Loire Valley Wine and Chateaux Tour with Picnic Lunch from Tours

Loire Valley Wine and Chateaux Tour with Picnic Lunch from Tours

Enjoy a complete French Art de Vivre experience

Tour type: Group , Duration: 9 Hours

Product ID: 54642
Description

Enjoy a complete discovery of Loire Valley and its amazing chateaux with this full-day wine tour from Tours.
 
Start tour visit at the stunning Château de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. During the tour, you will time-travel from Renaissance to life in France back in the 18th century. One of the highlights of your day will be the exploration of Villandry's gorgeous formal gardens, a beautiful and delicately-manicured landscape masterpiece. The local expert will share all his knowledge of this garden à la française, and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of this remarquable site: the ornamental kitchen garden, the love garden, the Maze, and the classical water garden.
 
After a short drive, enjoy the amazing sight unfolding in front of you and discover Château de L’Islette, a private château still inhabited by the French family who inherited this historical monument. Situated in the heart of Touraine and neighbour of Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, this Renaissance castle is built as an island on the River Indre. Once inside, be prepared for a very...

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Enjoy a complete discovery of Loire Valley and its amazing chateaux with this full-day wine tour from Tours.
 
Start tour visit at the stunning Château de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. During the tour, you will time-travel from Renaissance to life in France back in the 18th century. One of the highlights of your day will be the exploration of Villandry's gorgeous formal gardens, a beautiful and delicately-manicured landscape masterpiece. The local expert will share all his knowledge of this garden à la française, and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of this remarquable site: the ornamental kitchen garden, the love garden, the Maze, and the classical water garden.
 
After a short drive, enjoy the amazing sight unfolding in front of you and discover Château de L’Islette, a private château still inhabited by the French family who inherited this historical monument. Situated in the heart of Touraine and neighbour of Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, this Renaissance castle is built as an island on the River Indre. Once inside, be prepared for a very unusual visit, as your guide will take you to all the rooms of the house, including the most intimate ones like the parent's bedroom, the kids’ corner, the family kitchen and even the bathrooms! If you are lucky, you may even get the chance to meet the charming French hosts and chat about their daily life in a 21st century Château.
 
After the visit, enjoy a lovely picnic lunch, near the bank of the river, in the park of the chateau (or inside the water mill in case of bad weather). Enjoy a Loire wine, perfectly matching a selection of tasty local products. 
 
After this friendly and restful moment you're off to Vouvray! Discover this beautiful wine area full of passion-driven winegrowers!
 
Meet a genuine French winemaker in a charming family-run estate! Visit the traditional vat room (bring your coat, it is freezing in the vat room). During this visit, you will improve your winemaking knowledge and enjoy a wine tasting. The terroir of this wine area and its main grape variety of Chenin blanc allows the production of elegant white wines, dry, sweet or sparkling.
 
In the afternoon, your will get to know and understand better the diversity of Loire wines. Your guide will help you learn the different steps of a wine tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas.
 
After this first visit, explore one of the famous underground caves that were dug in the 10th century in order to extract the famous tuffeau stone, used to build all the Loire castles. Needless to say, these long galleries are ideal to store wine today. Discover all the secrets of elaboration of the wines from this ancient historical house, still using the "méthode traditionnelle".
 
Before saying goodbye, share an aperitif à la française made of local products like cheese, rillettes and fresh bread, paired with a local wine.

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About this activity
Tour Timings
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Group size
1 - 8
Languages
English, French
The meeting point
Office de Tourisme de Tours 78-82, Rue Bernard Palissy 37000 Tours
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Includes
  • Guided visits to 2 castles and 2 wineries
  • Picnic lunch with local wine 
  • Wine tasting of at least 6 wines
  • Aperitif with local food
  • Transfer by minivan 
  • Friendly and professional local guide

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Cancellation Policy

Up to 7 days before tour = 100% refund      

Less than 7 days before tour = 50% refund  

Less than 48 hours before tour = no refund    

Organized by

Pierre-Jean

Having arrived from Paris 8 years ago to work in the wine business, Pierre-Jean is the former marketing director for a wine company in Bordeaux. Pierre-Jean spends his time organising wine tours to perfection and welcomes tourists to his wine region of choice!


Product ID: 54642

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