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Christmas AT THE CHÂTEAUX - Val de Loire 41
Christmas
        AT THE CHÂTEAUX
    AND THE ZOO

 www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
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Contents
   Val de Loire – Loir-et-Cher                                                                           3
   A magical destination for your Christmas and New Year trips!

   Château Royal de Blois                                                                                 5
   There will be festivities aplenty this Christmas at the Royal Château of Blois in the heart of the town!

   Château de Chambord                                                                                   7
   An outstanding château, stunningly decorated for Christmas!

   Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire                                                                         9
   Winter at its best

   Château de Cheverny                                                                                 11
   A larger than life Christmas at Cheverny

   Beauval Zoo and Hotels                                                                              13
   Christmas Lights at Beauval!

   Seasonal Events, Tours & Shopping perfect additions to your itinerary                               15

   How to get here                                                                                     17

   Here to help as you plan your itinerary                                                             18

   Invitation to discover the Chrstmas offer at the castles and zoo                                    19
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Come and experience all the magic of Christmas                                                      immerse yourself in the animal kingdom at
at the heart of the Loire Valley, at the châteaux                                                   Beauval Zoo. You’ll see some amazing species
of Blois, Chambord, Chaumont-sur-Loire and                                                          that have made their mark on the zoo’s history.
Cheverny, and of course Beauval Zoo.
                                                                                                    Aglow with warm sparkling lights and Christmas
With these five top attractions all within easy                                                     cheer, the châteaux and Beauval Zoo are even
reach, there’s such a variety of things to see and                                                  more enchanting than ever.
do. Take a trip through the history of France and
especially the sumptuous Renaissance period at
the Loire Valley’s most beautiful châteaux, then                                                    www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com

            Perimeter included in Unesco's heritage

                                                                                                                                                 Orléans
                                                                                                                                                                La Loire
    TRAVEL TIME BETWEEN
    THE CASTELS AND THE ZOO                                                                                            Vendôme
            20 minutes
            30 minutes
            40 minutes
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                                                                                                                    Beauval Zoo   Saint-Aignan
                                      Saumur                                                                         and Hotels

           For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
           Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
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Christmas                                    AT THE CHÂTEAUX
                                          AND THE ZOO
A magical destination for your Christmas and New Year trips!
Our greatest châteaux and Beauval Zoo will be                                                       At Christmas, Beauval is bathed in lights. Escape
beautifully decorated for the season, ready to                                                      to the zoo to explore all the fabulous seasonal
welcome you this Christmas and New Year.                                                            decorations and sparkling lights.
                                                                                                    And of course, that’s not all. The region offers a
                                                                                                    plethora of other places to visit including
                                                                                                    smaller châteaux, towns and villages, chocolate
                                                                                                    factories and more. They all have some very
                                                                                                    special events in store for you this Yuletide!
                                                                                                                                                         Photographic credits: Mir Photo, C.A. De Vibraye, D. NGuyen, Éric Sander.

There’s so much festive cheer at Blois,
Chambord, Cheverny and Chaumont-sur-Loire:
dazzling decorations, twinkling Christmas trees,
enchanting activities, tales by the fireside, craft
workshops, and Santa Claus of course!

           For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
           Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
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Château Royal de Blois
       THERE WILL BE FESTIVITIES APLENTY THIS CHRISTMAS AT THE
            ROYAL CHÂTEAU OF BLOIS IN THE HEART OF THE TOWN!

