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.