4 Days Castles of the Loire Valley Private Travel Package - Based in Tours
Food & Wine
Small Groups ( 2~7 )
- Know before
- Meeting point
- The Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Visit Renaissance Castles, Historical Towns & Stunning Landscapes
- See Marvelous Castles such as Châteaux d’Amboise and Chambord & Chenonceau
- Visit Leonardo Da Vinci’s Ultimate Residence
- Tour the Unique Chateau de Blois, Built During Four Distinct Periods of Architecture
- English speaking guides, local experts of the Loire Valley
- Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests
Program & Itinerary
This private package in the Loire Valley has been carefully designed by our travel specialists so that you may combine the visit of the most gorgeous Chateaux of the area.
During your two days of private day trips on this Loire Valley Tour, you will be with your own personal certified English-speaking driver/guide; highlights include the visit of Chateau de Chenonceau & Chateau de Chambord.
You will be picked up and dropped off at your accommodation every day and this private tour is conducted by a professional English speaking driver/guide who can be flexible on the itinerary but will surely be there to show you the best this beautiful region of France has to offer.
ARRIVAL TRANSFER FROM TOURS TRAIN STATIONPick up in Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps Train Station. Transfer to your centrally located hotel in Tours and check in. Night at your hotel.Pick up in Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps Train Station. Transfer to your centrally located hotel in Tours and check in. Night at your hotel.Read moreRead less
CHENONCEAU CASTLE / AMBOISE CASTLE / CLOS LUCEBreakfast at your hotel9.30am Pick up at your hotel.A comprehensive guided Tour of the ‘Chateau des Dames’Because it was marked by many women throughout history, Chenonceau Castle has earned the title of being the Women’s Castle. Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici or Louise de Lorraine are just some of...Breakfast at your hotel
9.30am Pick up at your hotel.
A comprehensive guided Tour of the ‘Chateau des Dames’
Because it was marked by many women throughout history, Chenonceau Castle has earned the title of being the Women’s Castle. Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici or Louise de Lorraine are just some of the women that have contributed in making Chenonceau one of the most exquisite Chateaus of France.
Spanning the River Cher, the castle is a delight to all visitors as it is very difficult not to be impressed by its breathtaking landscape & architecture. On the exterior part, the Chateau is surrounded by numerous gardens. You will surely take some time to wander along the “floating parterre”, created in the Renaissance and that has remained unchanged since the time of Diane de Poitiers.
Another unique attraction is the Maze that was desired by Catherine de Medici, planted with around 2,000 yew trees and that covers more than a hectare in Size.
Inside, follow your guide as you tour this incredible monument. As you listen to the tales, history and intrigues that took place in the Chateau, highlights of the tour will include the visit of the Five Queens’ Chamber, name given in the memory of Catherine de Medici’s two daughters and three daughters in law; but also Diane de Poitiers Bedroom, the Gallery - a 60 meter long ballroom, Louis XIV’s drawing room showcasing a portrait of the “Sun King” and much more.
Enjoy a fun & informative Wine Tasting session around the Wines of Vouvray
Daniel, enologist, welcomes you in his cellar, former tuff stone quarries, for a small group tour followed by a wine tasting session. Here, you will discover a large range of vintages, from 1947 to our days. Based on Chenin Blanc grape variety, Vouvray is a mineral wine produced with a high acidity level that gives it a great aging capacity.
Vouvray is also famous for producing local sparkling wines. After the tasting session it will be time for you to have lunch and your guide will be happy to make suggestions according to your wishes.
Take a leap back in time as you visit Renaissance Royal Castle of Amboise
Strategically located over the Loire Valley, the building of Amboise Castle dates to the 11th C. The Golden era of the Castle spans through Renaissance times when both King Charles VIII and Francis I decided to make important reconstructions. The castle is also very famous for having been a major stop for numerous academics and artists and most notably Leonardo Da Vinci.
As you follow your guide for a comprehensive tour of the Chateau, you will understand the Political and Artistic importance it played during Renaissance times. Highlights of the tour include the visit of the different towers and underground passage, the Lys Hallway as well as the ramparts. After the visit, enjoy some time to explore on your own.
End the day with the visit of Leonardo da Vinci's ultimate residence
Your final visit will be at Chateau Clos de Lucé. Bought in 1490 by Charles VIII, the Chateau became the summer residence of the Kings of France and even the childhood home of King Francis I. Without a doubt, the most important date for Clos Luce is 1516. This is the time when King Francis I and Louise de Savoie invite Leonardo to visit Amboise. Named “Premier Painter, Engineer and Architect of the King” the Master is offered to stay at Chateau Clos Lucé, located at a short distance from Chateau d’Amboise.
