Villandry and Chenonceau - One Day Tour of the Loire Valley

Tour Number

Activity Level

436282


Categories

Museums / Culture, Food and Wine, First Time Visitor

Details

Kid Friendly: No. The tour is suitable for children over 8 years old

Friendly: No.
You must be able to get in and out of a car with some assistance. Visiting any château will involve climbing stairs.

Maximum travelers: 2

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (conversational)

A visit to two iconic Loire Valley chateaux - with an added bonus


See the most famous garden in France and the most popular chateau in the Loire Valley. Along the way stop off at a chateau that was the scene of the most talked about wedding in the 20th century. Lunch will be at a traditional relais with good home cooked food and we visit a winemaker to round off the day.

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.

Itinerary

We start the day at the Chateau of Villandry and admire the famous potager garden with its intricate geometric patterns of box hedging filled in with vegetables and flowers. Still family owned and run the garden is an inspiration.

We drive from Villandry to Candé, where the former King Edward VIII of England married the American divorcée Wallis Simpson. This renaissance chateau is often overlooked by visitors, but is one of our favorites and has an intriguing 20th century story.

We lunch at a relais style restraunt, with copious freshly cooked food, and where we are likely to be the only English speakers in the room.

After lunch we drive to Chenonceau, most iconic of the Loire Valley Chateaux, to visit the interior, followed by walking through its extensive gardens. You will learn about the wonderful female characters that lived and loved here.

The day finishes in the 1000 year old caves of a Vouvray winemaker, to tour the winemaking cave, then sample a matched tasting in wine and local speciality foods.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 9 hours

The chateau of Candé is only open on certain days outside of the main tourist season. Please contact us to make sure the chateau will be open when you visit.

Transportation

Car - a fully restored 1953 or 1956 Citroen Traction Avant.
Please note that the cara are not air-conditioned and don't have seatbelts.

The cars are fully insured to cover paying passengers and their belongings.

What’s Included

Other: Transportation in a classic French car
- driver and guide
- collection at Saint Pierre des Corps Station or your accommodation in the Tours area.
- entry to Villandry, Candé and Chenonceau and tasting fees.
- lunch at a typical French "workman's restaurant"

Estimated Local Cash Needed

No cash is needed for this tour

What’s Extra

Other: - Accommodation and evening meals.
- Travel to and from Tours.
- Personal expenses.

*If you are looking for a step on guide for a bus group please message me for a quote.

Restrictions

Our classic cars are comfortable for two passengers, but if your group is larger please contact us for a custom tour. We can accommodate larger groups but need to check your requirements and the availability of other drivers first.

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  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    436282


    Categories

    Museums / Culture, Food and Wine, First Time Visitor

    Details

    Kid Friendly: No. The tour is suitable for children over 8 years old

    Friendly: No.
    You must be able to get in and out of a car with some assistance. Visiting any château will involve climbing stairs.

    Maximum travelers: 2

    Language(s)

    explanation

    English (fluent), French (conversational)

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