                                            Château Royal de Blois was the favourite
                                            residence of 7 kings and 10 queens of
                                                                                                                    DID YOU KNOW?
                                            France. This Christmas, it will be dressed                              The Lyres d’Hiver festival sets the
                                            up to the nines to offer a range of fun,                                Royal Château of Blois at the centre
                                            surprising and original tours and activities:                           of the town’s seasonal events.
                                            Experience “la vie de château”!                                         Blois is filled with the Christmas spirit in
                                            Adults and children alike will enjoy this                               December, with a skating rink, sledge run,
                                            peak into life at the château, with a guide                             Christmas market, cinema, magic and
                                            who will tell you everything you ever                                   music, not to mention events, decorations
                                            wanted to know about the kings and                                      and Christmas lights. The town is host to
                                            queens who resided here (in French only).
                                                                                                                    around a hundred events (to find out
Nocturnal Murmurs                                                                                                   more, see www.blois.fr)
After darkness falls and the château closes, grab your torch and step
back in time. See the chateau as you’ve never seen it before, visiting the
royal apartments and certain other areas normally closed to the public.
Check out the gloomy dungeon where the Duke of Guise’s brother spent
the night before he was killed and discover the old pantry.
With poetry readings, period beauty secrets and the recipe for
strawberry blond hair, as you stroll around to the unfamiliar notes of
the harpsichord you will feel like you’ve slipped behind the scenes of
the château!
Escape Game
The year is 1588. Your mission, if you accept it, is to unravel the most
famous plot in the château’s history by working out who killed the Duke
of Guise.

www.chateaudeblois.fr
           For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
           Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
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Château royal de Blois
GROUP DAY VISIT SUGGESTIONS                                                                                              BOOKINGS
                                                                                                                         contact@chateaudeblois.fr
Itinerary ideas                                                Optional extras                                           +33 (0)2 54 90 33 32
o As you arrive, admire the majestic                           o Nocturnal Murmurs* tour at 6pm:                         Sales department:
  central courtyard, all decked out for                           €600 per group (including admission)                   Aurélie Foucault
  Christmas                                                       Duration: 2 hours – 25 people                          aurelie.foucault@blois.fr
o Guided tour: Experience “la vie de                              maximum                                                www.chateaudeblois.fr
  château”!*                                                   o Giant escape game*
o Get into the Christmas spirit in the                            for groups of 8 to 15 people maximum                   USEFUL
  centre of Blois: non-guided visit of                            (several groups can play at the same                   INFORMATION
  the town and the events organised as                            time): €300 per group (including
                                                                                                                         Open all year
  part of the Lyres d’Hiver festival                              admission)
                                                                                                                         “Christmas at the Château”:
                                                                  Duration: 1 hour
                                                                                                                         o 30 November 2019 to 5 January
                                                               Lunch is available at the château, rates
                                                                                                                           2020, every day except 25/12 and
2019-2020 Group rates                                          on request
                                                                                                                           01/01
Set fee: + €90 per group (max. 25 people)
in addition to the admission fee:                              Further information                                       o 01/12 to 05/01:
                                                                                                                           10am to 5pm weekdays
non-guided visit for groups of a                               Group services are available by
                                                                                                                           10am to 6pm at weekends and
minimum of 20 paying visitors:                                 reservation, subject to availability
                                                                                                                                                              Photographic credits: Y. Boukef, Château Royal de Blois – D. Lépissier

                                                                                                                           during school holidays
€8 per adult €4 per child                                      *Tours in French only
Standard ticket price:
€12 per adult €6.50 per child

                For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
                Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
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Château de Chambord
AN OUTSTANDING CHÂTEAU, STUNNINGLY DECORATED FOR CHRISTMAS!

                             As it celebrates its 500th anniversary,                                                DID YOU KNOW?
                             Chambord will be sumptuously decked out
                             for Christmas for the seventh year                                                     o New décor for 2019
                             running, with majestic Christmas trees                                                 To celebrate the château’s 500th
                             and a whole host of other decorations. As                                              anniversary, Jacques Garcia has
                             visitors make their way around, the                                                    designed sumptuous mobile décors
                             château will sparkle with Yuletide magic,                                              and textiles to recreate the period
                             from the ground floor right up to the
                                                                                                                    when the king and his court moved
                             second floor, including the entrance porch,
                                                                                                                    constantly from château to château.
                             the famous double helix staircase and the
                             chapel.                                                                                Visitors feel like royal guests.
The outdoor paths will also be set with some one hundred magnificent
Christmas trees, twinkling with lights as dusk falls.                                                               o The French-style gardens and
                                                                                                                    château façades are illuminated
Events in the château:
From 1 December: beautiful decorations inside the château, together
                                                                                                                    for Christmas
with traditional wooden games (including a Louis XIV pool table and
trou-madame, a type of bagatelle) and board games.
“Sapins de génie”, a Christmas tree exhibition and competition to find
the most dazzling Christmas tree between local businesses, selected
both for their popularity and their expertise. Visitors are invited to vote
for the most beautiful Christmas tree and enter a prize draw!
On the 14 and 15 December and from 21 December to 5 January, there
will be characters in period costume, Renaissance music and dancing,
introductions to dancing and poetry, storytellers, nature-themed events,
creative workshops, a chance to meet Santa Claus, horn concerts and
numerous other surprises.

