Highlights: 2 or 3 castles, wine tasting, private boat ride, cooking lesson with a private chef, visit of a goat farm, etc.... in fact everything you want !
Date: All year along
Transportation: Fully chauffeured private luxury car with your guide
You don’t have much time, but there is this one castle you have always wanted to see, this wine you have heard so much about, this market/church/restaurant you just need to check while in France…You don't have to worry, we will organise it for you :
We will pick you up at 9:15am in a luxury Audi or Mercedes, directly at your hotel or guest house so that you don't have wait for others to join before departing, (Yes , we know, many visitors complains about the "small group" tours, where you must follow the pace and spend the day waiting for the others passengers, crowed in a mini van... but this is NOT the idea of a private tour with Riverloire :).
Here are some great ideas of the day tours of the Loire Valley we organize :
The icons of the Loire Valley tour :
Visit the Chateau of Chambord and Chenonce and why not add a wine tasting in a private cellar, the visit of a goat farm or a private boat ride on the river with a glass of Vouvray ?
The craddle of the Renaissance tour :
The Royal castle of Amboise and Clos lucé, the last residence of Leonardo da VInci. Our friendly guide will walk with you in the charling litlle town of Amboise for a a true discovery of the Loire Valley culture and history.
Medieval times, costumes and wines of the Loire Valley :
The castle of Villandry and its beautiful gardens, Langeais and a tour int he wine country of Chinon and Bourgueil, some of the best wines of the Loire Valley !
A one day private cruise aboard a traditionnal boat privatized for you
The bargeman and the captain will be happy to welcome you onboard. You will discover the charm of the manual locks and you will have the opportunity to actually pass under the arches of the prestigious Chenonceau castle.
A private cooking Class with one of the best Chef of the Loire Valley.
Yes, a Michelin star chef is a friend of us, and will share with you some of his secrets in the kitchen of a private manor ! While your "chef d'oeuvre" are baking, follow the landlord in his personnal and taste some great wine of the Loire Valley.Tell us about your secret dream and we will arrange a special day tour just for you, to make your Loire Valley dream comes true.
And many others great sites of the Loire Valley, like Chateau de Blois, Chaumont, Cheverny or Azay le Rideau, or explore the wine areas of Vouvray, Montlouis, or Sancerre, or discover the Loire Valley from above with a hot air balloon ride or onboard an helicopter.
Tell us your dream, what you like and don't like. Claire, Josepha or Thierry will make you great suggestions for you memorable day tour in the Loire Valley. Challenge us !
This day tour is one of our guest favorites, as it gives an overall view of the region, but once again, all our tours are custom made and we will be happy to craft a special itinerary just for you.
Willing to discover some of the greatest Loire Valley Chateaux and learn more about the French Renaissance? Then this tour is designed for you!
A RiverLoire member will pick you up at Saint Pierre des Corps train station/ or your hotel and a short drive will lead you along the Cher River. You will start the day with a privately guided visit of the icon of the Loire Valley: the Chateau of Chenonceau.
Chenonceau is a supreme example of Renaissance architecture, set on its arches of stone, withstands the challenges of time. Inside, you will discover magnificent furniture. You will then appreciate the two lovely gardens, designed by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici.
Have lunch in Amboise at the foot of the castle and take a short walk in the pedestrian streets of this renaissance town.
you will enjoy the private guided tour of the Royal Castle of Amboise. Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, this truly royal castle introduced Italian style and taste into the Loire Valley.
Then your guide will walk you to the Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s last residence, located at 10 minutes’ walk from the castle of Amboise. The gardens and grounds display his inventions, a beautiful tribute to a genius.
Finally a short drive across the vineyards will lead us to Vouvray for a visit of a troglodyte wine cellar and a wine tasting, to beautifully finish the day !
Price & inclusions
Each day tour is different with its own compenent, but the price of a typical day tour will start at € 190,00 per person on a basis of 4 persons.
- Welcome and pick-up at the train station or at your hotel by your private guide (remember, with Riverloire you don't have to go to a point of collect nor wait for other people)
- All transportation in a deluxe vehicle
- All the entrance fees
- The gourmet lunch with drinks included
- Wine tasting, as per the intinerary
- Fees and taxes
If you’ve just returned from this “Day tour” tour we’d love to hear from you...
When I realised that the strikes would make our planned arrival by train and original itinerary impossible, I at first thought I would have to cancel our day tour of the Loire Valley. However, as soon as I had contacted Thierry by telephone, he tentatively proposed a practical alternative, which was refined and confirmed in a very short time. The end result was that we were able to have a tour that was only a little shorter than originally planned, and which cost me only a few euros more. Considering the short notice, this was a very good result.
The taxi driver, Jerome, who took us from Paris to Chambord, was punctual, pleasant and a very good driver.
The tour itself was excellent. The passion and knowledge of our guide, Marine, made every moment interesting. She was unfailingly friendly and helpful, right to the last minute (when she escorted us in the rain to ensure that we would be on the correct platform for our train).
I have been to the Loire valley several times before, and had visited two of the three sites we went to, but I felt I learned new things on this tour. The other members of my party had not visited this area and my hope in organising this tour was that they might come to understand why I love it so much. I think that objective was achieved.
I plan to use the services of Riverloire again,and would recommend it to others, whether they are first time visitors or not.
Christina (USA) a review from TripAdvisor (5 stars) - December 2019
Keith (USA), a tripadvisor review (5 stars) - May 2019
Nicole (USA) - May 2019
Brad (USA) - April 2019
Courtney (USA), a tripadvisor review (5 stars) - November 2018
This was the perfect way to spend a day in the Loire Valley. Thierry picked us up, whisked us away for day focused on local wines, and quickly immersed us in the local culture. We walked in vineyards, through caves, and tasted wines; we ate lunch at a delightful restaurant that had each of the four of us smiling with satisfaction, we visited a lesser known and out of the way castle, and finally visited a community wine co-op where we tasted the local wines, filled a small cask from the tank, travelled to a private cave where each of bottled our own as a souvenir, followed by yet another tasting with cheese. Not only was the day and our host a total joy, we finished the excursion feeling like we had truly experienced the culture and the area.
Tim (Italy), a tripadvisor review (5stars) - October 2018
Lindsay (USA), a tripadvisor review (5 stars) - September 2018
Phillip (USA), a tripadvisor review (5 stars) - September 2018
Tenna (USA), a tripadvisor review (5 stars) - September 2018
We wish we could have spent more time in the Loire Valley. We highly recommend RiverLoire! We hope to visit the Loire Valley again and we'll definitely book another tour with RiverLoire!
Kathy and Matt (USA), a review from TripAdvisor (5 stars) - October 2017
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