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$172.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Chambord, Chenonceau Chateaux Small Group with Lunch

9am: Start at the Tourist Office in Tours, and get into our minivan, off to 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! 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 !Next step is Chenonceau ! 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. 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. 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.

$49.75 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Picnic in the Vines Tour of Chinon, France

Located 10 minutes from Chinon in the beautiful Loire Valley, arrive at the Château du Petit Thouars, a family-run vineyard that has been in the du Petit Thouars family and passed from father-to-son in a direct line since 1634. You will be greeted at our wine office and then led for a walk through our Cabernet Franc and Chenin blanc AOC CHINON vineyard, through the clos and our vielles vignes/old vines, to our impressive cellar located in hollowed limestone caves that are centuries old, where our wines age in French oak casks. The tour then leads to our historic tasting room located in the former stables of the château, where you will be led through an informative and educational tasting of our range of wines. After the tasting, select a bottle of wine to take with your packed picnic lunch that you will enjoy in a unique setting: next to our ancient dovecote, overlooking the vines, with the château forming a majestic backdrop. This is a unique and unforgettable Loire Valley experience.

$195.52 Day Trips & Excursions

Loire Valley Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour from Tours

Following a 9:00am pickup at the Tourist Office in central Tours, France, take a seat in your air-conditioned minivan and relax on route to the Château de Blois — widely considered among the Loire Valley’s finest historic castles.On arrival, enjoy skip-the-line entry and begin exploring with your guide. During your tour, admire the fine medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and classical architecture you find, and learn of life here during the reigns of Kings Louis XII and François I of France.Head onward to Cour-Cheverny winemaking region — famous for its chardonnay, gamay, pinot noir, and sauvignon grapes — and sample a locally made white wine. Afterward, head onward for lunch with wine in a local restaurant. After lunch, beat the entrance queues and visit the Château de Cheverny with your guide. Here, admire the beautiful fittings, fixtures, and furniture for which the castle is famous and learn of the historic Hurault de Vibraye family who own the property.Lastly, enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Château de Chambord, and admire key features including the beautiful suites and double-spiral staircase. At 6:30pm, return in comfort to your starting point in central Tours, France to conclude your tour.

$195.52 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.

$98.34 Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group tour to Chateau de Villandry with lunch at a private chateau from the town of Tours

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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