www.chambord.org
           For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
           Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
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Château de Chambord
GROUP DAY VISIT SUGGESTIONS                                                                                             BOOKINGS
                                                                                                                        +33 (0)2 54 50 50 40
Itinerary ideas                                               Optional extras                                           reservations@chambord.org
o Non-guided visit of the château and                         o Guided tour of the château (1 hr 30):                   Tourism development department:
  gardens (1 hr 30)                                             €140 per guide                                          + 33 (0)2 54 50 40 10
o Buffet lunch at the château or nearby                       o Château tour with HistoPad:                             devtour@chambord.org
o Free time to enjoy the decorations and                        €5 per person                                           www.chambord.org
  events                                                      o Wine tasting at the château
o Gourmet Christmas afternoon tea                               (45 mins): €11 per person (2019 rate)                   USEFUL
o Shopping in the boutique (the largest                         €12 per person (2020 rate)                              INFORMATION
  of the Loire château boutiques)
                                                              Further information                                       Open all year
Group rates                                                   o Subject to availability, reservation                    “Christmas at the Château”:
                                                                required                                                o 1 December to 20 December 2019,
Minimum 20 people.
                                                              o Services also available individually                      9am to 5pm and 21 December 2019
Set rate for 2019/2020 - to include all
                                                              o Buffet menu includes one starter, one                     to 5 January 2020, 9am to 6pm.
the services listed in the “itinerary ideas”
                                                                main course, one cheese course, one                     o Last admission 30 minutes before
day visit:
                                                                dessert, wine (250ml) and one coffee                      closing
€52 per adult €26 per child under 13
                                                                                                                        o The château is closed
                                                                                                                                                             Photographic credits: Léonard de Serres, Alexandre Leboutet, Remi Angeli.

                                                                per person
                                                                                                                          on 25 December and 1 January
                                                                                                                        o The château closes at 4pm
                                                                                                                          on 24 and 31 December

               For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
               Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
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Château de
 Chaumont-sur-Loire                                                                                                 WINTER AT ITS BEST

                                              Deck the halls!                                                            DID YOU KNOW?
                                              The château is festive and
                                              welcoming at Christmas. Many of                                            Chaumont-Photo-sur-Loire Photo
                                              the rooms, including the grand                                             Exhibition
                                              staircase, the Grand Salon,                                                Every year, the winter exhibitions organised
                                              library and dining room sparkle                                            by the Centre for Arts and Nature are given
                                              with lights and seasonal                                                   over to photography. Set around the château
                                              decorations.                                                               and the farm courtyard, works by well-
                                              Every afternoon during the                                                 known photographers paint a very special
                                              Christmas holidays, the estate                                             portrait of the countryside and nature.
                                              staff invite children to join them                                         November 2019 to February 2020.
                                              for a craft workshop and make a
                                              beautiful mobile, or listen to
                                              captivating Christmas tales.

