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France, Loire – Classic Loire

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From AUD: $6,979

Duration: 5 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2020

Short Description

This private five day trip offers enchanting days discovering some of France's most wonderful châteaux along with authentic winery visits and gourmet experiences.

Taste fine regional cuisine in a gastronomic restaurant and experience a cooking class in the heart of a cellar, relax aboard a vintage boat for a unique Loire River cruise, cycle through the wild countryside and stop for wine tastings. A gorgeous five day degustation of what the region has to offer.

Note that all packages are completely flexible and designed to give you some ideas and inspiration of what we can offer. We can tailor make the tour for you adding more nights or activities.

Day 1: Loire Valley
Pick-up from Saint Pierre des Corps train station. Meet and greet with your driver guide who will accompany you for the whole trip.
Château de Chambord - Visit to Chambord. The castle of Chambord is a Renaissance masterpiece. Today, this glorious symbol of history is featured on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The double-spiral staircase forms the centrepiece of the décor. However, this cultural treasure also offers chimneys, terraces and an incredible nature preserve. Explore this historical pièce de résistance, from its view of the Grand Canal to the wealth of its local flora and fauna. At the end of the day take some time to relax at your hotel. Gourmet dinner at your hotel, Domaine de la Tortinière.
Overnight in your Chateau hotel.

Day 2: Grand Castles & Gourmet Dinner
Meet and greet with your driver-guide for a full day of majestic castles.
Chaumont Castle - Château de Chaumont stands in a prize position overlooking the Loire and is best seen from the other side of the river. From April to October, it hosts a wonderful garden festival with a different theme each year. Private cruise on the Loire River with lunch on board. Share a unique experience, embark with the «batelier» on the Loire. The men of the Loire, have transported travellers and goods on her waters for centuries. They have seen the châteaux rise on her banks in our Garden of France, while they slipped between her islands and sandbanks.
Chenonceau Castle - Visit to Chenonceau. This Castle reminds you why you admire France. Arching over the River Cher, it is one of the most romantic Chateau of the Loire Valley.
Dinner at a gastronomic french restaurant.
Restaurant in a beautiful setting offering a fine cuisine.
Transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in your Chateau hotel.

Day 3: Saumur for Wine Tasting & Castles
Meet and greet with your driver-guide for a full day of unique experiences.
Fontevraud Abbey - The Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud is one of the most beautiful abbeys in France. It is an island of peace and a reminder of another way of life altogether. Lunch in a gastronomic restaurant. The restaurant is located in a quaint village along the Loire river and offers a unique view over the river.
Chateau wine Estate - Located between Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur in the heart of the golden triangle of Loire wines, the Château combines charm and pleasure. Brought up according to the principles of sustainable agriculture, the wines of Château Rabelaisian add a note to this property of the sixteenth century, in which the winemaker will be happy to welcome you.
Chateau du Rivau and its fairytale gardens
This medieval Castle offers unique gardens and also produce its wines. The garden is composed of 12 different gardens inspired by legends of the middle ages. A pleasant walk in the shadow of the Rivau Fortress will take you through the enchanted forest, the flowery meadow, the secret garden and Gargantua’s kitchen garden. Time to wander through the quaint streets of Chinon and enjoy a dinner in the restaurant of your choice. The medieval town of Chinon is located in the heart of the Val de Loire resting by the banks of the majestic Vienne river. It is a town steeped in history and rich with culture. The view of its Fortress overlooking the river is just magic!
Transfer back to the hotel.
Overnight in your Chateau hotel.

Day 4: Gardens, Wine & Cooking
Meet and greet with your driver-guide for a full day in the Loire Valley.
Villandry Gardens- The last of the great Renaissance castles built on the banks of the Loire, Villandry owes its renown, beyond the shadow of a doubt, to the unrivalled combination of a perfect harmony between architecture and nature. The garden, the only one of its kind in Europe, is composed of three levels and offers a magic experience.
Lunch in a traditional french Auberge
Afternoon bike tour. With you guide, you will cycle around the beautiful wild landscape of the Loire. The flat-to-rolling terrain is perfect for cycling and is filled with trees and colours, a unique experience!
Winery visit and cooking class experience. You will be welcomed for a visit of the cellar and enjoy a cooking class with a Chef in the heart of the wine estate. Following the class, the Chef will be happy to share his passion with you over the delightful dinner that you will have prepared together.
Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in your Château.

Day 5:
Transfer back to train station. End of the program.

Options: Hotel upgrade 5*, VIP castle visit, meeting with castle florist, flower or perfume workshop, wine making workshop, lunch in the wine estate, food market tour, hot air balloon flight, private dinner at castle

Four nights’ accommodation in a luxury 4* chateau hotel
Breakfast daily
Accommodation city taxes
Transfers in mini van or luxury sedan with driver or driver guide
Entrance tickets for visits and places mentioned in the program
The tastings mentioned in the program
Dinners on day 1, 2 & 4
Lunches on days 2, 3 & 4

Personal expenses
Any entrance tickets not mentioned in the itinerary
All meals and beverages if not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel Insurance
Items of Personal Nature

We reserve the right to change the program depending on the availability of our partners on the dates of your stay.

Departure Dates

This is a private tour. As such it is available all year round on a departure date to fit in with your travel plans. Just contact us so we can check availability for you.

$6979 per person

Price subject to availability at time of booking

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