The Loire Valley
The Loire Valley has been recognized as the largest Unesco World Heritage ever described. All the splendor and majesty of its innumerable castles extend in more than 200 km. of length. But why all this splendor and wealth along this valley?
The story begins with the defeat of Charles VII in the Battle of Azincourt. The then king of France is forced to leave Paris and the Loire Valley seems to him an exceptional place to reunite to all his retinue and related nobles. From these facts arise these famous constructions and the saying "to live the French". Francisco I, Carlos VII, Leonardo da Vinci, Maurice Genevoix or Julien Gracq were not mistaken when choosing them like residence.
But there is still more, we will visit the house that Francisco I ceded to Leonardo da Vinci, we will know the house of Jules Verne in Nantes, we can visit a submarine refuge of the WWII and, for the very cinephiles, we will visit the Hotel La Plage In Saint Marc sur Mer, where Jacques Tati's film "The Vacation of Ms. Hulot" takes place.
Day 1: Madrid - Nantes. Arrival to the city, tour of the historical area, LU Tower (yes, the biscuits !!), Plaza Royale, Julio Verne Museum and walk along the river.
Day 2: Nantes - Saumur. The options that we propose for this day are: to visit Saint Nazaire, to cross its immense bridge and to visit the port where there is a shelter of submarines of the Second World War. Also here was chartered the famous transatlantic Queen Mary II. Nearby, we can find villages with exceptional charm like Geronde or Saint Marc sur Mer, the village of Ms. Hulot. We will finish the route in Saumur.
Day 3: Saumur. The castle of Saumur was fortress, residence of rest, palace of the governors of the town, jail and deposit of arms and ammunition. From here we will visit nearby Angers, a medieval fortress, flanked by 17 towers, which was built in the 13th century by the young St. Louis as the frontier of his kingdom. From the Neolithic period to the 21st century, this site has changed its use and image, leaving each period with tangible traces. Inside the vast grounds, residential buildings and gardens are discovered. Between its walls we will be able to see the famous tapestry of the Apocalypse, major work of the medieval tapestry of the time. After visiting Angers we will go to Chinon, the fortress built by the Count of Blois Thibaut I, which evokes the period in which the history of France and England were intimately mixed. In 1429, in the great room of the royal chambers, the historic encounter of Joan of Arc with the Dolphin, future Carlos VII, took place.El Valle del Loira
Day 4: Saumur - Blois. We will visit the Châteaux of Chinon: residence of 7 kings and 10 queens of France, the royal castle of Blois: a site reminiscent of the power and daily life of the Court in the Renaissance, as evidenced by the royal apartments furnished and adorned with magnificent decorations And its cathedral with different Gothic styles, from the primitive to the flamboyant, Amboise: medieval fortress that gives the site to a royal residence under the reigns of Charles VIII and Francis I (late fifteenth century and early century XVI). At the invitation of the sovereigns, many European scholars and artists spent their time in the court of Amboise, following the example of Leonardo da Vinci whose remains rest in the chapel, Chambord: the largest and most prestigious of the castles of the French Renaissance. Through this majestic stone colossus, we will see all the art of living of Francis I, and Chenanceau: Chenonceau Castle is an exceptional site, both for its original design on the Cher and for its destination: pampered, managed and protected by Women such as Diana of Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Today it is, after Versailles, the most visited French castle.
Day 5: Blois - Orleans - Chartres. On the way to Chartres we will visit Orleans, the house of Joan of Arc and some of its rich historical legends. Chartres, a city with an endearing tourist life and with one of the jewels of France, its cathedral, temple of 130 meters long that we will visit with tranquility.
Day 6: Chartres - Brou - Le Mans. In the morning we will travel to Brou to visit his Royal Monastery, considered a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic art. Built at the beginning of the 16th century by order of Margaret of Austria and destined to honor the remains of her second husband, Filiberto II of Savoy. The remains of his mother, Margarita de Borbón and those of herself, also rest there. In the afternoon we will continue our trip to Le Mans to settle in the hotel. Free time.
Day 7: Le Mans: In the more than 24 hours we will be in Le Mans, we will have the chance to continue to know the gothic with its imposing cathedral and visit the famous race circuit where since 1923 the famous test of resistance is celebrated. With a little luck, they will let us see some process of restoration of some of the cars that they preserve in their museum.
Day 8: Le Mans - Rennes. The visit to the city of Rennes will surprise us with its many attractions such as its wooden houses, its fortifications, palaces, the Parliament of Brittany. We could also approach the famous Mont Saint-Michael.
Day 9: Rennes-Nantes-Madrid
The Loire Valley