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Privately luxury escorted tour to
Loire Valley, Cognac and Bordeaux
7 days and 6 nights.

 

This tour is for those who look for both family and world famous wineries.
A blend of gourmet and heritage tour with the finest dinners, luxury guest house, the best vineyards of two regions and a private guide touring you in every major site.

 

Day 1: Arrival and tour of Amboise.

 

Your chauffeur wine guide picks you up in the morning at Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps TGV train station. Chauffeur wine guide, fluent in English.
Transportation in a comfortable Mercedes S Class.

S Class

Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise.

You will be delighted with the splendid beauty of the Chateau of Amboise.
The Chateau of Amboise was built in the 15th and 16th centuries.
This authentic royal castle, introduces Italian style to the Loire Valley. Leonardo Da Vinci rests in the Chapel the Chateau.

 

Tour of the Royal town and shopping.

Tour and wine tasting at a cellar cave.

You are welcomed in Caves Duhard established in 1874. Its actual owner and wine maker Daniel Gatay is specialized in mature Vouvray wines.

You can discover a large range of vintages, from 1959 to our days.

Cellar

Check-in at your 4*L Chateau hotel.

Accommodation in double superior room.

Domaine Des Hauts de Loire is the most intimate and luxurious hotel of the Loire Valley Region.

 

Dinner in the gourmet 2 stars Michelin restaurant of the hotel.

Chefs

Day 2: Renaissance Chateaux.

 

Guided tour of the Chateau de Chenonceau.

The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateau of the Loire Valley. Chenonceau is related to important French Renaissance women and was offered by King Henry 2nd to his mistress Diane de Poitiers.

Chateau de Chenonceau

Lunch is at your convenience in Cheverny.

 

Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord.

Built under François 1st, Chambord is the largest Chateau of the Loire Valley and was the first of all to be listed by UNESCO as a world heritage.

Chateau of Chambord

Later in the afternoon, tour and wine tasting in Cour Cheverny,

Private tour and wine tasting at Domaine des Huards.

Situated between the Loire region and Sologne, a stone's throw away from Chambord.

The domain covers today 34 hectares of biodynamical cultured vineyards.

A new way to look at life! The GENDRIER family has occupied the domain since 1846.

In 1950, four hectares of vines were cultivated mostly being of the white Romorantin type.

The Cour Cheverny wines exist today because of King Francois 1st. On his way back from Italy, Francois 1st stopped in Burgundy. He brought back 80 000 vines of Romorantin.

Nowadays the Cour Cheverny is the only appellation in the world using Romorantin grape.

Vinyard

Optional:

Hot air balloon flight!

Have you ever dreamed of Jules Vern’s adventures?

We propose you an unforgettable experiment to discover the Loire Valley and its Chateaux getting a bird’s eye view on board of Montgolfier brothers’ invention.

Let yourself be plunged in flight fascination.

Very special moment guarantied!

Flight, 100% refundable in case of bad weather conditions.

Hot Air Balloon

The takeoff point is chosen by pilots according the wind direction, it can be Chaumont sur Loire, Amboise or Chenonceau. You are welcomed to participate in the hot air balloon assembling. Safety briefing with the pilots.

Take off for about 1h15 to 1h30 flight.

On arrival, we offer champagne to celebrate the flight!

Every participant gets its flight diploma as a souvenir!

Light dinner and night at your hotel****.

 

Day 3: Wine tour in the Loire Valley.

 

Guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.

By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size ( 15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden, discover the power of thyme and basil on your health.

The gardens of Villandry are now maintained without using any pesticides.

Garden

Lunch is at you leisure in Chinon.

 

Walk in the old streets of Chinon in the steps of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lion Heart.

Castle

Tour and wine tasting at a local domain.

Transfer to Cravant les Côteaux, one of the very best villages for Chinon wines. With gentle southern facing slops on lime stone subsoil. This excellent wine grower possesses 25 ha of vineyards of multiple ages and some of which exceed 50 years. You will sample a selection of Chinon wines from 1980 to the present in the cellar that he dug for 25 years. You will surely appreciate this winery - a blend of high-technology, traditions, knowledge and authenticity.

Catacombs

Return to your hotel****.

Dinner at your leisure.

 

Day 4: Transfer to Bordeaux Region, stop in Cognac.

 

Check out after breakfast.

 

We take the direction of Bordeaux.

