The Loire Valley is one of the most popular tourism areas in France, particularly during the summer when giant tour buses show up unloading thousands. This is why we prefer to see this gorgeous region in the fall when the throngs have left.
October 23rd. We’ll begin our tour near Tours where we’ll check into a family owned chateau where we’ll stay for the next 3 nights, the Chateau la Tortiniere.
Day 1, October 23rd Wednesday
After training from Paris we’ll meet around 11am for a tour through the Blois Chateau followed by an impressive Modern French Michelin Star lunch. Your mind is guaranteed to be blown at this chef driven restaurant.
This afternoon we’ll walk around town and shop for gifts in this charming petite city before heading 45 minutes to our hotel to check-in.
In the afternoon you’ll have time for rest and relaxation.
Around 4pm we’ll take a walking tour of Vieux Tours followed by a casual meal in town.
Day 2, October 24th Thursday
Today we’ll see two of the most famous Loire Valley Chateaux; the largest Chambord was built as a huge hunting lodge where we’ll take a horse drawn carriage ride and later we’ll visit the elegant and very feminine Chenonceau where we’ll enjoy an scrumptious lunch.
Tonight we’ll have a casual dinner at our own Chateau.
Day 3, October 25th Friday
Sleep in today with time for biking around the area in the morning. Meet up with a well-known author for lunch to get an insiders view of the area from a long-time local. Afterwards head out to learn more about the local farms and products of the region. Sampling is encouraged.
Dinner out in Tours with a local French chef, she’ll close down her petite restaurant just for us.
Day 4, October 26th Saturday
Today we are headed underground to one of the more famous caves in the region. Then we’ll go to the town of Chinon, known for its hearty Pinot Franc reds. Here we’ll sample some of these lovely wines alongside some charcuterie and local cheeses plus we’ll take a tour around this historic medieval village with ties to the Knights of Templar.
This afternoon we’ll visit Chateau Azay le Rideau, built in the early 1500’s. Its an elegant example of the French Renaissance style and sits in the middle of the river Inde looking quite pretty indeed.
After our tour we’ll check into our new Chateau hotel the Chateau Verrierres which is a 5-star hotel and spa in Samur where we’ll enjoy a gastronomic meal for our evening repas.
Day 5, October 27th Sunday
Today we’ll visit my personal all time favorite Loire Valley Chateau, Chateau de Villandy famous more for its gardens than the Chateau. The acres and acres of sublimely organized boxed parterre gardens are a site to behold. We’ll get lost in the maze, then visit the substantial Chateau before sitting down to a market driven lunch on site.
This afternoon we’ll get out on the Loire river via boat for a relaxing afternoon sail.
Dinner tonight will be at a classic bistro.
Day 6, October 28th Monday
Today we’ll focus on wine tastings and abbeys. In the morning we’ll tour Europe’s largest Abbey dating back to the 11th century. Then we’ll stop for a wine tasting or two in Samur including one sparkling wine whose cellars lay right beneath an ancient abbey. This particular winery also houses a modern art collection. The link between wine and monasteries goes back a very long time indeed. Later we’ll spend some time walking the streets of Samur itself, a historically significant town dating all the way back to before the year 845!
Ce soir we’ll have a celebratory last meal together in a private and unique location. Shhh…its a surprise!
Day 7, October 29th Tuesday
Train home to Paris from Tours to catch your flight or to spend a few days in the city of Light.
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