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Loire Valley Itinerary For Best Adventures in Loire Valley™ Tour



Loire Valley Itinerary for Best Adventures in Loire Valley™ Tour by France Off the Beaten Path™

Best Adventures in Loire Valley™ Tour Itinerary

Top 4 Must See Castles Tour – by France Off the Beaten Path™

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Loire Valley Itinerary6 Day/5 Night Tour   •   4 Loire Valley CASTLES and all the sketchy stories: Blois, Amboise, Chenonceau, Chambord  •   Knowledgeable Award-Winning Tour Guides   •   2 Fun Loire Valley Cooking Classes – 1 at Chef’s Family Home, 1 in a Professional Kitchen  •   Artisan Loire Valley Markets   •   Float Down Loire River on Flat Bottom Boat   •   Cheese & Wine Tasting Excursion   •   VIP Winery Tour, Wine Tasting & Privately Hosted Lunch at Friend’s Family Wine Estate  •   Lots of Flexibility  •   1 Exceptional Boutique Hotel For Entire Tour (No Hotel Hopping)


Loire Valley Itinerary

Recommended by Frommer’s France

Our 2022 & 2023 Loire Valley Itinerary for our Best Adventures in Loire Valley™ Tour features personalized, hands-on gourmet foodie and wine experiences combined with guided tours of the Loire Valley’s “Top 4 Must See” culturally and historically rich castles featuring all the anecdotes and untold sketchy stories of the private lives of France’s kings, queens and royal courts.

Thanks to 28 years in 2022 of exclusivity and a beaming reputation in France, our unparalleled Best Adventures in Loire Valley™ Tours have been named among the BEST small group tours in France for over 2 decades. We specialize in taking guests beyond the obvious to discover the true essence of France, and to experience authentic French culture with our local Loire Valley friends!

France tour travel is OUR specialty!

Loire Valley Itinerary - Castles & Foodie TourEach castle of our Loire Valley tour itinerary represents different and monumental events that contributed to shaping modern France. Each castle in the itinerary line-up is unique. We complement guided castle tours with personalized foodie experiences hosted by local Loire Valley friends. Our local Loire Valley friends rank as some of France’s most prestigious professionals in their professions. They welcome tour guests to their family homes, professional kitchens, and workshops, as a group of friends traveling together.

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LOIRE VALLEY ITINERARY – DAY-BY-DAY – BY FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH • Tour Summary»


* Click on the numbered day tabs below to view details for each day of our Loire Valley itinerary!  *Our Loire Valley Tour itinerary posted here is the itinerary travelers experience on our 2022 and 2023 Best Adventures in Loire Valley™, France Tours.

Loire Valley Itinerary – Day 1:  Tour Begins – D

  • Meet & Greet at Amboise Rail Station 
  • Transfer to Hotel for Check-in, 
  • Welcome Cocktail & Orientation
  • Michelin-star Gourmet Welcome Dinner
  • Dinner is Included Today

Meet 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 tour (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.

loire valley itineraryDINNER: Gourmet dinner together this evening prepared by one of the best loved Chefs of the region who has been rated and recommended by world renowned 3-star Michelin, French Chef Alain Ducasse, as well as our local Michelin-star Chefs.  Your tour guides will go over the details of your Loire Valley Tour itinerary and the activities planned for the week.

The Highlights: Arrival to the tour, Welcome Cocktail Hour, 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.

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

 

 

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

  • Tour of Chambord Castle
  • Cooking Class with Friend Michelin-star Chef Damien
  • “Tour de France” Wine & Cheese Tasting
  • Gourmet Cooking Class Dinner
  • Breakfast & Dinner are Included Today

chambord castleBREAKFAST.

MORNING: We depart to  Chambord Castle. There will be an introduction to the history of Chambord Castle and the region as it existed during the reign and presence in the Loire of the House of Valois and early Bourbon kings.  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 steamy stories of what went on in the personal lives of the kings, queens, and their courts.

LUNCH:  Independently at Chambord.

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LATE 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 cookingThe focus is on discovering favorite recipes of this beautiful region and indulging in the French wine and cheese tasting and learning more about French cheeses with our Chef. Learn very important details about the history and production of cheese in France. We’ll taste a variety of cheeses accompanied by regional wines. This activity is designed for all interest levels from the beginner to the more experienced. Following class, we toast the evening with a cocktail followed by a gourmet dinner together of recipes prepared and demonstrated in class.

The highlights:Chambord Castle, Michelin-star Cooking Class,  Tour de France Cheese Tasting Discovery and Gourmet Dinner…

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

 

Loire Valley Itinerary – DAY 3 – Royal Amboise Castle & Gardens, Amboise Village, Clos Luce, Loire River Float, Hosted Cocktail, Hosted Foodie Tasting & Cocktail – B & Cocktail Evening

  • Morning: Royal Castle of Amboise
  • Explore and Shop in Amboise Village
  • Enjoy Time to Visit Clos Luce, Former Home of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Late Afternoon: Float down the Loire River with friend Aurelien on his traditional wooden, flat bottom boat
  • Hosted Cocktail Evening of Touraine Foodie Specialties & Aperitif (cocktails) during our cruise
  • Breakfast and Cocktail Foodie Evening are Included Today

BREAKFAST.

royal castle of amboiseCastles & Gardens – Amboise played a strategic role during the reign of the Valois Kings and their occupation in the Loire Valley during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Nothing is more spectacular than to both journey through history accompanied by sketchy stories of the private lives of the French Kings, Queens and their courts during our visit, and to discover that there was so much more to royal life than military campaigns  and political allegiances.

