Iconic Châteaux, troglodyte caves and Loire Valley wines

Discover the diversity of the Loire and its wines on a trip along this majestic river

Experience the complexity and diversity of the Loire region, its wines and its history along 200 kilometres of the Loire River from the coastal Muscadet to Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.

Theme
Exclusive Experiences
Duration
Multiple days
Groups
No

5-Day Loire Safari from Coast to Cathedral

Day 1 : Muscadet and 'la vie du château'.

You will meet your guide in Nantes and start your tour at the heart of Muscadet country with a lunch of fresh seafood and a range of Muscadet wines on the banks of the Loire River.

You will then drive along the Loire Valley to your first night's accommodation at Chateau de Jalesnes.

The owners of the chateau will meet you in the grand salon this evening with sparkling wines from the Ackerman vineyards, to explain the fascinating history of the chateau. A local wine specialist will introduce you to the wines of the Loire region before serving you your private gourmet dinner in the dining room of the Chateau.

Highlights

  • Discover Muscadet and lunch on the banks of the Loire rover with a seafood platter
  • Settle into your apartment at the chateau de Jalesnes
  • Dine at the chateau with a gastronomic wine and food pairing experience

Day 2 - Saumur and Tours

Enjoy the grounds of the Chateau de Jalesnes this morning. Discover the private forest on one of the chateau bikes or follow one of their maps of along the walking trails.

Lunch in the beautiful town of Saumur and take a late afternoon tour and tasting of the Saumur Champigny wines before heading to the regional capital of Tours, where a tasting dinner will be organised to introduce to the wines of the region.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the grounds of the Chateau de Jalesnes by bike or hike
  • Discover the town of Saumur and the wines of Saumur Champigny
  • Dine in the region capital of Tours

Day 3: Tours and the troglodyte caves of La Maison Bredif

After a morning discovering Tours enter another local historical signature of the Loire; the troglodyte caves. These famous caves were dug into the limestone cliffs along the banks of the Loire River. Maison Bredif is the oldest family owned winery on the Vouvray appellation, their mile-long galleries and cellars date back to the 8th century where they have been making wines since 1893. They and will share their Vouvrays and Chenins, sweet and dry, in the Rotonde in heart of the cellars and then take you to the roof top terrace overlooking the Loire River to taste their red, rosé and sparkling wines accompanied by a selection of regional cheeses.

Highlights

  • Explore the City of Tours
  • Experience a tasting in the unique troglodyte caves along the Loire at la Maison Bredif
  • Enjoy a food and wine tasting of local specialities on the banks of the Loire

Day 4 - Walk in the footsteps of giants in Amboise and Chenonceau

Today you will walk in the footsteps of giants. Discover the renaissance jewel of Chateau de Chenonceau. Its unique architecture and bridge make it one of the most original and iconic chateaux of the Loire Valley. King Henry II offered it to his mistress Diane de Poitiers.

After lunch visit the lovely town of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and Francois I. Visit the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci in the chapel and the panoramic gardens along the Loire. Learn more about the genius of da Vinci by visiting the Clos Luce where you can see a display of some of his inventions.

Spend this evening and night in Amboise, enjoying a Michelin star dinner

Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful Renaissance masterpiece Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Discover Amboise, its Chateau and the history of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Dine in Michelin star style in Amboise Saumur

Day 5: Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé and Bourges

On the last day of your tour discover Sancerre and Pouilly Fume visiting wineries in both appellations. Taste these iconic white sauvignon blanc wines of the region with the local goats’ cheese.

Travel to Bourges to discover the town and the famous Cathedral.

You will spend your last night of your tour here, enjoying dinner in a local restaurant.

Highlights

  • Discover and taste the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume
  • Taste the wines with the local goats’ cheese
  • Discover Bourges and its beautiful Cathedral

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