AU$3,650 Per person twin share
- Tour TypeEscorted Tour
- Tour CodeFTC-19-CHC
- Tour HighlightsAccommodation 6-night accommodationMeal Daily breakfastInclusion 3 wine tastings with lunch in Loire Valley (Days 2, 3 & 4)Inclusion Champagne tasting at Taittinger, Moët & Chandon & MummInclusion TGV transfer Saint Pierre des Corps train station - Champagne Ardenne train stationTour Tour of Loire Valley chateaux as per itinerary & Palace of Tau in Reims
Visit the most celebrated chateaux of the Loire Valley region, drive along the picturesque Route du Champagne among vineyards and grand crus villages during this fascinating, 7-day tour. Enjoy tastings of exquisite champagnes at some of the world’s most famous Champagne houses.
This tour departs every Sunday from May 5 to December 15, 2019.
- Guided tour of Chateaux: Blois, Cheverny, Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Azay-le-Rideau, Rivau and Villandry
- Wine tastings in the Loire Valley region
- Visit Chateau of Chaumont sur Loire
- Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger*, Moët & Chandon* and Mumm
Day 1, Arrival in Chaumont
Arrival in the morning at the station of Veuzain sur Loire / Chaumont sur Loire and transfer by taxi to your bed and breakfast accommodation in Chaumont, check-in or luggage drop.
This afternoon, you will have time to visit the Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire, with skip-the-line entrance, on your own. Chaumont castle is a 10th century fortress, which was the home of Queen Catherine de Medicis and then that of her rival Diane de Poitiers. From the courtyard the views on the Loire River are among the most breathtaking of the Valley.
Day 2, Blois - Cheverny - Chambord
Following breakfast, you will take your taxi transfer to the tourist office of Amboise where you will meet for your guided tour of Chateau of Blois, Château of Cheverny and Château of Chambord.
Chateau of Blois is unique by its combination of four architectural styles: Gothic, Flamboyant, Renaissance and Classic. Built by Counts of Blois, Louis XII, Francois I and Louis XIII, this chateau keeps the souvenir of many well-known historical events. This ancient city with a rich historical part merits to be visited. In the XVIth century Blois was the capital of France, under the king Louis XII. You can stroll through the old town, along its paved side-streets. Drive to Cheverny.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant with Cheverny & Cour Cheverny wines.
The “Cheverny” appellation produces elegant red wines from pinot noir and gamay as well as fruity white wines from chardonnay and sauvignon. You will enjoy this moment to taste a wine for real connoisseurs: the “Cour Cheverny Appellation”, a stunning white wine made from a grape called Romorantin, imported by King François I into the Loire Valley.
Guided tour of the Château of Cheverny, has been owned by the same family since the XIII. The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye, thanks to one of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, has 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 Château of Chambord. Drive to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. Chateau de Chambord is a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. With more than 400 rooms and its double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.
Day 3, Chenonceau, Château Royal d'Amboise and Clos Lucé
You'll start your day visiting the Chateau de Chenonceau. The "Chateau des Dames", bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis...) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.
Lunch at a wine specialist's in matured Loire Valley vintages or a local restaurant. Daniel, oenologist, welcomes you in his caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil wines. In order to transcend your meal, you will pair your wines with a selection of delicatessen and cheeses (cheeses selected by Rodolphe le Meunier, 2007 cheese refiners' world champion).
After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise. Residence of Charles VII and young François d'Angoulème, future Francois I. You will discover in this wonderful castle, perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters today the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.
Guided tour of the Manor du Clos Lucé. In order to make your tour thorough, get to know the genius with a tour of Manor du Clos Lucé, a few yards away from the Royal Castle. Leonardo da Vinci spent there the last three years of his life and died there in 1519. After you tour his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, you will be in awe in front of the invention room, displaying models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented.
Day 4, Azay-le-Rideau, Rivau, Villandry
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel for your guided tour of the fortress of Azay le Rideau. The Château of Azay-le-Rideau 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 mullioned, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase. We will not forget to admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English style garden, a jewel case of greenness for what is considered today as one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in Touraine.
Following lunch, you will discover the Rivau gardens and château. Rivau offers a remarkable balance between architecture, gardens and contemporary art. Discovering this confidential place is a funny and original experience. You will be amazed by the majestic aspect of this XVth century fortress, contrasting with its quirky art exhibition. The masterpiece of Rivau is the huge garden, inspired by fairy tales and cartoons. Laid on 14 acres, and integrally designed by Patricia Laigneau, owner of the château, they offer the best occasion to stroll and relax among trees, flowers and contemporary vegetal composition.
After Rivau, enjoy a 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 size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden, discover the power of thyme and basil on your health.
