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Loire Valley Tour Itinerary – Castles, Cooking, Culture



Loire Valley France Tour Itinerary

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Loire Valley France Castle Tour Itinerary – 6-Day Itinerary Details

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DAY 1 – Loire Valley France Tour Begins – D

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryMeet at Amboise Rail Station at 3:00 PM. Check-in at our 4-star Hotel – Le Pavillon des Lys in historic Amboise for the 6 day/5 night – Loire Valley France Tour Itinerary – (NO HOTEL HOPPING – We Stay in 1 Boutique Hotel Owned by Local Friends for the Entire Tour). Travelers take a TGV (high speed) train from either Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or Gare de Montparnasse in downtown Paris to reach the Amboise rail station.

DINNER: Gourmet dinner together this evening prepared by one of the best loved Chefs of the region. He has been recommended by world renowned French Chef Alain Ducasse.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour Itinerary Highlights: Arrival to the tour, Gourmet Welcome Dinner…

Dietary Requests & Food Allergies — We accommodate ALL dietary requests and preferences (including vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc) and ALL food allergies (gluten, shellfish, etc) while ensuring an amazing foodie experience for all tour guests with restrictions and/or allergies.


DAY 2 – Chambord Castle, Cooking Class, Wine & Cheese Tasting, Dinner Together – B, D

BREAKFAST.

Morning: Enjoy the early morning at leisure in Amboise. Walk up the street to Clos Luce to visit the former home of Leonardo da Vinci.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryLATE MORNING: We depart to  Chambord Castle. There will be an introduction to the history of Chambord Castle.  We share stories about two of France’s most influential Kings, Francis I and Louis XIV, their royal lifestyles, and personal guests at the castle, as well as stories of Louis XIII’s brother, Gaston d’Orleans.

LUNCH:  Independently at Chambord.

Loire Valley FranceLATE AFTERNOON & DINNER: Hands-on cooking class and demonstration with friend, Michelin-star Chef Damien G. in his professional kitchen. Damien is a Michelin star chef with experience that has taken him on culinary adventures around the world. After having traveled extensively to places such as Cyprus and Moscow, he returned to his native Loire Valley to share his culinary experience and knowledge. Cooking class is both hands-on and a demonstration of recipes. No Experience Necessary!

Cultural Experience – A “Tour de France” French wine and cheese tasting wraps up our cooking class experience. Learn details about the history and production of cheese in France. We’ll taste a variety of cheeses accompanied by regional wines.

Dinner: Following class, we toast the evening with a cocktail followed by a gourmet dinner together of recipes prepared in class.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour Itinerary Highlights: Free Morning – Shop for Souvenirs in Town, Visit Clos Luce, Chambord Castle, Michelin-star Cooking Class, Cheese Tasting Discovery and Dinner…


DAY 3 – Villandry Castle & Gardens, Azay-le-Rideau Castle, Hosted Cocktail, Foodie Tasting, Private Mini-Concert by Friend Gabriele – B & Cocktail Evening

BREAKFAST.

Azay-le-Rideau CastleCastles & Gardens – Experience historical villages in the southern Loire Valley at the Castles of Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry. Nothing is more spectacular than walking in the foot-steps of French Kings and Queens to discover the beauty and architecture of the Loire Valley.

Morning: Our day begins at the fairy tale, moated castle of Azay-le-Rideau Castle, a spectacular masterpiece built during the early years of Francis I’s reign. The castle reflects all of the refinements of Renaissance architecture and embodies the qualities of a traditional French chateau with its high roofs, tall watch-turrets, long rows of windows and dormer-windows and majestic Italian structure.

Lunch:   Independently in Azay-le-Rideau.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryAFTERNOON:  Winding our way along the Vienne & Loire Rivers, our next stop of the day is at Villandry Castle and its Renaissance Gardens. Learn about the numerous owners of the castle and how after the castle’s gardens were left in ruin for centuries, one man discovered a very important document in order to re-create the original Francis I Renaissance gardens. The unique Renaissance gardens of Villandry are among the most fascinating gardens of France.

LATE AFTERNOON: Return to our hotel in Amboise.

Mini-Concert & Aperitif (Cocktail evening):  Bringing France & Italy together for a Renaissance evening : enjoy a privately hosted mini-concert performance by friend, world-renowned violinist and guitarist, Gabriele during our regional specialty cocktail and Touraine foodie tasting evening. Read our BLOG post about Gabriele…

DINNER:  Independently in Amboise village. Stroll through the village, enjoy cocktails at sunset overlooking the Loire River and dinner at one of the many favorite places in the village.

