Enjoy a complete discovery of Loire Valley with the visit of must-see Château de Villandry and its remarkable gardens. Benefit from your guides trilling historical anecdotes and feel part of these old days ... More info ›
Enjoy a complete discovery of Loire Valley with the visit of must-see Château de Villandry and its remarkable gardens. Benefit from your guides trilling historical anecdotes and feel part of these old days. Then, learn everything about Loire Valley wines by visiting two wine estates of the Vouvray Appellation, well-known for its sparkling and white wines. For lunch, live a French art de Vivre experience away from the crowds in an intimate family owned château where the owners still live today! A fun adventure that you will always remember!
9.00 am: Meet your guide in front of the Tourist office in Amboise and get on your minivan, off for an amazing day in Loire Valley!
You will start your visit at Chateau de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. During the tour, you will time-travel from Renaissance 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 a complete discovery of Villandry gorgeous formal gardens. Your local expert will share all his knowledge of this garden à la française, and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of this remarquable site. The ornamental kitchen garden, the Maze, the classical water garden...you'll see them all!
En route for the next stop! After a short drive, enjoy the amazing sight unfolding in front of you and discover Chateau de l'Islette, a family-owned chateau still inhabited by the French family who inherited this historical monument. 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 charming owners and chat about their daily life in this house! A unique souvenir!
After this visit, you will share a friendly moment with your guide who will set up a lovely lunch for your group near the bank of the river in the park of the chateau. Enjoy a Loire wine, perfectly matching a selection of tasty local products... This restful break will definitely be one of the hilights of your day...Cheers!
Then, you're off to Vouvray to discover this beautiful wine area full of passion-driven winegrowers mainly producing elegant sparkling wines and white wines. During the afternoon, you will meet a genuine French winemaker in a charming family-run estate but also a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River.
All along the visits, your passionate guide will share with you all his knowledge to help you understand better the diversity of Loire wines and its specific terroir. You will learn the different steps of wine-tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas, to do so, you will aslo 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 to Loire wines with a stunning view.
6.30pm: Return to Amboise Tourist Office.