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.
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 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
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.
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.
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"
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