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The Loire Valley Itinerary

Day 4

A Tale of two Châteaux


Picnic lunch in the Loire Valley, ©2012 Roberto Peixoto

We start the day with a visit to the purely decorative château of Azay-le-Rideau on the river Indre, and boy is it decorative, and finish in the medieval Cité Royale of Loches, on the Indre, where sits the Donjon of Loches. A donjon is a fortress and this place is very obviously built for function rather than form.

In between we cycle over the beautiful rolling farmland of the river  Indre, acclaimed as the most beautiful landscape of all the rivers of the Loire Valley.

Depending on timing and inclination, we may be able to visit the Donjon in Loches on our arrival in town, or, if you prefer, a stroll around the royal residence, home of many French Kings, not to mention their wives and mistresses. There will also be more opportunity for these visits tomorrow morning as both are just a stroll (okay, a steep stroll) away from tonight’s hotel, the George Sands.

 

Distance = 36 miles / 57 Km

Click this link for Day 4 route map on mapometer.

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