Thursday, 17 September 2020

Masks Must Be Worn Inside the Loire Valley Chateaux


To help keep everyone safe it is a requirement of entry that you bring your own mask with you and you must wear it at all times when inside a historic chateaux. Masks are not provided at the door, but hand sanitizer is. You will also be reminded to keep your distance from other visitors. All the chateaux are limiting entry numbers to enable people to stay safe whilst Covid19 is still a threat. This can sometimes result in the disappointment of being turned away at busy times.

Wearing a mask inside a historic chateau. Indre et Loire. France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Visitors wearing masks inside Chenonceau.

Freelance guides are not always allowed to work inside the chateaux at present either. Because the current circumstances make it impossible to offer the level of service that our travellers have expected in the past, we have decided to take a break. We think that next year it will be clearer what can and can't be done on one of our personalised tours, and everyone will have become more used to the need for individuals to take public health seriously. Travellers will have had time to develop new good habits, and expectations will have shifted accordingly. We hope that you are planning your dream trip to France for next year or the year after and will turn to us for assistance in achieving it.

To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Christmas at the Loire Valley Chateaux


Many of the Loire Valley chateaux are open throughout the winter and in December they put on the most extraordinary displays of Christmas decoration. Of course, the Chateau of Chenonceau is a particular master of this, with creative and unusual displays in every room. Their regular floral arrangements are stunning enough, but at Christmas time they really take it up a level. If you are wondering whether you should come during the winter, let us persuade you that it is a good decision.

Christmas table decoration at the Chateau of Chenonceau, 2019.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Striking a Chord in the Loire Valley


If you are musically inclined then one of the most remarkable artefacts on display in the Loire Valley is the house organ in the library at the Chateau of Candé. You've probably never heard of the Chateau of Candé, or its remarkable past occupants, so you might miss out on a real treat. We are happy to include this little known gem in one of our tours going to the west of Tours, so let us know if you are interested.

The console of the house organ in the Chateau of Candé.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.