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Self-drive Loire Valley and Bordeaux

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Country
France
Travel Departs
Paris
Travel Ends
Bordeaux
Travel Periods
01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022
Experience
Food & Wine, Self-Drive
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Relax and embrace the stunning landscape, magnificent chateaux and exquisite wines of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux during this self-drive package departing from Paris.

Highlights

Visit the Chateau of Chenonceau with its magnificent Renaissance Gardens!

Explore the Chateau de Chambord, a unique monument due to its architecture and proportions!

Wine tasting with a sommelier at Les Caves Ambacia

Grand Cru tour and fine wine tasting in Saint Emilion

Come and re-live the history of France, discover the architecture of the 400 castles and the gastronomy and wines of the Loire. Skip the line entry to Chateau de Chenonceau and take in the timeless beauty of the century-old estate. Enjoy a guided wine tasting inside Caves Ambacia, with a wine cave specialising in vintages from the region. Admire the stunning French Renaissance architecture of Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in the Loire.

Continue your trip by driving to Bordeaux, a city renowned for so many things. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's described as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”. Join a Grand Cru tour and taste fine wine of the local domain of the area in Saint-Emilion.

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Included

4 nights in Chaumont-sur-Loire at La Jacquière
4 nights in Bordeaux at Hotel Majestic - 3*
Private transfer from hotel to railway station in Paris
TGV Train from Paris to Tours
Car rental (SUV auto Nissan Qashqai or similar) for 9 Days
Daily Breakfast
Guided Small-group day-tour of Loire Valley chateaux (Chambord and Chenonceau)
Guided walking-tour in Bordeaux
The Grand Cru tour and fine wine tasting in Saint Emilion
Wine tasting and tour of Caves Ambacia
Entrance ticket for the Chaumont sur Loire Chateau & International Gardens Festival, Royal Chateau of Amboise and The Clos Lucé
Parking included
Optional Extras
Hot Air Balloon flight

Hot Air Balloon flight

Have you ever dreamed of Jules Verne’s adventures?
We offer an unforgettable experience to discover the Loire Valley and its Chateaux, getting a bird’s eye view on board the Montgolfier brothers’ invention. The departure of the balloon takes place at either sunrise or sunset. The take-off point is chosen by the pilots according to the wind direction -  it will be Chaumont sur Loire, Amboise or Chenonceaux. The passengers are all welcome to participate in the hot air balloon assembling. Safety briefing with the pilots follows.

Then, take off for a flight of about 1 to 1.5 hour.

Shared flights: up 16 passengers per balloon.

Cruise down the Loire on a Gabarre

Cruise down the Loire on a Gabarre

You will board a Gabare (a traditional wooden open boat/barge) for a private cruise down the Loire for 2 hours.

Your pilot has a true passion for the royal river and the gabares, which he shares generously. You feel as though there were only you in the world, in an exceptional environment (the Loire is the last untamed river in Europe). All you have to do is to enjoy... An unforgettable experience! A little later, the gabare can stop on sandy islands, in the middle of the river.

Medoc Full Day trip

Medoc Full Day trip

Pick up: Bordeaux at 9.30am
Drop off: Bordeaux at 06.00 pm
Full day: During this full day tour you will experience 3 visits and wine tasting sessions in Classified growth or Cru Bourgeois estates that have been carefully selected for their exceptional setting and quality of wine.

You will learn all there is to know about the history of the estates, the wine making process as well as the techniques used during the wine making. The visits are followed by a wine tasting session to experience hands on and enjoy the most notorious wine in the world.

Sightseeing of the Castle Road
Following the castle road, you will admire some of the most famous châteaux such as Château Margaux, Château Palmer or Chateau Pichon Longueville.

* Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or contact us for details.
Day 1
Paris →Tours→ Charmont-sur-Loire

Start your journey in Paris with a private transfer from your centrally located hotel to the train station to board your TGV to Tours.

Pick-up your comfortable SUV (automatic car) Nissan Qashqai or similar with GPS and air-conditioning, in Tours for 9 days and your first stop is the Loire Valley with its unique Heritage.

Welcome to the Loire Valley! Indeed, the Loire Valley has the undisputed reputation of containing the most beautiful of the French castles - such as Chenonceau, Chambord or Azay le Rideau. 

Rest of the day is at leisure, alternatively you can add one of our optional activities such as the Hot Air Balloon or the Cruise down the Loire River (extra cost).

