Registered Guide, Entrance Fees.
3 days of tours & 2 Nights in 4* hotel in Amboise.
Available from April 19th to October 30th
Day Tours are available from Monday to Saturday, NO Day Tours on Sundays.
Blois, Cheverny et Chambord : Monday & Thursday
Pick-up is at 9:40 AM from your hotel**** or at 9:30 AM at Tourist Office in Amboise.
Guided tour of the Chateau of Blois
The chateau of Blois is unique in its combination of 4 styles: Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classical. Home of Kings Louis the 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 the 1st's favorites, 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 13th century. Thanks to some of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, the Marquis Hurault de Vibrayehas succeeded in giving warmth and life to his chateau. The chateau led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, and is also known 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 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 double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.
Drop-off is at 6:10 PM at your hotel****, dinner at your leisure, or at 6:00 PM at the Amboise Tourist Office
Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé: Tuesday & Friday
Pick-up is at 9:40 AM at your hotel**** in Tours, or at 9:30 AM at the Amboise 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”, 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.
Lunch at your leisure...
Tour and wine tasting at a Specialist in matured Loire Valley vintages
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.
Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise
After lunch you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, the residence of Charles the 8th and the young François d’Angoulème (the future Francois I). In this wonderful castle you will discover perfect examples of the transition between the Gothic and Renaissance eras, 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
Your tour isn't complete until we take you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, mere steps 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, stand in awe at the front of the Invention Room where models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo designed are on display.
Drop-off is at 6:10 PM at your hotel**** with dinner at your leisure, or at 6:00 PM at the Amboise Tourist Office
Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry: Wednesday & Saturday
Pick up is a 09:00 AM at Amboise Tourist Office or at 09:10 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 mullions, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.
We'll make sure you have the opportunity to admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English-style garden, a jewel-case of greenness for 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 on 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 the amazing original sets of furniture and tapestries in the spectacular Banquet and Wedding Halls there.
Guided Tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of the Touraine: Villandry
Defined 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 sheer size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. Your guide will help you learn to speak the language of Medieval and Renaissance gardens and help deepen your knowledge of the powerful health benefits of thyme and basil.
Drop-off is at 6:10 PM at your hotel**** with dinner at your leisure, or 6:00 PM at the Amboise Tourist Office, and 5:30 PM at the Tours Tourist Office
YOUR HOTEL IN AMBOISE FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in hotel**** Le Choiseul - double occupancy.
Located in the heart of the Amboise, at the foot of the Royal castle, the luxury hotel**** Le Choiseul is an authentic Touraine town house. Built between the last wild river of Europe and the terrace gardens lined with troglodyte fossil cellars, this hotel is situated in an exceptional position - right in the middle of all the Castles in the Loire valley - and rightly boasts having one of the finest restaurants in the entire region.
Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a room be unavailable we will offer a parellel alternative in the same high standard.
Amboise is perhaps the most famous city in the Loire Valley and is its tourism capital. Being located in the heart of the region, it's the best base for sightseeing. Its history and architecture make it a key 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 comfortably appointed minivan, an English-speaking guide, entrance tickets for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Langeais, Azay-le-Rideau, and Villandry gardens, visits and tastings at a cellar caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Chinon or Bourgueil), two nights double-occupancy and breakfast in a Luxury hotel****, with all taxes included. A maximum of 8 passenges per vehicle.
This tour does not include:
Personal expenses, extra drinks, dinners, lunches and gratuities.