Semi guided Loire Valley Tour
Highlights: Castles & Gardens - Life style - Wine & Gastronomy - Freedom to explore
Date: All year along
Transportation: Fully chauffeured private luxury car with your guide / your own car
Accommodation: 4* hotel, downtown Amboise or Relais & Châteaux
This itinerary combines expertly-led tours of the best wineries of the region (to allow you to taste the wines without driving) with freedom to explore the highlights of the Loire Valley (with maps and recommendations of our team).
On the self-guided days, you will drive your own car and visit at your own pace the sites that we have selected for you. Thanks to your pre-booked tickets you won’t have to wait in line.
On the fully-guided days, your guide will pick-you up at your hotel and drive you around in our deluxe vehicle.
We will of course take care of your hotel and organize most of your diners and lunches.
The itinerary can, of course, be adjusted to your needs and tastes, with more or less guided periods and a choice of accommodation form a down-town 4* hotel to a countryside Relais & Chateaux hotel.
Day 1: An introduction to the Loire Valley (fully guided)
After a personal welcome during your lunch, let your guide drive you through the vineyards of the Loire Valley to visit selected cellars and taste vintage wines. End your day in Amboise with the visit of the castle and pick-up your car for the next days.
Day 2: Elegant Loire Valley castles (self-guided)
Visit the chateaux of Chenonceau and Chaumont at your own pace, walk through their gardens and parks and make a stop for a royal lunch in Chenonceau premises.
Day 3: Renaissance castles and gardens (self-guided)
Head east toward Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Usse castles for an enchanting day along the Loire River. Make as many stops as you’d like for pictures and pick your place for lunch and dinner, as today is a total free day!
Day 4: Walking tour in Tours and a wine experience (fully guided)
Give back your car and let your guide drive you to Tours. Plunge with him/her into the French way of life, browse the medieval and renaissance area, shop around and have lunch surrounded by 1000 year old houses. In the afternoon, be ready for a wine “experience” in a secluded place, open only to RiverLoire guests.
Day 5: Leonardo da Vinci (self-guided)
Don’t leave Amboise without visiting the Clos Lucé, the last residence of the Italian master and taking a last stroll around the renaissance town. Your guide will drive you back to the train station.
Price & inclusions
Price starts from € 2 110,00 per person on a basis of 2 people
Subject to availability at the time of the booking.
- 4 nights Hotel accommodation.
- Daily breakfast.
- 3 Lunches with drinks included.
- 2 Dinners, drinks not included.
- 2 fully guided and transported half day wine tours with a private English-speaking guide.
- A guided visit of the chateau d'Amboise.
- A guided visit of the town of Tours.
- All the entrance fees of the castles listed in the itinerary.
- The private transfer to and from the train station.
- The pick-up and drop-off at the car rental company.
- Riverloire local assistance.
- Fees and taxes.
If you’ve just returned from this “Semi guided Loire Valley Tour” tour we’d love to hear from you...
Our tour was excellent, we had an excellent itinerary very varied, the wine tasting was fantastic. Our guides Frederique and Peter were very knowledgeable and good company.
Randall & Patricia (Honk Kong) - May 2016
Ron and Family (USA) - August 2015
We just arrived home and I wanted to take a moment to thank-you for the wonderful time we had in Amboise.
We loved the hotel, everyone there was so welcoming and nice and the rooms were beautiful!
The plans that you made for our days there were perfect. It was a good balance of time on our own in closer locations and travelling further with a guide. The girls did a great job and were lots of fun!
All in all I cannot think of anything that we would change. You are in a beautiful area and we are so happy that we got to know it better.
We cannot thank-you enough for the wonderful vacation you planned for us !
Debbie (USA) - August 2014
Everything was taken care of: lodging, tickets, vouchers, dedicated guides/ drivers. We enjoyed staying in a chateau for the peace, serene atmosphere and infinite green scenery. Our hosts were caring and accommodating.
The pace of the trip was just right, and we sure left something for "the next time". Truly enjoyed! Merci!
Elena (USA) - April 2014
Lorri (USA) - June 2013
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