A Romantic Getaway Fit for Royalty
Day by Day
Day 1: Private transfer from the Tours train station to your hotel
Private guided Tour of the Château de Chambord
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 16 th -century royal masterpiece.
Day 2: Full day private guided tour of the Château de Chenonceau, Amboise, and the Villandry gardens.
The unique architecture of the Chateau of Chenonceau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies chateau”, the castle of Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Diane de Poitiers or Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.
Enjoy a meal in Amboise after which you will walk around the Royal Castle of Amboise, the residence of Charles VIII and young François d’Angoulème, future Francois I. You will discover in this wonderful castle, a perfect example of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance, Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters today the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.
You will stroll through Villendry’s gardens and enjoy an excursion to the vineyards. Included you will have the chance to taste good local wines.
Day 3: Full-Day Guided Loire valley bike tour
Your guide will pick up you at your hotel. Our first stop will be the chateau of Villandry, one of the last castles built during the renaissance period, where you will discover the finest example of a renaissance garden design in all of France.
You’ll the bike along the banks of the Loire River to an old fisherman’s village. For lunch, you’ll picnic on the riverside prepared with some local delicacies and wine.
Then continue your athletic and cultural day by biking to Rigny-Ussé where you will admire the exceptional exterior architecture of the renaissance castle.
During the day, you will also stop in one of the vineyards on the way to visit the cave and taste the local production.
Chaumont-sur-Loire - Amboise
Day 4: 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: A day in the Chinon, Bourgueil and Vouvray vineyards: A private guided tour
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.
Day 6: Private Transfer
A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between your lodging and the train station