UK - Paris - Blois - Tours
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Paris. On arrival, our coach takes us to Blois. Sitting in the middle of the Loire Valley, this noble city is an ideal introduction to your holiday. It’s full of charming renaissance châteaux, including the grandest of all - the Château de Blois - where seven kings and ten queens of France have lived. We continue to Tours, where we stay for two nights.
Discover Tours this morning on an included excursion. The city has successfully preserved much of its medieval and Renaissance heritage, including the ancient village of Chateauneuf, now known as the Quartier Plumereau. Later, we enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant and the remainder of the day is yours to make further explorations.
Day 3 - Chenonceaux - Nantes
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we journey to the small village of Chenonceaux. Its main draw is the noble Château de Chenonceau. Built entirely over water, with its Grand Gallery spanning the width of the river, the iconic image of Chenonceau is instantly recognisable as a symbol of the Loire valley. The former home of aristocrats holds incredible collections of art, tapestries and furnishings from names like Rubens, Van Dyck and Poussin. After time to explore, we transfer to embark MS Loire Princesse in Nantes.
Day 4 - Nantes - Saint-Nazaire
Nantes still shows signs of its former status as the capital of Brittany. The medieval quarter, the magnificent Château des ducs de Bretagne and one of the tallest cathedrals of France, all tell a little of the city’s history. You can learn more about them on an optional tour. Alternatively, you can enter a magical world of huge mechanical contraptions inspired by Nantes-born Jules Verne. Of all the incredible, larger than life creatures which you can ride, operate or just watch in child-like delight, a journey atop the 12m-high Grand Éléphant has to be the most extraordinary.
This afternoon we reach the attractive city of Saint-Nazaire. Take an optional tour or enjoy an aimless amble through the streets. Along the coast, you can sink your toes into the beautiful sandy beaches, or step aboard a submarine, a reminder of the town’s time as an impenetrable German submarine base during World War II Occupation.
Day 5 - Ancenis
Enjoy the scenery as we sail to Ancenis, a town built on an island, surrounded by vineyards, and countryside beyond. This afternoon, take the opportunity to follow the wine route through the muscadet region, pausing at history filled vineyards to savour samples of aromatic wines. The excursion is completed with a stop at Clisson, a charming medieval city with 15th century ruins and an Italian flair. Alternatively, soar over the Loire in a helicopter for views over Ancenis, its hills and castle, the 14th century tower in Oudon, the Château de Clermont and more.
Day 6 - Bouchemaine
After a gentle morning of cruising, we reach Bouchemaine. From here, you have the opportunity to visit Château de Brissac, a monumental royal residence. After visiting some of the 204 rooms and breathtaking Belle Époque theatre, you can stroll amongst centuries-old trees in the surrounding park, and sample wine in the castle cellars.
Alternatively, embark on a guided tour of Angers. This former capital was particularly rich during the Renaissance, and was home to the House of Plantagenet. We pass through the cold, thick walls of Louis I’s famous Château d'Angers. This formidable 13th century castle contains the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestry, one of the most important medieval tapestries in the world.
Day 7 - Bouchemaine - Ancenis
We spend today exploring beautiful castles in the Loire Valley. Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is a vision of refinement; a medieval and Italian Renaissance monument surrounded by the Indre River. The elegant Château de Villandry, unrestricted by water, is spread over a wider area, with stunning Renaissance gardens. Our third is Château d'Ussé. Rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, this stronghold with fortified towers, turrets and steeples looks like something out of a fairytale. Which will you add to your wish list?
Dress up for tonight's gala dinner, as our ship starts to sail towards Nantes.
Day 8 Nantes - UK
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.