This luxury tour mixes the must-sees with gourmet stops.
Day by Day
Day 1: Tours
Train in 1st Class from Paris to Tours
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between the train station and your lodging.
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).
Day 3: Chenonceau - Veigné
Full-day Private Guided 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 - Chenonceau - Veigné
Private Full-Day Tour of the Loire Valley
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the day’s tour stops.
Suggestion: Visit the Royal Amboise
Amboise was once home to the French Royal Court. Even today, the royal residence dominates, with the château overlooking the Loire River and the charming town below.
While parts of this beautiful and historically significant castle were vandalized during the French Revolution, it is still very much worth a visit. It holds an impressive collection of medieval and Renaissance furniture. The council chamber and the royal chamber are must-sees. Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years in King Francis I’s court in Amboise. He is buried in its small Saint Hubert chapel.
Go for a stroll through Amboise 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 town hosts colorful farmers’ markets in which to shop for and sample local specialties.
Private Tour of a Troglodyte Cellar with Wine and Cheese Tasting
The Loire Valley is the largest wine region in France. With its diversity of climates and soils, it produces a wide variety of renowned wines.
Daniel, a local guide passionate about wine, offers you a tour of a 16th-century troglodyte cellar. Subterranean galleries like these are ideal places for storing and tasting wine! Formerly tufa stone quarries, they were dug to supply stone for the construction of the Loire châteaux.
Daniel introduces you to the philosophy of wine, shares the history of the Loire Valley grapes and soils, and shows you how the local wines are made and stored. The visit concludes with a tasting of three Loire wines, each paired with a different local cheese.
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.
Day 5: Montbazon - Tours
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the train station.
Train in 1st Class from Tours to Paris