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. It combines the visit to the royal 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. This is the most interesting chateau for its history and architecture !
This program includes a gourmet food and wine pairing lunch in a Michelin-star 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 the organic wines. Wine tastings follows, before thinking of getting back to Paris.
This tour is guided by Corinne Preteur personally. She has also designed this itinerary.
Program price per person: $350 (3 to 4 people booked together) – $130 supplement (private tour for 2 people).
Price includes: round-trip private transfer by luxury spacious car from Paris, morning coffee-croissant break on the way to the Loire, full-day private guided tour, entrance ticket to the chateau of Blois, 5-course food & wine pairing lunch in a Michelin-star restaurant, visit to a top-ranked winery.
When: Tuesday to Friday – March to November, except July 14 - August 15, and on public holidays.