Staying for 1, 2 or 5 days?
Morning: Marvel at Château de Serrant, one of the most comprehensively furnished châteaux in the Loire Valley. Enjoy a meal at one of our recommended places with some wine from the Layon Valley.
Afternoon: Enjoy a two hour boat trip along the Loire in a traditional boat setting off from the harbour in La Possonnière – a commune listed as a UNESCO world heritage site (remember to book!). Finish your day by choosing a wine estate in the wine appellation that you wish to know more about. Meet the wine producer on their estate and chat about their work. If you are passing La Corniche Angevine (a listed UNESCO world heritage site) stop off to admire the superb view across the Loire Valley.
A weekend in Loire Layon
Morning: Visit Château de Serrant, one of the most comprehensively furnished châteaux in the Loire Valley. It has three Michelin stars!
Afternoon: Climb aboard the little vineyard train (July and August only) or follow the Layon Valley wine route. You could stop off and visit a wine estate to find out more about the wine from Anjou and the Layon Valley before then tasting them. You will discover the beautiful undulating countryside of Layon and La Corniche Angevine – a listed UNESCO world heritage site.
During the day: Cycle the Loire à Vélo
bike route between Ingrandes and La Possonnière and enjoy countryside which is a listed UNESCO world heritage site. You will cross the l’île de Chalonnes – the largest island in the Loire which is still inhabited.
You could stop off for lunch at Les Tourbillons café in La Possonnière to enjoy some local specialities and some wine from the Loire Valley. At La Possonnière harbour, you can also enjoy a trip in a traditional Loire boat to admire the Loire Valley scenery and find out about traditional waterway transport with Alex, a professional sailor and fisherman.
Morning: Take a bike ride along the banks of the Loire. You will cross l’île de Chalonnes, the largest island in the Loire and enjoy the UNESCO listed Loire Valley scenery between Chalonnes and La Possonnière.
Afternoon: Explore the Jardin des kangourous in La Possonnière. You will be surrounded by hundreds of wallabies and will be able to feed them with small pieces of bread given to you at reception.
Morning: Explore Chalonnes. Visit the Tuesday morning market, which is the third largest market in the Département and finish your morning exploring the Notre-Dame district – the former district of the Loire sailors. You can find out about this district’s history and traditional waterway transport by looking in at a yard located on the harbourside in Chalonnes sur Loire that is run 100% by volunteers and which builds ‘Gabarots’ (the old boats of the Loire).
Afternoon: Enjoy a boat trip along the Loire in a traditional boat with Alex, a professional sailor and fisherman. You can ask him anything about the Loire (the traditional waterway transport, flora and fauna, history, etc.). Alex knows everything! (Remember to book!)
Morning: Set off on a canoe / kayak trip on the river Louet or Loire. Our two canoe-kayak providers can offer you itineraries suited to your level of expertise and what you would like to do.
Afternoon: Relax on the Loire’s natural beaches.
Morning: Visit Château de Serrant and find out why it is one of the sites that is ‘worth a detour’ according to the Michelin Guide (which has awarded it 3 stars!).
Afternoon: Visit one of the many wine estates and stroll around the villages of Saint Aubin de Luigné, Chaudefonds sur Layon and Rochefort sur Loire, all listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Morning: Set off for a walk. We recommend route No.3 which is a combination of the Loire Valley countryside and the vineyards. You will enjoy superb views over the Loire Valley and hills surrounding the Layon river.
Afternoon: Enjoy learning to play ‘la boule de fort’ (a type of indoor bowls), go for a trip with sled dogs or visit the windmills in Ardenay.