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Small-Group Tour to Villandry, Vouvray with Private Chateau Lunch

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  • An exclusive guided tour of Loire Valley highlights, with private chateau lunch
  • Get a taste of reds, whites, and sparkling wines at an exclusive tasting in a local winery
  • Enjoy unparalleled access to a private chateau and enjoy a specialty lunch prepared just for you
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Small-Group Tour to Villandry, Vouvray with Private Chateau Lunch
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Small-Group Tour to Villandry, Vouvray with Private Chateau Lunch
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Overview
The Loire Valley is one of France’s most stunning regions, but knowing just where to go takes insider’s knowledge. During this enriching guided tour from Amboise, you’ll get exclusive access to the most scenic locations, from a time-warp tour through the Renaissance castle of Villandry to a crash course in wine tasting at a locally-run winery. You’ll also enjoy a private outdoor lunch banquet at a family-owned chateau.
What to Expect
9.00 am: Meet your guide in front of the Tourist office in Amboise and get on your minivan, off for an amazing day in Loire Valley!
You will start your visit at Chateau de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. During the tour, you will time-travel from Renaissance to life in France back in the 16th century. Your tour-leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau, with plenty of thrilling anecdotes. After that, enjoy a complete discovery of Villandry gorgeous formal gardens. Your local expert will share all his knowledge of this garden à la française, and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of this remarquable site. The ornamental kitchen garden, the Maze, the classical water garden...you'll see them all!
En route for the next stop! After a short drive, enjoy the amazing sight unfolding in front of you and discover Chateau de l'Islette, a family-owned chateau still inhabited by the French family who inherited this historical monument. Get ready for a very unusual visit, as your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms of the chateau, like the parent's bedroom, the kids’ corner, the family kitchen and even the bathroom! You may even get the chance to meet the charming owners and chat about their daily life in this house!  A unique souvenir!
After this visit, you will share a friendly moment with your guide who will set up a lovely lunch for your group near the bank of the river in the park of the chateau. Enjoy a Loire wine, perfectly matching a selection of tasty local products... This restful break will definitely be one of the hilights of your day...Cheers!
Then, you're off to Vouvray to discover this beautiful wine area full of passion-driven winegrowers mainly producing elegant sparkling wines and white wines. During the afternoon, you will meet a genuine French winemaker in a charming family-run estate but also a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. 
All along the visits, your passionate guide will share with you all his knowledge to help you understand better the diversity of Loire wines and its specific terroir. You will learn the different steps of wine-tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas, to do so, you will aslo taste wines from the other wine Appellations of the region. After this experience, the Loire wine-area will have no secrets left for you.
Before saying goodbye, share an aperitif made of local products like cheese, rillettes and fresh bread - the perfect match to Loire wines with a stunning view. 
6.30pm: Return to Amboise Tourist Office.
Reviews (5)
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Reviewed 16 October 2018
An amazing day!

Had the most wonderful day. The beautiful Chateau & gardens at Villandry, a perfect picnic spot at Chateau d'Islette, watching the grape harvesting in Vouvray followed by tasting wines under a tree in the midst of the vineyards then a visit to Marc Bredif &...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank janice_mitchell
Reviewed 15 October 2018
Tour of Loire Valley with A la Francaise

Agathe our private tour guide was wonderful, friendly and well informed. She created an excellent relaxed atmosphere. Seeing Villandry was magnificent with her informative yet relaxed approach to our tour. The delightful picnic lunch near a stream and small private chateaux added flavor to the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Claire J
Reviewed 2 October 2018
Excellent Tour Company

We enjoyed our day at Chateau Villandry and afternoon wine tasting. Unfortunately the weather was terrible - pouring rain and chilly - perhaps the only truly rainy day in the entire summer. Obviously not the tour company's fault. So with good humor we admired the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Joan S
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile
A perfect half day tour

We had a fantastic half day tour with an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable host Agathe who collected us from Tours and drove us to Villandry where she guided us around the chateau and the grounds at a perfect leisurely pace before driving us to a...More

Thank Karrimor
Reviewed 7 July 2018
A fun day with a personable, charming and knowledgeable local guide

From our week in the Loire Valley, our day out with Daphné was a high spot. From the 9.30 am pick-up at the TI office in Tours, we spent the morning at Chateau Villandry and its awesome gardens. We sauntered at our own pace while...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Stephen W
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