LVTSS - Semi Private escorted tour to Chateaux and vineyards of the Loire Valley.
3 days, 2 nights in a hotel ** or Chateau hotel ****
The Loire Valley Super stay.
Every day, tour three major Chateaux of the Loire Valley, taste local wines except Sundays
Lunch in wineries, enjoy the superb location of your 4 star hotel in the heart of Tours, capital city of the Loire Valley.
THE LOIRE VALLEY HAS BEEN LISTED IN THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SINCE 2000.
One tour in the morning, then lunch followed by two other guided tours.
Tuesday & Friday: BLOIS / CHAMBORD / CHEVERNY
Wednesday & Saturday: CHENONCEAU / AMBOISE / CLOS LUCE
Monday & Thursday: AZAY LE RIDEAU / CHINON / VILLANDRY
All our guides are licensed and bilingual. Each of them will give you a detailed historical and architectural visit of the highlights of the Loire Valley you wish to discover. He or she is qualified and entitled to take you through any indoor site (Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Cheverny etc) or outdoor site (Villandry gardens, town of Chinon etc).
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.
The purest piece of Renaissance architecture in Azay le Rideau, lunch in the steps of Joan of Arc in the Medieval town of Chinon and Villandry, when gardening comes to art.
Day 1: Azay le Rideau, Chinon, Villandry.
Pick up: 9.30 Tours Tourist Office.
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.
Lunch at a family estate’s, in the vineyards. Cheeses, charcuterie and organic wines. AOC Azay le Rideau. A true authentic moment.
Guided tour of Chinon, one of the most picturesque towns of the Loire Valley.
With its medieval streets, Chinon has remained an outdoor museum of architecture and history. Your guide will take you to the most typical quarters of the town from which you will get the best views on the Castle. He will help you identify the styles of the very rich town houses built by the King’s financers or ministers. Let us meet the three most famous actors of Chinon: Joan of Arc (you will step where she stepped when she got off her horse in 1429 to meet King Charles VII) and François Rabelais (The greatest ambassador of Chinon wines and joie de vivre) and Richard the Lion’s heart.
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.
18.30: your guide will drive you to your hotel for check-in, dinner at leisure.
Blois, the castle of Power, Cheverny, the quintessence of French furniture, lunch on King Francis I’s wine and Chambord, a dream come true.
Day 2: Blois, Cheverny and Chambord.
The tour begins with the guided tour of Royal Castle of Blois. The four wings of the castle courtyard (Medieval, Flamboyant Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical) offer a great survey of the architecture in the Loire Valley. Through the XIX century restorations, you will be amazed by the surprising colours of a chateau during the French Renaissance as well as by King Henry III’s bedroom, theatre of one of the most tragic events of the wars of religion, the murder of the Duke de Guise.
Drive to Cheverny. Lunch at local wine producer’s, on his wines, cheeses and charcuterie. 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 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.
Guided tour of the Château of Cheverny, which 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”.
Drive to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The chateau de Chambord (guided tour) 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.
18.30: your guide will drive you back to your hotel, dinner at leisure.
Chenonceau 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.
Day 3: Chenonceau, Château Royal d’Amboise and Clos Lucé.
Check out after breakfast.
You’ll start your day visiting the Château de 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.
Lunch at a wine specialist’s in matured Loire Valley vintages. 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).
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.
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.
18.30: your guide will drive you back to Tours.
End of the Tour.
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.
Option 1: **, Tours centre.
Check in at your hotel** in the city centre of Tours.
Ideally located nearby the ancient "Place Plumereau" center, historical and cultural sites, two minutes from railway station, this hotel welcomes you in a cosy and warm atmosphere.
Option 2: ****, diner at leisure.
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”.
Option 3: ****, diner at leisure
Located in the heart of Amboise, at the foot of the Royal castle, the luxury hotel**** 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.
|Twin or double room||3 Star Hotel||4 Star Hotel||5 Star Hotel|
|Price per person||$1191.40||$1341.13||$1598.73|
Price per adult, based on double occupancy room.
Single supplement: $466.90
- Comfortable full option minivan,
- English speaking escort guide,
- Entrance tickets for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay le Rideau, Villandry gardens and Middle age town of Chinon,
- Visit and tasting at a cellar caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Azay le Rideau),
- Lunch with local specialties (some take place in wineries), drinks included,
- Two nights and breakfast in hotel 3 or 4****, taxes included
- 8 passengers’ maximum per vehicle
- Transport to and from Amboise or Tours
- personal expenses,
- extra, diners, and gratuities.