Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday, NO Day Tours on Sundays.
Registered guide, entrance fees.
3 days of tours & 2 Nights in 4* hotel in Amboise.
Available from April 27th to October 31st 2020.
Blois, Cheverny et Chambord : Monday & Thursday
Pick up: 09:40 AM at your hotel**** or 09:30 AM at Tourist Office in Amboise.
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 keeps the souvenir of a tragic historical event.
Tour and tasting at an organic local winery
Enjoy an exclusive and convivial tasting of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines, king François 1st 's favourite wines at a local winery. Wines of the domain and terroir specialities.
Lunch at your leisure
Guided 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".
Guided 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: 06:10 PM at your hotel****, dinner at leisure or 06.00 PM at Amboise Tourist Office
Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé : Tuesday & Friday
Pick up: 09:40 AM at your hotel**** in Tours or 09.30 AM at Amboise Tourist Office
You'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.
Tour and wine at a wine specialist's in matured Loire Valley vintages
Pascal and his team, welcome you in his caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour followed by a wine tasting of 3 local wines.
Lunch at your leisure
After 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.
Guided tour of the Chateau of the 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: 09:00 AM at Amboise Tourist Office or 09.10 AM 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.
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 silica (mineral) 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 XIth century.
Lunch at your leisure
Guided tour of Chateau of Langeais
Best reconstitution of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the royal castle of Langeais, built under king Louis XI, was the scene of the wedding of king Charles VIII and Ann of Brittany. In the spectacular banquet and wedding halls, you will discover amazing original sets of tapestries and furniture.
Guided 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: 06:10 PM at your hotel****, dinner at leisure or 06:00 PM at Amboise Tourist Office or 05:30 at Tours Tourist Office
YOUR HOTEL IN AMBOISE FOR 2 NIGHTS
Check in hotel**** Le Choiseul - double occupancy.
Located in the heart of Amboise, at the foot of the Royal castle, the luxury hotel**** Le Choiseul is a typical Touraine town house. Built between the last wild river of Europe and the terrace gardens lined with troglodytic cellars, this hotel restaurant enjoy of an exceptional position in the heart of the Castles of the Loire valley. It has one of the finest restaurants in the whole Loire Valley.
Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.
Amboise is one of the most famous city in the Loire Valley and probably is its tourism 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.
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 full options minivan, English speaking escort guide, entrance tickets for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Langeais, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry gardens, visits and tastings at a cellar caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Chinon or Bourgueil), two nights and breakfast in Luxury hotel**** on double occupancy, taxes included. 8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
This tour does not include
Personal expenses, extra, diners, and gratuities, lunches. Single supplement.