Visit of the historic castle in a new way
Promenade in the tranquil and quiet waters of the Cher river after having a traditional french light breakfast. We will get to the dock located in Civray where we will get a brief and simple safety and technical instruction before picking up our kayac (canöe) and starting our way into the magnificent natural sights the river has to offer through its waters and riverside (birds, castors, deers, and many more). After enjoying all this nature we will find ourselves admiring one of the most amazing french castles and guide our kayac beneath the incredible gallery that crosses the river. A nice picnic on the riverside will be waiting for us to restore our energy before we will get to know the history of the castle and the characters that once lived in it.
Pick up at train station (Tours St. Pierre des Corps or Blois-Chambord). Traditional light breakfast in a cozy "boulangerie".
Head towards the Canöe Company headquarters in Chissay for receiving instructions and ship into our river promenade.
Approximately two hours of kayak excursion through Cher river, stop after passing the Chenonceau castle gallery for a picnic of regional products.
Arrive to Civray for ending our canöe tour, lunch and heading back to Chenonceau domain (10 min car drive) for making a tour inside the castle and its gardens.
Drive back to hotel or train station (Tours or Blois-Chambord)
End of tour.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I can pick you up preferably at: Tours train station (St. Pierre des Corps) or Blois-Chambord.
End location: I will leave you at the train station where I picked you up or in your Tours or Blois hotel.
Duration: 9 hours
The tour starts at pick up and ends at drop off of travelers after castle visit. Duration might change according to travelers requests for a longer stay in the river or an extended visit to the castle. Dinner and/or aperitif also increases the duration of the tour.
We will be traveling in my own car, a mid-size minivan (Space IV-Renault) that can comfortably accommodate 6 passsenger (5 tourists plus driver-guide). Children car seats available at request.
Pick up, drop off and transportation from and to your hotel (in Blois or Tours) or train station (only if St-Pierre Des Corps or Blois-Chambord).
Light french style breakfast, kayak "canöe" rental and instructions including safety procedures and basic kayak/canoe entry/exit, rudder control, peddle adjustment, proper paddling, rescue techniques, equipment familiarization, weather information, navigational instructions and safety issues and all safety gear, picnic basket, lunch at a bistrot style restaurant in the riverside and entrance to Chenonceau domain.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Euro - Maybe an extra bottle of water or some unscheduled snack.
If you would like to finish the tour with an extra meal before getting to your hotel, I can arrange for an amazing dinner experience either inside a troglodyte restaurant (troglodytes are caverns that were carved inside the mountains of this region of France for getting construction material and after using them as wine cellars, storage or even farms or housing) or a Guinguette style restaurant on the shore of the river with music and dance depending on the day of the week and season (Très francais!).
I'm very knowledgeable and will provide you with detailed historical information but I'm not a licensed guide and sometimes I wont be able to act like one inside historical monuments. I'll be with you at all times, guiding you as my guests.