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Loire Valley package Small group tour 3 days 2 nights 4*hotel in Tours, 9 best chateaus & 3 wine tasting and tour, expert guide

 
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Registered Guide, Transportation, Entrance Fees, Wine Tour and Tastings, 2 nights in a 4* hotel with breakfast in the city of Tours, Available from April 19th to October 30th, no day tours on Sunday.


Please note that the day tours order will change according to your arrival dates.


Itinerary

Day 1: Blois, Cheverny et Chambord (Mon & Thu).


Pick up: 9:00 AM at the Tours Tourist Office  
or 8:45 AM at your hotel


Guided tour of the Chateau of Blois.

The chateau of Blois is unique in its combination of four styles: Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classical. Home of Kings Louis XII and François I, it stands for the memories of a tragic event in history.


Tour and Tasting at an organic local winery.

Enjoy an exclusive and convivial tasting of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines, King François the 1st 's favourite wines, at a local winery. Then wines of the domain and terroir specialities.

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Lunch at your leisure.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny.

It has been owned by the same family since the 13th Century. Thanks to some of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye 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”.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord.

Drive to the Estate of Chambord, whose national game reserve as large as the city of Paris! The Chateau de Chambord (guided tour) is a unique monument as defined by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci likely took part in its conception. With more than 400 rooms and the double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.

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Drop-off: 5:40 PM at your hotel, dinner at your leisure

or 5:30 PM at the Tours Tourist Office


Check in at your hotel l'Univers**** in the city center of Tours. 


Day 2: Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé (Tue & Fri).


Pick-up: 8:50 AM at your hotel
or at 9:00 AM at the Tours Tourist Office 


Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau.

Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day tour touring the Château de Chenonceau.
The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher is famous for the prominent women who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis…) and for the beauty of its Renaissance Gardens.


Tour and wine tasting with a Specialist in matured Loire Valley vintages.

Pascal and his team welcome you to his caves, the ancient tuff-stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of 3 local wines.


Lunch at your leisure.


Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise.

After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles the 8th and young François d’Angoulème, (the future Francois the 1st). Here you will discover perfect examples of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance styling, as well as the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.


Guided tour of the Chateau of the Clos Lucé.

The tour would not be complete without taking you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, only a few short steps away from the Royal Castle.
This is where da Vinci spent the last three years of his life and passed there in 1519. After touring his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, stand in awe at the Invention Room, where models of Leonardo's most spectacular machines are on display.


Drop-off: 5:40 PM at your hotel, dinner at your leisure
or 5:30 PM at the Tours Tourist Office


Day 3: Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry (Wed & Sat).

Check out after breakfast


Pick up: 9:40 AM at your hotel
or at 9:30 AM at Tours Tourist Office


Guided tour of the chateau of Azay le Rideau.

This is 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 mullions, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.

We will be sure to let you admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English-style garden, a jewel-case of greenness for what is now considered one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in the Touraine.


Wine tasting at an organic local domain.

The vines of this estate are ideally spread out over the entire "terroir" covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River to the clay, limestone and sandy soils of the hills overlooking the valley.
The red and rosé wines produced in the domain are presented under the appellation "Bourgueil" AOC. They stem 100% from the " Cabernet Franc" grape introduced by the monks of the Abbey in the 11th century.


Lunch at your leisure.


Guided tour of Chateau of Langeais.

As best representation of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the Royal Castle of Langeais, built under King Louis the 11th, was the scene of the marrige of King Charles the 8th and Ann of Brittany. Discover amazing original sets of furniture and tapestries here in the spectacular Banquet and Wedding Halls.

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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 sheer size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. Your guide will soon have you speaking the language of the Medieval and Renaissance garden, deepening you understanding of the healing powers of thyme and basil.


Drop-off: 5:40 PM at your hotel, dinner at your leisure
or at 5:30 PM at Tours Tourist Office


Accommodation

Your hotel l'Univers**** 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 notables of Europe and the New World have stayed here. The celebrated portrait gallery only underlines its rich and historic past, while continuing to offer all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance “à la Française”.




Hotel may change according to availability. Should the initial provider be unavailable we will offer accommodation at a parallel quality level.


Discover the area known as "Old Tours", with charming pedestrian-only streets and numerous 15th- and 16th-Century timber-framed houses, the famous Place Plumereau, Charlemagne Tower, Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, and the new Saint-Martin Basilica.
Walk in the fabulous Tours Market, the largest food market in the Loire Valley, with the open market every Wednesday and Saturday and a covered market all other days.
Discover our wines, cheeses, sumptuous fruits, vegetables, local meat dishes (charcuterie) and fresh fish.
Tours is the largest city in the Loire Valley and the region's capital. Its central location makes it the best base for sightseeing. Historically and architecturally speaking, it is an essential cradle of the French Renaissance.

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This tour includes

  • Transportation in a comfortable and fully appointed minivan
  • An English-speaking Guide
  • Entry tickets and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry gardens
  • Visits and tastings at cellar caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Chinon or Bourgueil)
  • Two nights double occupancy in a hotel**** located in Tours with breakfast, all taxes included


This tour does not include

  • Personal expenses
  • Extras
  • The cost of additional drinks
  • Lunches, dinners and gratuities


Additional information

  • Loire Valley tours from Paris (save time and money with the TGV)
  • Tours being only 70 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train time table recommendation: to be advised shortly
 
Features
Duration of the tour3 days
LanguageWe authorize a maximum of 2 different languages per minivan. In that case, your guide will lead the tour in 2 languages.
Hotel addressHôtel de l’Univers**** - 5 Boulevard Heurteloup, 37000 Tours, France (+33 2 47 05 37 12)
MinivanThe transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
GuideThis tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
ChateauThe tour includes the tickets to the Chateaux mentioned in the tour. You avoid all queues and have direct access to the monuments with your guide.
Types of travelSmall group packages
DestinationsLoire Valley
Duration3 days
 
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