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From Tours: Afternoon Loire Valley Wine Tour to Vouvray

1. From Tours: Afternoon Loire Valley Wine Tour to Vouvray

Meet your guide at the tourist office in Tours and drive in a minivan to Vouvray. Discover this beautiful wine area full of passionate winegrowers. Meet a French winemaker in a charming family-run estate. See the vines and visit the traditional vat room and the cellars. During this visit, you will improve your knowledge regarding wine-making and of course wine tasting. Elegant sparkling wines and white wines are produced in this area. After this first visit, explore one of the famous underground caves that were dug during the 10th century in order to extract stones and today used by a famous Loire Valley wine house for producing and storing wines. Throughout the afternoon, your guide will share his knowledge with you, to help you understand the diversity of Loire wines and their specific terroir. You will learn the different steps of wine tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas. Benefit from your guide's tips and tricks and learn to taste like a professional. Afterward, you will be driven back to Tours, where your tour will end. 

Tours: Chateaux Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry Morning Tour

2. Tours: Chateaux Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry Morning Tour

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 to visit the gardens, 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.

From Tours: Half-Day Chambord Castle Guided Trip

3. From Tours: Half-Day Chambord Castle Guided Trip

Discover one of the most fascinating and beautiful castles in the Loire Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a half-day tour from Tours. Explore the Château de Chambord with a guide to learn about its history, architecture, and more. Admire the surrounding estate from the castle terraces. Meet your guide and be driven to the Château de Chambord. Upon arrival, follow your guide on a tour of the castle. Explore the main rooms, built to impress foreign visitors and ambassadors and demonstrate the power of the young King of France, Francis I (François 1er) in the early 16th century. After discovering some of the 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases the castle is home to, discover the central axis: the famous double helix staircase thought to be inspired by the world of Leonardo da Vinci. Marvel at the unusual design. Learn about the building's Italian Renaissance style. Then, head to the terraces at the top of the castle for a fantastic view of the surrounding area, including the French-style gardens. Next, enjoy some free time to discover Chambord Castle on your own before your guide drives you back to Tours.

From Tours: Small Group Half Day Trip to Chenonceau Castle

4. From Tours: Small Group Half Day Trip to Chenonceau Castle

Arriving in the Loire Valley, your small group half-day tour will reach the Chateau de Chenonceau. The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. After your arrival at Chenonceau castle, begin your tour accompanied by your guide. Chenonceau is home to an outstanding collection of furniture, tapestries and paintings that included artworks from Rubens, Tintoretto, Van Loo, Murillo, Veronese, Poussin, Van Dyck and many more. Also, during your tour, you will visit the highlights of the castle including Diane de Poitiers' bedroom, the Green Study, the Gallery and the kitchens. After the visit, you will have some free time to explore the gardens. We will then head back to Tours.

Loire Valley Castles Private Tour From Paris/skip-the-line

5. Loire Valley Castles Private Tour From Paris/skip-the-line

At 7.30 a.m our driver guide will pick you up from your hotel or anywhere in Paris with high-quality air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the iconic Château of Chenonceau with your local guide (tickets and audioguide inside the castle are included), one of the most stunning examples of Loire Valley architecture, with its immense gallery that spans the width of the Cher river, giving it the nickname of the “Ponte Vecchio of France.” Nicknamed the Château des Dames – the Ladies’ Château – it was successively owned by many women of power and influence including Diane de Poitiers and Caterina de’ Medici. Inside the château we will discover the incredible collection of masterpieces (Reubens, Van Dyck, Corregio…), the royal bedrooms, salons for King François I and King Louis XIV, the chapel, and of course the gallery designed by Caterina de’Medici. Free time for lunch in chenonceau village. • Following our visit to the château, we will meet a local winemaker and have a private tasting in his winery near Chenonceau. • Driving from Ange to Chateau de Chambord (is around 50 minutes), the fairy-tale Château de Chambord is the largest of all the Loire Valley châteaux and is housed deep in the largest closed, forested park in Europe. Commissioned by King François I, Chambord is the culmination of Renaissance architecture and ingenuity. We will pay special attention to the innovative design – from Leonardo da Vinci’s double-spiral staircase at the heart of the château, to the blueprint of the château in the form of a cross, to the royal rooms and incredible gardens. We will take the time to discover this revolutionary château. (tickets and audioguide inside the castle are included) At the end of the day, we return you to your hotel or a location of your choice in Paris. Going back to the hotel is 3 hours. While on the way you can also see the magnificent landscape and cross typical French little villages. Whether you are a couple, a group of friends, or with your extended family, you will enjoy a unique visit full of interesting anecdotes and great works of art. (Your guide is also a pro at explaining art and history to children – families of all ages are welcome!)

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What people are saying about Tours, France

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 64 reviews

An excellent opportunity to learn about wine appellation of the Vouvray region, and try some lovely chenin blancs of different maturities and styles, a true testament to the winemakers of each of the 2 vineyards and wineries we visited. Marion was a wonderful guide, both informative and fun!

Our guide was amazing and welcoming, had a broad knowledge about wine. We tasted 11 different delicious wines and saw two very nice wineries. Definitely recommend!

The gardens at Villandry were nothing short of spectacular and we were lucky enough to meet the lady of Château I’Islette, which was a special treat. Great tour!

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

Wonder your, wine tasting fun. Great host, meet other people too