateau, Gardening Workshop, Garden Festival
Tasting Sessions : Chinon wines, tomatoes or cheese and wine depending on the time of year

Possible supplements

Single Room (2nights) : 58 €

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