Super Saver Full Day Tour to Villandry and Vouvray from Tours
You will start your visit at Chateau de Villandry, a must-see château of the Loire Valley. During the tour, you will time-travel 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 funny anecdotes. After that, enjoy a complete discovery of Villandry gorgeous gardens. Your local expert will share all his knowledge of these gardens "à la française", and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. The ornamental kitchen garden, the Maze, the classical water garden...you'll see them all!
Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to the next stop : Chateau de l'Islette: a family-owned chateau, still inhabited today. 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 owners who will share with their daily life in this house! A unique souvenir!
After the visit, have a lovely lunch with your group, near the river in the park of the chateau. Enjoy a glass of local wine with tasty food from the region…This moment will definitey be one of the highlights of your day!
Then, you're off to Vouvray to discover this beautiful wine area and its elegant sparkling wines and white wines. During the afternoon, you will visit a family wine estate and a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River.
All along the visits, your guide will help you understand better the diversity of Loire wines and its 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!
6.00pm: Return to Tours Tourist Office.
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Wine tasting
- Bottled water
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Entry/Admission - Chateau de Villandry
- Entry/Admission - Chateau de l'Islette
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Minimum drinking age is 18 years
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Small group tour, so very customizable. For instance, at Villandry we wanted to spend more time in the gardens and less in the castle. Gorgeous picturesque picnic lunch at a private little charming - and surprising - chateau I wouldn't have found on my own. Spent the afternoon in wine heaven tasting the variety of styles produced in Vouvray. I am a solo traveler and found this a superb introduction to this area of the Loire.