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Chateaux and Champagne

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Combine two of the most picturesque regions of France, Loire Valley and Champagne, with this 8-days Holiday Experience. Step back in time as you visit the magnificent Chateaux of Loire Valley. Then, travel to the Champagne region and discover the renowned Champagne houses in the world.
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Highlights

Discover the most beautiful Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Tour and Tasting at Avenue de Champagne in Epernay

Visit the most spectacular gardens of Touraine: Villandry

Tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot

Indulge in an exquisite wine tasting experience and visit the most renowned chateaux of the beautiful Loire Valley. Skip the line entry to Chateau Chenonceau and take in the timeless beauty of the century-old estate. Admire the stunning French Renaissance architecture of Chateau Chambord, the largest chateau in the region and be astonished by the uniqueness of the Villandry gardens.

Then, your journey will continue to Reims, famous for the production of Champagne and for its the Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. Explore the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, home to the worldwide famous Grande Maison of Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon, Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier, and many more.

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Included

3 Small Group Tour of Loire Valley
4 nights at Le Choiseul Hotel - 4*
3 nights in Reims at Hotel de la Paix - 4*
Daily Breakfast
Private transfer from Train Station to Hotel in Reims
Return Private Transfers from Tours Station to Amboise Hotel
Small Group tour of Reims Scenic
Small Group Tour: Bubbles day tour from Reims
Train TGV from Paris-Gare Montparnasse to Tours
Wine tasting in the Loire Valley

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Paris-Gare Montparnasse → Tours→ Amboise

Welcome to Paris and take TGV train from Paris-Gare Montparnasse to Tours. Arrive to Loire Valley and private transfer from train station of Tours to Hotel Le Choiseul in Amboise. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Amboise at Le Choiseul hotel.

Paris-Gare Montparnasse → Tours→ Amboise
Chateau of Amboise
Day 2
Amboise →Loire Valley → Amboise

Today, you will enjoy a small guided tour of three Chateaux of the Loire Valley. First stop is the Chateau of Blois is unique by its combination of 4 styles: medieval, gothic, renaissance and classical. Home of kings Louis XII and François I, it keeps the souvenir of a tragic historical event. Then, proceed to a tasting at an organic local winery, where you'll enjoy an exclusive and convivial tasting of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny wines, King François the 1st 's favourite wines, at a local winery. Then, wines of the domain and terroir specialities. Lunch is at leisure.

After lunch, take part to a guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny, that has been owned by the same family since the XIII. The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye, thanks to one of the most beautiful furnitures 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”.

Continue to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. Visit with a guide the Chateau de Chambord, 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.

At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Amboise at Le Choiseul hotel.

Breakfast
Amboise →Loire Valley → Amboise
Chateau of Chambord
Day 3
Amboise →Chenonceau→ Amboise

In the morning, transfer to the Loire Valley and start your day with a stunning tour of the Château de Chenonceau. Also knowns as the “Chateau des Dames” is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it like Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicin and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. You will be welcomed by Pascal and his team to his caves, the ancient tuff-stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of 3 local wines. Then, free time for lunch.

After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII 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. The tour would not be complete without taking you to meet The Genius in his Chateau du Clos Lucé, only a few short steps away from the Royal Castle.This is where Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life and passed there in 1519. After touring his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, stand in awe at the Invention Room, where models of Leonardo's most spectacular machines are on display.

At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Amboise at Le Choiseul hotel.

Breakfast
Amboise →Chenonceau→ Amboise
Chateau of Chenonceau
Day 4
Amboise → Azay-le-Rideau→ Langeais → Villandry → Amboise

The Chateau 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 mullions, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase. We will be sure to let you admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English-style garden, a jewel-case of greenness for what is now considered one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in the Touraine.

Then, take part to a Wine tasting at an organic local domain. The wines of this estate are ideally spread out over the entire "terroir" covered by the appellation, from the gravel shores along the Loire River to the clay, limestone and sandy soils of the hills overlooking the valley. The red and rosé wines produced in the domain are presented under the appellation "Bourgueil" AOC. They stem 100% from the " Cabernet Franc" grape introduced by the monks of the Abbey in the 11th century. Lunch at your leisure.

Visit the best representation of everyday life in the Middle Ages, the Royal Castle of Langeais, built under King Louis the 11th, was the scene of the marrige of King Charles the 8th and Ann of Brittany. Discover amazing original sets of furniture and tapestries here in the spectacular Banquet and Wedding Halls.