Lunch is at your leisure in Cognac.

 

Privately guided tour of Hennessy, maturation caves, museum and Cognac tasting.

After crossing the Charente River on one of the Hennessy boats, you are introduced to some sophisticated techniques and a range of contemporary settings revealing the characteristics of cognac. 

Common Area

Returning to the left bank of the Charente River, discovery of the History of the house. Documents, films and old objects which are part of the company’s heritage tell the story of the Founder, Richard Hennessy, an Irishman who came to France during the reign of Louis XV.

After the tour, tastings of VS, VSOP and XO Hennessy cognacs.

 

Transfer to Bordeaux.

Car

 

Check in at your hotel**** in Bordeaux.

Luxury Bordeaux Hotel near Grand Théâtre offers elegance and Style.

As a landmark in Bordeaux's historic city centre, the Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux is known for its colourful history and architectural charm. Located just opposite the National Opéra of Bordeaux (the Grand Théâtre), the five-star Bordeaux hotel boasts a level of luxury unparalleled in the city. The Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux offers 150 stylish rooms designed by famed French designer Jacques Garcia, the soon-to-open 1,000-square-metre Les Bains de la Spa and gourmet restaurants and bars.

Hotel

Dinner at the restaurant of your hotel. (Drinks are not included).

 

 

Day 5: Transfer to Bordeaux and Saint Emilion.

 

Guided tour of Saint-Emilion’s subterranean monuments and monolithic church. The tour will include:

The Hermitage (Saint-Émilion's oldest monument), the Ossuary, the Catacombs, and the Monolithic Church, which were all carved out of solid limestone rock, as were dozens of kilometers of underground galleries. Some of these galleries have been turned into cellars or museums, which you will visit.

Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes. The walking part of the tour is not very long (less than a kilometer) but Saint Emilion is situated on a hill.

Vinyard Tour

Free time in town, shopping.

 

Lunch is at your convenience in Saint-Emilion.

 

Tour and tasting at Chateau La Clotte, 1st Cru Classé.

Chateau La Clotte has been classified as 1st Cru Classé since the beginning of Saint Emilion wine classification in 1954. This vineyard was founded in the XVIth century and is part of the oldest properties of Saint Emilion wineries.

Among the World famous Chateaux of Saint Emilion Chateau La Clotte is one of the very few family owned winery( 3 ladies). The Domain is only 4 hectares large. A great specialist of Merlot grape.

Clotte

Relaxing afternoon at the hotel.

Dinner and evening at your leisure.

 

Day 6: World famous Chateaux of Margaux & Pauillac.

The Médoc, one of the world's most famous vineyard regions, invites you to follow the Route des Grands Crus. You will go past many prestigious châteaux, reflecting the prosperity and prestige of Bordeaux winegrowers -great names such as Margaux, Latour, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite-Rothschild. Visiting the estates, you will taste wines of infinite nuances in luxurious cellars. Fine Médoc is full of vigour, with an unforgettable bouquet and inimitable finesse.

Car

 

Tour of Chateau Palmer 2nd Cru de Margaux.

Château Palmer's vines are planted on gravely rises several metres thick in the communes of Margaux and Cantenac. This outstanding terroir, ideal for producing great wine, overlooks the Gironde.

Chateau Palmer

Lunch is at your convenience in Pauillac.

Tour and tasting at Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1st Cru de Pauillac.

Thanks to the efforts of Baron Philippe De Rothschild, the Cabernet Sauvignon has its actual prestige. Mouton Rothschild is the only wine which has been officially reclassified as 1st Grand Cru in 1973. This wine matures in barrels during 22-24 months. A life time experience for wine loves!

Tasting of Chateau d’Armailhac, Cler Milon and Mouton Rothschild 2005.

Tour & Tasting

 

Tour and tasting at 2nd Cru Classe de Pauillac.

Pichon Comtesse is the closest vineyard to the world famous Chateau Latour.

It was always the family domain. Rich and delicate; the wine Chateau Pichon Comtesse de la Lande is a wine for connoisseurs

Rich and delicate; a wine for connoisseurs.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

Return to Bordeaux late afternoon.

For your last evening in Bordeaux, your extravaganza gourmet dinner is booked at restaurant of your hotel.

Food

Overnight at the Luxury Le Régent****.

 

 

Day 7: End of the tour.

 

Check out after breakfast.

 

Transfer to Bordeaux TGV station.