LVTD1 - Chateaux & Wines around Villandry
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.
Pick up on Monday & Thursday: 9.00 Amboise Tourist Office
Adult: $309.75 / Child (under 12 y.o): $255.50
AZAY LE RIDEAU / LANGEAIS / VILLANDRY
9.30 Tours Tourist Office
To start the day, guided tour of the chateau 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.
Tour, wine tasting (Bourgueil or Chinon wines) and lunch at a family estate or at a traditional restaurant. Local products and wines. A true authentic moment.
Guided tour of Langeais Fortress.
A tour of the interior not only gives a good idea of the day-to-day life in the Middle Ages, but also provides reminders of a key event in French history: the marriage of Charles VIII and Duchess Anne of Brittany, which eventually led to her still-independent duchy becoming part of France. When Jacques Siegfried bought the Chateau of Langeais in 1886, he set out to recreate a model 15th-century residence, complete with furniture, tapestries and artifacts of the period.
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 ha, 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 back to Tours or Amboise Tourist Office.
- Comfortable air-conditioned 8 passenger’s minivan
- English speaking guide
- Entrance tickets and tour of the Chateaux of Azay le Rideau, gardens of Villandry and town of Chinon,
- Tour and tasting at a cellar cave,
- Lunch at the winery, drinks included.
- Transport to and from Amboise
- Personal expenses