Day 5 –Visit the town and Château d’Azay-le-Rideau
Dogs are allowed in the grounds of the Château but not inside.
Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is considered one of the paramount examples of early French Renaissance architecture. This 16th century palace was built on an islet between two arms of the river Indre. The unique geography has created an exquisite water mirror that reflects the elegant façade. The grounds are also of particular note. Set in an 8-hectare landscaped park that features many exotic species of trees, winding paths, and numerous footbridges that span the river offering intriguing views of the castle. There’s even a secret garden! NB: Extra time has been allowed on this excursion: where two members are travelling together, one can tour the interior of this remarkable château whilst the other stays with your dog in the grounds and vice versa. At their discretion, solo travellers may arrange to leave their dog with another member of the group whilst they explore the interior of the château.
The château is located in the town centre of Azay-le-Rideau, a World Heritage Site. After exploring the castle grounds there will be free time to stroll through the maze of narrow streets, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes (lunch is not included on this excursion).
Day 6 – A free day to enjoy at your leisure. You may like to explore the local town of Saumur (only 8 miles from the campsite) situated on the Loire river, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 7 –Wine tour and tasting, picnic lunch. Afternoon in Chinon
Dogs are allowed on a lead in the Fortress park. Only dogs that can be carried are allowed inside the Royal Fortress building.
In the morning, learn the secrets of Loire Valley wine during a guided winery tour and wine tasting. This will be followed by a delicious picnic lunch overlooking the idyllic Loire Valley vineyards (vegetarian options included). Enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore the picturesque village of Chinon. Situated along the Vienne River banks, the village is steeped in history. You can choose to spend a pleasant time strolling the medieval streets, stopping to admire the Renaissance-style private mansions and half-timbered houses. Or visit the Royal Fortress of Chinon, an imposing castle where Joan of Arc first met the Dauphin (entry to the Fortress is optional and not included in the tour).
Day 8 – Travel to Camping Les Saules (L01)
Leave Camping L’Isle Verte and travel to your second campsite in the Loire Valley.
Day 9 –A free day at your leisure
You could spend a day relaxing, walk your dog along one of the many local tracks, or go bird-watching on site.