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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
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The historic castles of Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais and Villandry are three of the Loire Valley’s most popular attractions, but they’re spread throughout the region and hidden in the hillsides. This convenient 9-hour bus tour makes it possible to check them all off your list in a day, and includes lunch with a tasting of Loire Valley wines. Delve into centuries of Loire Valley history with a guide and gaze out over the majestic Loire River.
  • 9-hour bus tour to the castles of Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais and Villandry from Tours
  • Explore the Loire Valley’s history and heritage with a guide
  • Admire the region’s Renaissance architecture
  • Enjoy panoramic views over the Loire River
  • Sample locally made wines at a Loire Valley wine estate
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from central Tours
Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan in central Tours, France at 9:30am, then head into the countryside with your guide to begin your 9-hour tour. First, visit the 16th-century Château d'Azay-le-Rideau — nestled by the banks of the Indre River. As you explore, admire features including the Renaissance staircase and gain insight into the castle’s rich history.
Continue on to a family-run wine estate and sample some of the bourgueil or chinon wines in production. After a traditional lunch here or in a local restaurant, visit the Château de Langeais — a 15th-century castle built under King Louis XI, home to fine tapestries and grand banquet halls.
In the afternoon, stop at the 16th-century Château de Villandry — famous for its beautifully tended herb and vegetable gardens. Here, admire the bold Renaissance architecture you find and enjoy sweeping views along the banks of the Loire River.
Stroll along pathways lined with ancient linden trees, and discover the scents and colors for which the gardens are famous. At approximately 6:30pm, return to your departure point in central Tours, France to conclude your tour.

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, Jun 2018

We had a wonderful time during this tour. The chateaus were beautiful. They were very well kept. The Chateau Langeais was some what different because of having some features of a castle. Gardens of Villandry were magnificent. The lunch at Chateau de Miniere was really simple but nice. Both vines we tasted were fine. Our guide was Manon. She was great. We learned from her a lot. Thank you for the great time.


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