Loire Valley Wine and Châteaux

5 days | History & Culture, Wine & Food

Marvel at the Loire Valley's Stunning Vineyards and Incomparable Châteaux

from $2,799 pp

The stunning Loire Valley doesn't disappoint. Visit the incomparable Château d'Amboise, Château de Chenonceau, and Château de Chambord. After touring the former homes of royalty, you'll feel like royalty yourself when settling in at night in a 4-star château-hôtel in charming Amboise. Sample the fine wines of the Loire, the largest and most-diverse of France's wine-producing regions. You'll have the opportunity to visit a Vouvray A.O.C. vineyard and a 16th-century troglodyte wine cellar.

Day by Day

Day 1: Paris - 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

Suggestion: free visit of Amboise, the Royal City

An old, long stone bridge overlooking the romantic Loire River leads into the idyllic royal city of Amboise.

Elegant Amboise, 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 a 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.

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.

The Farmers Markets offer a large choice of produce and local specialities.

Amboise is a convivial base for exploring the Loire countryside and nearby châteaux.

view of mboise and chateau over river

Day 2: Amboise

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.

people tasting wine

Day 3: Chenonceau - Amboise - Villandry

Private Full-Day Tour of the Loire Valley

Experience Chenonceau, Amboise & Villandry gardens with your licenced driver-guide.

The unique architecture of the Château of Chenonceau makes it one of the Loire Valley’s most exquisite. It’s nicknamed “the Ladies Château”, because of its connection to influential French historical figures Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens are the cherry on top.

Chenonceau castle in France

Enjoy a meal in Amboise (not included) before a walk around the Royal Castle of Amboise. The chateau was the residence of Charles VIII and Francois I. It’s an architectural wonder that transitions from Gothic to Renaissance styles. Its Saint Hubert Chapel is the resting place of the great Leonardo da Vinci.

Finish the day in the Château de Villandry’s lush gardens and sample the fine local wine on an excursion to Loire Valley vineyards.

couple drinking wine and eating in vineyards

Day 4: Chambord - Amboise

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.

Couple in boat near french castle in Loire

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.

 château de beauregard in France
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).

Château de Villesavin

Day 5: Amboise - Paris

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

champs élysées in paris at night

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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