A Short Luxury Break in the Loire Valley

6 days | History & Culture, Honeymoons & Romance, Wine & Food

This luxury tour mixes the must-sees with gourmet stops.

Luxury | From $5,599 pp

Six days is the ideal amount of time to get to know the Loire Valley. This luxury tour mixes the must-sees with gourmet stops. Visit the simply unmissable Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau. Visit the royal town of Amboise, and taste Loire wine paired with cheese. The highlight of the week is a hot air balloon ride. Seeing the "Valley of Kings" from a different perspective makes for an unforgettable experience.

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Day 1: Tours - Amboise

Private Transfer from the Train Station or Airport to the Hotel

A private driver will pick you up from the train station or airport in Tours and drive you safely to the hotel.

Welcome to Amboise, the Royal City

An old, long stone bridge overlooking the romantic Loire River leads into the idyllic royal city of Amboise. Elegant Amboise, the childhood home of Charles VIII and final resting place of the incomparable Leonardo da Vinci, is gorgeously situated on the southern bank of the Loire, guarded by a soaring château.

Go for a stroll through Amboise or along the lovely riverbank after seeing the château. The town has well-preserved Renaissance architecture and half-timbered townhouses dating back to the 15th century. Amboise is also the location of Leonardo da Vinci’s last home, the Château du Clos Lucé. The Farmers Market offers a large choice of products and local specialties.

You may want to take a relaxing break on one of the many café terraces and soak up the beauty or dine in a gastronomic restaurant. Amboise is a convivial base for exploring the Loire countryside and nearby châteaux.

Private Guided Tour at the Château d’Amboise

Explore the royal residence, chapel, gardens, and Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb with your private guide.

This palace was a residence for French Kings from the 15th until the 19th century. As impressive as it is today, the château was once even bigger. Unfortunately, many of its interior buildings were demolished in the 16th century. As you wander through its halls, you’ll travel chronologically through rooms decorated in medieval, early-Renaissance style, and up to 19th-century styles. The 130-foot (40-meter) Minimes Tower offers impressive panoramas.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Lovely 5-star Mansion Hotel in the Heart of Amboise

view of mboise and chateau over river

Day 2: Angé - Amboise -Chargé - Vouvray

Full Day Private Wine Tour of Clos Roussely, Caves Plou, Vouvray

With the Loire River, north meets south in this part of France and the region offers freshness and roundness as tradition and modernity. Thanks to the mild climate and all the different “terroirs,” there is a wonderful diversity of wines: 50 appellations and PDO for 70,000 hectares of vineyards.

You will find a large choice among the delicious rosés (refreshing, fruity, and delicate), the easy-drinking or complex reds, and the whites from dry to sweet. And of course, the wonderful sparkling wines produced like the champagne method. They are all perfect for food pairing and have specificity because most are made with a single grape variety.

The Loire Valley wine production is made with 11 different types of grapes (Cabernet Franc, Chenin blanc, Sauvignon, Malbec or Côt, Gamay…) and the winemakers will be happy and proud to welcome you to share their passion. Enjoy the unique experience in the heart of outstanding landscapes or in spectacular troglodyte cellars

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Lovely 5-star Mansion Hotel in the Heart of Amboise

Day 3: Chinon - Amboise

Full-Day Custom Tour with an English-Speaking Driver-Guide

Enjoy a custom-built private tour with an English-speaking driver-guide.

Private Guided Tour of Domaine de Noiré Vineyards and Cellar with Tasting and Candlelit Meal in a Troglodyte Cave

Coming to the Domaine means offering you the opportunity to get to know the work of the vine better, to visit Chinon, to discover the banks of the Vienne and unusual views, to taste local products, and above all, to meet its passionate producers.

Your visit to the Domaine will begin with a visit to the premises and the wine cellar with a wine tasting. Then, enjoy a gourmet candlelit meal prepared by a gastronomic chef. The meal will take place in a troglodyte cave, under candlelight.

Guided Tour in the Chinon Fortress

The imposing Château de Chinon built dominates the entire town of Chinon and sits on a spur overlooking the Vienne River. Rich in history, it dates back more than a thousand years when it was built on an ancient Gallo-Roman fortress.

You will enter the château by a gate through the remains of the old Fort of Saint-Georges, belonging to the three parts of the castle. You will then visit the clock tower and the royal chambers, exhibiting presentations of the people who once inhabited the castle and shaped its history over the centuries.

The castle also holds the Joan of Arc Museum.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a Lovely 5-star Mansion Hotel in the Heart of Amboise

Day 4: Montlivault - Cheverny

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Châteaux

You will be picked up at your hotel early in order to get you to the châteaux at sunrise. The time and location of takeoff depends upon wind conditions. You’ll get to see the crew prepare and inflate the balloon before taking off to enjoy the Loire Valley sunrise. It makes for a magical experience that is simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating.

Start with a safety briefing before your one-hour flight. When you land, you can help the crew to fold the balloon before a flight graduation ceremony and breakfast.

After the trip, you’ll be dropped back off at your hotel with plenty of time for another adventure.

If the weather doesn’t allow for the hot air balloon ride, it will be replaced by a helicopter ride.

Evening Custom Tour with an English-Speaking Driver

Enjoy a custom-built private tour with an English-speaking driver. He will drive you safely to your evening activities (Chambord and restaurant)

Private Guided Tour of the Château de Chambord

This is an after-hours guided tour of the Château de Chambord. Enjoy exclusive access to areas not usually open to the public.

The tour ends with a glass of champagne so you will feel like royalty in this 16th-century royal masterpiece.

Dinner at the Chef’s Table at the Michelin Two-Star Restaurant La Maison d’à Côté

Within this gourmet restaurant, Christophe Hay honors the Loire’s native products and the people who produce them to offer you a cuisine that is both culturally rich and intentionally simple, in a decisively modern atmosphere.

Enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairings.

You’ll eat at the chef’s table with a view of the kitchen so that you can watch Chef Christophe Hay and his team prepare and plate their exquisite dishes.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a Stunning 5-star Hotel in Cheverny

Day 5: Cheverny

Enjoy your day at the Hotel

Wine Tasting Discovery Class

Your sommelier team will introduce you to wine tasting by helping you to explore the best of this wine region. Known for being the most extensive region of the French vineyards, you will learn to appreciate all the subtleties.

Energy Boost Massage

This massage provides well-being and deep relaxation thanks to the work on the five extremities of the body, namely the head, hands, and feet.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast at a Stunning 5-star Hotel in Cheverny

Day 6: Tours

Private Transfer from your Hotel in Tours to Train Station or Airport

A private driver will pick you up from your hotel in Tours and drive you safely to the train station or airport.

 

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About This Tour:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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