Day 5, Loire Valley - Champagne
Take a private taxi transfer from your hotel to Saint Pierre des Corps train station to join take the TGV train transfer from Saint Pierre des Corps train station to Champagne Ardenne train station. Upon arrival, you will take a taxi transfer from Reims train station to your hotel. After you have settled into your room, visit Mumm for a tour and Champagne tasting.
This Maison de Champagne was founded in 1827, however the Mumm dynasty dates back to the 12th century. They were German and in the 18th century they were already wine producers and merchants. Recognising the quality and the potential of the sparkling wines produced in the nearby Champagne region, in 1927 they decided to establish a branch of their wine company there. “Only the Best” being their motto, they soon seduced illustrious European royal families. The creation of the “Cordon Rouge” definitely established their fame: they became the official supplier of the British Royalty – which they still are – and they attracted artists such as Utrillo and Foujita. Mumm is today the official sponsor of Formula One F1 races.
After Mumm, you will visit Palace of Tau. Transformed at the end of the 17th century by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte, the Palace of Tau still holds rooms that have retained their medieval aspect. This is the case with the Palatine Chapel (13th century) and the Tau Room, in which the coronation banquet was held. Decorating the walls are 15th century tapestries which tell the story of "Mighty King Clovis". The royal treasury's most remarkable objects are Charlemagne's talisman (9th century) and Saint Remi's chalice (12th century). The Sainte-Ampoule, or "holy flask", contains the holy oil with which new kings were anointed during the coronation ceremony.
Day 6, Reims & Epernay
After breakfast, you will transfer to the tourist Office of Reims centre. Here you will be given information and tickets you will need for today’s adventure.
Your first stop will be a tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger.* Located in the great regions of wine-growing Champagne, the Champagne Taittinger vines cover 288 hectares evenly distributed over 34 different vineyards, which include some of the appellation’s finest. With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittinger vineyard is an unsurpassed example of that House’s own style of wine , in which Chardonnay plays such a significant role. The vineyard’s own production is supplemented by contractual acquisition of grapes from independent suppliers operating the finest vineyards in Champagne.
Following your tour of Taittinger you will enjoy some sightseeing of the city of Reims: Grandes Maisons de Champagne, Cathedral. Drive through the streets of Reims to show you the other famous champagne houses and discover its monuments: la place Royale, the city hall, place du Forum and above all the Cathedral. Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, the 13th-century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. It is here that King Clovis was baptized around year 498 giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and starting a long-lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France would be crowned here!
Lunch at your leisure in Reims.
Following lunch, you will begin our travel to Epernay. On the way to Epernay, you will stop in the Marne Valley to meet with another prestigious figure: Dom Pérignon who finalized the process to elaborate Champagne. He highly contributed to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers.
Upon arrival in Epernay, visit Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, located in the heart of town. Epernay is internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 100 km of tunnels under the pavement!
You’ll then enjoy a guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon.* Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet, it becomes within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.
*Subject to availability: Taittinger could be replaced by Pommery. Moet & Chandon could be replaced by Mercier or De Castellane.
Day 7, Departure
Your tour ends after breakafst at the hotel.
- 6-night accommodation in Loire Valley & Champagne
- 1 night in Chaumont
- 3 nights in Blois (Tours)
- 2 nights in Reims
- Daily breakfast
- Taxi transfer from Veuzain-sur-Loire train station to Chaumont accommodation
- Entrance to Chateau of Chaumont
- Taxi transfer B&B to the tourist office of Amboise
- Entrance and guided tour of the following chateaux: Blois, Cheverny, Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Lucé, Azay le Rideau, Rivau and Villandry
- 3 wine tastings with lunch in the Loire Valley (Days 2, 3 & 4)
- Taxi transfer from Blois hotel in Tours to Saint Pierre des Corps train station
- TGV transfer from Saint Pierre des Corps train station to Champagne Ardenne train station
- Taxi transfer from Reims train station to your hotel in Reims
- Palace of Tau entrances
- Small group tour around Reims and Epernay
- Tour and Champagne tasting at Taittinger, Mumm & Moët & Chandon or similar
- Any optional extras
- Personal expenses
- Any meals or other drinks not indicated in itinerary
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Prices are per person based on twin/double share and are subject to availability at the time of booking. Single supplement of $857 will apply. Prices includes services as detailed in the package and are based on a minimum of 2 people. Prices are current at the time of publication and based on low season travel. Peak season surcharge could apply. Advertised prices should be used as a guide only. Please contact us for exact quotation for the dates you wish to travel. Package is valid for departure each Sunday between 5th May to 15th December 2019 unless sold out. Offers may be withdrawn at any time without notice. All package prices are in Australian dollars.
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