Registered Guide, Entrance Fees.
3 days of tours & 2 Nights in 4* 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 12th and François I, it also memorializes 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 1'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 due to 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 at 5.30 PM at 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 Tours Tourist Office
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”, and the bridge built across the Cher is famous for the prominent French women who lived there (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, an ancient tuff-stone quarry, for a tour followed by a tasting of 3 local wines.
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). In this wonderful castle you will find perfect examples of the transition between the Gothic and Renaissance periods 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
In order to make your tour complete, we'll take you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, only a few yards away from the Royal Castle.
Leonardo 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, stand in awe at the Invention Room, where models of his most spectacular machines are on display.
Drop-off is at 5:40 PM at your hotel****, dinner at your leisure, or at 5:30 PM at Tours Tourist Office
Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry: Wednesday & Saturday
Pick-up is at 9:40 AM at your hotel** or at 9:30 AM at the Tours Tourist Office
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 mullions, 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 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 ideally spread out over the entire "terroir" covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River, to the clay, limestone and sandy soils of the hills overlooking the valley.
The red and rosé wines produced in this 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
Being the best representation of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the Royal Castle of Langeais, built under King Louis XI, was the scene of the marriage of King Charles the 8th and Ann of Brittany. Discover the amazing original sets of furniture and tapestries in the spectacular Banquet and Wedding Halls here.
Guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine: Villandry
Known for 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 landscaping tour-de-force not to be missed. Your guide will help you speak the language of these Medieval and Renaissance gardens while 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 5.30 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 notables of Europe and the New World have stayed here. The celebrated portrait gallery only 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. If a room here is unavailable, we will offer a parallel alternative with the same high standards.
Discover the area known as "Old Tours" with 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 the fabulous market in Tours, the largest food market in the Loire Valley. An open market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a covered one every day.
Discover our wines, cheeses, sumptuous fruits, vegetables, the local meat dishes (charcuterie) and fresh fish.
Tours is the largest city in the Loire Valley and is its capital. Located in the heart of the region, it's the ideal 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 for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry gardens, visits and tastings at the wine caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Chinon or Bourgueil), two nights double-occupancy in the hotel**** with breakfasts and taxes included. A maximum of 8 passengers per vehicle.
This tour does not include:
Personal expenses, extra drinks, lunches, dinners, or other meals and gratuities.