Exploring the chateaux of the Loire in a classic car
A day in the historic and beautiful Loire Valley, visiting two chateaux and dining with locals. Cheverny and Chenonceau are two of the most glamorous Loire Valley chateaux
Along the way we may call into a cheese producer, or stop to view other chateaux. Your guide is also a nature and wildlife expert, so we may also stop to look at any wildlife we see.
The tour may also be available for groups of up to 7 people using two classic 1950s Citroën Traction Avant cars - please contact us for details.
We meet you at 9. 00 (or when your train arrives at Saint Pierre des Corps). From there we drive to the chateau of Cheverny, famous for having one of the few original intact interiors and their pack of hounds.
After lunch in a "relais" style restaurant much favoured by local workers (and in which we may be the only English speakers) we drive through rolling countryside to the château of Fougeres sur Bievre (exterior visit only), then to Chenonceau, once home to Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers. After visiting the chateau we walk through the gardens and visit the "model farm".
The day finishes with a wine tasting (with local speciality foods) at a 1000 year old wine cave.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can meet you at St Pierre des Corps station or at your hotel in Tours/Amboise
End location: We can leave you at either station in Tours, or at the address we met you.
Duration: 9 hours 30 min.
Please remember it gets light late and dark early in winter. This will not affect the tour duration, but will affect how much you see from the car.
Car - a fully restored 1953 Citroen Traction Avant.
Please note that the car is not air-conditioned and doesn't have seatbelts.
The car is insured to cover paying passengers and their belongings.
Transportation in a classic French car
- driver and guide
- collection at Saint Pierre des Corps Station
- entry to Chenonceau and Cheverny
- lunch at a typical French "workman's restaurant"
Train travel to/from Tours
The cars are licenced to carry 5 people including driver.
We cannot provide pickup service in Paris. The train takes one hour to reach Tours from Paris, the same journey in our car would take about 4 hours
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After a few days in Paris, it was refreshing to spend the day with native English speakers. Susan and Simon are very easy to spend time with, seemed like old friends. My husband and I are very interested in history. Susan's expertise in Cheverny and Chenonceau was impressive. We have a great day!