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.

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Saturday, 5 September 2020

Never Crowded in the Loire Valley


You would think that an amazing looking place like this would be a major heritage tourist attraction. But in fact it is always eerily quiet and empty. We have never encountered anyone else on the site when we've been there. We pass this impressive medieval priory often when we are touring with travellers. If you want somewhere safe and quiet where you can appreciate some little known history and architectural styles ranging from the medieval to the modern, let us know and we will include a stop here in your itinerary. And to make it even more enticing, there is a great new restaurant just been taken over by a talented young chef in the complex.

Priory of Le Louroux. Touraine Loire Valley. France. Photo by Susan Walter.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Learn About Black Lives at the Chateau of Chenonceau


One of the most interesting displays at the Chateau of Chenonceau is also one of the most unexpected. During World War One the Chateau was a hospital, and it is clear from the photographic archive that black soldiers were treated here. We have also been told that black soldiers were also here during World War Two, and that the Chateau played a significant part in them gaining safe haven. We don't know their names usually, nor what happened to them afterwards, but there is a surprising and virtually unknown history of young African men passing through the Chateau in wartime. Their stories will be included in your tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau with us.

Archive photo of French and African soldiers at the Chateau of Chenonceau when it was a hospital in the First World War.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
French and African soldiers in the hospital at Chenonceau. The nurse is a member of the Menier family, who still own the chateau today.

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.