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Loire-Bourgogne Super Stay Combo, 5 days, 5nights in Hotel **** Tours & Beaune

 
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Loire Valley & Burgundy package, 3 small groups shared day tours in Loire Valley & 1 in Burgundy with expert guides, Transportation in minivan, All entry fees and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry gardens, 3 visits and tastings at cellar caves in Loire Valley, TGV (high-speed train) from Saint-Pierre des Corps to Beaune, 2 local private transports, Sightseing of Route des Grands Crus, Entry fees & guided tour of the Clos Vougeot, Tour and Wine Tastings in a local domain in Beaune & Nuits-Saint-Georges, 3 nights in 4* hotel in Tours & 2 nights in 5* hotel in Beaune - with breakfasts included.


Itinerary

Day 1: Blois, Cheverny et Chambord


Pick up is at 9:30 AM at the Tours Tourist Office.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Blois.

The chateau of Blois is unique in its combination of four styles: Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classical. Home of Kings Louis XII and François I, it stands for the memories of a tragic event in history.


Tour and Tasting at an organic local winery.

Enjoy an exclusive and convivial tasting of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines, King François the 1st's favourite wines, at a local winery. Then wines of the domain and terroir specialities.

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Lunch at your leisure.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny.

It has been owned by the same family since the 13th Century. Thanks to some of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye succeeded in giving warmth and life to his chateau. The chateau, which led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, is also famous for the tradition of the horse-back hunt and its impressive pack of 100 dogs. You may have a chance to witness the spectacular daily event of “the dogs’ soup”.


Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord.

Drive to the Estate of Chambord, whose national game reserve as large as the city of Paris! The Chateau de Chambord (guided tour) is a unique monument as defined by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo Da Vinci likely took part in its conception. With more than 400 rooms and the double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.


Drop-off is at approximately 5:30 PM at your hotel. Dinner at your leisure.


Check-in at your hotel l'Univers**** in the city center of Tours. 


Day 2: Chenonceau, Royal Castle of Amboise and Clos Lucé 


Pick-up: 8:45 AM at your hotel.

Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau.

Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day tour touring the Château de Chenonceau.
The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher is famous for the prominent women who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis…) and for the beauty of its Renaissance Gardens.


Tour and wine tasting with a Specialist in matured Loire Valley vintages.

Pascal and his team welcome you to his caves, the ancient tuff-stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of 3 local wines.


Lunch at your leisure.


Guided tour of the Royal Chateau of Amboise.

After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles the 8th and young François d’Angoulème, (the future Francois the 1st). Here you will discover perfect examples of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance styling, as well as the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci.


Guided tour of the Chateau of the Clos Lucé.

The tour would not be complete without taking you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, only a few short steps away from the Royal Castle.
This is where da Vinci spent the last three years of his life and passed there in 1519. After touring his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, stand in awe at the Invention Room, where models of Leonardo's most spectacular machines are on display.


Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel. Dinner at your leisure.

Day 3: Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry 

Pick up is at 9:40 AM at your hotel.

Guided tour of the chateau of Azay le Rideau.

This is one of the purest gems of Renaissance Architecture in the Loire Valley. Financer Gilles Berthelot’s Chateau, delicately placed on an island on the Indre river, still shines today thanks to the lightness and balance of its mullions, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.

We will be sure to let you admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English-style garden, a jewel-case of greenness for what is now considered one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in the Touraine.


Wine tasting at an organic local domain.

The vines of this estate are ideally spread out over the entire "terroir" covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River to the clay, limestone and sandy soils of the hills overlooking the valley.
The red and rosé wines produced in the domain are presented under the appellation "Bourgueil" AOC. They stem 100% from the " Cabernet Franc" grape introduced by the monks of the Abbey in the 11th century.


Lunch at your leisure.

Guided tour of Chateau of Langeais.

As best representation of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the Royal Castle of Langeais, built under King Louis the 11th, was the scene of the marrige of King Charles the 8th and Ann of Brittany. Discover amazing original sets of furniture and tapestries here in the spectacular Banquet and Wedding Halls.

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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 sheer size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. Your guide will soon have you speaking the language of the Medieval and Renaissance garden, deepening you understanding of the healing powers of thyme and basil.


Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel. Dinner at your leisure.

Day 4 Transfer to Beaune 


Check-out after breakfast.

Taxi transfer from Hotel**** to Saint-Pierre des Corps train station.

