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.
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.
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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
No cash is needed for this tour
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.