Loire Valley & Chateau Excursion

A French beautiful “chateau”

Independent Excursions

1 Day

Typical Itinerary

Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day visiting the Chateau de Chenonceaux.
The ‘Chateau des Dames’, built across the bridge on the River Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.
Enjoy lunch at a wine specialist savouring the matured Loire Valley vintages. Daniel, an oenologist, welcomes you into 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 meats 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 VII and young Francois d’Angouleme, future Francois I. You will discover in this wonderful castle a perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance and the Saint Hubert Chapel, which today shelters the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.
In order to make your tour complete, we take you to meet the Genius in his Manor du Clos Luce a few yards away from the Royal Castle. There, Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life and died in 1519. After you tour his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, you will be in awe in front of his invention room, displaying models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented.
6.30 PM: Your guide will drive you back to Tours or Amboise Area.
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PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Pick up at your hotel if located in Tours/Amboise area
  • Transportation in a comfortable full option minivan (8 passengers max per vehicle)
  • Private English speaking escort guide
  • Entrance tickets and visit of – Blois – Cheverny – Chambord – Visit and tasting in cellar cave – Lunch at the winery, including drinks
  • Pick up time: 9:00 a.m. – Amboise Area (Wednesday & Saturday)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Tours Area (Tuesday & Friday)

PACKAGE PRICE:

  • From $254 per person

* Seasonal air and land supplements apply. Please, feel free to ask for details at time of booking. Additional supplements and restrictions may apply over local holidays. Package prices are subject to change without notice. Please, request airfare updated price before making the final payment. Prices are per person, sharing a room. Package booking code: cht/01

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