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France, Loire Valley – Private Wine Tour

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From AUD: $9,497

Duration: 8 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2020

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This private seven day tour offers a rare opportunity to directly visit some great Loire Valley vineyards, and meet the people behind them. The area is rich in gastronomy, history and culture which form a perfect backdrop for a week of wine.

In the Loire Valley you can find so much diversity in terms of grape varieties. It's a region that is sure to fascinate and engage the wine enthusiast. You'll visit a wine destination that features excellent value wines, and a high number of small-scale winemakers devoted to making quality wines. Indeed, there is a great movement towards organic wines here, produced by some enthusiastic young vignerons.
From Savennières and Layon, near Angers to Sancerre passing by Saumur, Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Montlouis, Cheverny and many more appelations you will be delighted with the quality of wines and the stories of local wine makers.
This high end tour will introduce you to the wines of Loire over the course of eight days, and will see you staying in quality boutique accommodations throughout.

Note that our 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: Angers
Private transfer from Angers train station to your 4* hotel in Angers town centre Angers is only a short 1h30 journey by train from Paris.

Day 2: Savennières, Layon, Brissac
Meet and greet by your driver/guide for a day of wineries and wine tasting. Start with Layon & Savennières. This is a small appellation famous for its distinctive white wines, particularly Chenin Blanc. Enjoy a visit and wine tasting in an impressive winery with a beautiful vaulted barrel cellar and a stunning roof terrace offering premium views over both sides of the valley. The visit will be followed by a wine tasting and a gourmet picnic lunch in between the vines. In the afternoon, continue with the visit of a Château estate in Layon and end the day with the visit to an iconic organic winery in Brissac, producing one of the best Anjou Village. This evening will be free to explore Angers and its picturesque cobbled streets.

Day 3: Saumur
Check-out of your hotel and with your guide head further east. Start your day with a visit to a famous Sparkling wine house in Saumur. See the impressive troglodyte cellars, and learn more about the wine making process then enjoy a tasting. Later on board a traditional boat of the Loire, enjoy a private lunch cruise with a wine tasting. In the afternoon, you will visit an organic family run wine estate, complete with tasting. In the evening arrive in your 4* Château Hotel.

Day 4: Chinon & Bourgueil
Uncover these lesser known sub regions of the Loire, where Cabernet Franc is widely grown. In the morning, visit a biodynamic wine estate and meet the winemaker who will share an insightful wine tasting. Later, enjoy a visit, wine tasting and gourmet lunch paired with wine within a Château estate. Finally, enjoy a short walking visit of the picturesque Chinon town followed by a final winery visit and wine tasting for the day.
Overnight in 4* Château Hotel

Day 5: A French Lifestyle Gourmet Day
Check-out of your room and prepare yourself to be immersed in the French way of life. Take a morning tour at a picturesque French food market, which will allow you to sample and buy fresh products (cheese, wine, vegetables etc for today's lunch). You will then be welcomed by your local guide into a beautiful old mansion in the Loire countryside. Here you may choose to assist to prepare lunch, (or just rest and watch) before to enjoy your meal. Share a homemade french lunch all together. A truly unique experience. Free time in Amboise this afternoon. Explore this ancient city with its meandering village laneways, on the banks of the Loire River.
Overnight in the heart of Amboise in a 4* boutique hotel

Day 6: Cheverny & Chenonceau
Cheverny is a large appellation for red and white wine in Touraine. White wines are produced from Sauvignon mixed with Arbois or Chardonnay. Red wines are made from Gamay blended with Pinot Noir. You will visit two wine estates and enjoy a wine tasting gourmet picnic lunch in the vineyard. This will be followed by an 'oh la la' french lunch composed with regional specialities and fabulous cheeses. In the afternoon, enjoy a the guided tour of one the most romantic Castles of the Loire: Chenonceau.
Overnight in the heart of Amboise in a 4* boutique hotel

Day 7: Vouvray, Montlouis, Amboise
Today you will visit Vouvray, and Montlouis wine regions. Both make white wine with Chenin Blanc grapes in a range of styles from dry, to sparkling to sweet dessert wines. Start your day with a visit for a wine and cheese tasting in an authentic winery in Vouvray. Later enjoy a Montlouis winery visit followed by a light lunch in a wine bar. In the afternoon, continue with the visit of Amboise quaint town and its impressive castle overlooking the Loire river.
Overnight in the heart of Amboise in a 4* boutique hotel

Day 8: Sancerre & Pouilly Fumé
Best known for its crisp sauvignon blanc, Sancerre has increasingly high-quality pinot noir and rosé too, and there is an exciting new generation of little-known vignerons to discover, many working to make organic wines. Arrive in Pouilly Fumé wine region and start with the visit and wine tasting of an authentic wine estate. For your lunch, enjoy some free time in the quaint town of Sancerre. Continue with a guided visit of the town. Situated in the very heart of France, Sancerre stands on a hilltop 1,000ft above the surrounding countryside and vineyards. The town is extraordinarily unspoilt and beautiful: a symphony of ancient doors, pale lilac shutters, wrought-iron balconies and steeply pitched roofs. A truly memorable place. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a famous Sancerre wine estate. The visit will be followed by a wine tasting accompanied by cheese, the famous Crottin de Chavignol (goat cheese).
Transfer back to Paris.

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

Seven nights’ accommodation in three luxury 4* hotels
Breakfasts, 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
Picnic gourmet lunch or picnic lunch with wine on day 3 & 5

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

Possible Options: Hotel upgrade 5*, cooking class, castle visit, private dinner at castle, hot air balloon flight, perfume workshop, VIP castle visits

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

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