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The journey

Châteaux de la Loire, 5 days/4 nights, 7 visits, 360 km

Gear up to discovering of the "royal river" and its famous florets: at the wheel of a legendary French vintage car from the 50-60s. Over 5 days and 4 nights, take off on the assault of Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Brissac and Anger. Enjoy this region of older times and feel the magic of these beautiful sites, alongside the River Loire whose white stone houses reflect in it.


The vintage car

Choose the vintage car you like by looking here, or come with your vehicle (car, motorcycle...), and follow our tailor-made roadmap. Enjoy the feeling of joy from the pedestrians, thrilled at the sight of cars that call some sympathy and a hint of nostalgia: Citroën Traction, Peugeot 203, among others!


        

Accommodation

You will be housed in castles and hotels of charm, that were specially chosen for you and in accordance with your taste! Whereas it be comfort or luxury hotels in magnificent sites, e will know how to listen to your demand and meet your needs at best. You also have the opportunity to choose gourmet restaurants where top-quality French food will be served…

        

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The stages of your journey

We can meet you at Angers railway station or at Angers-Marcé airport. We can take care of your car during your stay. After a brief introduction, an overview of the state of the car and a description of the vehicle, you will finally get behind the wheel and follow our road map to the first visit!

First day: Brissac and Saumur, 80 km

Once you've passed by the Corniche Angevine that overlooks the royal river, you will visit the Château de Brissac, also called "the Giant of Loire" which is the property of the Duke of Brissac. You will then drive along the Loire down to Saumur. Stop there for a moment to visit this pearl of Loire, known for its troglodytic caves, its wine, its castle, its famous traditional riding school Le Cadre-Noir and its charming streets. And why not stop there to enjoy a glass of Crémant de Loire?
This is also where you will spend the night. Comfort category :  Domaine de la Blairie ; Luxury : Hôtel Saint-Pierre ; or equivalent.


Second day: Fontevraud and Ussé, 60 km

After lunch, get behind the wheel again to visit the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, famous among others for its architecture and its four recumbent statues of the Plantagenêts (Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lion Heart, Isabella of Angoulême).

In the afternoon, be enchanted by the château d’Ussé, the castle of the Sleeping Beauty, which is the property of the Duke of Blacas. If you see the gate is open, don't hesitate to drive up to the castle; your car won't stand out in this scenery!
You will then spend the night around Azay-le-Rideau... Comfort category :  Le Grand Monarque ; Luxury : Château de Rochecotte ; or equivalent.


Third day: Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceau, 80 km

Visit the château d’Azay-le-Rideau, a master piece of the French First Renaissance.

As you carry on in this enchanting atmosphere, you will then visit the castle of Chenonceau, also called "Castle of the Ladies". You will have a hotel not far from there, where you'll be able to dream about the day, and the one to come! Comfort category : Domaine des Bidaudières ; Luxury : Château des Arpentis ; or equivalent.


Fourth day: Villandry and Montsoreau, 80 km

Drive down the lovely River Loire until you arrive at the Château de Villandry, where you will be fascinated by its extraordinary gardens. You will have a room near Montsoreau from where you'll be able to contemplate the castle overlooking the River Loire. Comfort category : Château de Beaulieu ; Luxury : La Marine de Loire ; or equivalent.


Fifth day: Angers, 60 km

The Château d’Angers, with its seventeen towers and its wonderful tapestries of the Apocalypse are waiting for you on your last day, which will sooth your soul before you go back to a more bustling life.

 

 

Accommodation and gourmet option

  • Comfort or Luxury accommodation

Choose where to spend the night by looking at our Comfort or Luxury categories.

The comfort category contains guest houses and hotels which have been selected for their comfortable character and wonderful locations. Breakfast is included.

The luxury category contains high-quality guest houses and hotels in exceptional locations. Breakfast is also included.

At the end of your booking, we will ask you to fill-in a questionnaire,
so we can identify your preferences and tastes: 

castle in the country land, 
in-town hotel overlooking the Loire river, 
swimming pool, 
spa...
 
We will then be able to select the most suitable places for you!

Don’t worry about your car, each place is provided with a parking lot!

Go to our « partners » tab, where you will be given an insight of the 
hotels where you can stay in.

If you want to spend the night in our « prestige » category, please 
contact us in order for us to know your wishes (bedroom, suite…).



  • Gourmet option (dinner)

By choosing this option, a gastronomic table in a prestigious restaurant will be ordered for you each evening. You will be served a gourmet meal that will have been selected by us depending on your taste (excluding drinks).