Winter gardens
For anyone with an interest in plants and gardening, the
Chaumont-sur-Loire estate offers three winter gardens in
greenhouses. They are the ideal place to wander, protected
from the cold, among tree ferns, camphor trees, palm trees,
cacti, papyrus plants and other exotic species that thrive
under glass.
December 2019 and January 2020

www.domaine-chaumont.fr

           For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
           Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
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Château de
        Chaumont-sur-Loire
GROUP DAY VISIT SUGGESTIONS                                                                                           BOOKINGS
                                                                                                                      Sales Department
Itinerary ideas                                             o Lunch supplement:
                                                                                                                      Sandrine Goudeau and Emily Leclerc
                                                              €40 per person (2019-2020)
o Guided tour of the château and                            Standard ticket price (non-guided visit):                 +33 (0)2 54 20 99 20
  stables                                                   €14 per person (2019-2020)                                commercial@domaine-chaumont.fr
o Visit the Chaumont-Photos-sur-Loire                                                                                 www.domaine-chaumont.fr
  exhibition and explore the winter
  gardens
                                                            Optional extras
                                                            Multimedia self-guided tour of the                        USEFUL
o Lunch from Le Grand Velum culinary                                                                                  INFORMATION
                                                            château:
  and gastronomic creation workshop:
                                                            o “Discovery visit” (45 minutes)                          Open all year
  enjoy Le Grand Velum’s menu in a
                                                              or                                                      “Christmas at the Château”:
  private lounge
                                                            o “Devotees’ visit” (1 hr 15 mins)                        o November 2019 to January 2020
Group rates                                                 Supplement: €4 per person (2019-2020)                     o 10am to 5.30pm
                                                                                                                      o The château is closed on 25
(minimum of 20 people)                                      Further information                                         December and 1 January
Season “November 2019 to March 2020”:                       o Group services are available by
o Admission (non-guided visit of the                          reservation
  château):                                                 o Lunch includes one starter, one main
  From €11.20 per adult (2019-2020)                           course, one dessert, wine pairings
o Guided tour supplement                                      and one coffee per person
  (1 hr 15 mins):
  €90 per group (2019)
                                                                                                                                                           Photographic credits: Mir Photo, Eric Sander.

  €105 per group (2020)

             For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
             Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Château de Cheverny        A LARGER THAN LIFE CHRISTMAS AT CHEVERNY

                                              Adults and children alike will be                                     DID YOU KNOW?
                                              enchanted by the Christmas
                                              decorations at the Château de                                         The Renaissance! History in Lego®
                                              Cheverny. The château takes on a                                      bricks
                                              delectable festive atmosphere with so                                 This breathtaking new exhibition at the
                                              much to see and discover. Don’t miss                                  Château de Cheverny recreates all the most
                                              the mouth-watering table laden with                                   beautiful objects from the Renaissance
                                              seasonal specialities in the main                                     period on display in the château: admire
                                              dining room.
                                                                                                                    reproductions of a host of objects including
                                Special programme                                                                   a Renaissance chair, chest and table, and
                                On Sunday 1 December, learn about                                                   even a bust of Henry IV!
                                “The art of hospitality and French
                                etiquette” , with workshops such as
                                “The art of hospitality in Renaissance
times”. Every hour from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm in the
château dining room.
A Christmas afternoon tea will be held on the second Sunday in
December, with free access for château visitors. In addition to the
afternoon tea itself, there will also be Christmas storytelling and of
course a visit from Santa Claus!
On the third Sunday, (15 December), a Christmas food and drink
event will be held in the Orangerie at the Château de Cheverny.

