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From Tours: Villandry, Wineries & Family Castle

Product ID: 152859
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Visit must-see Château de Villandry and its remarkable gardens. Enjoy a local aperitif away from the crowds in an intimate family-owned château. Make the most of a Loire Valley wine tour and meet wine producers of the Vouvray appellation.
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the must-see Château de Villandry and its unique gardens
  • Visit an intimate, private family-owned chateau and taste local delicacies in outstanding surroundings
  • Learn everything about Loire Valley wines and discover its vineyards
  • Explore two wineries in the Vouvray region and meet their producers
Full description
At 9:00 AM, meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office of Tours and hop in your minivan for an amazing day in the Loire Valley. Start your visit at Chateau de Villandry, a must-see château of the Loire Valley. 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 funny anecdotes. Afterwards, enjoy a complete discovery of the gorgeous gardens of Villandry. Your local expert will share all his knowledge of these gardens 'à la française,' and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. The ornamental kitchen garden, the maze, the classical water garden... you'll see them all.

Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to your next stop - Chateau de l'Islette - a family-owned chateau still inhabited today. Your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms of the chateau, like the parent's bedroom, the kid's corner and the family kitchen. You may even get the chance to meet the owners who will share with you their daily life in this house. Enjoy a lovely aperitif near the river in the park of the chateau, and sample a glass of local wine with a tasty local delicacy. This moment will definitely be one of the highlights of your day.

Then, head back to the city of Tours with your guide. From 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM, your guide will park in front of the Tourist Office and give you 30 minutes free time. They will help you with recommendations of nice French boulangeries where you can buy an extra snack. At 2:00 PM, hop back on the bus and make your way to Vouvray to discover this beautiful wine area and its elegant sparkling and white wines.

During the afternoon in Vouvray, you will visit a family wine estate and a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. During your tour, your guide will help you better understand the diversity of Loire wines and its terroir. You will learn the different steps of wine tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas. To do so, you will also taste wines from the other wine appellations of the region. After this experience, the Loire wine area will have no secrets left for you. Before saying goodbye, share an aperitif made of local products like cheese, rillettes and fresh bread - the perfect match for Loire wines with a stunning view before returning to Tours Tourist Office.
Includes
  • Semi-private tour in English and French (max. 8 people)
  • Friendly and professional local guide
  • Entrance fees to the chateaux and wine estates
  • Transportation by minivan
  • Wine tastings (8 glasses minimum)
  • Aperitif with local delicacies
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch (you will have free time to buy lunch between 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM)
  • Tips and gratuities

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Office de Tourisme - 78-82, Rue Bernard Palissy, 37000 Tours.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with mobility impairments

From US$ 172.76 per person

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Product ID: 152859