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Art & Architecture in the Loire Valley

14 May — 21 May 2018 | Tour Director: Colin Bailey

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Colin Bailey, BA, PhD, FSA, FSAScot, FRSA

art historian, former curator and university lecturer

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Stansted 0815 on Ryanair, arriving Tours 1035. Visit to Chateau de Cheverny (built in the early 17th century by Count Hurault de Cheverny with fine tapestries and ceiling paintings). Seven nights at the Hôtel Oceana L’Univers.

Day

2

Morning: Royal Chateau de Blois (14th century castle reconstructed in the Renaissance style by François I). Afternoon: Chateau d’Amboise, Chateau du Clos Lucé (Leonardo’s home for three years until his death in 1519) and the recreated Renaissance gardens of Villandry.

Day

3

Morning: Tours Musée des Beaux-Arts (housed in the former Archbishops’ Palace), followed by visit to the nearby Gothic Cathédrale St-Gatien (magni cent stained-glass windows). Afternoon: excursion to the village of Troo, and 11th-12th century church of St-Jacques-des-Guérets (1,000 year old murals of The Cruci xion and The Resurrection of the Dead).

Day

4

Morning: early departure for Renaissance Chateau de Chenonceau (former home of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici with magni cent picture collection). Free afternoon and evening.

Day

5

Morning in Montreuil-Bellay on the river Thouet (ancient ramparts dating back 1,000 years) with visit to Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay (beautifully furnished rooms and medieval kitchen with tasting of AOC wines). Afternoon at Fontevraud-l’Abbaye: 16th century cloisters, original refectory and chapterhouse, octagonal Romanesque kitchen and smokeroom and 12th century abbey church (recumbent e gies of Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their crusader son Richard the Lionheart, and Isabelle, wife of King John).

Day

6

Whole day excursion to Angers: walking tour followed by visits to Château Angers, Cathédrale St Maurice and Museé des Beaux-Arts.

Day

7

Morning: Chateau de Chambord (with famous escalier à double revolution traditionally credited to Leonardo). Afternoon: return to Tours via Château de Beauregard (16th century hunting lodge of François I with spectacular Galerie des Illustres, a painted Almanach de Gotha of French royalty).

Day

8

Depart Tours 1100, arriving Stansted 1125.

Tour Dates

14 May — 21 May 2018

Days

8

Cost

£2590

Tour Code

AALV-18

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Cost of includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three lunches, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £425.

 
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