AMBOISE / BLOIS / VILLANDRY / CHINON / BOURGUEIL / CHAMBORD / CHENONCEAU / CHEVERNY / VOUVRAY / COUR CHEVERNY
Price per person based on 2 people - 4, 6, 8 or more on request.
All inclusive Day tour.
2 nights at 3* hotel, 1 night at 4* hotel.
Private guide, entrance fees for 4 days.
PRIVATE & LUXURY LOIRE VALLEY TOURS
Guided Loire Valley wine tours to the Chateaux, vineyards and cooking.
This tour is for chateaux and wine lovers...
who would love a private cooking lesson with two French Master Chefs.
A blend of gourmet and heritage tour with the finest dinners and two cooking lessons in Michelin stars awarded restaurants; the best caves in the Loire Valley and a private guide touring you in every Chateaux.
Day 1: Royal Chateau of Amboise, matured wines and cooking lesson.
10.06 AM: your chauffeur welcomes you in a comfortable minivan.
Tours Saint Pierre des Corps TGV train station.
Tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau.
The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateau 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 the medieval town of Amboise.
You are welcomed for a Vouvray wine tasting 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 1947 to our days. Made of chenin blanc the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity level witch gives to the wine a great aging capacity.
4.30 PM: Chef Damien Garanger welcomes you for a private cooking class.
Chef Garanger trained in Michelin-starred restaurants in the Loire Valley “Domaine des Hauts de Loire”, and in Paris and Burgundy. After a few years traveling around the world (Saint Martin, Cyprus, Moscow), he is now back in his region of origin.
The Chef won the French Chef competition “Madarine Impériale” in 2000.
The wine list presents over 300 wines mainly from the Loire Valley.
Gourmet dinner in the restaurant with the recipes you have prepared in the afternoon.
YOUR HOTEL IN BLOIS FOR 2 NIGHT
Check-in at the 3* Hotel and Gourmet restaurant.
Renovated in 2007, the hotel is located 1 km away from Blois Royal Château. Your quiet room has air-conditioned and Jacuzzi bath to relax after a day of travel.
Day 2: Great Chateaux of Chambord, Cheverny and Cour Cheverny wines.
Tour of the Chateau of Chambord.
Chambord was THE VERY FIRST Chateau of the Valley to be proclaimed by UNESCO as a world heritage. It was ordered in 1519 by King Francois the 1st to Leonardo Da Vinci and his architects. Drive to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The chateau de Chambord (guided tour) is a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. With more than 400 rooms and its double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.
Lunch at your leisure in Cheverny.
Tour and wine tasting at Domaine des Huards.
Situated between the Loire region and Sologne, a stone's throw away from Chambord. The domain covers today 34 hectares of biodynamical cultured vineyards. A new way to look at life! The GENDRIER family has occupied the domain since 1846. In 1950, four hectares of vines were cultivated mostly being of the white Romorantin type. The Cour Cheverny wines exist today because of King Francois 1st. On his way back from Italy, Francois 1st stopped in Burgundy. He brought back 80 000 vines of Romorantin. Nowadays the Cour Cheverny is the only appellation in the world using Romorantin grape.
Tour of the Chateau of Cheverny.
In the XVIIth century, Cheverny was the first chateau incarnating the classic style in the Loire Valley. Built by the governor of Blois city, this chateau is known by the richness of its interiors which has been kept untapped thanks to its owners – Hurault family. Cheverny presents a magnificent collection of furniture and master paintings from the Renaissance period.
Evening at your leisure in Blois to discover the Old town, the Royal Chateau of Museum of Magic.
This ancient city with a rich historical part merits to be visited. In the XVIth century Blois was the capital of France, under the king Louis XII. Yu can stroll through the old town, along its paved side-streets. The Chateau de Blois is unique by its combination of four architectural styles: Gothic, Flamboyant, Renaissance and Classic. Built by Counts of Blois, Louis XII, Francois I and Louis XIII, this chateau keeps the souvenir of many well-known historical events. Enter the kingdom of illusions. After you enjoyed a great magic show, the house of magic, tribute to the famous magician Robert Houdin, born in Blois, will give you the chance to wander from room to room and discover all the tricks used by magicians.
Dinner at your leisure.
Day 3: French market, private cooking lesson & beautiful gardens of Villandry Chateau.
Transfer to Tours farmers market to meet your Chef.
Tours is a fascinating city. We still can see today traces of the Roman Empire, Middle ages fortifications, Renaissance architecture, Napoleon buildings...
Explore the farmers’ market. There you will find the best products available for the season such as goat cheese, local charcuterie and delicatessen, hundreds of fresh fruits and vegetables... Immerse yourself in genuine French athmosphere where cooking high quality and tasteful food is part of our way of living.
Private cooking class followed by lunch at the gourmet restaurant, Le Rive Gauche.
For new stories in your gourmet experience, Le Rive Gauche has chosen a talented young chef: Gaëtan Evrard. After classical cooking studies, Gaêtan finalized his skills at Alain Ducasse College.
The cuisine inventive and playful. A fascinating journey revisiting the classics French dishes and using seasonal and fresh produces from the region.
Gourmet lunch after the cooking class.
Guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.
By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size ( 15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden, discover the power of thyme and basil on your health. The gardens of Villandry are now maintained without using any pesticides.
YOUR HOTEL IN TOURS FOR 1 NIGHT
Check in hotel**** l’Univers in Tours - 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.
Day 4: Free time in the lovely city of Tours.
Check out after breakfast.
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. 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.
Tours is a fascinating city. We still can see today some of the traces of the Roman empire, Middle ages fortifications, Renaissance architecture, Napoleon buildings...
End of the tour.
Optional: Hot air balloon flights over the Loire Valley Chateaux are available for 195 € 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.
2 nights in 3* charming hotel, 1 night in 4* hotel in Tours, all breakfasts, 1 gourmet dinner, 1 gourmet lunch, transportation in a comfortable full option minivan, private English speaking escort guide from day 1 to day 3, entrance tickets and visit of the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Villandry, Cheverny, and Chambord, tour and wine tasting of Vouvray, Chinon, Bourgeuil, Cheverny and Cour Cheverny, 1 lunch in Chinon, 2 private cooking lessons with Master Chefs.
Wineries and Chefs are submitted to changes according to availability.
personal expenses, extra, drinks.
Heidi Schmid, 1 pax, US, Day Tour 11 et 12 novembre 2013, Loire Valley
Shigeru Ta, 21/06/2013 Japan
Michael & Sharon, D2 le 15/04/2014
Lori Go, private tour, du 3 au 7 juin 2013 USA