French wine discovery tour : Loire Valley Wine Tour

Loire Valley Wine Tour

DAY 1 -  Chenonceau & Amboise

Your English speaking guide will meet you at Chateau de Noizay.

 

Chateau de Chenonceau: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) 

The unique architecture of this chateau makes it one of the most exquisite chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed 'The Ladies Castle', Chenonceau is related to important Frenchg women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance garden surrounding the chateau adds another spectacular element to your visit. 

Caves Duhard: tour and wine tasting-lunch 

You are welcomed in Caves Duhard, established in 1874, by Daniel, owner and wine maker. He specializes in mature Vouvray wines, with a a large range of vintages, from 1947 to today. Made of chenin blanc, the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity level which gives the wine a great aging capacity. Your lunch is based on the discovery of Loire Valley wines around a tasting of local products.

3 white wines paired with cheeses.

2 or 3 red wines (Bourgueil, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon) paired with the meal.

1 semi-dry or sweet wine with desert.

 

Chateau d'Amboise: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) 

This royal castle of Ambois, residence of kings Charles VIII and François I, offers breathtaking views of the Loire river. In its splendid gardens, the gothic chapel shelters the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.

 

Chateau de Villandry Gardens: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) 

The castle of Villandry, finished in 1536, is the last of the large castles to have been built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance. It offers of one of the most spectacular gardens of the Loire Valley. With its Renaissance, vegetable, water and herb gardens, it is definitely a must see. Long avenues of linden trees which structure the four levels of the garden, delicate silhouettes of yew trees in the topiary style, vegetables and flowers, scents and savours, calmness and energy, tranquillity and effervescence… 

Your guide drops you off at your hotel Chateau de Noizay.

 

 

DAY 2 - Blois & Cheverny

Your guide will pick you up at Chateau de Noizay.

 Chateau de Blois: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances)

Royal residence, homes of kings Louis XII and François I, the Blois castle is unique by its combination of four architectural styles around a single courtyard. Historically, the assassination of the Duke de Guise by the king is a key moment in the wars of religion.

 Chateau de Cheverny: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances) 

The chateau de Cheverny is considered the best furnished castle in the Loire Valley. Still a private lived-in home belonging to the same family since the XIII, it is famous for an impressive pack of hounds found in the kennel. 

 

Domaine de Montcy: tour and wine tasting-lunch

 Domaine de Montcy is a family property which covers 21 hectares of clay-limestone soils and has converted to organic farming since 2008. The Cheverny white wines are made from Sauvignon and Chardonnay varieties and the red wines and rosés are made from Pinot Noir, Gamay and Malbec. The sparkling wine Crémant de Loire, is vinified from Chardonnay (dry white wine) or Pinot Noir (dry rosé). You will enjoy this wine tasting for real connoisseurs: the Cour Cheverny appellation is a stunning white wine made from a grape called Romorantin, which King François 1st imported into the Loire Valley. You will pair your wines with a selection of local food -local vegetables (garden tomatoes if in season), charcuterie (traditional cold pork specialties) and cheeses such as the local Sainte Maure de Touraine (goat cheese).

 

Chateau de Chambord: guided tour (includes skip-the-line entrances)

 Chambord was the first Loire Valley chateau to be listed in the World Heritage by UNESCO. Ordered by King Louis 1 in 1519, with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces, it is the largest castle in the region. Leonardo da Vinci created the incredible double helix staircase.

Your guide drops you off at your hotel, Chateau de Noizay.

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