Luxury Escape to the Loire Valley

5 days | History & Culture, Honeymoons & Romance

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

from $3,788 pp

Five 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 Valley wines paired with local cheeses. 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.

Day by Day

Day 1: Tours - Amboise

Train in 1st Class from Paris to Tours

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the train station and your lodging in Amboise.

Private guided wine tour and Oenotable Restaurant with a wine expert 

Enjoy a wine cellar visit and tasting with a sommelier.

Learn about winemaking, about what makes the Loire Valley’s geography unique, and how fine wines are aged.

In a private room you’ll learn how to taste wines. A visit to the Oenotable Restaurant gives you an opportunity to discover French specialties, including three fine cheeses, with a wonderful wine selection.

Day 2: Chambord - Veigné

Private Full-Day Guided Tour of the Château de Chambord, Château de Beauregard, and Château de Villesavin

Visit the privately-owned Château de Beauregard and its 173-acre (70-hectare) estate. It is located between Blois and Chambord and was built at the end of the 15th century. Today the Renaissance estate houses an exceptional portrait gallery depicting 327 European monarchs, ministers, clergymen, diplomats, and other notable people. Enjoy a traditional French breakfast at the château, followed by a guided tour of this unique collection.

Your next stop is the Château de Chambord, a true Renaissance masterpiece. It is the biggest and most majestic of the Loire palaces. Created as a hunting lodge for King François I, it is monumental work of 440 rooms. It sits on a 21-square mile property, equivalent in size to the entire city of Paris. The property features extensive royal gardens and unspoiled woods enclosed by a 19-mile (31-kilometer) wall. Elements seem to be inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s work. The view from the top offers a gorgeous panorama of the roofs, towers, chimneys, and the surrounding estate.

This extraordinary day ends with a visit to the nearby Château de Villesavin. It was built as a private residence for Jean Le Breton, the secretary of King Francois I who supervised the construction of the Château de Chambord. As he used the same architects and crew on both projects, this mansion is nicknamed “La Cabane de chantier de Chambord” (the Chambord construction hut).

People in boat through castle

Day 3: Chenonceau - Veigné

Full-day Private Guided Bike Tour of the Château de Chenonceau

Ride a bicycle around the Château de Chenonceau (90 minutes) to appreciate it and its beautiful gardens. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the château.

Take a private guided tour of this magnificent castle spanning the Cher River. It earned its nickname, the Château des Dame, thanks to the numerous noblewomen who left their mark on its history. It was originally built by Kathrine Briçonnet in 1513. Later Catherine de’ Medici and her rival Diane de Poitiers expanded it.

The visit gives an opportunity to experience the Renaissance through to the 17th Century. Tour the royal grounds, ancient keep, medieval fortified mill, and Diane de Poitiers’ gardens.

Follow in the steps of the great French philosophers and poets Voltaire, Marivaux, Montesquieu, Buffon, and Rousseau who were once esteemed guests at the castle.

 

Day 4: Amboise

Private River Cruise on a Traditional French Barge

This cruise departs from Amboise. It is an ideal way to enjoy the Loire Valley.

You’ll take a traditional toue boat. The design has changed little for centuries. The large 30-foot long row boats have a flat base, a mast, and a square sail. They’re perfect for navigating the Loire’s sandbanks.

Your itinerary changes depending on your interests, the season, and in support of environmental preservation efforts. Each tour is an invitation to new experiences and unexpected encounters.

Enjoy an aperitif aboard of a regional sparkling wine.

barge loire

 

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Loire Valley and its Châteaux

Drift with the wind over the sumptuous Loire Valley. You’ll see its châteaux, vineyards, and unspoiled forests on this exhilarating hot air balloon ride. This is a unique opportunity to see the “garden of France” as never before.

Following the flight, is a toast and commemorative flight certificate signed by your pilot.

Couple in hot air balloon

Day 5: Amboise - Tours

Private transfer

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the train station.

Train in 1st Class from Tours to Paris

paris at day

Map

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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