Loire Valley & Burgundy package, 2 small groups shared day tours in Loire Valley & 1 in Burgundy with expert guides, Transportation in minivan, All entry fees and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny and two tastings at cellar caves in Loire Valley, TGV (high-speed train) from Saint-Pierre des Corps to Beaune, 2 local private transports, Sightseing of Route des Grands Crus, Entry fees & guided tour of the Clos Vougeot, Tour and Wine Tastings in a local domain in Beaune & Nuits-Saint-Georges, 2 nights in 4* hotel in Tours & 2 nights in 4* hotel in Beaune - with breakfasts included.
Day 1: Blois, Cheverny et Chambord
Pick up is at 9:30 AM at the Tours Tourist Office.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Blois.
The chateau of Blois is unique in its combination of four styles: Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classical. Home of Kings Louis XII and François I, it stands for the memories of a tragic event in history.
Tour and Tasting at an organic local winery.
Enjoy an exclusive and convivial tasting of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines, King François the 1st's favourite wines, at a local winery. Then wines of the domain and terroir specialities.
Lunch at your leisure.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny.
It has been owned by the same family since the 13th Century. Thanks to some of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye 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 Chateau of Chambord.
Drive to the Estate of Chambord, whose national game reserve as large as the city of Paris! The Chateau de Chambord (guided tour) is a unique monument as defined by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo Da Vinci likely took part in its conception. With more than 400 rooms and the double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.
Drop-off is at approximately 5:30 PM at your hotel. Dinner at your leisure.
Check-in at your hotel l'Univers**** in the city center of Tours.
Day 2: Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé
Pick-up: 8:45 AM at your hotel.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau.
Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day tour touring the Château de Chenonceau.
The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher is famous for the prominent women who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis…) and for the beauty of its Renaissance Gardens.
Tour and wine tasting with a Specialist in matured Loire Valley vintages in Caves Ambacia.
Pascal and his team welcome you to his caves, the ancient tuff-stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of 3 local wines.
Lunch at your leisure.
Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise.
After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles the 8th and young François d’Angoulème, (the future Francois the 1st). Here you will discover perfect examples of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance styling, as well as the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.
Guided tour of the Chateau of the Clos Lucé.
The tour would not be complete without taking you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, only a few short steps away from the Royal Castle.
This is where da Vinci spent the last three years of his life and passed there in 1519. After touring his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, stand in awe at the Invention Room, where models of Leonardo's most spectacular machines are on display.
Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel. Dinner at your leisure.
Day 3 Transfer to Beaune
Check-out after breakfast.
Taxi transfer from Hotel**** to Saint-Pierre des Corps train station.
TGV Transfer from Saint-Pierre des Corps train station to Dijon train station (connection in Paris).
Taxi transfer from Paris Montparnasse station to Paris Gare de Lyon station
Taxi transfer from Dijon train station to your hotel*****.
Check-in at your hotel Le Cep*****.
Day 4: Beaune, Route des Grands Crus, Château du Clos de Vougeot & Nuits-Saint-Georges
Pick up is at 9:30 AM at your hotel.
Tour and wine tasting in a local domain* in Beaune.
Discover a a fabulous estate situated in the heart of Beaune. Along with the owner, you'll taste the white wines such as Saint-Aubin, Meursault 1er cru “les Charmes” or the famous Grand cru Corton–Charlemagne.
Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Beaune.
Route des Grands Crus.
Sightseeing along the Grands Crus road and a stop at the famous Romanée-Conti. Considered the most prestigious name in Burgundy, this plot of 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) produces the most expensive wine in the world!
A picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover why they call it the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We'll take advantage of being in these prestigious vineyards as the best way to explain the Terroir and the various steps required throughout the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. "L’expression du Terroir”.
Guided tour of the Château du Clos de Vougeot.
Founded in 1098 by the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux, the vineyard of the Clos de Vougeot represents more than 50 hectares (124 acres) of vines owned today by more than 80 different owners. Its wine is some of the most famous Grands crus of Burgundy. Today, the castle welcomes the different “chapitres” (dinners) of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (the Brotherhood of the Knights of Tastevin).
Tour and wine tasting in a local domain* around Nuits-Saint-Georges.
In the heart of the town which gave its name to the Côte de Nuits, you will discover a new estate. On this tour you'll glean the different techniques which give these wines their exceptional quality!
Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel.
* Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should this occur we will offer you an alternative of parallel quality.
Day 5 : Check out & end of services
Loire Valley: the Four-Star Hotel l'Univers in Tours for three nights.
The Hotel l'Univers (****) is set in a fashionable shopping area one kilometre (a half-mile) from Old Town. This hotel has the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846 as many notables of Europe and the New World have stayed here. The fascinating portrait gallery underlines its rich and historic past while continuing to offer all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance “à la Française”.
Hotel may change according to availability. Should the initial provider be unavailable we will offer accommodation at a parallel quality level.
Burgundy: The Four-Star Hotel Henri II in Beaune for two nights.
Ideally located, the hotel is in the very heart of historic Burgundy, just a stone's throw from the center of Beaune. The Hotel is ten minutes walking distance from the famous Hospice de Beaune and its magnificent Cathedral Notre Dame. Hotel created in 1626, it bears the name of Henry II King of England, in memory of the many stories between Burgundy and England. The transformations made, illustrate all the charm of Beaune, a city attached to its prestigious past. Part of its construction is classified as a historic monument, the other, modern, was designed in a spirit of harmony.
Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should this occur we will provide an alternative of parallel quality.
This tour includes
- Transportation in a comfortable and fully appointed minivan
- An English-speaking Guide
- Entry tickets and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny
- Two visits and tastings at cellar caves in the Loire Valley
- Two nights double occupancy in a hotel**** located in Tours with breakfasts
- Two overnights at the Hotel Henri II****, with breakfasts
- Tour and wine tasting in a local domain in Beaune
- Sightseeing of Route des Grands Crus
- Entry tickets and guided tour of the Clos Vougeot
- Tour and wine tasting in a local domain around Nuits-Saint-Georges
- TGV transfer from Loire Valley to Burgundy
- Three local private transfers by taxi
This tour does not include
- Personal expenses
- Other meals and drinks
- Expert guide gratuities
- Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday
- No Day Tours on Sundays