An Exclusive, Romantic Visit to the Loire Valley

6 Days | History & Culture, Honeymoons & Romance

A Romantic Getaway Fit for Royalty

from $3,899 pp

France’s Valley of Kings impresses with its concentration of stunning castles and rich history. With private guides and behind-the-scenes access, you’ll feel like kings and queens yourselves. Visit the Châteaux de Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, and Chinon. Bike through the Chateaux de Villandry’s gorgeous gardens. Tour the Loire Valley’s best vineyards. Gardeners won’t want to miss the International Garden Festival at the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire. In a week full of highlights, the best might be a private hot air balloon ride.

Day by Day

Day 1: Paris - Tours

High-speed Train in 1st Class – Paris to Loire Valley

Private transfer to your accommodation

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

Eiffer tower in Paris

Day 2: Chambord

Full day private guided tour of the Château de Chenonceau, Clos Lucé and Wine Tasting 

Experience the Chenonceau and Clos Lucé Castles with a licenced driver-guide.

Your first stop is for a guided visit of Chenonceau. The château’s unique architecture makes it one of the Loire Valley’s most memorable castles and one of France’s most-visited sites. It spans the Cher River, and is nicknamed the Château des Dames or the Women’s Castle for two powerful women who once lived there, Catherine de’ Médicis and Diane de Poitiers. The magnificent Renaissance gardens are not to be missed.

Next up is Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s mansion in Amboise. He spent the last  three years of his life there. Today, it houses a museum with models of his designs.

Lunch is in front of the Château de Amboise. The day’s final stop is at a winery to sample Vouvray’s  sparkling wines.

Castle in Loire Valley, France

 

Day 3: Amboise

Day 3: Full-Day Guided Loire valley E-bike tour

Your guide will meet you at your hotel and will take you for a memorable ride through the Loire Valley vineyards and forests.

You will visit a wine estate for a tasting of Vouvray wines. Created in 1875, this estate has been expanding for the last five generations and now owns 26 hectares (64 acres) of organic vineyards in different parts of the Vouvray appellation.

Made from Chenin Blanc grape, Vouvray wines benefit from an exceptional terroir of clay and limestone. It is a mineral wine with a high acidity level, which gives the wine a great aging capacity. You will get a tour of the cellar and also enjoy some wine tasting.

You will also get to make a stop at a quiet spot for a French aperitif.

 

wine tour in the loire valley

 

Day 4: Chaumont-sur-Loire - Amboise

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Châteaux

Pick up from your hotel. This is an early morning call to see the châteaux at sunrise. Take off time and location depend upon wind conditions. View the crew prepare and inflate the balloon, before taking off to watch the sunrise over the Loire Valley. It makes for a memorable experience that is simultaneously tranquil and exhilarating.

After one-hour flight and a full safety briefing, Upon landing, passengers and crew gather to fold the balloon. Passengers enjoy a flight graduation ceremony followed by a countryside breakfast.

Suggestion: International Garden Festival at the Château de Chaumont sur Loire

The Château de Chaumont sur Loire started as a 11th -century fortress to protect the border between Blois and Anjou. Charles II of Amboise transformed it into the Renaissance-style château seen today. It later passed through the hands of Catherine de’ Medici and Diane de Poitiers. It’s known as much for its interior as for its opulent gardens.

Since 1992, the château has hosted the International Garden Festival, a laboratory for contemporary garden and landscape design. Both a source of ideas and a breeding ground for talent, the Festival revitalizes garden art and engages the public and the profession by presenting new flowers, new materials, ideas, and innovative approaches.

Day 5: Chinon

Private full-day guided tour of the Fontevraud Abbey and a boat ride on the Loire river

On the way to Chinon, a city of history but also a city where wine lives and is loved!

Discover a family vineyard of twenty hectares on the Chinon appellation. From a long line of winemakers dating back to the 15th century, this family chose to turn to sustainable viticulture: HVE label (High Environmental Value with a Preservation of Biodiversity). The winemakers will present you to the variety of “terroirs” of the appellation through the different vintages they produce each year.

At lunchtime: break in the old medieval town and discover the fortress of Chinon, known for Joan of Arc among other things

After your meal, you will be en route to another area where the philosophy is to provide wines of high expression, representative of and faithful to the place where these winemakers are born.

barge loire

Day 6: Amboise- Tours

Private Transfer

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

High-speed Train in 1st Class – Loire Valley to Paris 

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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