Departure by train to Blois – 1st class train tickets - 1h25 ride
Upon your arrival at Blois train station – Meet your English speaking driver guide by the end of the platform, he will hold a nominative board, and departure for a full day guided tour of two highlights of the Loire Valley.
Start with a visit of Chambord
In the middle of a forest as large as the city of Paris Chambord was the first Loire Valley chateau listed in the world heritage by UNESCO. Ordered in 1519 by King Francois I, with 426 rooms, 77 staircases and 282 fireplaces, it is the largest castle in the region. Leonardo da Vinci is the creator of its incredible double helix staircase.
12 pm – Tour & Wine and cheese tasting followed by a lunch in a local cave – Subject to availability at time of booking
You are welcomed in Caves Duhard established in 1874. Its owner and wine maker Daniel Gatay is specialized in mature Vouvray wines. You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1947 to our days. Made of chenin blanc the Vouvray is a mineral wine with a high acidity level which gives to the wine a great aging capacity.
This meal is based on the discovery of Loire Valley wines around a tasting of local products.3 white wines paired with cheeses 2 or 3 red wines (Bourgueil, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Chinon) paired with meat 1 semi dry o sweet dessert wine.
In the afternoon, enjoy a visit of Chenonceau
The unique architecture of the chateau/bridge makes it one of the most original Chateaux of the Loire Valley. Chenonceau is related to important French Renaissance women and was offered by King Henry 2nd to his mistress Diane de Poitiers.
End of the tour and departure to Tours train station – 40 minutes drive
Departure - 1st class train tickets to Paris – 1h14 ride