Registered Guide, Entrance Fees.
3 days of tours & 2 Nights in 2* hotel in the heart of Tours.
Available from April 19th to October 30th
Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday, NO Day Tours on Sundays.
Blois, Cheverny et Chambord : Monday & Thursday
Pick-up is at 8:50 AM at your hotel** or 9:00 AM at the Tourist Office in Tours.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Blois.
The chateau of Blois is unique by its combination of 4 styles: Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classical. Home of Kings Louis XII and François I, it holds the memory of a tragic historical event.
Lunch at your leisure...
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.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny
It has been owned by the same family since the XIII. 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, a national game reserve as large as the city of Paris. The Chateau de Chambord (guided tour) is a unique monument defined by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci likely took part in its conception. With more than 400 rooms and double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.
Drop-off is at 5:40 PM at your hotel**, dinner at your leisure, or 5.30 PM at the Tours Tourist Office
Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé : Tuesday & Friday
Pick-up is at 8:50 AM at your hotel** in Tours, or at 9:00 AM at the Tourist Office in Tours.
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 river 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.
Lunch at your leisure...
Tour and wine tasting with a Specialist in matured Loire Valley vintages.
Pascal and his team welcome you to his caves, former tuff-stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of three local wines.
Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise
After lunch you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and young François d’Angoulème (the future Francois the 1st). In this wonderful castle you will discover perfect examples of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance design eras, and the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.
Guided tour of the Chateau of the Clos Lucé
In order to make your tour complete, we take you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, only a few yards away from the Royal Castle.
Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life and passed here in 1519. After you tour his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, you will stand in awe in front of his invention room, where models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented are on display.
Drop-off is at 5:40 PM at your hotel**, dinner at your leisure, or 5:30 PM at the Tours Tourist Office
Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry : Wednesday & Saturday
Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at Tours Tourist Office or 9:40 AM at your hotel**
Guided tour of the Chateau of Azay le Rideau
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 its English style gardens, a jewel-case of greenness in what is now considered one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in the Touraine.
Lunch at your leisure...
Wine tasting at an organic local domain
The vines of this estate are perfectly spread out over the entire "terroir" covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River, to the clay, limestone and silica soils of the hills overlooking the valley.
The red and rosé wines produced in the domain are presented under the appellation "Bourgueil" AOC. They stem 100% from the Cabernet Franc grape, introduced by the monks of the Abbey in the 11th century.
Guided tour of Chateau of Langeais
Best representation of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the Royal Castle of Langeais, built under King Louis the 11th, was the scene of the marriage of King Charles the 8th and Ann of Brittany. Discover amazing original sets of furniture and tapestries in the spectacular Banquet and Wedding Halls here.
Guided Tour of one of the most amazing gardens of Touraine: Villandry
By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size (15 acres with 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley lanscape not to be missed. Your guide will help you learn to speak the language of Medieval and Renaissance gardens, as you deepen your understanding of the powerful health benefits of thyme and basil.
Drop-off is at 5:40 PM at your hotel**, dinner at your leisure, or at 5:30 PM at Tours Tourist Office.
YOUR HOTEL IN TOURS FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in at your hotel** - double occupancy
Perfectly located near the ancient "Place Plumereau" center with its historical and cultural sites, and two minutes from the train station, this hotel welcomes you with its cozy and warm atmosphere.
Hotel may change according to availability. Should the initial provider be unavailable we will offer accommodation at a parallel quality level.
Discover the area known as "Old Tours", with charming pedestrian-only streets and numerous 15th- and 16th-Century timber-framed houses, the famous Place Plumereau, Charlemagne Tower, Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, and the new Saint-Martin Basilica.
Walk in the fabulous Tours Market, the largest food market in the Loire Valley, with the open market every Wednesday and Saturday and a covered market all other days.
Discover our wines, cheeses, sumptuous fruits, vegetables, local meat dishes (charcuterie) and fresh fish.
Tours is the largest city in the Loire Valley and the region's capital. Its central location makes it the best base for sightseeing. Historically and architecturally speaking, it is an essential cradle of the French Renaissance.
Loire Valley Day tours from Paris (save time and money with the TGV).
Tours being only 70 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train time table recommendation.
From Paris to Tours : to be advised shortly
From Tours return to Paris : to be advised shortly
This tour includes:
Transportation in a comfortable, fully appointed minivan, an English-speaking Guide, entrance tickets and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry gardens, visits and tastings at cellar caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Chinon or Bourgueil), two nights double occupancy in a hotel** with breakfast, all taxes included. A maximum of 8 passengers per vehicle.
This tour does not include:
Personal expenses, other extras, additional drinks, lunches, dinners and gratuities.