TOURS / AMBOISE / VILLANDRY / CHINON / BOURGUEIL / CHENONCEAU / CHEVERNY / CHAMBORD
Must see monuments of your tour to France.
2 nights in a 4 *hotel in the heart of Tours.
Price per person based on 2 people - 4, 6, 8 or more on request.
All inclusive Day tour.
2 nights at 4* hotel.
Private guide, entrance fees for 3 days.
PRIVATE & LUXURY LOIRE VALLEY TOURS
Guided Loire Valley wine tours to the Chateaux and vineyards.
This tour is for gourmets who want to discover the famous
Loire Valley wines and Renaissance Chateaux.
With your registered guide, tour all the highlights of the Loire Valley: Chateaux of Chambord, Chenonceau, Villandry…We drive you to the best wine appellations in the region for very special tours and tasting in Vouvray, Chinon and Bourgueil. We open for you hidden doors to taste some of the rarest wines of the Loire Valley. This tour can be extended to a France Luxury wine Tour!
Day 1 : Amboise and matured Loire Valley wines.
10.06 AM: your chauffeur welcomes you in a luxury Mercedes Van.
Tours Saint Pierre des Corps TGV train station.
Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise.
You will be delighted by the splendid beauty of the dramatic scenery of Chateau of Amboise, on top of a cliff overlooking the Loire River.
The Chateau of Amboise was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. This authentic royal castle, introduces Italian style to the Loire Valley. Leonardo Da Vinci rests in the Chapel of the Chateau.
Lunch is at your convenience in the medieval town of Amboise.
Guided tour of the Clos Lucé.
In love with the Italian architecture, king Francois decides to build new chateaux in the Loire Valley and invites Leonardo da Vinci to France in 1516. He offers him the Manor of Clos Luce where this great artist and scientist spent the last three years of his life offering to humanity his amazing inventions. Leonardo da Vinci was a great painter, architect, engineer, scientist and philosopher. In the Manor and the gardens, you will discover the models of some Leonardo creations like the helicopter, the parachute, the mobile bridge, the tank…
and you will walk through his private bedroom, kitchen, living room, study…
Tour and Loire Valley wines tasting.
Your chauffeur takes you in a cave specialized in mature Vouvray wines.
You are welcomed in Caves Duhard established in 1874. Its actual owner and wine maker Daniel Gatay is specialized in mature Vouvray wines. You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1952 to our days. This winery is facing the Loire River is located between Amboise central town and your hotel.
YOUR HOTEL IN TOURS FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in at your hotel**** l'Univers-double occupancy
Your hotel is set in a fashionable shopping area one kilometre from the Old Town. This hotel has been the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846. Many large personalities of the Europe and the New World stayed in this best hotel of Tours. In addition to its rich and historic past, as underlined by its celebrated portrait gallery, it offers all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance “à la Française”.
Discover the area known as "Old Tours", pedestrian streets and numerous XVth and XVIth c. timber-framed houses, the famous place Plumereau, Charlemagne Tower, Saint-Martin collegiate church, and the new Saint-Martin Basilica.
Walk in the fabulous market on Tours, the largest food market in the Loire Valley. Open market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and covered market every day.
Discover our wines, cheeses, our fruits, vegetables, local meat dishes (charcuterie) and fish.
Tours is the largest city in the Loire Valley and its capital city. Located in the heart of the region, it is the best base for sightseeing. Historically and architecturally speaking, it is one of the cradles of the French Renaissance.
Dinner at leisure in Tours, upon our recommendation.
Day 2 : Fantastic gardens and Loire Valley Grands Crus Wine tour.
10.00AM: Drive to Cheverny.
Guided tour of the Gardens of the Chateau of Villandry.
Villandry was the last Chateau built during the Renaissance period. It is today famous around the world for its unique French terrace gardens.
Lunch is at your convenience in Chinon.
Walk in Chinon historical streets in the steps of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lion Heart.
Tour and wine tasting in Chinon, La Noblaie.
14 hectares of organic growing. Located in the typical village of Cravant les Coteaux, the appellation Chinon produces red and rosé wines from the grape variety cabernet franc. According to the age of the vine, the soil (limestone, pebbles, clay, sand), the sun and wind exposition, the different techniques in the wine making itself, the wine maker will elaborate a great variety of wines from the same grape variety, producing thirst quenchers or rich and complex red wines. Chenin blanc is also used to make white wine.
To end the day, we go to Bourgueil for a tour and wine tasting at the Domaine de la Chevalerie in Restigné. Established in 1640, this estate is always in the possession of the same family. Mr Caslot is the 14th generation of wine maker. The 90 acres family property elaborates fantastic red wines made from the cabernet franc grape. His best vintage is made of 70 years old vines.
Return to the 4* hotel.
Dinner at leisure in Tours, upon our recommendation.
Day 3: Great Chateaux of the Loire Valley.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau.
The unique architecture of the chateau/bridge makes it one of the most original Chateaux of the Loire Valley. Chenonceau is related to important French Renaissance women and was offered by King Henry 2nd to his mistress Diane de Poitiers.
Lunch is at your convenience in Cheverny.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny.
In the XVIIth century, Cheverny was the first chateau to represent the classical style in the Loire Valley. This chateau is known by the richness of its interiors, has belonged to the same family for 8 centuries. The owners dedicate themselves to the maintenance of the heritage, tree growing to produce wood for furniture, and horse back hunting (you’ll be impressed by the 100 dogs of the pack).
Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord.
The largest French castle (446 rooms) with and extravagant roof nicknamed “the village”. Chambord, built to be a hunting lodge and used exclusively as a hunting lodge, was ordered by the king Francois 1st to Leonard de Vinci and his architects.
17.21: The TVG takes you bake to Paris within one hour.
Optional: Hot air balloon flights over the Loire Valley Chateaux are available for 215 € per person.
The departure of the balloons is at sunrise or sunset, exceptional moment guaranteed.
In case of pour weather, we organize for you a helicopter flight.
In case of dangerous weather, we refund the total amount.
Transportation in a comfortable minivan for three days, full time private guide, 2 nights in 4* hotel, 2 breakfast, tour of the Loire Valley chateaux of Amboise, Clos Lucé, Villandry, Chambord, Chenonceau, Cheverny, visits and tour & wine tasting of Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Montlouis and matured Loire Valley wines.
Wineries are submitted to changes according to availability.
entrance to other monuments, lunches, drinks, extra.
13/02/2013 USA NY
Tracey - 4 & 5 octobre 2014
Excellent Loire Valley Gourmet and wine tour!
Very enjoyable gourmet and wine tour!