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FranceThe Loire Valley and Amboise's Marvelous Châteaux and Vineyards

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Marvel at the stunning castles, rich history and the unique harmony between natural & cultural sites of the Loire Valley. It begins with a visit to the incomparable Château de Chenonceau. Then, witness Leonardo da Vinci's genius at the Château du Clos Lucé and stroll through the Château de Villandry's themed gardens. After exploring royal palaces you'll be ready to dine like a king or queen! In To...

Marvel at the stunning castles, rich history and the unique harmony between natural & cultural sites of the Loire Valley. It begins with a visit to the incomparable Château de Chenonceau. Then, witness Leonardo da Vinci's genius at the Château du Clos Lucé and stroll through the Château de Villandry's themed gardens. After exploring royal palaces you'll be ready to dine like a king or queen! In Tours, explore authentic French markets, choose the best seasonal produce and prepare a traditional meal together with your knowledgable guide in her countryside home! Later, you'll sample Loire Valley wines in a Vouvray A.O.C. vineyard and a 16th-century troglodyte wine cellar. The voyage culminates with an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the Loire Valley!

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Trip highlights
  • Wine tasting
    Wine tasting
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • City
    City
  • Local culture
    Local culture

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Day 1: Paris to Tours by train

• Board a train from Paris to Tours (1h15, 1st class ticket included)

• A private driver will pick you up at the railway for a transfer to your hotel (30min)

• Check into your lovely château-hôtel in the center of Amboise

Included: train ticket, arrival transfer, room & breakfast

Visited:
Tours, Amboise
Accommodation
Château in Amboise (Amboise)

Day 2: Full day tour of Château de Chenonceau

• Set off on a private guided tour of the Château de Chenonceau (7h)

• Discover both sides of the Château de Chenonceau during a 90-minute bicycle ride through its magnificent park and gardens

• A delicious picnic lunch will be served near the chateau

Follow in the footsteps of great French philosophers and poets: Voltaire, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Buffon, and Rousseau, esteemed guests at the castle

Included: chauffeur/guide, lunch, entrance fees, equipment rental, transportation, room & breakfast

Visited:
Chateau de Chenonceau, Amboise
Accommodation
Château in Amboise (Amboise)

Day 3: Amboise & Château du Clos Lucé

• A chauffeur will pick you up for a full day Loire Valley excursion (8h)

• Visit Château du Clos Lucé, a 15th-century palace in Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final three years as the guest of the King of France

​• Explore the royalresidence, chapel, gardens, and LeonardodaVinci'stomb at your own pace

​• Later, stroll through Amboise’s pedestrian-only center

Lunch and entrance fees at own expenses

Included: chauffeur/guide, transportation, room & breakfast

Visited:
Amboise
Accommodation
Château in Amboise (Amboise)

Day 4: Tours and real French cookin'

• Today, you'll explore Tours, visit local markets and partake in a culinary workshop at a French home (7h) 

​• Meet your local guide and host Cathy and start learning the art of living & eating in the Loire Valley!

• Tours delights visitors with its rich culturalheritage, traditional riversidecafés, and great shopping

• Your host will guide you through a typical French market to taste and choose the best seasonal products

• Then, Cathy will welcome you in her countryside home, where you will prepare a lovely meal: "coq au vin", goats cheese, apple pie, “madeleines’’ and Loire Valley wine

• Later, relax on the terrace, learn the basics of the French language or walk to a nearby château

Included: chauffeur/guide, lunch, entrance fees, equipment rental, transportation, room & breakfast

Visited:
Tours, Amboise
Accommodation
Château in Amboise (Amboise)

Day 5: Château de Villandry & wine tasting

• Embark on a second full day Loire Valley excursion (8h)

• Begin with 16th-century Château de Villandry, one of the most impressive castles of the Loire Valley

• Next, go for a small group guided walking tour through the vineyardsof the Vouvray A.O.C. (protected designation of origin) (3h)

• Immerse yourself in the activities of a family winery and learn the whole process from grapes to wine

• Then, visit a cave where you will learn about cellar conservation (remember to take with you a jacket or a sweater)

• Finish with a tasting of 6 local wines matched with food!

Lunch and entrance fees at own expenses

Included: chauffeur/guide, transportation, entrance fees, excursion, room & breakfast

Visited:
Villandry, Chançay
Accommodation
Château in Amboise (Amboise)

Day 6: Hot air balloon flight & cellar tour

• Today, you'll experience the Loire Valley from a whole new perspective!

Private hot-air balloon flight over the Loire Valley!

Your private driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel

• Fly over the valley, castles, vineyards and forests. Discover the garden of France as you have never seen it! (1h)

Celebrate this event with a traditional toast. You will also receive a commemorative flight certificate

Lunch and entrance fees at own expenses

Your flight program includes: a one-hour flight, toast, flight certificate & drop off


Walk through a 16th-century troglodyte cellar

• Then, meet your local guide Daniel for an introduction to the “philosophy” of wine, the history of grapes and soils and how the local wines are made and stored (English or French commentary)

• At the end of your visit, you will taste 3 wines, each paired with local cheese

Included: chauffeur/guide, transportation, guide, equipment rental, visit, tasting, room & breakfast

Visited:
Chateau de Chenonceau, Amboise
Accommodation
Château in Amboise (Amboise)

Day 7: Departure 

• A private driver will pick you up at your accommodation for a transfer to the railway station (30min)

• Board your train from Tours to Paris (1h15, 1st class ticket included)

Included: departure transfer, train ticket

Visited:
Amboise, Tours

ToursAmboiseChateau de ChenonceauVillandryChançay

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