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Loire Wine Chateaux Tours

 

Loire Chateaux

In the "Valley of Kings" there are 1000 chateaux and more than 100 are open to the public. We'll show you some of the best and combine them with a lolvely wine tasting,

 

Wine

Loire Valley Wine

Loire valley Cellar
Wine Tastings

Vineyards flank the Loire Valley along much of its length. Degustations or wine tastings (and buying, of course) at the vineyards themselves abound.

The Loire Valley wines are light, fresh and relatively low in alcohol. White wines predominate, based on the Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, from the Muscadet of the Nantais area, perfect with shellfish, to fine Vouvrays and Sancerres further east. (One of the oldest wineries in the Loire Valley is Chateau Moncontour which overlooks the village of Vouvray. The 13th century estate surrounds the castle which dates from the 15th century). Of the rose wines, Rose d'Anjoy is the best known, and the Cabernet Franc grape, special to this region, makes a number of good reds. Look out for the fruity reds of Chinon and Bourgeuil. In Saumur, look for sparkling wines (methode champenoise or champagne method) which are also produced at Vouvray and Mountlouis. Also there are the sweet dessert wines of the Coteaux du Layon.

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Sancerre Wine Tastings
Loire Valley Wine Tasting

Wine & Chateaux Tours in the Loire Valley

3 new Wine & Chateaux routes in a semi private minivan with a maximum of 8 people per tour. Each tour has a private English speaking escort guide, lunch and entrance tickets are inlcuded.

Tour start at 9 am Amboise Tourist Office or 9.30 am, Tours Tourist Office.Your guide will drive you back to Tours or Amboise Tourist Office at 6.30 PM

Individual hotel pick 14.00 € pp supplement.

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Chenenceau

Chateaux & Wines
Chenonceau and Amboise

Chenonceau's charm at the 'Ladies'Chateau', 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 Luce.

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139€pp

CHENONCEAU / AMBOISE / CLOS LUCE

Departures Wednesday & Saturday :

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. An oenologist, welcomes you to his caves, a former tuff stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil wines. To enrich your meal, you the wines will be paired with a selection of meats and and 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.

 

The tour includes: Visit of the Chateaux of Amboise, Clos Lucé and Chenonceau, visit and tasting at a cellar cave, lunch at the winery, drinks included.

Chenenceau

Chateaux & Wines
Cheverny & Chambord

Blois, the castle of Power, Cheverny, the quintessence of French furniture, lunch on King Francis I's wine and Chambord, a dream come true.

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139€pp

BLOIS / CHAMBORD / CHEVERNY

Departures Tuesday & Friday :

The tour begins with the guided visit 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 a 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.

The tour includes: Visit of the Chateaux of Blois, Cheverny and Chambord, visit and tasting at a cellar cave, lunch at the winery, drinks included.

Chenenceau

Chateaux & Wines
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.

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139€pp

AZAY LE RIDEAU / CHINON / VILLANDRY

Departures Monday & Thursday

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 Lionheart.

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.

The tour includes: and visit of the Chateaux of Azay le Rideau, gardens of Villandry and town of Chinon, visit and tasting at a cellar cave, lunch at the winery, drinks included.

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