www.chateau-cheverny.fr

           For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
           Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Château de Cheverny
GROUP HALF-DAY VISIT SUGGESTIONS                                                                                                      BOOKINGS
                                                                                                                                      Groups department
Itinerary ideas                                                                  Optional extras                                      Raphaëlle Allouin
o 10.15am: as soon as you arrive at the Château,                                 o Guided tours of the château available by           +33 (0)2 54 79 79 01
  the giant advent calendar, enormous Christmas                                     reservation: + €2 per adult.*, except school      domainedecheverny@
  tree and colossal advent wreath will transport                                    holidays                                          chateau-cheverny.com
  you to a winter wonderland. Take photos in                                     o 12pm: lunch is available in the Trophy Room        www.chateau-cheverny.com
  Santa’s sleigh.                                                                   café. Set menus for groups, €22 to €32 per
o Non-guided visit of the château in all its                                        person* (30 people maximum)                       USEFUL
  Christmas finery (including the Lego® exhibition)                              o 2pm: non-guided visit of the “Secrets of           INFORMATION
o 11.30am: hunting dog feeding (except Tuesdays,                                    Moulinsart” exhibition.                           Open all year
  Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays). Watch                                    Step into the world of Tintin and Captain         “Christmas at the
  the château’s hounds being fed.                                                   Haddock. Adult groups: €4 per person              Château”:
o 11.45am: the visit continues with a walk around                                   School groups: €3 per child                       1 December 2019 to
  the two Christmas gardens. A spellbinding stroll                               This itinerary can be organised as an afternoon      13 January 2020
  among the snow-covered Christmas trees.                                        visit: arrive at 11.30am to watch the hounds being   Open every day, including
                                                                                 fed, have lunch at 12.30pm, visit the château and    25 December and 1 January.
Group rates                                                                      gardens at 2pm and then enjoy a non-guided visit     Ticket office open all day,
(minimum of 20 people)                                                           to the Secrets of Moulinsart exhibition. Or arrive   10am to 5pm
                                                                                 after lunch and finish the afternoon with a snack:   (The château closes 30
Adults (non-guided visit): €7.50 per adult (2019)
                                                                                                                                                                    Photographic credits: M. Martin, C.A. De Vibraye, D. NGuyen.

                                                                                 coffee or Cheverny hot chocolate, orange juice and   minutes after the ticket
Children 7-14 years (guided or non-guided visit):
                                                                                 cakes, €10 per person* (*2019 group rates)           office.)
€4.50 per child (2019)
Standard individual rate - château and gardens (non-guided                                                                            The château is heated in
visit): €12 per adult (2019)                                                     Further information                                  winter.
                                                                                 Group services are available by reservation

                 For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
                 Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Beauval Zoo and Hotels                                                                     CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT BEAUVAL!

                                                                                                                    DID YOU KNOW?
                                                                                                                    There are three hotels just a stone’s throw from the
                                                                                                                    zoo. Stay in an exceptional setting that will transport
                                                                                                                    you from Indonesia to Africa and on to China. The
                                                                                                                    Jardins de Beauval (open 23 March to 10 November),
                                                                                                                    Hauts de Beauval and Pagodes de Beauval (open all
                                                                                                                    year round) offer a total of 360 rooms.
                                                                                                                    Pure escapism!

                                                                                                                    New for 2019: Le Nuage de Beauval cable car
                                                                                                                    Already home to species found nowhere else in
From 23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020, Beauval Zoo                                                                France, Beauval is now the only zoo in the country
will sparkle with magical Christmas lights. Follow the                                                              with a cable car. Climb board and soar to a height of
numerous light trails along the paths, under strings and                                                            35 metres to see the animals like you’ve never
curtains of lights, to discover the 600 fabulous different                                                          seen them before!
species that have made their homes at Beauval.

And to ensure that the magical atmosphere covers the
whole of Destination Beauval, both the restaurants inside
the zoo, the Tropical and the Kilimandjaro, and the Pagodes
de Beauval and Hauts de Beauval hotels, will also glitter
with decorations and thousands of Christmas lights.

