Arrive in Tours where your guide will drive you to the Chateau de Chenonceau. King Henry II offered this renaissance jewel to his mistress Diane de Poitiers. Its unique architecture and iconic bridge make it one of the most original chateaux of the Loire Valley. Your specialist guide will fill you in on all the royal history behind the creation of the beautiful chateaux of the region.
You will have lunch at the Orangerie in the grounds of the chateau.
This afternoon you will stop in the pretty village of Bourgueil at Chateau de Miniere to taste their 100% Cabernet Franc wines made from vines up to 100-years old.
Your guide will take you to your chateau accommodation The Château de Jalesnes. Settle into your suite.
The owners of the chateau will meet you in the grand salon with sparkling wines from the Ackerman vineyards. You will discover the fascinating history of the chateau before enjoying a gourmet dinner exclusively catered for you in the private salons of the chateau.
Spend a relaxing morning enjoying the heated pool, cycling or strolling around the park and private woodlands of the Chateau.
Your guide will pick you up late morning to take you to discover lovely town of Amboise. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant in the city accompanied by the local wines of Chinon and Bourgeuil.
After lunch discover the residence of Charles VIII and Francois 1er. Visit the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci in the chapel and the panoramic gardens along the Loire, as well as the Clos Luce where you can see a display of some of da Vinci's inventions.
Your guide will then take you back to Tours to catch your train to Paris with a picnic packed with local specialities and a bottling of sparkling wine from the region to enjoy on your trip back.
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