FID3 - Chateaux & Wines around Chenonceau and Amboise.
CHENONCEAU / AMBOISE / CLOS LUCE
Adult: $309.75 / Child (under 12 y.o): $255.50
Pick up on Wednesday & Saturday: 09.00 Amboise Tourist Office.
09.30 Tours Tourist Office
Arriving in the Loire Valley, 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 VIII 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 metres 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 or Amboise Tourist Office.
- Transportation in a comfortable full option minivan,
- Private English speaking escort guide,
- Entrance tickets and tour of the Chateaux of Amboise, Clos Lucé and Chenonceau,
- Tour and tasting at a cellar cave, lunch at the winery,
- 8 passengers’ maximum per vehicle.
- Personal expenses,
- Hotel pick up $25 per person (hotels located in the Loire Valley between Blois and Tours).