PRIVATE LOIRE VALLEY TOURS
Private excursion, chauffeur guide Interpreter and vehicle from 09:30AM to 05:30PM.
Loire Valley castles and wines : Chambord, Chenonceau, Vouvray, Chinon.
Our philosophy being to be serious without taking ourselves too seriously, our guides will not give you a lecture but will take you as a friend and in a relaxed way, reveal plenty of anecdotes about our kings and castles and will tell you about our daily life in this beautiful region.
Our recommendation for the train if you come from Paris: TGV n°8407 - departure from Paris Montparnasse train station at 07:40AM and arrival at Saint Pierre des Corps train station at 08:45AM.
Pick up at Saint Pierre des Corps train station or at your hotel located in the Loire Valley (between Tours and Blois).
09:30AM: Guided tour of the Castle of Chenonceau.
The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle », Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.
11:30AM: Tour and wine tasting and lunch (not included - option 74€ per person).
You are welcomed in Caves Duhard established in 1874. Its owner and wine maker Daniel Gatay is specialized in mature Vouvray wines. You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1947 to our days. Made of chenin blanc the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity level which gives to the wine a great aging capacity.
This meal is based on the discovery of Loire Valley wines around a tasting of local products.
• 3 white wines paired with cheeses.
• 2 or 3 red wines (Bourgueil, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon) paired with meat.
• 1 semi dry o sweet dessert wine.
02:30PM: Guided tour of the Castle of Chambord.
In the middle of a forest as large as the city of Paris Chambord was the first Loire Valley chateau listed in the world heritage by UNESCO. Ordered in 1519 by King Francois I, with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces, it is the largest castle in the region. Leonardo da Vinci is the creator of its incredible double helix staircase.
Transfer to your 4* hotel for two nights, in a charming area, between Tours and Blois
Hotel Domaine des hauts de Loire **** accommodation in a Superior Room - Breakfast and taxes included.
Do you want to enter a fairy tale? Stay here! With swans gliding lazily in the tranquil lake out front, magnificent food and service, Domaine Des Hauts de Loire is the most intimate and luxurious hotel of the Loire Valley. For 20 years chef Remy Giraud has been rewarded by the most prestigious institutions such as Michelin who gave him 2 stars. Among the specialties are Aquitaine caviar, eel or Loire River bouillabaisse.
Tour and Vouvray wine tasting.
Visit of a wine cellar, for a tasting of Vouvray wines. Created in 1875, this Domain has been expanding for the last five generations and now owns 26 hectares of organic vineyards in different parts of the Vouvray appellation. Made from Chenin Blanc grape, Vouvray wines beneficiate from an exceptional terroir (clay and limestone). It is a mineral wine with a high acidity level which gives to the wine a great aging capacity. The tour of the cave is done while wine tasting.
Tour and wine tasting lunch at a local domain (not included - option 74€ per person)..
The vines of Minière 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. This diversity of soils enables us to produce tasty, delicate, fruity wines to be consumed young, as well as more full-bodied, age-worthy wines with tannins that become silky over time.
The feminine tradition is upheld today by Kathleen Van den Berghe who has assumed responsibility for the domain, which now spreads over eighteen hectares in four of the seven districts bearing the Appellation: Bourgueil, Ingrandes de Touraine, Restigné and Benais.
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. The wine-making and bottling is done on the grounds of the château by the owners, assisted by Eric Goujat, wine maker.
Guided tour of the town of Chinon.
With its medieval streets, Chinon has remained an outdoor museum of architecture and history. Discover the medieval half-timbered houses and the Renaissance town houses built the King’s financers or ministers. With its fortress built by Henry II Plantagenet and Richard the Lion’s heart, Chinon is the town where Joan of Arc met King Charles VII in 1429.
Tour and wine tasting at a local domain.
Jérôme or his wife welcomes us for a visit of its vineyard and a wine tasting in their cellar. The appellation Chinon produces red wine from the grape variety cabernet franc and white wines from the grape variety chenin blanc.
Jerôme’s vineyard, displayed like an amphitheatre, can be discovered with one glance, and gives us the chance to visualize all the terroirs at the same time.
According to the age of the vine, the soil, the sun and wind exposition in that magnificent amphitheatre, the different techniques in the wine making itself, Jerome will elaborate a great variety of wines from the same grape variety, producing thirst quenchers or rich and complex red wines.
At the end of the day, transfer to your hotel****. Night at your hotel DAY 3
End of services after breakfast.