www.zoobeauval.com

           For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
           Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Beauval Zoo and Hotels
OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A 2 DAY/1 NIGHT GROUP STAY                                                                                                   BOOKINGS
                                                                                                                                                 Sales department/hotel
Itinerary ideas                                                             Group package rates                                                  group reservations
Beauval Zoo and Hotels offer a half-board                                   o From €85 per adult for 2 days/1 night half                         +33 (0)2 54 71 17 37
two-day/one-night package (including drinks                                   board, based on two sharing a double room                          groupes@leshotelsdebeauval.com
packages and tourist tax) so you can spend two                                   The package includes a stay pass, dinner, including drinks      www.hotelsbeauval.com
unforgettable days discovering 10,000 animals                                    (unlimited still and sparkling water, 250ml of wine, and
                                                                                 one hot drink from a selection per person), buffet              www.zoobeauval.com
from every continent in the world, with France’s                                 breakfast, overnight accommodation and tourist tax.
most diverse animal collection. Beauval is listed as                           Price according to availability based on the                      USEFUL
one of the world’s ten most beautiful zoos and your                            2019/2020 year – From 20 paying visitors                          INFORMATION
visit is guaranteed to be a unique experience!                                 (adults and children).                                            Open all year
As well as the Christmas lights, the holiday                                • Up to 3 children and teenagers aged under 15                       “Christmas at the Zoo”:
season also brings Yuletide tales to the                                      stay free when sharing their parents’ bedroom.                     23 November 2019
Pagodes de Beauval hotel, with a special                                    • Accommodation supplement from the third adult                      to 5 January 2020
venue where children can enjoy the stories of                                 in a room: €10                                                     Open every day,
a professional storyteller.                                                 o Educational activities:                                            including 25/12 and 01/01.
                                                                            • Guided tour, €6 per person
Optional extras                                                             • Educational workshop (groups of children),
o Delve deeper into the world of Beauval by                                   set fee of €75 - for a group of 35 children
   adding an educational activity (guided tour,                               maximum.                                                        Further information
   workshop, leisure tour, etc. subject to                                  o Beauval Zoo catering:                                           o Offers subject to conditions.
   availability). Spend two hours getting to know                           • Meal tickets, from €12 per person                                 Reservation required for all
   the animals and seeing everything that a                                 • Set meal (lunch only),                                            services, subject to availability.
   modern zoo has to offer                                                    €10.50 (children aged 3 to 10)                                  o Coach drivers receive all
o Enjoy lunch at the zoo either in the form of                                and €22 (adults and children 11 and over)                         services pre-booked by the
   meal tickets, or with a set menu (table service)                         • Christmas afternoon snack at the zoo:                             group free of charge.
o Extend your visit with a Christmas afternoon                                from €6 per person.
   snack either in the magical atmosphere of the                            • Christmas afternoon snack at your hotel:
   zoo or at your hotel.                                                      €14 (adults and children 11 and over)
                                                                                                                                                                                     Photographic credits: ©ZooParc de Beauval

For booking requests, please contact the sales                                and €9 (children aged 3 to 10)
department/hotel group reservations on                                      • On request: a visit from Santa Claus, a magician
+33 (0)2 54 71 17 37 or by emailing                                           or a DJ (karaoke, music quiz and evening disco).
 groupes@leshotelsdebeauval.com

              For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
              Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Seasonal Events, Tours & Shopping
                                                                         PERFECT ADDITIONS TO YOUR ITINERARY

                             Family-size                                                                             Collectors’ traditional and herbal
                             madeleines and                                                                          teas from Maison Émile Auté. Unique
                             biscuits from                                                                           organic teas from Émile Auté, made
                             St Michel                                                                               in Loir-et-Cher, make great gifts.
                             Atelier St Michel is                                                                    These teas will add a touch of
                             located in Contres,                                                                     elegance to your festive entertaining.
                             just a few kilometres                                                                   Options range from “Thés des
                             from Cheverny. Visit                                       Châteaux” to herbal teas for the whole family, such as “Neus & les
                             the workshop to see                                        Enfants Sauvages”.
how the products are made - everyone will                                               www.emileaute.com
recognise the famous madeleines of course, but
there are 1001 other treats to delight your family                                      CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN LOCAL TOWNS
and friends.
                                                                                                                    The magic of Christmas comes to
www.atelierstmichel.fr
                                                                                                                    Blois with the Lyres d’Hiver winter
                                                                                                                    festival!
                               Great gift ideas
                                                                                                                    Blois is filled with the Christmas spirit
                               100% “Made in Loir-
                                                                                                                    in December, with a skating rink,
                               et-Cher”
                                                                                                                    sledge run, Christmas market,
                               Why not choose some
                                                                                                                    cinema, magic and music, not to
                               original, locally
                                                                                        mention events, decorations and Christmas lights.
                               produced presents
                                                                                        The town is host to around a hundred events.
                               for friends and family
                                                                                        www.blois.fr
                               this year?
                               The Maison des                                           Abbaye On Ice: immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas in
Parapluies in Blois is packed with hand-made                                            Vendôme!
umbrellas in a range of bright and colourful                                            A rich programme of events and activities runs right across the
styles. Just the thing to liven up a rainy day!                                         city, including an ice rink, performances, a Christmas market,
www.lamaisondesparapluies.com                                                           concerts, carriage rides, the Nuit Givrée ice show and a lantern
                                                                                        release.
                                                                                        www.vendome-tourisme.fr or www.vendome.eu
             For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
             Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Photographic credits: Des Lyres-d’Hiver, Maison Emile Auté-©Florence Fouché, Atelier Saint-Michel, La Maison du Parapluie, Cyril-Chigot-Conseil-Departemental 41, Max Vauché, La Grange aux Savoir Faire, Les Ateliers de Catherine, Domaine Régional Chaumont-sur-Loire
Seasonal Events, Tours & Shopping
                                                                        PERFECT ADDITIONS TO YOUR ITINERARY

