Sunday, 23 April 2017

Wisteria Time

This photo was taken in May last year in a small village between the town of Loches and the most famous of the Loire chateau, Chenonceau. Chédigny is most famous for its roses and has a very popular rose festival, but the wisterias and lilacs peak before the roses have really got underway. We visit the village so often with our cars that we are treated almost as residents, which means we can drive along the road shown in the photo, something most visitors do not get the chance to do.

Chedigny can be visited as part of our Loches-Chenonceau tour (the first tour on this page). Email us or contact us using our contact form to book a tour that takes you places many other people never get to see

Monday, 17 April 2017

Join in Local Loire Valley Traditions

When we design a tour for our clients we try to give them the most authentic local experience possible. We take them to restaurants the tourists don't find and surround them with ordinary French folk getting on with their lunch on an ordinary working day. 

France has lots of culinary and dining traditions. Restaurants such as the ones we use are ideal for being right in the thick of them. These two medical students from Wyoming were here in January and the dessert of the day was galette des rois (kings cake). They were the lucky recipients of the slices of galette with the feve (token) inside. That meant that they were crowned queens for the day by the restaurant owner. Of course, we made sure they learned the history of this little ceremony and they were made to feel most welcome by all the locals. There was much laughter and conviviality, all part of our tour experience.

If you would like to engage with the locals like this, email us and let us know when you would like to book your tour.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Private Guide for Groups in the Loire Valley

At Loire Valley Time Travel most of our clients book us for a private tour in our classic 1950s Citroen cars, Celestine and Claudette. Using classic cars limits our group size to a maximum of seven people.

So what do you do if your group is bigger than seven but you still want a guide? Luckily, in the last couple of years, Susan has started working with bigger groups. She can join you on your bus for a day or two of touring, or meet you for a half day walking tour. She will also help you with advice about where to visit, where to stay and where to eat and try to answer any other questions you may have. If your group has a particular focus, we can tailor the tour with that in mind. The group above were medical students visiting in January and Susan designed her presentation to highlight medical subjects throughout their visit to Chenonceau (you'd be amazed how much medical history is associated with the chateau!).

If you are organising a group visit to the Loire Valley, email us and tell us what you would like to do. We would be delighted to work with you to create the perfect tour (and remember, it needn't just be limited to chateaux).