France: Loire Valley

West of Tours and Saumur

The wines of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 19 April 2011
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One Day Ideal Itinerary

Stay at Hotel Diderot in Chinon

Shop for picnic fare in Chinon and visit the old town and the château
Lunch, if not picnicking, at Val de Vienne

Visit 1: Domaine de la Noblaie in Ligré
Visit 2: Domaine Baudry-Dutour or Domaine Bernard Baudry
Dinner at Les Années 30.


Two Day Ideal Itinerary

Stay at Anne d'Anjou in Saumur

Day One

Explore Saumur and the château as well as buy provisions for picnic from Gérard Girardeau
Picnic close to the château or amongst the Saumur Champigny vines

Visit 1: Le Clos Cristal
Visit 2: Château de Villeneuve
Dinner at Le pot de Lapin, Saumur
Overnight Anne d'Anjou

Day Two

Visit Abbaye de Fontevraud
Lunch at La Licorne or picnic

Visit town and castle of Chinon
Visit Domaine Bernard Baudry
Dinner at Les Ménestrels, Saumur


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