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Loire Valley Super stay Comfort, 3 Day Tours and 2 nights in 4* hotel in Tours
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Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday, NO Day Tours on Sundays.

All inclusive Package.
Lunches & drinks.
Registered guide, entrance fees.
3 days of tours & 2 Nights in 2* hotel in the heart of Tours.

Available from March 1st to December 21 st.




Blois, Cheverny et Chambord: Monday & Thursday

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: 08:50 AM at your hotel**** or 09:00 AM at Tourist Office in Tours

Chateau of BloisGuided 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.


Loire Valley wine tasting lunch, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D2Lunch at a local restaurant with Cheverny & Cour Cheverny wines. 
The “Cheverny” 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.



Chateau of ChevernyGuided 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".



Chateau of ChambordGuided 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.

Drop-off: 05:40 PM at your hotel****, dinner at leisure or 05.30 PM at Tours Tourist Office

Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé : Tuesday & Friday

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.

Pick up: 08:50 AM at your hotel**** in Tours or 09.00 PM at Tours Tourist Office


Chateau of ChenonceauYou'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.





LunchLunch at a wine specialist's in matured Loire Valley vintages or at a local restaurant.
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).




Château AmboiseAfter 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.




Chateau of Clos LucéGuided 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.

Drop-off: 05:40 PM at your hotel****, dinner at leisure or 05.30 PM at Tours Tourist Office


Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry : Wednesday & Saturday

Pick up: 09:30 AM at Tours Tourist Office or 09.40 PM at your hotel****

Guided tour of the fortress of Azay le Rideau. 

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.


Fortress of Azay le Rideau - Loire Valley Day tour around Azay le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry

 

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.

Lunch with Local products - Loire Valley Day Tour around Chinon, Langeais and Villandry   Lunch with Local products - Loire Valley Day Tour around Chinon, Langeais and Villandry

 

 

Chateau of Rivau, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D1

Discovery and presentation of Rivau gardens and château.

Rivau offers a remarkable balance between architecture, gardens and contemporary art. Discovering this confidential place is a funny and original experience. You will be amazed by the majestic aspect of this XVth century fortress, contrasting with its quirky art exhibition. The masterpiece of Rivau is the huge garden, inspired by fairy tales and cartoons.

Laid on 14 acres, and integrally designed by Patricia Laigneau, owner of the château, they offer the best occasion to stroll and relax among trees,flowers and contemporary vegetal composition.


Chateau de VillandryGuided 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.

Drop-off: 05:40 PM at your hotel****, dinner at leisure or 05.30 PM at Tours Tourist Office

 

YOUR HOTEL IN TOURS FOR 2 NIGHTS

Check in at your hotel**** l'Univers - double occupancy

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”.

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

Hotel l'univers


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.


Tours city   Cathédrale Tours   Tours market place

     

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
Departure: Paris Montparnasse to Tours 07.35 AM. Train n°8301
Arrival: Tours central city 08.48 AM

09.30 AM meeting point, Tours tourist office across the street from the train station.
Your guide will be parked in front of Tours Tourist Office (Mercedes grey minivan). 

 From Tours return to Paris
Departure: Tours to Paris Montparnasse 06.12 PM. Train n°8326
Arrival: Paris Montparnasse 07.26 PM.
You will be back to Paris just in time for aperitif.


This tour includes

Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, English speaking escort guide, entrance tickets for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Chinon, Langeais 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.

This tour does not include

Personal expenses, extra, dinners, other meals and gratuities. Single supplement.

 
Features
Duration of the tour3 days
Type of tourSmall group
LanguageWe authorize a maximum of 2 different languages per minivan. In that case, your guide will lead the tour in 2 languages.
Hotel addressHôtel de l’Univers**** - 5 Boulevard Heurteloup, 37000 Tours, France (+33 2 47 05 37 12)
MinivanSemi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
ChildrenReduced price for children under 12 years old. Free of charge for infants under 3 years old.
GuideSemi 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.
LunchTraditional 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).
ChateauThe 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.
 
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  • Complementary pick up and drop off at your hotel.

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By on 26 Oct. 2018 (Loire Valley Super stay Comfort, 3 Day Tours and 2 nights in 4* hotel in Tours) :
(5/5

Amazing holiday

Bonjour,

Last week, my mother, sister and I had the amazing holiday during our tour of the Loire Valley.

I would like to personally write to the agency to bring to attention how wonderful our guide Veronique Villalba was.

We started the tour as soon we arrived in Tours - after waking up at 5am to catch the train from Paris - yet because of Veronique's passion and enthusiasm, we were able to forget about our tiredness and focus on nothing but the fantastic castles.

I especially liked how at each castle Veronique made sure that we had free time to wander around and really absorb the grandeur and beauty the castle had to offer. This was only possible due to her amazing schedule and time management - as she was always on time! I would also like to add that she went the extra mile to give us extra information about each castle, their layout and the history of the French royals. Having studied history, my sister and I both found this very interesting.

Overall, Veronique really made our experience a great one and we all enjoyed her company.

I would like to thank the agency for giving us such an amazing guide, and because of this I will be sure to not only recommend the tour to friends, but will likely be taking another tour by France Intense the next time I am in France.

Merci beaucoup!

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