Overnight stay in Chaumont-sur-Loire at La Jacquière

Parking included

Paris →Tours→ Charmont-sur-Loire
Loire River
Day 2
Chaumont sur Loire

After breakfast, the day is yours to discover the "terroir" of the Loire Valley with its wines (Vouvray or Chinon), and its cheeses (Sainte Maure de Touraine or Selles sur Cher).

We suggest a visit to Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire, Chateau & International Gardens Festival (entrace fees included). Since 1992, the International Garden Festival has provided a unique panorama of landscape design from all over the world. Both a source of ideas and a nursery for talent, the Festival gives an extra boost to the artform of The Garden and gains the interest of both the public and those in the profession. 

Overnight stay in Chaumont-sur-Loire at La Jacquière

Parking included

Chaumont sur Loire
Day 3
Chaumont-sur-Loire →Chenonceau→ Amboise → Chaumont-sur-Loire

After breakfast, join a small-group guided day-tour of the Loire Valley's Castles.

Pick-up is at 9:30 AM at the Amboise Tourist Office. The tour starts with a guided visit of the Chateau of Chenonceau. The unique architecture of the Chateau of Chenonceau makes it one of the most exquisite chateau in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed "The Ladies Chateau", the castle is associated with prominent French women such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance Gardens around it make it even more spectacular.

Proceed to Les Caves Ambacia in Amboise, for a sensorial visit and "Vintages Odyssey" followed by a guided wine tasting with a sommelier. Lunch not included.

Continue to Chambord for a guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord. We will drive along the Estate of Chambord, a national game preserve - as large as the city of Paris! The Chateau of Chambord is itself a unique monument due to its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci very likely 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.

At the end of the tour around 6:00 PM,  you'll be dropped-off at the Amboise Tourist Office.

Overnight stay in Chaumont-sur-Loire at La Jacquière

Parking included

Breakfast
Chaumont-sur-Loire →Chenonceau→ Amboise → Chaumont-sur-Loire
Chateau of Chenonceau
Day 4
Chaumont-sur-Loire →Amboise → Chaumont-sur-Loire

After breakfast, the day is at leisure and we suggest you use it to discover Amboise and its chateaux.

Drive to Amboise and enjoy a visit of the Royal Chateau of Amboise (entrance fees included). The Royal Chateau of Amboise introduced Italian style to the Loire Valley. It was built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Residence of Kings Charles VIII and François I, it offers breathtaking views of the Loire River. In its splendid gardens, the gothic chapel shelters the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.

Continue to The Clos Luce (entrance fees included), Leonardo da Vinci's last residence. The residence where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life. King François I invited him and made him his First Architect and Engineer. The end of the visit features Leonardo’s greatest inventions such as the helicopter and the tank. Return to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Overnight stay in Chaumont-sur-Loire at La Jacquière

Parking included

Breakfast
Chaumont-sur-Loire →Amboise → Chaumont-sur-Loire
The Clos Luce
Day 5
Chaumont-sur-Loire → Bordeaux

After breakfast, check-out and start your lovely drive towards Bordeaux ( approx 4 hour drive). 

Welcome to Bordeaux! Bordeaux, a city renowned for so many things: listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's described as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”. It is also classified as a “City of Art and History”, and last but not least, the Wine Capital of the World!

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at the Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

Breakfast
Chaumont-sur-Loire → Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Day 6
Bordeaux

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking-tour of Bordeaux.

Rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest a visit to the Place de la Bourse, Cathédrale Saint-André, La Cité du vin, Museum of Aquitaine... You will love it! 

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at the Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

Breakfast
Bordeaux
Day 7
Bordeaux → Medoc→ Bordeaux

After breakfast, the day is at leisure to explore this stunning wine region.

We suggest to drive to Medoc and visit some of the most famous châteaux such as Château Margaux, Château Palmer or Chateau Pichon Longueville. 

Alternatively, you can add a Medoc Full Day Trip from Bordeaux, check out our optional extras for further information.

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at the Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

Breakfast
Bordeaux → Medoc→ Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Day 8
Bordeaux → Saint Emilion → Bordeaux

After breakfast, drive to Saint Emilion and take time to discover the Underground Church, Les Cordeliers, La tour du Roy, and tasting rooms!

Later in the day, you will have the chance to take the Grand Cru tour and the opportunity to taste the fine wine of the local domains. Afternoon at leisure, then return to Bordeaux.

Overnight stay in Bordeaux at the Hotel Majestic.

Parking included

 

Breakfast
Bordeaux → Saint Emilion → Bordeaux
Saint Emilion
Day 9
Bordeaux

After breakfast, check-out and then drop-off the car in Bordeaux - close to Saint Jean train station.

Breakfast

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