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$178.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Chambord, Chenonceau Chateaux Small Group with Lunch

9.00am: Start at the Tourist Office in Tours, and get into our minivan, off to Chenonceau! Once you arrive in Château de Chenonceau you will easily understand why it is the most visited private historical monument in France. Admire this unique château built on a bridge across the Cher River. With your guide, stroll through the beautiful gardens "à la Française" named after the famous ladies who lived there. Take your time to appreciate the feminine influence that prevails in each room of the château and admire the remarkable fresh flower decorations. For lunch, you will enjoy tasty local food in a charming and private Loire Valley château. Hosted by the French Countess who lives there permanently, indulge in the nice and cozy atmosphere and feel like the owner of the place ! On the way, get a good look at all the beautiful landscapes of Loire Valley, your guide will drive you through lovely typical villages and reveal you more hidden private châteaux. Next step is Château de Chambord! More than a castle, this work of art is a glorious historical place that will take you to the heart of the Loire Valley: your guide will make this trip back in time a fun and captivating experience. He will select for you the most emblematic rooms to visit and share with you all his knowleadge and memorable anecdotes. He will point to hidden details of interest, and will show you to breathtaking views of the chateau. So get ready to travel back in time of French Renaissance! After this visit, your tour-guide will offer you to share a nice aperitif with local products in a secret little corner of the park, a spectacular day you will never forget.7.30pm: Back to the Tourist Office in Tours.

$54.05 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Chateau du Petit Thouars, Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de LoireDiscover the unique history of the Château du Petit Thouars, a family-owned castle built in 1423 by the Dukes of Thouars. Owned by the Aubert du Petit Thouars family since 1636, the castle has been passed from father-to-son in a direct line, with a vineyard in existence on the property for hundreds of years. Visitors will visit Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc vines and learn about vineyard practices in the Chinon appellation. A leisurely stroll will take you to our troglodyte caves where our wines are vinified and aged on-site. You will be walked through French wine vinification practices. Returning to the château you will taste our range of wines.After the tasting you will be brought to a special location on the estate to enjoy your private countryside lunch (salads, cheeses, deli meats, and a special local dessert: the winemaker's tart) on a beautifully dressed table with a bottle of wine to enjoy. Duration: 3 hours

$194.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Loire Valley Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour from Tours

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Chateau Royal de Blois, Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de LoireGuided Tour of the Royal Chateau of BloisDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Loire Valley Tours, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de LoireTour and wine tasting lunch at a local winery near ChevernyDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Chateau de Chambord, Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de LoireGuided Tour of the Chateau of ChambordDuration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$194.34 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Loire Valley Chateaux Tour with Skip the Line Entry and Wine

Your meet your driver-guide at the meeting point. Transportation will be in a comfortable and full option 8-seats minivan.Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day tour touring the chateau of Chenonceau (includes skip the line entrances). The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle », Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.Then, enjoy a nice tour and wine tasting at a wine specialist’s in matured Loire Valley vintages. You are welcomed in this cellar cave established in 1874. Its owner and wine maker is specialized in mature Vouvray wines. You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1947 to our days. Made of chenin blanc the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity level which gives to the wine a great aging capacity.Lunch is at a friendly local restaurant built in a cave where a typical French meal will be served.After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise (includes skip the line entrances). This was the residence of Charles VIII and young François d’Angoulème, the future king Francois I. This wonderful castle is a perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, and the grave of Leonardo da Vinci shelters today in its chapel. Guided tour of the Chateau of the Clos Lucé (includes skip the line entrances) to meet the Genius in his Manor du Clos Lucé. Leonardo da Vinci spent there the last three years of his life. You will be in awe in front of the invention room, displaying models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented.Around 6pm, your guide will drive you back to Tours Tourist Office.

$261.13 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Loire Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Amboise

Choose a sunrise or sunset balloon flight, then hop into your 4x4 vehicle at your Amboise hotel for the journey to the launch site. On arrival, watch your balloon being inflated and listen to a safety briefing from your pilot. With your balloon ready for flight, jump into your basket and take to the skies!During your 3-hour flight, watch the sun rise or set over the forests, lakes, rivers, and towns of the Loire Valley. Capture bird’s eye views of the vineyards and orchards, and listen as your pilot points out famous landmarks such as the castles of Amboise, Chenonceau, or Villandry. Enjoy a smooth touchdown, then toast your flight with a glass of bubbling Champagne or sparkling grape juice. Receive your flight certificate, then return in comfort to your hotel to conclude your tour.

$102.34 Tours & Sightseeing

Tours to Chateau de Villandry: Small-Group Tour, Chateau Lunch

9.30 am: Meet your guide in front of the Tourist office in Tours and get on your minivan, off to the Loire Chateaux!You will start your visit at Chateau de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. During the tour, you will time-travel to life in France back in the 16th century. Your tour-leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau, with plenty of thrilling anecdotes. After that, enjoy the discovery of Villandry beautifull gardens. Your local expert will share all his knowledge of this garden à la française, and show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. The kitchen garden, the Maze, the water garden...you'll see them all!!Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to the next stop : Chateau de l'Islette. This family-owned chateau is still inhabited today. Get ready for a very unusual visit, as your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms of the chateau, like the parent's bedroom, the kids’ corner, the family kitchen and even the bathroom! You may even get the chance to meet the owners who will share with their daily life in this house!  A unique souvenir!After the visit, have a lovely lunch with your group, near the river in the park of the chateau. Enjoy a glass of local wine with tasty food from the region... An experience you will never forget!2.00 pm: Back to the Tourist Office in Tours.

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