Morning: Our day begins at the fairy tale, Royal Castle of Amboise, a spectacular masterpiece where you’ll hear tales of love, heartbreak, vengeance, gore, and power struggles. The castle reflects all of the refinements of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and embodies the qualities of a traditional French royal chateau. Following our visit, make the most of your time by taking a short stroll through Amboise to visit the famous Clos Luce, former home of Leonardo da Vinci who lived the last years of his life here as guest of French King Francis I.

Lunch:   Independently in Amboise.

loire river boatfloating on loire riverLate AFTERNOON:  Winding our way along the Loire River, our next stop of the day is Chaumont-sur-Loire where we’ll meet up with local friend Aurelien along the banks of the Loire River. Aurelien welcomes us aboard his traditional wooden, flat bottom boat for a float down the Loire River taking in the beautiful landscapes, wildlife and unparalleled views of the castles sprinkled along the river banks. We’ll pause along our route to enjoy an evening “aperitif dinatoire,” a foodie cocktail evening, at either the local “guingette” (riverside restaurant) or in a troglodyte (cave dwelling) before continuing our float to arrive in Amboise to a magical view from our boat of the Royal Castle of Amboise at sunset.

DINNER:  If you’re still hungry after our river float, enjoy dinner independently in Amboise village. Stroll through the village and dinner at one of the many favorite places in the village.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour Itinerary Highlights:  Amboise Castle & Gardens and the Village, Loire River  Float in Late Afternoon until Sunset, Free Time to Visit Clos Luce – B & Cocktail Evening

 

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

 

Loire Valley Itinerary – DAY 4 – VIP Winery Tour, Tasting & Discovery at Friend’s Estate, Lunch: Privately Hosted Wine Tasting Lunch, Chenonceau Castle & Gardens – B, L

  • VIP Winery Tour & Tasting at Home with Fred & Louisa
  • Privately Hosted Lunch at our Family Friend’s Historical Wine Estate
  • Afternoon: Tour of Chenonceau Castle & Gardens
  • Breakfast and Lunch Are Included Today

BREAKFAST.

montdomaine loire winemontdomaine wineryMorning:  WINERY TOUR, TASTING & PRIVATELY HOSTED LUNCH:  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 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 family dining room. Fred’s family has been in the wine-making business since the 15th century. Having spent his childhood learning the wine trade, from growing to vineyard management to production and delivery to market, local wine producer, friend Fred and his wife Louisa welcome us to their family winery and home as personal friends for this exclusive behind the scenes experience.

Loire Valley France Castle Tour ItineraryAfternoon:  We say goodbye to friends Fred and Louisa and head to the Castle and Gardens of CHENONCEAU. A castle shaped by women, this castle represents the greatest accomplishments of royal women during the Medieval and French Renaissance periods. 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.

EARLY EVENING: Return to our hotel in Amboise.

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.

The highlights: Winery Tour at Friend’s Estate, Lunch: VIP Winery Tour, Tasting & Discovery, Privately Hosted Wine Tasting Lunch,  Chenonceau Castle & Gardens – B, L

 

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

 

Loire Valley Itinerary – DAY 5 – Royal Blois Castle & Town, Cooking at Home Culinary Class with Family Friends Christophe & Angelique, Farewell Dinner at Our Chefs’ Family Home – B, D

  • Discover (and Shop for interested guests) in Blois
  • Explore the Historic Town of Blois
  • Tour Blois Royal Castle
  • Early Evening: Culinary Class with Celebrity Chefs, Friends, a husband and wife team, Christophe and Angelique Q. at their Family Home
  • Breakfast & Dinner are Included Today

BREAKFAST.

Blois Castlecooking at home loire valleyMorning: Guided visit of the weekly market and town of 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!

The highlights: Blois Town & Artisan Market, Blois Castle, Cooking at Home with Celebrity Chef Friends at their family home…

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

 

Loire Valley Itinerary – Day 6: Tour Conclusion – B

  • OTBP-loire-valley-sept-christopheTransfer to Amboise Rail Station
  • Breakfast Included Today

BREAKFAST. Your Loire Valley Tour concludes today with an 11:15 AM arrival at Amboise rail station. Earlier and later departures can be organized – Please contact us for details.


  • Dietary Requests & Food Allergies — We accommodate ALL dietary requests (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.

  • HOT AIR BALLOONING is NOT part of our Loire Valley tour itinerary. Hot Air Ballooning is available as an optional excursion on one of your free evenings, and we can book it on your behalf. There is an additional fee for the ballooning excursion. We work with a local friend who is a professional, licensed ballooning pilot, and owns his own ballooning excursion company. We’ve been working with him for 15+ years, and he’s the best in the region!

WALKING RATING – ALL TOUR GUESTS – Only leisure walking daily on this exclusive cultural and gourmet foodie tour. You decide how much walking you’d like to do. Guests need to be able to manage standing for short periods of time during our story telling at the castles, as well as be able to manage steps throughout the tour during castle visits, as no elevators or escalators are available in any of the chateaux (castles).

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

 

mapsandstampmontage2“… Just returned from the Loire Valley trip, this was one of our favorite trips. Our sons loved it too!!! The combination of gorgeous chateaus with excellent and knowledgeable guides, and the cooking classes and meals with top Michilin chefs was fabulous!!!  The hotel was confortable, perfectly locateded and we had the best rooms in the Chateau. Our two guides stayed in the hotel with us… Sometimes the best trips aren’t necesarily the most well known. This company deserves to be! It’s wonderful!!! …  After about 15 worldwide trips including most continents, my sons ranked this one up near the top. This took the cake!! Would return in a flash!!” –Connie and Ken Yonan, Chicago, IL

Our “100% RISK FREE BOOKING & TRAVEL” promotional cancellation policy – Your tour deposit and balance payment are 100% refundable until 31 days before tour departure, and at 30 days or less, funds are 100% transferable to a future tour. There are NO limitations or restrictions!