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The Loire Valley's Heritage & Gastronomy

13 days
Loire Valley
Wine Tasting
Heritage & History
Gourmet Experience
US$ 3,280 Per traveler, including taxes, based on double occupancy.
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Be seduced by France Just For You's very special way of discovering the Loire Valley, its must sees and hidden beauties. 

In this itinerary, you will experience the "sweet life" in Touraine, stopping over in little villages to savour goat cheese or taste amazing wines. Take the time to relax in rose gardens, or to enjoy the traditional cuisine in many small restaurants frequented by the locals.


WESTERN LOIRE Valley

  • Pick up the rental car in Paris downtown or at CDG airport (or another location) and drive 3 hours to the gorgeous Loire regionStay for the first 3 nights in a lively town between Saumur and Tours, along the Loire River, across the street from a gorgeous Middle Ages castle. At night, you can walk to one of the best restaurants of the whole region, relax in the courtyard or at a bistro terrace. Your hosts have restored the house very tastefully and will make you feel at home.
  • Included in this itinerary is a bike rental for a day. You will explore, at your own pace, several villages and castles such as Langeais or Villandry gardens. No worries, the road along the Loire river is totally flat!

 loire valley trip map

SOUTHERN LOIRE Valley

  • You will spend the following 4 nights of your journey in a restored stone house nestled in a quaint hamlet where you will be warmly welcomed by your Host. He knows the Loire Valley inside out and can give you tips on finding places that tourists usually miss. At night, relax in a lovely garden. One day, he will cook a delicious dinner for you. 
  • Located on the south banks of the Vienne River, this charming B&B is within short driving distance of Chinon and Richelieu, beautiful historic cities.
  • One day, let the owner of a 12th century abbey guide you in this amazing and totally off the beaten tracks historical site. A great experience. You will also wander off the beaten path into tiny villages stretched along the Vienne and Loire rivers and get a taste of French gastronomy in restaurants and local markets we have tested for you. 

 

EASTERN LOIRE Valley

 

  • Your next stop will be in the heart of the medieval city of Loches. Spend 2 nights in a very comfortable house - built against the old walls - that used to be a post house. From there, explore Montrésor, one of the "most beautiful villages of France"; and many other places away from the crowds.
  • Spend a morning cooking with a great Chef, preparing local Touraine dishes with fresh season products. He will teach you some special tricks used in the French cuisine.

 

NORTHERN LOIRE Valley

  • On your way back to Paris, stay for the last 3 nights in a charming restored mansion, 15 minute walk from Amboisecastle and the famous Clos Lucé (Leonardo Da Vinci final dwelling). Your hostess has restored the whole place with a lot of taste and she can tell you many stories about each of her rooms. The house is surrounded by a beautiful park, where you will to relax before or after the visits.
  • Touraine is also famous for its vineyards – Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray and many more – and we have planned a special wine tasting in Amboise. You will have the opportunity to taste 5 different wines – some of them very old - accompanied by delicious local cheeses or cold cuts. If you prefer not to drive immediately after the tasting we can recommend either good restaurants or a good teahouse where the pastries are wonderful.

 

We hope you are ready for this great immersion into French culture!

This itinerary includes

12 nights in B&Bs that we personally selected for you
A rental car, with automatic transmission & full insurance coverage, for 13 days
A «Table d’Hôtes» home-cooked dinner, with your Hosts and fellow travelers
The assurance that you can contact us at any time, for any reason, while you're in France
A guidebook made especially for you and all road maps with recommended itineraries, activities and visits
A French Smartphone with GPS & all Apps you need for this trip

Activities included in this tour

loire valley wine tasting

Loire Wine Tasting

Enjoy a wine tasting experience in a limestone troglodyte cave and discover 3 different wines paired with cold cuts or cheeses. You will learn the 5 steps of wine tasting so you will be able to recognize and appreciate the wines of the Loire Valley.

Biking in the Loire Valley

Biking day in the castle's country

Spend a day biking at your own pace and discover many villages and castles nestled on the banks of the river. We have tested several itineraries so you can chose depending on your mood and what you would like to see.

GUIDED TOUR OF A 12TH C. ABBEY

Get totally off the beaten track and explore each nook and cranny of this 12th century jewel. The owner, who will guide you, is passionate about local history and is totally dedicated to the conservation of this site.

cooking class in the loire valley

LOIRE COOKING CLASS

Spend a morning with a local Chef, preparing typical Touraine dishes with fresh seasonal products. He will teach you some special tricks used in the French cuisine.

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