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Christmas Tour in Loire Valley

Christmas Tour in Loire Valley

3 Days/2 Nights From
AU$707 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted TourPrivate tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Loire Valley
  • Duration
    3 Days/2 Nights
  • Tour Code
    FIT-18-MAN4
  • Capacity
    6 passengers
3 Days/2 Nights From
AU$707 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Escorted TourEscorted TourPrivate tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Loire Valley
  • Duration
    3 Days/2 Nights
  • Tour Code
    FIT-18-MAN4
  • Capacity
    6 passengers
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 2-night accommodation at 4* Hotel L'Univers or similarMealsMeals Daily breakfast, 1 wine tasting lunch with a special Christmas meal & 1 chocolate tastingEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransportationTransportation Transportation by minibus/van

Summary

Discover the world-famous chateaux of France in Christmas and learn more about French culture and history during this fantastic tour.

Your tour highlights include:

  • Guided tours of the castles of Azay le Rideau, Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord
  • Guided tour of the city of Tours with a stop at the Christmas market
  • Private tour and wine tasting lunch at a troglodyte cellar caves with a special Christmas meal
  • Tour and chocolate tasting at a chocolate factory

Itinerary

Day 1, Arrival in Loire Valley
Arrival at Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps train station in the morning. You meet with your private expert national licensed English-speaking driver guide.

Guided tour of the castle of Azay le Rideau (skip the line entrances included). 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 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.

 Lunch at leisure upon your guide's recommendations.

In the afternoon, guided tour of the city of Tours, with a stop at the Christmas market. Christmas season is very a festive and animated season in Tour. Ancient Capital of the Kingdom of France, Tour is an elegant city with a festive and animated historical center. Place Plumereau is one of the hallmarks of the city historical center. This small square surrounded by magnificent half-timbered houses is the liveliest place in the city, at the heart of the historic centre. The city of Tours will delight you with its medieval center, the great shopping areas and vivacious gastronomy and flavors of local markets. Indeed cheeses, selected meats and delicatessen products, local foie gras, wine, oysters, spices... the covered markets in Tours are a delight for the senses. High quality products, with over fifty stalls to choose from. And regular produce market take place everyday. The city of Tour also is home for a magnificent St. Gatien Gothic Cathedral and the Basilica that houses the tomb of Saint Martin. The city is filled with superb city parks and gardens like the Botanical Garden. Great experiences are awaiting you in Tours!

Around 5:30 pm, drop off at your hotel.

Your hotel: Hotel L'Univers or similar - Double Superior Room with breakfast and taxes included.

Dinner at leisure.

Day 2, Christmas in the castles
At 9:30 am, pick up at your hotel after breakfast. Your private english-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel. 

Guided tour of the Castle of Amboise (skip the line entrances included). 

The castle of Amboise is an amazement to the eye. Nested in the of Amboise, the medieval fortress of Amboise was replaced by a royal residence during the reigns of Kings Charles VIII and François the first in late 15th.  A number of men and women of letters from Europe as well as artists stayed at the Court of Amboise at the sovereigns’ invitation, for example, Leonardo da Vinci who was buried in the château’s chapel. This château introduced Italian style renaissance in the Loire Valley. The Château host an exceptional collection of Renaissance and Gothic furniture. After the tour of the royal lodgings, a walk around the beautiful panoramic Mediterranean inspired gardens is in order. Finally a look at the newly restored tomb of the great Leonardo da Vinci found in the chapel of Saint-Hubert is a must.

Private tour and wine tasting lunch at a troglodyte cellar caves with a special Christmas meal. Let yourself be guided in the discovery of this fascinating 16th century old cellar built in the rock underneath the castle of Amboise and where the finest Loire wines have found a home. Three generations of wine specialists have chosen and raised Terroir Wine. Located on the banks of the Loire Valley, the cellar offers tasting of an incredible collection of local wine and old vintage that will for sure suit your wishes for a very special Christmas.

Guided tour of the castle of Chenonceau (skip the line entrances included). The unique architecture of the Chateau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies castle", Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.

At around 5:30 pm, drop off at your hotel.

Dinner at leisure.

Day 3, Christmas in the castles
At 9:30 am, pick up at your hotel after breakfast and check out. Your private english-speaking driver guide meets you at your hotel.

Guided tour of the Castle of Chambord with its Christmas decoration (skip the line entrances included). For Christmas, Chambord turns into an enchanted and magical fairy tale not to be missed. Chambord adorns the chateau’s interior with majestic fir trees and lavish decorations throughout the ground floor, entrance way and first floor. The outside paths are also decorated with almost 100 magnificent fir trees, which will be illuminated as night falls. Its history is not less fascinating and very much part of an unusual real tale of an ascending king, François 1st. At the age of 25, François 1st realized a dream by having this magnificent palace built in the middle of an estate populated by stags and wild boar. In 1519, the ambitious young king needed to establish his power. Chambord was therefore designed as a genuine fortress with a keep and a surrounding wall with broad towers. But it is also an architectural masterpiece combining the tradition of French master masons with the lightness of Italian Renaissance buildings. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, its design is distinguished by its magnificent double-return stairs and intricate architectural design.

Lunch at leisure according to your guide's recommendations.

In the afternoon, tour and chocolate tasting at a chocolate factory. In France, Christmas without chocolate is not Christmas. And that is why the gift of Christmas always comes with a box of chocolate. Enchant your taste buds and be ready to taste the most delicious chocolate of the season. Chocolate making will have no more secrets for you and your expertise will be appreciated every Christmas thereafter.

Drop off at Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps train station. End of the services.

Inclusions

  • Transportation in a private comfortable full option Mercedes minivan for 3 days
  • Private English-speaking driver guide (8-hr maximum per day)
  • Visits and activities as mentioned
  • 2-night accommodation at 4* Hotel L'Univers of similar
  • Daily breakfast, 1 wine tasting lunch with a special Christmas meal and 1 chocolate tasting at a chocolate factory.
  • Taxes

Exclusions

  • Other lunches, other dinners, other meals
  • Other visits, air and train tickets
  • Extra hour is 75€ (with a maximum of 2h per day)
  • Personal expenses, extra, and gratuities.

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