Loire Valley Day tours, Chateaux & Wines, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais - Mondays & Thursdays.
The purest piece of Renaissance architecture in Azay le Rideau, lunch at a wine maker’s, Medieval Fortress of Langeais and Villandry, when gardening comes to art.
All inclusive Day tour.
Lunch & drinks in a cave.
Registered guide, entrance fees.
AZAY LE RIDEAU / LANGEAIS / VILLANDRY
Pick up: 09.00 am Amboise Tourist Office. (Monday & Thursday)
09.30 am, Tours Tourist Office. (Monday & Thursday)
Guided tour of the chateau of Azay le Rideau.*
One of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. Financer Gilles Berthelot’s chateau, delicately placed on an island on the Indre river, still shines today thanks to the lightness and balance of its mullioned, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.
We will not forget to admire the chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English style garden, a jewel case of greenness for what is considered today as one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in Touraine.
*Note: Azay-le-Rideau castle is being renovated. During refurbishment, the visit of Azay-le-Rideau castle will be replaced by a visit of the Chinon former fortress.
Tour, wine tasting (Bourgueil or Chinon wines) and lunch at a family estate or at a traditional restaurant.
Local products and wines. A true authentic moment.
Guided tour of Langeais Fortress.
A tour of the interior not only gives a good idea of the day-to-day life in the Middle Ages, but also provides reminders of a key event in French history: the marriage of Charles VIII and Duchess Anne of Brittany, which eventually led to her still-independent duchy becoming part of France. When Jacques Siegfried bought the Chateau of Langeais in 1886, he set out to recreate a model 15th-century residence, complete with furniture, tapestries and artifacts of the period.
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.
06.30 pm: your guide will drive you back to Tours or Amboise Tourist Office.
transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, English speaking escort guide, entrance tickets and guided tour of the Loire Valley Chateaux of Azay le Rideau and Langeais, gardens of Villandry, tour and wine tasting at a cellar cave, lunch at a winery or in a traditional restaurant, drinks included.
8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
personal expenses, extra, other drinks, hotel pick up 15.00 € per person (hotels located in the Loire Valley between Amboise and Tours).
Tracey - 4 & 5 octobre 2014
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David, Australia - 3 octobre 2014 (D2)
David White, Australia - 22 Septembre 2014 (D3)