                            Make your festive meals                                                                              Learn to create your own
                            sparkle with Loire Valley                                                                            stunning festive table
                            wines                                                                                                centrepieces
                            A visit to the Monmousseau                                                                           Take part in a floristry
                            cellars in Montrichard is an                                                                         workshop at Mur-de-Sologne
                            excellent way to get to know                                                                         to learn how to make stunning
                            the wines of our terroir. Loir-                                                                      bouquets, or to hone your
                            et-Cher in the Loire Valley is                                                                       existing skills. It’s a fun and
                            home to no less than nine                                                                            different way to get into the
wine AOCs, and you will find some of the finest at the                                                                           Christmas spirit!
Monmousseau cellars.                                                                                 www.atelier-catherine.fr
www.monmousseau.com
                                                                                                                                  Christmas without chocolate
                            La Grange aux Savoir-faire                                                                            is like Chambord without
                            Here’s a great gift idea:                                                                             François I - unthinkable!
                            cookery workshops based                                                                               Head for the Max Vauché
                            around Loire Valley produce.                                                                          chocolate workshop at
                            Discover the real flavours of                                                                         Bracieux, just a few minutes
                            local ingredients and learn                                                                           from the Chateau of
                            recipes to bring out the best                                                                         Chambord.
                            in them. La Grange aux                                                                                You can tour the workshop or
                            Savoir-faire in Vallières-les-                                           simply draw up a chair in the Choco’Bar and sample the
Grandes will guide you step-by-step as you learn recipes                                             delicious products. You’re sure to find plenty of treats to
to wow family and friends this festive season.                                                       pop under the Christmas tree for chocoholics of all ages!
www.lagrangeauxsavoirfaire.fr                                                                        www.maxvauche-chocolatier.com

            For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
            Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
How to get here
To Blois, via the motorway:
o Paris: 185km - 2 hrs 10 mins
o Nantes: 285km - 3 hrs
o Rennes: 300km - 2 hrs 50 mins
o Dijon: 370km - 3 hrs 25 mins
o Lille: 400km - 4 hrs 15 mins
o Bordeaux: 410km - 4hrs
o Lyon: 440km - 4 hrs 25 mins

Vendôme, by TGV:
o From Paris-Montparnasse: 45 mins
Blois, by train (TER or Intercités):
o from Paris-Austerlitz: 1 hr 25 mins
o from Nantes: 2 hrs 20 mins
o from Lyon: 4 hrs
o from Bordeaux: 2 hrs 35 mins

o Paris-Orly airport > Blois: 175km
o Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport > Blois: 209km
o Nantes Atlantique airport > Blois: 290km
+ Shuttle from the airport or a train from Paris or Nantes

                For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
                Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Here to help                                                                       AS YOU PLAN YOUR ITINERARY

