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Bordeaux & the Loire Valley
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Departure from Bordeaux to the Loire Valley

From March to November included



Total: 2410


Discover 2 of the most famous wine regions of France. Commence with world famous Bordeaux. Here, follow your guide as he reveals all the secrets linked to the wine making process of a typical Bordeaux blend. You will be based in the recently declared UNESCO world heritage city of Bordeaux and your daily tours will take you to the left and right bank to visit and wine taste in carefully selected Grands Crus chateaus renowned for the quality of their wines. But not only as you will also discover the original wine producing area of Bordeaux: the Graves, as well as the most famous sweet white wine producing region, Sauternes.
Then, passing by Cognac and its famous Brandy, head towards the Loire Valley known for its picture perfect Renaissance castles but also for the quality of its wines. During your stay in the Loire Valley, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most famous Renaissance Chateaus but also experience some of the local wines that include Bourgueil, Chinon, Vouvray and Montlouis.


Pick up in Bordeaux (Airport/Train Station). Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check in. Night at your hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at your hotel. On this full day tour you will enjoy the visit and wine tasting in 3 prestigious 1855 Classified Growth Chateaus of different Medoc appellations. Your tours will begin with the visit of the installations of the Chateaus so as to better understand the chemistry & technical complexity involved in the wine making process. The visits also point out the importance of the soil and weather conditions, which the French translate into one word: Terroir. For lunch, we have selected a local restaurant that will introduce you to all the specialties this area has to offer. All tours are private and will be for our small group only. Your day will also take you along the ‘Route des Chateaux’ so that you may admire some of the most famous estates such as Chateau Palmer, Chateau Margaux or Chateau Pichon Longueville for great photo opportunities.

6.30pm return to Bordeaux and night at your hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. Today the wine region known as the right bank is on your program. Your main destination will be the Saint Emilion wine area where Merlot is the predominant grape variety. Here you will first enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in a Classified Growth Chateau. Arrive in Saint Emilion and enjoy another visit of a Classified Growth Chateau followed by a special wine tasting session in the village composed of numerous appellations. Guided walking tour of the medieval village and free time for lunch and personal discovery. Finally, depart for a visit and wine tasting session in Classified Growth Chateau in a satellite appellation of the Libournais wine region.

6.30pm return to Bordeaux and night at your hotel.


Breakfast at your hotel. Check out from your hotel in Bordeaux.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning depart for the Cognac wine region. Cognac is a variety of brandy produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town of Cognac from which it takes its name. The region authorized to produce cognac is divided into six zones, including five crus. The wine is very dry, acidic, and thin, "virtually undrinkable", but excellent for distillation and aging. It may be made only from a strict list of grape varieties, if it is to carry the name of one of the crus then it must be at least 90% Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanche and Colombard, although 10% of the grapes used can be Folignan, Jurançon blanc, Meslier St-François, Sélect, Montils or Sémillon. After learning about the methods of distillation, enjoy the visit and tasting in one of the most famous Cognac 'houses' to learn all there is to know about the making of this unique beverage. Then, enjoy some free time in the town of Cognac for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to the Loire valley region.

6.30pm check in at your hotel in the Loire Valley.

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning depart for the visit of some of the most beautiful castles of the Loire Valley: Chenonceau and Amboise. Begin your day with the visit of Chenonceau. Property of the Crown, then royal residence, the Castle is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who were all extraordinary and who, for the most part have marked history. Here, enjoy a private guided tour of the castle. Then discover Amboise. Constructed in the 11th century by the Count of Anjou, the chateau that we now see is a substantially modified building, having been converted a defensive castle to one which was comfortable to live in. The first great wave of changes came in the 15th century after it was seized by Charles VII. It was Charles VIII who embarked on the most ambitious reconstructions, at the end of the 15th century, giving rise to many of the fine renaissance characteristics that we see today. Unfortunately he also died at the castle when he banged his head on a lintel! Francois I followed as it entered its golden era. Equally interesting, the castle at Amboise was the first to have gardens laid out in the formal style that came to be known as 'French style gardens'. Enjoy a visit of the Chateau and then head towards the Vouvray wine producing area. The Vouvray appellation (AOC) is dedicated almost exclusively to Chenin Blanc. The wines of Vouvray are characterized by the grape's natural high acidity and can exhibit notes of honey, nuts, ginger, fig, apples and white flowers. Vouvrays are often paired with rich, hearty dishes and flavorful sauces. Enjoy visits and wine tastings in carefully selected wineries.

5.30pm return to your hotel in the Loire Valley and night at your hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am pick up at your hotel. This morning the wine regions of Bourgeuil and Chinon are on your program. Bourgueil is an AOC appellation of the Loire Valley that is situated on the right bank of the River Loire. Bourgueil wines are made from Cabernet Franc grape variety, but up to 10% of the wine can also be made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Limestone soil produces wines with a dusky red hue, whereas those grown in siliceous soil take on a redcurrant shade. Bourgueil wines have a floral and fruity bouquet, which becomes earthy as the wine ages. Then, discover the wines of Chinon. They are typically dry and light to medium bodied and go well with food. In good vintages the red wines can be cellared for 10 years or more. Visit and wine tasting in selected wineries of both appellations. In the afternoon, discover two major sights of the area. Begin with the gardens of Villandry a reconstitution of a 14th century French garden based on ancient texts. These gardens are divided into four terraces: an upper terrace with the Sun Garden (created in 2008), followed by a terrace with the water garden surrounded by a cloister of linden trees, followed by a terrace with the decorative, embroidery, garden with sculpted box hedges and yew trees in the topiary style, and finally a lower terrace with a decorative vegetable garden. Then head to the castle of Azay le Rideau. Built in 16th century in a lovely setting on an island in the River Indre, the castle was one of the first of many Renaissance chateaux to be constructed in the Loire Valley. There is great attention to detail in both the interior and exterior of the chateau, which has numerous impressive features. Here, you will follow a private guided tour of the Chateau with your own personal guide.
5.30pm return to your hotel in the Loire Valley and night at your hotel.

Breakfast at your hotel.
Departure transfer to Tours train station and end of our services.

Inclusions / Exclusions


1. Arrival/departure transfers in Tours and Bordeaux
2. Accommodation in 4* hotel, double room sharing
3. Breakfast from day 2 to 7
4. Welcome dinner in Bordeaux day 1
5. Services of an English speaking driver guide throughout the tour
6. 3 Chateau visits and tastings in the Médoc
7. Lunch in local restaurant during Médoc tour
8. 2 Chateau visits and tastings in Saint-Émilion
9. Private visit of the underground monuments of Saint-Émilion
10.  Visit of Chenonceau, Amboise, Villandry and Azay-Le-Rideau
11. Wine tasting in Vouvray, Bourgueil and Chinon appellations
12. All tasting fees
13. Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped compact vans
14. Bottled water in the minivan
15. Free Wifi access on board


1. Meals, drinks unless specified in program
2. Personal insurance and expenses
3. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions other than mentioned in the program
4. Gratuities for the driver / guide

Meeting point

Hotel pick up

Pick up information

Hotel pick up

Return at your hotel

Additional information

Additional information

- Tour is for 6 passengers maximum per vehicle
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Price information

- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only
- Prices are per person double room sharing
- Currency is in Euro

- Price base 2 persons: 3820€ per person
- Price base 4 persons: 2760€ per person
- Price base 6 persons: 2410€ per person

- Single supplement: 720€

Possible languages: English