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From Tours: Chambord, Chenonceau & Lunch at Family Chateau

1. From Tours: Chambord, Chenonceau & Lunch at Family Chateau

Travel back to the days of the French Renaissance on a full-day tour of the châteaux of the Loire Valley. Enjoy a lunch in a privately owned and still-occupied castle. Start with a visit to Chenonceau, and pass the must-see castles of the French “Valley of the Kings,” including Chaumont, Amboise, and Blois. Upon arrival at the Château de Chenonceau, admire the unusual castle built on a bridge across the Cher River.  Stroll through the manicured gardens, named after Catherine de Médicis and Diane de Poitiers, the famous women who once lived there. Take time to appreciate the refined architecture, beautiful antiques, and lovely arrangements of fresh flowers. Discover glorious works of art and architecture as your guide selects the most emblematic rooms to visit. On your way to lunch at the Chateau of Villesavin, admire authentic French villages and the countryside. Eat a traditional French lunch with local products and local wine. Arrive at Chambord and discover the apartments of Francis I. View the double helix staircase, an emblem of Chambord. Hear memorable anecdotes and see hidden details. Get breathtaking views of the castle during a coffee break in Chambord Park. Enjoy the most striking view of Château de Chambord, before ending your tour in the evening.

Morning Tour to Villandry & Azay-le-Rideau

2. Morning Tour to Villandry & Azay-le-Rideau

Meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office of Tours at 9:30 AM and board the minivan for an amazing day in the Loire Valley. You will start with a visit to the Château d'Azay le Rideau, absolute prowess of Renaissance architecture. The perfection of the facade and its reflect on the Indre finish setting one of the most beautiful chateau of the Loire Valley. Your passionate guide will accompany you on all the visits and will share with you the stories of the estate. Then, arrival at the Château de Villandry, a jewel of French heritage built during the Renaissance, by Jean Le Breton and inhabitated by the familly Carvallo for over a century. They put a true amount of work to give us the gardens of Villandry, a perfect replica of what the gardens looked like in the 16th century. An experience you will never forget. Arrive back in Tours around 1:30 PM.

Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

3. Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

Do you know which city was the capital of France in 15th century? Where the famous French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born? Which city is considered to be the Garden of France? Or where you can hear the purest French spoken language? The answer to all of these questions is Tours, a historic city dating back to the Middle Ages located right in the heart of France, just one hour away from Paris. Join our helpful and knowledgeable guides to discover the rich history and wonderful medieval buildings of Tours. Visit the city's beloved Cathédrale Saint-Gatien, which dates back to as early as 1170. The cathedral is a beautiful mix of different architectural styles, with major sections finished between the 13th and 15th centuries. Another point of interest may be the medieval Tour Charlemagne, located in the center of the Old City. Or, feel free to visit the famous museum of Beaux- Arts on your own, admiring its impressive collection including pieces by French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch masters. Then, enjoy a taste of the region's fine wine, considered by many to be among the best in all of France. Let us show you the beautiful city of Tours through the eyes of a local!

Tours/Amboise: Vouvray, Chinon, and Bourgueil Wine Tasting

4. Tours/Amboise: Vouvray, Chinon, and Bourgueil Wine Tasting

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Tours or Amboise. Greet your guide, then head off into the sprawling countryside of Loire Valley. Arrive in Vouvray for a wine tasting session at a local domain. Enjoy free time to grab a bite to eat at your own leisure. Later, wander around the medieval city of Chinon and learn about its impressive history from your guide. Then, sample a selection of regional wines at another local domain. Finally, relax on the return journey to your accommodation at 6.00 PM.

Tours/Amboise: Private Chambord and Chenonceau Chateau Tour

5. Tours/Amboise: Private Chambord and Chenonceau Chateau Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Tours at 9.00 AM or Amboise at 9:30 AM. Greet your guide, then set off into the sprawling countryside of Loire Valley. Start off with a guided tour of Chenonceau Chateau, which spans the stunning River Cher. Admire the chateau’s impressive interior as you explore with your guide, and listen to stories of its history, which dates back to the 11th century. Next, enjoy a cellar tour and a wine tasting at Caves Ambacia in Amboise. You will discover the local wines such as Vouvray, Montlouis and Bourgueil wines. After that, you will have the possibility to taste local products (Cheeses, Delicatessen, Fishes) at the Bistrot L'Oppidum at Caves Ambacia. Or free time to grab a bite to eat elsewhere. Afterwards, head to Chambord Chateau, one of France’s most iconic chateau’s. Marvel at the chateau’s stunning French Renaissance architecture, and listen to stories of the people who once lived here. Finally, relax on the return journey to your accommodation.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Mathieu gave us a two-hour tour in English and we were thrilled: Mathieu managed to convey the history of the city with little anecdotes and pop culture references in an exciting and appropriate way for the target group (trainees in their early 20s). I'm sure that he can share his knowledge with an older audience just as appropriately, adapting to the needs of the target group and obviously having fun with his job. You could ask questions at any time and always received a well-founded and detailed answer. We couldn't have done better! Thank you Mathieu!

Absolutely outstanding tour. Worth every penny. Alex was incredible and extremely knowledgeable. She knew when to give explanations and be informative and then knew exactly when to let you have time to explore for yourself. It was the perfect balance. These castles are absolutely breathtaking and a multi sensory experience with the lunch built in. We spent two weeks in France and went on several tours. She was by far the absolute best.

This was an excellent and informative way to see some of the most beautiful chateaux in the area around Tours. Alex, our tour guide, was truly exceptional in her knowledge and kindness. We had a wonderful day thanks to her.

This was a fantastic tour. The best was to focus on the two best Chateaus and take time to really enjoy each property.

Wonderful meeting people from other countries and sharing the day and experience with them.