Let our local tourism specialists suggest a complete itinerary for your group
     Blois-Chambord Tourist Office                                           Vendôme Tourist Office                                        Cheverny Voyages
           23 Place du Château                                          Hôtel du Saillant - 47-49 rue Poterie                           7 Place de la République
               41000 Blois                                                         41100 Vendôme                                          41700 Cour-Cheverny
           +33 (0)2 54 90 41 41                                                 +33 (0)2 54 77 05 07                                      +33 (0)2 54 74 57 05
        resa@bloischambord.com                                                ot.vendome@wanadoo.fr                                  contact@cheverny-voyages.com
         www.bloischambord.com                                              www.vendome-tourisme.fr                                    www.cheverny-voyages.com

Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
To help you plan your itineraries:                                                                           Royalty-free photos and videos
o See our website for full tourist information (visits, activities,                                          o To use in your brochures
  accommodation, restaurants, etc.):                                                                         o To display on your websites
  www.val-de-loire-41.com/provoyage                                                                          Yann Couty - Tel. +33 (0)2 54 57 00 59 - phototheque@adt41.com
o Check out our guide for all the essential information you need to plan
  a visit to the Loire Valley - Loir-et-Cher.
  If you would like to receive a print version, please contact
Sophie Duperron - Tel. +33 (0)2 54 57 00 52 - sophie.duperron@adt41.com
                                                                                                                                                                              Photographic credits: C.A. De Vibraye, Drone Contrast.

www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com

              For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
              Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
THE CHÂTEAUX OF BLOIS, CHAMBORD, CHEVERNY AND
         CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE AND BEAUVAL ZOO

   Invitation                                                                              FOR TWO PEOPLE

At Christmas and New Year the châteaux of Blois, Chambord, Cheverny,
Chaumont-sur-Loire and Beauval Zoo are stunningly decorated to look their best.
With seasonal decorations, twinkling Christmas trees, festive visitors and Yuletide tales, there’s
something for everyone.
So join us to experience the magic of Christmas in the Loire Valley between 1 December
2019 and 5 January 2020.

                                                                                                                                Sophie Duperron
                                                                                          Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)

                                          www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com

    For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
    Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Registration form SPECIAL INVITATION FOR TOURIST INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

CHRISTMAS AT THE CHÂTEAUX AND THE ZOO – 1 DECEMBER 2019 TO 5 JANUARY 2020*
     Please return by 15 November at the latest to sophie.duperron@adt41.com

Mr/Ms:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Agency: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Role: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Planned visit date(s): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
* Sites are open every day from 01/12/19 to 05/01/20, except 25/12 and 01/01 for the châteaux of Blois, Chambord and Chaumont-sur-Loire

                                                                              Alone               or with a guest

Would like to visit one or more sites:

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photographic credits: Léonard de Serres, D. NGuyen, R. Pradeau, ZooParc de Beauval, Domaine régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Château royal de Blois

Château Royal de Blois: enjoy             Château de Chambord: an                      Chateau de Chaumont-sur-                Château de Cheverny: a                    Beauval Zoo: with its
festivities aplenty this                  outstanding château,                         Loire: winter at its best               larger-than-life Christmas                stunning Christmas lights
Christmas at the royal château            stunningly decorated for
in the heart of the town                  Christmas!

Please post invitations to:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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If you would like to spend two days exploring the sites and stay overnight during your visit to Loire Valley –
Loir-et-Cher, please let us know so that we can send you special accommodation offers:
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       Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT) - Pôle Tourisme Val de Loire 41 – 2-4 rue du Limousin - 41000 Blois - France - Tel: +33 (0)2 54 57 00 52 – sophie.duperron@adt41.com

                    For full details of our Christmas offers in Loir-et-Cher, please see www.noelauxchateauxvaldeloire.com
                    Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher Tourism Development Agency (ADT)
Design > www.enola-creation.fr – Photographic credits: ©Léonard de Serres ; Château Royal de Blois ; ZooParc de Beauval ; Domaine Régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire ; M. Martin ; Eric Sander

                      Val de Loire - Loir-et-Cher
                     Tourism Development Agency
                       Tel: +33 (0)2 54 57 00 41 - infos@adt41.com
                                    2/4 rue du Limousin
                                        41000 BLOIS

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