One Day Escorted Tour in the Loire Valley: Culture & Wine - At 9:00am your English or Spanish speaking driver will pick you up at the reception of your hotel in the city of Tours downtown the capital city of the Loire Valley and will chauffer you to a magnigicent castle of the Renaissance.
Chenonceau 'The Castle of the Ladies'. This romantice pleasure palace was created from the Renaissance onward by a series of aristocratic women.
The chateau stretches across the Cher River with a 197 ft (60 m) gallery built over a series of arches, its elegant beauty reflected in the waters. The granduer continues inside with splendidly furnished rooms, airy bedchambers, fine paintings, and tapestries.
The women responsible for Chenonceau each left ther mark. Catherine Briconnet, wife of the first owner, built the turreted pavilion and one of the first straight staircases in France here. Henri II's mistress, Diane de Poitiers, added the formal gardens and arched bridge over the Cher River.
Catherine de Medicis transformed the bridge into an Italian style gallery; Loouise de L'Orraine, bereaved wife of Henri II, in herited the chateau in 1590 and painted the ceilings black and white, the colours of royal mourning; Madame Dupin, a cultured 18th-century landlady, saved the chateau from destruction during the Revolution; and Madame Pelouze undertook a complete restoration in 1863.
Then, a few kilometers further you will stop at a small town of Vouvray very famous for its Chenin Blanc wine.
Your wine tasting at a house like Cave Bredif will be a nice experience before continuing to Villandry where you will have your lunch, for example at the restaurant called 'la Doulce Terrasse', 3 course menu without drinks.
Villandry Gardens. Your will delight your senses in the spectacular gardens of this castle a real patch work of sculpted shrubs and flowers on three levels the kitchen garden, the ornamental garden, and on the highest level, the water garden. In the jardin d'amour, flowers depict the many faces of love; passionate, romantic, tragic etc.
Your next stop will be at the medieval town of Chinon, you will wander in the medieval streets with their half-timbered and sculpted town houses and you will be enchanted by the view you will have from the fortress built in the Middle-Ages keeping watch over the town. (No time to visit the fortress from inside)
Your driver will lead you to taste the very famous Chinon wine called Cabernet Franc, wine tasting in cellar.
Between 6:30pm and 7:00pm your day will end at your hotel in Tours.
Dinner at leisure
Overnight at Hotel.