Small group tour - Guaranteed Departure
Every day, tour three major Chateaux of the Loire Valley, taste local wines during Lunch in wineries, enjoy the superb location of your 2* hotel in the heart of Tours, capital city of the Loire Valley.
All inclusive Package.
Lunches & drinks.
Registered guide, entrance fees.
2 Nights in 2* hotel in the heart of Tours.
Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday, NO Day Tours on Sundays.
Day 1: Chinon, Langeais, Villandry.
Pick up: 09:00AM Amboise Tourist Office. (Monday & Thursday).
09:30AM, Tours Tourist Office. (Monday & Thursday).
Guided tour of the fortress of Chinon.
The fortress was built in a remarkable area, standing on a defended spur overlooking the Vienne River and guarding the borders of Anjou and Poitou. Its remarkable fortifications are over 500 metres long and made up of three structures separated by moats: Fort Saint Georges to the east, Fort Coudray to the west and the Château du Milieu containing the royal living quarters in the centre.
Now, the fortress is a combination between a major historical monument (it is where Joan of Arc met the heir apparent Charles VIIth in 1429) and a very modern museography : increased reality systems, videos, interactive guide booklets, sonorous benches…
Lunch at a family estate or at a traditional restaurant.
Local products and great wine tasting of Bourgueil or Chinon 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 : your guide will drive you to your hotel for check-in, dinner at your leisure.
Day 2 : Blois, Cheverny et Chambord.
Blois, once siege of power, Cheverny, the quintessence of French furniture, lunch on King Francis I's wine and Chambord, a dream come true.
Pick up: 09:15 or 09:35 at your hotel** in Tours.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Blois.
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. 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. You can stroll through the old town, along its paved side-streets.
Drive to Cheverny.
Lunch at a traditional restaurant.
The "Cheverny wine appellation" produces elegant red wines from pinot noir and gamay as well as fruity white wines from chardonnay and sauvignon. You will enjoy this moment to taste a wine for real connoisseurs: the"Cour Cheverny Appellation", a stunning white wine made from a grape called Romorantin, imported by King François I into the Loire Valley.
Guided tour of the Château of Cheverny
He has been owned by the same family since the XIII. The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye, thanks to one of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, has succeeded in giving warmth and life to his chateau. The Chateau, which led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, is also famous for the tradition of the horse-back hunt and its impressive pack of 100 dogs. You may have a chance to witness the spectacular daily event of "the dogs' soup".
Guided tour of the Château of Chambord.
Drive to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The chateau de Chambord 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.
06:30: your guide will drive you back to your hotel, dinner at leisure.
Day 3: Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé.
Chenonceau's charm at the «Ladies' château», the birth of the Renaissance in Amboise Royal Castle, lunch with rare and matured Loire Valley wines and all the Genius of Leonardo in le Clos Lucé.
Check out after breakfast. Pick up: 09.15 or 09:35 at your hotel in Tours.
You'll start your day visiting the Chateau of Chenonceau.
The "Chateau des Dames", bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis...) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.
Lunch at a wine specialist's in matured Loire Valley vintages.
Daniel, oenologist, welcomes you in his caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil wines. In order to transcend your meal, you will pair your wines with a selection of delicatessen and cheeses (cheeses selected by Rodolphe le Meunier, 2007 cheese refiners' world champion).
After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise.
Residence of Charles VII and young François d'Angoulème, future Francois I. You will discover in this wonderful castle, perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters today the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.
Guided tour of the Manor du Clos Lucé.
In order to make your tour thorough, we take you to meet the Genius in his Manor du Clos Lucé, a few yards away from the Royal Castle.
Leonardo da Vinci spent there the last three years of his life and died there in 1519. After you tour his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, you will be in awe in front of the invention room, displaying models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented.
06:30: your guide will drive you back to Tours.
End of the Tour.
YOUR HOTEL IN TOURS FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in at your hotel** - double occupancy.
Ideally located nearby the ancient "Place Plumereau" center, historical and cultural sites, two minutes from railway station, this hotel welcomes you in a cosy and warm atmosphere.
Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.
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.
transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, English speaking escort guide, entrance tickets and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Langeais, Chinon and Villandry gardens, visit and tasting at a cellar caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Chinon or Bourgueil), lunch with local specialties (some take place in wineries), drinks included, two nights in hotel** on double occupancy with breakfasts, taxes included. 8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
personal expenses, extra, dinners and gratuities. Single supplement.
Stephanie Martinet, 2 Day Tours, 24 & 25 octobre 2013, USA
11 novembre 2014