LOIRE VALLEY CULTURAL & GOURMET TOUR
A day trip departing from Paris to discover the Royal Chateaux, the picturesque Touraine villages, and to enjoy the Loire Valley gastronomy.
Magnificent and majestic Loire Valley is 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 region boasts hundreds of manors, chateaux and former royal residences such as Chinon, Langeais, Amboise, Loches, Chenonceau, Blois, Chambord…
The Loire Valley is also called the “Garden of France”, gaining recognition for its 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, guided by Corinne Preteur personally and departing from Paris (your hotel, guesthouse or apartment).
It’s a glorious celebration to the history of France combined to the gastronomy and art of living in the Loire Valley region.
You will visit the Royal Chateaux of Chenonceau and Amboise and the Clos Lucé which was Leonardo da Vinci’s last residence. Gourmet lunch in Amboise.
In the end of the day, you will admire the stunning architecture of the Royal Chateau of Chambord, a pure Renaissance-style jewel considered as France biggest after Versailles. It features King Francis I power and taste for the arts. The King used it as a hunting lodge and only stayed there a few days of his life.
Chateau of Chenonceau, sitting over the Cher river is called the Ladies Chateau as it owes a large part of its charm to women. It was built in 1513 by Katherine Briconnet, then made even more attractive by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, and saved from the rigors of the French Revolution by Mrs Dupin. The chateau is surrounded by very pretty formal gardens.
Chateau of Amboise & the Clos Lucé. Amboise is inextricably linked to the history of France, from the 15th to the 19th century, well-known as King Charles VIII and Queen Anne of Brittany’s residence. But Amboise gained international recognition thanks to King Francis I twenty years after the death of Charles VIII… Upon Francis I’s invitation, the Italian genius Leonardo Da Vinci retired in Amboise in 1516. He packed his bags (and several of his favorite paintings including the Mona Lisa) and spent the last three years of his life in the Clos Lucé nearby manor, which was Francis I childhood residence… Leonardo Da Vinci is buried in the Royal Chapel of the Chateau of Amboise, as the Clos Lucé is a must-seen museum featuring Leonardo’s residence as well as his fabulous inventions and works of art.
Chateau of Blois 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.
PROGRAM PRICE: $640 per person (4 to 8 people booked together)
Private tour supplement for 2 to 3 people: $390 per person
It includes: Paris round-trip private transfer by car or van, full-day private expert-led tour, visits to the chateaux (entrance tickets included), Michelin-star restaurant 3-course lunch (wine at extra cost).
SCHEDULED: Tuesday – Thursday – Friday, from March to November, except July 14 – August 15, and on public holidays.