 

Booking Conditions

  • The Car

The car you have chosen will be prepared and ready to be handed over to you at the day and time agreed in your booking. We will start by giving you a short overview of the car, as well as a quick administrative control (driving licence…) before handing out the keys. We will also provide you with the roadbook.

  • Driving Licence

Anyone can drive the car; however, the driver(s) must be known before the departure and must send us a copy of their driving licence(s) in advance. Your driving licence must be valid on the French territory and shouldn’t be suspended or withdrawn. The driver(s) must have a minimum of 3 years driving experience and be at least 21 years old. The person responsible for the car is the one named in the booking.

  • Gasoline

The tank level will be checked upon departure with the customer. Upon return of the car, the level must be the same as the one recorded. Our cars operate only on UNLEADED gasoline, either 95 or 98. We will tell you which kind of gasoline you have to refuel it with before departure. A proof that you have used the right kind of gasoline will be asked upon return. But in no case should you refuel the car with gasoline 95 E10.

  • Mandatory Guarantee

You will be asked a guarantee of 1000€, which will take the form of a “withdrawal pre-authorisation”. No amount shall be debited, but it will be blocked on your bank account. The blocking order will be lifted upon return of the car, if you haven’t committed any damage or any traffic violation. Please make sure to have sufficient funds on your bank account on your first day.

 

This trip includes

  • This trip includes

    • The car (unless you came with your own…)

    • A full service for your own car, as an option, during your whole trip.

    • The roadbook

    • The housing in our “Comfort” or “Luxury” category

    • The parking fees at your hotel

    • Breakfast

    • Half Board (dinner), as an option

    • The visits

    • Support in case of an unexpected problem on the trip and assistance for the rented vehicle.

 

  • This trip doesn’t include

    • The journey from your home to Angers and your way back

    • Drinks in the half board option

    • The fuel

    • Lunch - we want this “auto-tour” to be an experience of freedom, so it’s up to you to choose where you would like to have lunch. Should you want additional information on that matter, we can provide you with a list of restaurants (it should be requested before your stay).

Good to know…

  • Luggage

The boots size of our cars are limited, and are especially small if four people travel in one car. Please refer to the information sheet of the car you have chosen. You will find the boot measurement as well as the type and number of luggage that can be placed in it.

  • Driving

Vintage cars are light-weighted cars - about one ton – but have no power steering. We advise you to park your car in the best way for you to be able to easily leave the place again. It is an easy habit to form !

As far as the driving is concerned, there are no major differences between driving a modern or vintage car. We will give you advice and explanations when handing out the car and a little booklet will be on board as well (gear synchronization, spark advance and so on…).

Car servicing is up-to-date and the cars will work well if properly treated. They will take you with ease to the end of your voyage !

  • Fuel

All our cars operate on unleaded gasoline. Upon return, you will be asked to give a proof of the type of fuel used. Keep your fuel pump ticket preciously!

Our cars are economical, as the maximum consumption is 10 l/100km for the least economical ones. A tank of 50l should be enough for the trip of five days (approximately 80€, price based on average fuel price).

  • In case of breakdown

In case of breakdown of one of our cars, please let us know immediately. We are equipped with a car-carrier and we will come to you in the most efficient way. We provide for contingencies of any circumstances !

Price list

Small sedan
(Renault Dauphine)
Sedan
(Citroën 11 BL Traction, Peugeot 203 C, Citroën DS DSuper)
Cabriolet
(Renault Caravelle 1100)
Personal vehicle
Comfort 2 people or add. adult (price per person : double bedroom) 810 € 850 € 890 € 540 €
4 people (price per person, 2 double bedrooms) 640 € 670 € 700 € 470 €
Extra child bed (-12 years, price per child) 330 € 350 € 370 € 310 €
Extra bedroom child (price per person for 2 children) 400 € 420 € 440 € 380 €
Gastronomy option adult (half-board, price per person) 170 € 170 € 170 € 170 €
Gastronomy option for child (price per child) 90 € 90 € 90 € 90 €
Wireless speaker 40 € 40 € 40 € -
Luxury 2 people or add. adult (price per person : double bedroom) 990 € 1030 € 1070 € 680 €
4 people (price per person, 2 double bedrooms) 780 € 810 € 840 € 590 €
Extra child bed (-12 years, price per child) 350 € 370 € 390 € 330 €
Extra bedroom child (price per person for 2 children) 490 € 510 € 530 € 480 €
Gastronomy option adult (half-board, price per person) 170 € 170 € 170 € 170 €
Gastronomy option for child (price per child) 90 € 90 € 90 € 90 €
Wireless speaker 40 € 40 € 40 € -