Magnificent and majestic Loire Valley… blessed by a perfect location on the north-south-west axis at a period of the history when the lords have to defend their lands, and also to fight for gaining battles and new territories. The Loire Valley is home to the French and English Kings royal residences such as Chinon, Langeais, Amboise, Loches, Chenonceau, Blois, Chambord… But the Loire Valley, also called the “Garden of France" is reputed for its excellent produce, delicate cuisine and fine wines. The Loire Valley vineyard is the France longest, stretching over more than 400 km. The Loire Valley produces white, red and sparkling wines, divided into areas (Anjou, Touraine, Sancerrois) which most reputed are Sancerre, Quincy, Bourgueil, Chinon, Montlouis, Vouvray, etc. which are also the names of villages.
Loire Valley Wine & Chateaux is a full-day private tour departing from Paris (your hotel, guesthouse or apartment) celebrating the history of France combined to the Loire Valley region gastronomy and art of living. Within a day, two guided tours of royal chateaux (among the most interesting for history and architecture) are possible. It can be:
- Chateau of Blois which was King Louis XII and Queen Anne of Brittany residence at the 15th century, then of King Francis the First and Queen Claude de France, before being the scene of the murder of the Duke of Guise by the guards of King Henri III, and the death place of Queen Catherine de Medici. Joan of Arc came to Blois in 1429, asking the Archbishop of Reims to bless her before she departed with her army to drive the English from Orleans.
- Chateau of Chenonceau which sits over the Cher river. It's called the Ladies Chateau as it owes a large part of its charm to women. It was built in 1513 by Katherine Briconnet, then made even more attractive by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, and saved from the rigors of the French Revolution by Mrs Dupin. The chateau is surrounded by very pretty formal gardens.
- Chateau of Amboise combined with the Clos Lucé Amboise is inextricably linked to the history of France, from the 15th to the 19th century, well-known as King Charles VIII and Queen Anne of Brittany's residence. But Amboise gained international recognition thanks to King Francis I twenty years after the death of Charles VIII... Upon Francis I's invitation, the Italian genius Leonardo Da Vinci retired in Amboise in 1516. He packed his bags (and several of his favorite paintings including the Mona Lisa) and spent the last three years of his life in the Clos Lucé nearby manor, which was Francis I childhood residence... Leonardo Da Vinci is buried in the Royal Chapel of the Chateau of Amboise, as the Clos Lucé is a must-seen museum featuring Leonardo's residence as well as his fabulous inventions and works of art (reproductions).
This program includes the lunch in a restaurant nearby Chambord. Afternoon transfer to Cheverny through the Chateau and Domaine de Chambord. This outstanding Renaissance-style chateau - considered as France biggest after Versailles - is the witness of King Francis the First' power and taste for the arts. The King used it as a hunting lodge and only stayed a few days of his life in Chambord…
The tour ends by the visit to a winery nearby Cheverny. You will walk through the vineyards, meet the wine grower/maker who will explain his work to produce organic wines. Wine tastings follows.
This tour is guided by Corinne Preteur personally.
PROGRAM PRICE per person: $630 (3 to 4 people booked together) – $165 supplement (private tour for 2 people)
- round-trip private transfer from Paris by car or van,
- full-day private guided tour and visits to the chateaux (entrance tickets included),
- 3-course lunch in a traditional restaurant nearby Chambord,
- visit to a winery in Cheverny.
AVAILABILITY: Tour upon request only. Scheduled Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. March to November, except July 14 - August 15, and on public holidays.