TGV Transfer from Saint-Pierre des Corps train station to Beaune Train Station.

Taxi transfer from Beaune train station to your hotel*****.

Check-in at your hotel Le Cep*****.


Day 5: Beaune, Route des Grands Crus, Château du Clos de Vougeot & Nuits-Saint-Georges



Pick up is at 9:30 AM at your hotel.


Tour and wine tasting in a local domain* in Beaune.

Discover a a fabulous estate situated in the heart of Beaune. Along with the owner, you'll taste the white wines such as Saint-Aubin, Meursault 1er cru “les Charmes” or the famous Grand cru Corton–Charlemagne.

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Lunch at leisure upon your guide's suggestions in Beaune.


Route des Grands Crus.

Sightseeing along the Grands Crus road and a stop at the famous Romanée-Conti. Considered the most prestigious name in Burgundy, this plot of 1.8 hectares (4.5 acres) produces the most expensive wine in the world!
A picturesque drive along the Côte de Nuits through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. Discover why they call it the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. We'll take advantage of being in these prestigious vineyards as the best way to explain the Terroir and the various steps required throughout the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir possible. "L’expression du Terroir”.

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Guided tour of the Château du Clos de Vougeot.

Founded in 1098 by the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux, the vineyard of the Clos de Vougeot represents more than 50 hectares (124 acres) of vines owned today by more than 80 different owners. Its wine is some of the most famous Grands crus of Burgundy. Today, the castle welcomes the different “chapitres” (dinners) of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (the Brotherhood of the Knights of Tastevin).

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Tour and wine tasting in a local domain* around Nuits-Saint-Georges.

In the heart of the town which gave its name to the Côte de Nuits, you will discover a new estate. On this tour you'll glean the different techniques which give these wines their exceptional quality!

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Drop-off is approximately at 5:30 PM at your hotel.


Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should this occur we will offer you an alternative of parallel quality.

Day 6 : Check out & end of services


Accommodations

Loire Valley: the Four-Star Hotel l'Univers in Tours for three nights.

The Hotel l'Univers (****) is set in a fashionable shopping area one kilometre (a half-mile) from Old Town. This hotel has the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846 as many notables of Europe and the New World have stayed here. The fascinating portrait gallery underlines its rich and historic past while continuing to offer all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance “à la Française”.





Hotel may change according to availability. Should the initial provider be unavailable we will offer accommodation at a parallel quality level.

Burgundy: The Five-Star Hotel Le Cep in Beaune for two nights.

Ideally located, the hotel is in the very heart of historic Burgundy, just a stone's throw from the center of Beaune. The Hotel is two minutes walking distance from the famous Hospice de Beaune and its magnificent Cathedral Notre Dame.





Providers are subject to change according to their availability upon reservation. Should this occur we will provide an alternative of parallel quality.


This tour includes

  • Transportation in a comfortable and fully appointed minivan
  • An English-speaking Guide
  • Entry tickets and guided tours for the Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Blois, Chambord, Cheverny, Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry gardens
  • Visits and tastings at cellar caves (Vouvray, Cheverny, Chinon or Bourgueil)
  • Three nights double occupancy in a hotel**** located in Tours with breakfasts
  • Two overnights at the Hotel Le Cep*****, with breakfasts
  • Tour and wine tasting in a local domain in Beaune
  • Sightseeing of Route des Grands Crus
  • Entry tickets and guided tour of the Clos Vougeot
  • Tour and wine tasting in a local domain around Nuits-Saint-Georges
  • TGV transfer from Loire Valley to Burgundy
  • Two local private transfers by taxi


This tour does not include

  • Personal expenses
  • Extras
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Expert guide gratuities


Additional information

  • Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday
  • No Day Tours on Sundays.
 
Features
Duration of the tour6 days
LanguageWe authorize a maximum of 2 different languages per minivan. In that case, your guide will lead the tour in 2 languages.
MinivanSemi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
ChildrenReduced price for children under 12 years old. Free of charge for infants under 3 years old.
GuideSemi private or private tour. This tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
LunchTraditional wine maker lunch and drinks are included in the tour. Lunches are hosted by winemakers to present you local specialties and good local wines. (Specific diets have to be mentioned 72h in advance).
ChateauThe tour includes the tickets to the Chateaux mentioned in the tour. You avoid all queues and have direct access to the monuments with your guide.
Types of travelSmall group packages
DestinationsLoire Valley
Duration6 days
 
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