Here, Leonardo will spend the last 3 years of his life as a guest receiving a generous pension free of any specific responsibilities. He frequently meets with the King and it is said that he possibly designed the famous double-helix staircase of Chateau de Chambord and completed major artworks while in Amboise.
Let your guide take you to all the main attractions that this castle has to offer. After a visit of Leonardo’s bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, the highlight of the tour will certainly be the visit of the underground rooms where you will admire detailed recreations of de Vinci’s inventions. After, enjoy some time in the gardens before returning to Tours.
5.30pm Drop off in Tour and night at your hotel.Read moreRead less
BLOIS, CHEVERNY & CHAMBORD CASTLE VISITSBreakfast at your hotel.9.30am Pick up at your hotelMake an appointment with French History as you visit Château de BloisThe Royal Chateau of Blois is without a doubt one of the most impressive Loire Valley castles. Residence of 7 Kings and 10 Queens, the Chateau is a perfect summary of...Breakfast at your hotel.
9.30am Pick up at your hotel
Make an appointment with French History as you visit Château de Blois
The Royal Chateau of Blois is without a doubt one of the most impressive Loire Valley castles. Residence of 7 Kings and 10 Queens, the Chateau is a perfect summary of Court life during the Renaissance times.
What makes the Chateau so unique is that the four grand wings were built during four distinct periods of Architecture: Gothic (13th C.), Flamboyant Gothic (1498-1501), early Renaissance (1515-1520) and Classical (1600’s).
Begin the tour of the Castle with your guide and visit some of the most fascinating rooms of the Chateau such as the King’s room where tapestries, carved furniture and silverworks are exhibited and underscore the power of the sovereign and the wealth of the kingdom.
Another highlight of your day tour is the visit of the Council Chamber that was the theatre of the major drama of Blois: The Assassination of the Duke of Guise! After the visit of the Chateau, we will head to a winery located in the heart of Loire Valley Wine Country.
Participate in a unique Visit & Wine Tasting
“Cheverny” appellation produces elegant red wines from pinot noir and gamay as well as fruity white wines from chardonnay and sauvignon. You will enjoy this moment to taste a wine for real connoisseurs: the “Cour Cheverny Appellation”, a stunning white wine made from a grape called Romorantin, imported by King François I into the Loire Valley.
Visit the Chateau that Inspired Marlinspike Hall in the Adventures of Tintin
Chateau du Cheverny has but slightly changed since its construction in the early 1600’s. The architecture of the castle presents an immaculate picture of symmetry, peace & aristocratic good life. The interior of the Chateau, that you will discover with your guide, exhibits a range of fine artworks by artists such as Titian, Rigaud or Jean Clouet.
The king’s bedroom as well as the dining room are most exquisite as is the large collection of weaponry that can be seen in the ‘Salle des Armes’. After the visit of the Chateau it will be time to head for the final visit of the day, Château de Chambord.
End the day with the visit of the Most Grandiose Renaissance Castle of the Loire
Instantly recognizable because of its very distinctive French Renaissance Architecture, spectacular Chateau de Chambord stands out from all the other Chateaus of the Loire Valley. By far the largest of all the Chateaus, it is composed of 440 rooms, a fireplace for every day of the year, a surrounding wall that is 20 miles long & the River Loire was probably diverted to make space for the building.
Enter the Chateau with your professional tour guide and discover the open double spiral staircase supposedly designed or at least inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. The two helices ascend the three floors without ever meeting, illuminated from above by a sort of light house at the highest point of the chateau.
Another highlight of the visit is the ornate roof that makes the Chateau so recognizable. When you reach the top level of the Chateau, you can walk between the towers and admire the enormous attention to detail in the masonry work. After the visit, return to Tours.
5.30pm Drop off in Tour and night at your hotel.Read moreRead less
DEPARTURE TRANSFER FROM HOTEL TO TOURS TRAIN STATIONBreakfast at your hotel and return transfer to the train station of Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps.End of our services.Breakfast at your hotel and return transfer to the train station of Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps.
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3* Hotel OptionFrom € 800.00
4* Hotel OptionFrom € 930.00
Hotel Best Western Artist Hotel (or similar)An 8-minute walk from the Tours train station, this stylish hotel in a commercial area is 11 minutes on foot from the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours ...
An 8-minute walk from the Tours train station, this stylish hotel in a commercial area is 11 minutes on foot from the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours and 5 minutes walking from the Vinci International Congress Center.
