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Private guided Christmas tour in the Loire Valley
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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TOUR 2018

Private tour.

Licensed guide.
Chauffeured tour.

3 days & 2 nights.


2 people
4 people
6 people

Price

per person

1360 €895 €740 €


Our philosophy being to be serious without taking ourselves too seriously, our guides will not give you a lecture but will take you as a friend and in a relaxed way, reveal plenty of anecdotes about the Loire Valley and will tell you about our daily life in this beautiful city.

All our guides are licensed and bilingual. Each of them will give you detailed historical and architectural visits of the highlights of the Loire Valley. He or she is qualified and entitled to take you through any indoor and outdoor site such as the castle of Chambord, Chenonceau, the Gardens or any cellar cave.

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Day 1: Arrival in the Loire Valley:

You meet with your private expert national licensed English-speaking driver guide.

Transportation in a full option comfortable Mercedes minivan.



Guided tour of the castle of Azay le Rideau (skip the line entrances included)

This is 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.

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Lunch at leisure upon your guide's recommendations.


In the afternoon, guided tour of the city of Tours, with a stop at the Christmas market.

Christmas season is very a festive and animated season in Tour. Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of France, Tour is an elegant city with a festive and animated historical center. Place Plumereau is one of the hallmarks of the city historical center. This small square surrounded by magnificent half-timbered houses is the liveliest place in the city, at the heart of the historic centre. The city of Tours will delight you with its medieval center, the great shopping areas and vivacious gastronomy and flavors of local markets. Indeed cheeses, selected meats and delicatessen products, local foie gras, wine, oysters, spices... the covered markets in Tours are a delight for the senses. High quality products, with over fifty stalls to choose from. And regular produce market take place everyday. The city of Tour also is home for a magnificent St. Gatien Gothic Cathedral and the Basilica that houses the tomb of Saint Martin. The city is filled with superb city parks and gardens like the Botanical Garden. Great experiences are awaiting you in Tours!

Around 17h30, drop off at your hotel



Hotel**** in Tours L'Univers or similar - double Superior room with breakfast and taxes included.


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”.


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Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.

Dinner at leisure



Day 2: Christmas in the castles

9h30: Pick up at your hotel after breakfast.

Your private english-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Transportation in a full option comfortable Mercedes minivan.


Guided tour of the Castle of Amboise (skip the line entrances included)

Chateau of Amboise

The castle of Amboise is an amazement to the eye. Nested in the of Amboise, the medieval fortress of Amboise was replaced by a royal residence during the reigns of Kings Charles VIII and François the first in late 15th. A number of men and women of letters from Europe as well as artists stayed at the Court of Amboise at the sovereigns’ invitation, for example, Leonardo da Vinci who was buried in the château’s chapel. This château introduced Italian style renaissance in the Loire Valley. The Château host an exceptional collection of Renaissance and Gothic furniture. After the tour of the royal lodgings, a walk around the beautiful panoramic Mediterranean inspired gardens is in order. Finally a look at the newly restored tomb of the great Leonardo da Vinci found in the chapel of Saint-Hubert is a must.


Private tour and wine tasting lunch at a troglodyte cellar caves with a special Christmas meal.

Let yourself be guided in the discovery of this fascinating 16th century old cellar built in the rock underneath the castle of Amboise and where the finest Loire Wines have found a home. Three generations of wine specialists have chosen and raised Terroir Wine. Located on the banks of the Loire Valley, the cellar offers tasting of an incredible collection of local wine and old vintage that will for sure suit your wishes for a very special Christmas.

Guided tour of the castle of Chenonceau (skip the line entrances included)

The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle", Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.

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Around 17h30, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner at leisure.



Day 3: Christmas in the castles

9h30: Pick up at your hotel after breakfast and check out.

Your private english-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Transportation in a full option comfortable Mercedes minivan.


Guided tour of the Castle of Chambord with its Christmas decoration (skip the line entrances included)

Chateau of Chambord - Loire Valley

For Christmas, Chambord turns into an enchanted and magical fairy tale not to be missed. Chambord adorns the chateau’s interior with majestic fir trees and lavish decorations throughout the ground floor, entrance way and first floor. The outside paths are also decorated with almost 100 magnificent fir trees, which will be illuminated as night falls. Its history is not less fascinating and very much part of an unusual real tale of an ascending king, François 1st. At the age of 25, François 1st realized a dream by having this magnificent palace built in the middle of an estate populated by stags and wild boar. In 1519, the ambitious young king needed to establish his power. Chambord was therefore designed as a genuine fortress with a keep and a surrounding wall with broad towers. But it is also an architectural masterpiece combining the tradition of French master masons with the lightness of Italian Renaissance buildings. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, its design is distinguished by its magnificent double-return stairs and intricate architectural design.

Lunch at leisure according to your guide's recommendations.

In the afternoon, tour and chocolate tasting at a chocolate factory.

In France, Christmas without chocolate is not Christmas. And that is why the gift of Christmas always comes with a box of chocolate. Enchant your taste buds and be ready to taste the most delicious chocolate of the season. Chocolate making will have no more secrets for you and your expertise will be appreciated every Christmas there after.

Drop off at Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps train station.

End of the services.


This tour includes

Transportation in a private comfortable full option Mercedes minivan for 3 days, private English speaking driver guide (8h maximum per day), visits and activities as mentioned.

Wineries and family estates may change according to their availability upon reservation. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.


This tour doesn't include

Other lunches, other dinners, other meals, other visits, air and train tickets, extra hour is 75€ (with a maximum of 2h per day), personal expenses, extra, and gratuities.

 
Features
Duration of the tour3 days
Type of tourPrivate tour
MinivanThe transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
GuideThis 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.
 
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