Nature and Wildlife, Local Experience, Hiking and Walking, Day Trip / Out of Town
Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for children interested in nature.
Please wear closed comfortable footwear whilst on this walk. The terrain is not particularly rough, but there are brambles and on some sites some scrambling possible.
Maximum travelers: 6
English (fluent), French (conversational)
The Claise Valley, a hidden hotspot for orchids
We will visit two sites over a two hour period and see up to a dozen wild native terrestrial orchids in the little known Claise Valley, south of Tours. These orchids are all on private land. You will have the opportunity to photograph rare species and learn about their ecological requirements.
I meet you in Preuilly sur Claise and we drive in convoy to the first of two orchid sites on private land. After the opportunity to see and photograph all the orchids on the site we will move on to the second site. Note that the sites we visit will vary depending on when they peak in terms of numbers and species of orchids. All of the sites are within 10 km of Preuilly sur Claise. At the end of the visit to the second site you can follow me back to Preuilly or we can go our separate ways.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Place des Halles, Preuilly sur Claise.
End location: Preuilly sur Claise, or the second orchid site, depending on your plans for after the orchid walk. I can recommend local restaurants if you want to go on for a meal, or other good sites for nature lovers if you want to continue wildlife watching.
Duration: 2 hours
You will need your own transport for this tour. You will follow me as I drive from site to site. Once at the orchid sites we will walk.
A guided walk with a local orchid expert at two different private sites.
I do not offer transport. You will need your own transport and will follow me to the sites in your own car.