The tour will bring you to most spectacular gardens of Touraine: Villandry. By its diversity and originality such as Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden and by its sheer size from15 acres to 1150 linden trees. Your guide will explain you the ancient language of the Medieval and Renaissance garden, deepening you understanding of the healing powers of thyme and basil.

At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Amboise at Le Choiseul hotel.

Breakfast
Amboise → Azay-le-Rideau→ Langeais →  Villandry →  Amboise
Villandry
Day 5
Amboise →Paris → Reims

After breakfast, meet your driver at the hall and transfer to the Train Station in Tours. Board your train to Paris, then private transfer from Paris-Gare Montparnasse to Paris-Gare de l'Est and board your train to Reims. Once at the train station in Reims, a representative will wait for you and escort you to the hotel.

Overnight stay in Reims at Hotel de la Paix.

Breakfast
Day 6
Reims → Epernay → Reims

Today around 09:30am you'll meet at the hall of your hotel your driver to start your Bubble day excursion.

First stop is for a tasting and a visit of Taittinger's producer and it includes: l’Instant Premier with one glass of Champagne. Taittinger is one of the last Grandes Maisons de Champagne to be independently owned by the grandson of the founder, Pierre Taittinger. Taittinger's style is characterised by a high proportion of Chardonnay, synonymous with finesse and elegance in the Champagne region.

We'll drive through the bustling streets of Reims to show you some famous Champagne Houses, the beautiful City Center and its imposing Cathedral, and point out places like the Royal Square, the majestic City Hall, Roman Oratory Ruins and the widest standing Roman Arch in the world! On the Unesco World Heritage List, the 13th-Century Notre-Dame de Reims is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures and most of the Kings of France were coronated through the ages there.

On the way to Epernay, we take you to the Marne River Valley, we'll pause in picture-perfect vineyards then go meet a prestigious personality of the area: Dom Pérignon, Champagne Wine's Spiritual Father. He contributed heavily to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey, in the charming hillside village of Hautvillers. We'll pay our respects there before heading down the meticulously manicured slopes into Epernay for lunch. Your menu will include some local specialties which will be paired with different types of Champagne and you will sample world famous Dom Pérignon Champagne. During this special Champagne tasting you'll be treated to some authentic regional products such as the Chaource Cheese and Jambon de Reims (a local ham delicacy you must come to know), as well as some Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon.

Enjoy a sightseeing of Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, located in the beating heart of Epernay, the town internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne", its stunning main street features a half-mile long exhibition of opulent mansions housing some of the most illustrious "Maisons de Champagne": Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Mercier. Take part to a guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon and the visit includes: 2 glasses of Champagne!
At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your hotel in Reims.

Overnight stay in Reims at Hotel de la Paix.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7
Reims → Champagne Region → Reims

After breakfast, you will join a guided small group tour of Reims, City of Coronations. Your day will start by sightseeing the vibrant City Centre, a place full of charm, layers of unique history and regional culinary delights. Proceed to a Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is a Champagne House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and grew to fame thanks to Madame Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. Take a journey into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire and discover its unique Roman chalk-cellars and their process of making Champagne. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of one glass of Brut Yellow Label cuvée. Continue with a guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the enormity, the hypnotizing stained glass windows and the exceptionally rich statuary. 

Then we'll leave the city and drive through the Grand Cru vineyards on the Mountain of Reims, where the Scenic Route of Champagne winds its way between fields of barley, vinyards, forests and picturesque villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly. Realm of the Pinot Noir varietal, the Mountain of Reims is known for its special "terroir" that gives Champagne much of its power and character. We'll take a tranquil, picturesque pause in such a vineyard to take it all in with our own five senses.

In the heart of the Champagne’s Vineyards, you will be welcomed at a beautiful Champagne Grower's Family Estate. More that 4000 family winemakers contribute to the prestige of Champagne, keeping the Tradition alive from generation to generation with a common goal: the true expression of Champagne. After lunch, we'll stroll to the production site to see how Champagne is made: the press, the winery's vats and barrels, the chalk cellar, the labelling machine. The lovely afternoon will finish with another tasting of 2 glasses of different Champagne wines from the same Family Grower, and a glass of  their Ratafia (a sweet liquor made with Champagne brandy mixed with grape juice and aged in barrel). After heartfelt goodbyes we'll gently return you to the city of Reims.

Overnight stay in Reims at Hotel de la Paix.

 

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Reims

After breakfast, check out and end of the services.

Breakfast

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Chateaux and Champagne

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