Loire Valley Day tours, Chateaux & Wines , Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon - Monday & Thursday (D3)
Loire Valley Day tours, Chateaux & Wines , Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon - Mondays & Thursdays.
The purest piece of Renaissance architecture in Azay le Rideau, lunch at a wine maker’s, the mystery of Joan of Arc in Chinon and Villandry, when gardening comes to art.Amplitude
This is the duration of the tour. 9 hours
Duration of the tour in the Loire Valley. Including Paris round trip 11 hours
Comfortable TGV transfer Minivan
Semi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus. Children
Reduced price for children under 12 years old.
Free of charge for infants under 3 years old.
Semi private or private tour. This tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns. Lunch
Traditional wine maker lunch and drinks are included in the tour.
Lunches are hosted by winemakers to present you local specialties and good local wines.
(Specific diets have to be mentioned 72h in advance). Chateau
The tour includes the tickets to the Chateaux mentioned in the tour.
You avoid all queues and have direct access to the monuments with your guide.
All inclusive Day tour.
Lunch & drinks in a cave.
Registered guide, entrance fees.
AZAY LE RIDEAU / CHINON / VILLANDRY
Pick up: 9 am Amboise Tourist Office. (Monday & Thursday)
9.30 am, Tours Tourist Office. (Monday & Thursday)
To start the day, guided tour of the château 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.
Tour, wine tasting and lunch at a family estate’s, in the vineyards. Cheeses, charcuterie and local wines or in a trafitional restaurant. A true authentic moment.
Guided tour of Chinon, one of the most picturesque towns of the Loire Valley.
With its medieval streets, Chinon has remained an outdoor museum of architecture and history.
Your guide will take you to the most typical quarters of the town from which you will get the best views on the Castle. He will help you identify the styles of the very rich town houses built by the King’s financers or ministers. Let us meet the three most famous actors of Chinon: Joan of Arc (you will step where she stepped when she got off her horse in 1429 to meet King Charles VII) and François Rabelais (the greatest ambassador of Chinon wines and joie de vivre) and Richard the Lion’s heart.
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.
6.30 PM: your guide will drive you back to Tours or Amboise Tourist Office.
This tour includes
transportation in a comfortable full option minivan, English speaking escort guide, entrance tickets and tour of the Loire Valley Chateaux of Azay le Rideau, gardens of Villandry and town of Chinon, tour and wine tasting at a cellar cave, lunch at the winery or in a traditional restaurant, drinks included.
8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
This tour doesn't include
personal expenses, extra, hotel pick up 14.00 € per person (hotels located in the Loire Valley between Blois and Tours).