Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 2.5 hours (about 142 miles, 229 km), with several stops along the way. Walking on uneven terrain and cobblestones for up to 2 miles, some unavoidable stairs.
We will disembark and head off by motorcoach for the castle at Azay-le-Rideau. Built on an island in the middle of the Indre, what we will see today was created by a wealthy financier of Francis I, Gilles de Berthelot, who wanted to reconcile innovative ideas from Italy with the French style of construction. Listed as a historic monument by UNESCO, the castle at Azay-le-Rideau has preserved, with the passing years, all the refinement, elegance and grace of an exceptional Renaissance chateau.
In Azay-le-Rideau, everyone will be given “tickets restaurant” (or meal vouchers) that can be used at select restaurants, bakeries, brasseries and cafes. Choose what you would prefer to eat from any eatery that has a "TR" sticker on the front window to designate that they accept meal vouchers. Change is not given back if your meal cost is less that the value of the voucher provided. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.
We will enjoy a stroll through the famous gardens at the castle of Villandry. Laid out on three levels in a happy marriage of beauty, diversity, and harmony. Our final destination for today will be Tours, where we will check-in at our hotel.
At a local restaurant near the hotel in Tours.