Modern, colorful rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV. Upgraded rooms add pull-out sofas and Nespresso machines. Kids 11 and under stay at no charge with a parent. Room service is offered.
Amenities include a relaxed bar, an outdoor terrace, a guest lounge and a fitness room. There's meeting space. There's also a coin-operated laundry. Breakfast and parking are available for a fee.Show moreShow lessShow 4 medias
Hotel de l'Univers (or similar)This stylish hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Jardin de la Préfecture, a 10-minute walk from the fine arts exhibitions at the Musée des ...
This stylish hotel is a 3-minute walk from the Jardin de la Préfecture, a 10-minute walk from the fine arts exhibitions at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours, and an 11-minute walk from the Basilique Saint Martin.
The rooms are simple yet sleek, with pale wooden floors. Some add bright floral accents for a chic touch. All have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and some rooms have whirlpool tubs, pull-out sofas and Nespresso coffeemakers. Room service is available.
A breakfast buffet is offered for an additional fee. There's a bar and classic restaurant that serves traditional French and regional dishes, along with a business center.Show moreShow lessShow 4 medias
Know before you book
- Tour available all year round
- Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
- Prices are per person - based on the number of travelers
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
What type of vehicles are used during your Loire Valley private tours?Our company uses only premium cars or minivans for all our private tours in France. All vehicles include individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg room.
Who conducts your private tours in the Loire Valley?All our tours are conducted by English speaking local guides, experts in the destination where they are based. Most of them are fully licensed guides that are authorized to make commentaries in museums, monuments and historical city centers. In the wine regions, most of them hold the WSET level 2 in wines & sprits or are professional sommeliers. Finally, we are proud to mention that we work essentially with our own in-house guides.
Should I stay in Tours or Amboise on this Loire Valley private package?Tours is a mid sized city, whereas Amboise is one of those charming small towns of France. Both make for great departing points to visit the Loire Valley Castles or Loire Valley vineyards.
The city of Tours is a pleasant town to stay in. Like all cities of France, it offers a wide range of attractions and sightseeing opportunities. It also possesses a large number of bars & restaurants for those of you wishing to experience local delicacies or wish to have a drink in the evening. Since Tours has a large University, the student population is important and the evening ambiance can be quite festive.
This charming small town is famous for its castle that overlooks the Loire River. The population is less than 15 000 but in the summer months of July & August this can be multiplied by 2 due to the high number of French or foreign tourists that stay in town. Since this is a small town, the number of sightseeing options are not as important as in Tours and the number of restaurants is more limited. The town tends to ' fall asleep' past 9.00pm.
Your choice will really depend on the time of the year you are traveling and what exactly you would like to do on your evenings. If you want to travel far from the crowds then avoid Amboise in the summer months, Tours will be much more accessible with all the students having left and most French on holiday. If you want to visit major landmarks and have a large choice of activities and dining options, then Tours should be your choice.
What can we expect on this Loire Valley private package?This package highlights some of the most famous Renaissance Castles of the Loire Valley. Your guide is an Expert of the Loire Valley and you will be able to take in all the rich history this region has to offer. Your tour includes the visit of Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Amboise, Clos Lucé and Cheverny including the entrance tickets. This means that you will not have to wait in line!
Can we modify the program of this private Loire Valley package?Yes, absolutely. As this is a private tour just for you and your party, you can modify the program and adapt it to your wishes. Contact our team of travel experts and let them know what you would like to modify and they will do the rest. We will need to have a final program established before the 1st day of your tour.
Then, once your tour begins, you can also adapt the itinerary of the day directly with your guide. Please note however that if you decide not to take part in an activity or visit that was included on your tour, the fees of the activity will not be refunded.
Can we choose which Loire Valley Castles we will visit during private travel package?Yes, absolutely. We have included the visits of our selection of Loire Valley Castles in this program but if you would like to include some specific Castles just reach out to our team of travel experts and they will do the rest. They will re-design the tour and adapt it to your wishes including the Castles that you have required to visit.
Are lunches included on this Loire Valley private small group package?In general, we never include lunch on our private packages unless there is a local restaurant we believe that it would enhance your experience in the region you are visiting. The tour will stop in an area where there will be different options. You can can also ask your guide on each morning to give you some recommendations for the day.
It is possible for us, if you wish, to include lunch during your days of touring with us. Just reach out to our team of travel experts and they will do the rest. We will pre-book local restaurants adapted to your budget and that highlight the local cuisine.
Is this private Loire Valley Travel Package tour only available in English?No, we have guides that speak fluently other languages. If you would like a private tour in another language don't hesitate to get back to us and we will let you know if your language is available in the region you are visiting.