Loire Valley France Tour Itinerary


DAY 4 – Amboise Castle, Lunch: Winery Tour at Friend’s Estate & Privately Hosted Wine Tasting Lunch,  Chenonceau Castle & Gardens – B, L

BREAKFAST.

Amboise CastleMorning: Castles, Market Day, Vineyards & Historical Villages – Witness historical wine producing villages and their castles as we travel through beautiful Loire countryside. Experience firsthand why French Kings and Queens loved and chose this area as their home during the Renaissance.

THE WEEKLY MARKET:  Enjoy perusing the weekly market, one of the liveliest days of the week in the village, as the local residents come out to do their weekly shopping and socializing.

AFTER THE MARKET:  Enjoy a guided visit of the Chateau of Amboise followed by time to explore at leisure. Today’s castle visit includes stories of royal accidents, more stories of some of France’s most important historical events, an attempted kidnapping, as well as royal love affairs and the death of royal guest, Leonardo da Vinci.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryWINERY TOUR, TASTING & PRIVATELY HOSTED LUNCH:  Following our visit of Amboise castle, enjoy an exclusive invitation to tour our friends Fred and Louisa’s winery where we’ll go behind the scenes to learn about Touraine wines and the labor of love this couple has poured into their passion for wine-making. Enjoy tasting their world-renowned wines in addition to some new to market wines they’ve begun producing.  To top off this exclusive experience, we’ll partake of a traditional French aperitif (cocktail) in the sitting room of their family home, an 18th-century chateau, followed by a privately hosted lunch in the dining room. Having spent his childhood learning the wine trade from growing to vineyard management to production and delivery to market, local wine producer, our friend Fred and his wife Louisa welcome us to their family winery and home as personal friends for this exclusive experience.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryAfternoon:  Tour of the Castle and Gardens of Chenonceau, a castle shaped by women, this castle represents the greatest accomplishments of royal women during the Middle Ages and French Renaissance. Enjoy stories of Queens and their courts, royal love affairs, the first ever fireworks display in France, parties and deception and how royal debt nearly led this castle to be confiscated by the French state.

DINNER:  Independently in Amboise village. Stroll through the village, enjoy cocktails at sunset overlooking the Loire River and dinner at one of the many favorite places in the village.

Loire Valley France Tour Itinerary


DAY 5 – Blois Market, Castle & Town, Cooking at Home Culinary Class with Family Friends Christophe & Angelique, Dinner Together – B, D

BREAKFAST.

Blois CastleMorning: Guided visit of the weekly market in Blois. From local artisan products to French linens, paintings, clothes, food, wines, artwork and locally made jewelry, the market brings an unparalleled livelihood to villages and towns of the region.

Free Time: Explore and shop independently at the morning market or at the town shops.

AFTER THE MARKET:  Guided tour of Blois Castle followed by time to explore the castle and historic town at leisure. We’ll share stories about some of the most note worthy events of French history: a Queen’s death, two marriages that would forever change the future of France, important accomplishments by the French monarchy, an assassination, royal deaths, 2 sisters, details of the rigors of daily life during the Renaissance, and quirky facts about royal marriages and deaths.

LUNCH:  Independently in Blois.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryEARLY EVENING & DINNER: Fun, hands-on cooking class with our friends, Master Chef Angelique and “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” (MOF) and Master Chef Christophe Q. at their family home. Tonight we cook with two of France’s highest rated Master Chefs. Christophe works alongside his friend, celebrity Chef Alain Ducasse on the development of Ducasse’s new worldwide culinary project and “Ecole de Cuisine” concept. Christophe’s wife, Angelique, is a Professeur de Cuisine in the Val de Loire region. Both are passionate about the culinary arts, and have received top awards from and along with Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon. Christophe is currently featured on gourmet television in France, as one of the Loire Valley’s most highly recognized Chefs.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryCOOKING CLASS: We will prepare a gourmet aperitif and dinner of local Loire Valley recipes together. Our Loire Valley Tour guests will have the great pleasure of partaking in an “aperitif dinatoire”, as we call it in French, of the recipes prepared together. Guests will also learn how to prepare the award winning, regional “Tarte Tatin” dessert with Christophe. No Experience Necessary!The cooking class is designed to appeal to all interest levels from the beginner to the more experienced.

Dinner: Following cooking class, we toast to a wonderful evening with our Chefs with cocktails on their garden terrace followed by a gourmet dinner together of the recipes prepared during cooking class.

Cooking class, drinks and dinner at Christophe and Angelique’s family home is a fabulous way to celebrate a fun week together in the Loire Valley!


DAY 6 – Loire Valley France Tour Concludes

Cooking ClassTour Concludes – B

(B) = Breakfast Included, (L) = Lunch Included, (D) = Dinner Included

Loire Valley France Tour Itinerary



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