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Combine visits to three major Loire Valley chateaux on this 9-hour small-group excursion from Tours. With an intimate group of 8 people or fewer, visit le Clos Lucé, the Amboise Royal Castle, and Chenoceau for wine tastings and an included lunch. Skip-the-line entrance to the wineries are included.

Highlights

  • 9-hour tour of the Loire Valley's most impressive chateaux
  • Skip-the-line entrance to each chateau
  • Wine tasting
  • Lunch with wine
  • Small group of just 8 people
  • Pickup and drop-off in Tours

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Day Tour of Loire Valley: Chenonceau Amboise and Clos Lucé with Wine Tasting from Tours

Wine tasting of vintage wines

Make your way to the meeting point in Tours; the Tourist Office located at 78 rue Bernard Palissy. Departure time is 9:30am. Meet your guide and small group of 8 people or fewer, then climb into an air-conditioned tour vehicle and depart for the Loire Valley.

Arrive at Chenonceau, where your group with get skip-the-line access and embark on a tour of the chateau's stunning architecture. Stroll through the Renaissance-style gardens surrounding the castle and learn about its history and relationship to famous women such as Catherine de Medici.

Descend into a cellar cave, dating from 1874, to have a guided tasting of mature Vouvray wines before continuing to a local restaurant for a traditional French meal. 

Following lunch, enjoy priority, skip-the-line access to the Royal Castle of Amboise, an example of the transition of Gothic to Renaissance architecture. Learn the history of the castle on your guided tour, and stop by to see the grave of Leonardo da Vinci in the chapel. 

The day's final tour is at the Chateau of the Clos Lucé, where da Vinci spent the final years of his life. See models of some of his genius machines in the invention room. Depart the last chateau and head back to Tours for a 6pm drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Noopur P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The castles, wine and food were amazing and Manon was an awesome tour guide. Loved every minute!

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent day with our guide Cyril who was amusing and very knowledgeable. A very tight schedule meant that it seemed a bit rushed at times and being August, it meant that it was very crowded in some of the very confined spaces. The wine tasting was also excellent and informative and I now know that I should not just neck the wine but savour it!! The group also became firm friends by the end of the day.

Heather EA G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Was very enjoyable even tho' the weather didn't cooperate. Nicholas was very personable and knowledgeable. He could and did answer any questions we had.
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