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Chateau de Villandry

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Morning Tour to Villandry & Chateau de l'Islette

1. Morning Tour to Villandry & Chateau de l'Islette

Meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office in Tours and travel by minivan to the Loire Valley. You will start your day at Chateau de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. Time-travel to life in France back in the 16th century. Your tour-leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau, with plenty of funny anecdotes. After that, discover Villandry's beautiful gardens as your local expert shares all his knowledge of and shows you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to the next stop: Chateau de l'Islette. This family-owned chateau is still inhabited today. Get ready for a very unusual visit, as your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms like the parent's bedroom, the kids’ corner, the family kitchen and even the bathroom! You may even get the chance to meet the owners who will share with their daily life in this house!  A unique souvenir! An experience you will never forget. Arrive back in Tours around 1:30 PM.

From Tours/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

2. From Tours/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

Take a tour of the Chateau of Langeais which is a perfect balance between gardens, architecture, and contemporary art. You will be surprised by this 15th-century fortress, which contrasts with the quirky art exhibition. Its huge garden is inspired by fairy tales and cartoons. A confidential place for an original experience. Then, have a guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.  By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden while discovering the power of thyme and basil on your health. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off in Tours at 5:30 PM or in Amboise at 6:15 PM.

From Amboise: Villandry, Wineries, & Family Castle

3. From Amboise: Villandry, Wineries, & Family Castle

Meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office of Amboise at 9:30 AM and board the minivan for an amazing day in the Loire Valley. Begin with a visit to the Chateau de Villandry, a must-see château of the Loire Valley, and time travel to life in 16th-century France. Your tour guide will take you through all the rooms of the chateau and tell plenty of funny anecdotes. Afterward, enjoy a complete discovery of the gorgeous gardens of Villandry. Your local guide will share all their knowledge of these gardens and show you the hidden corners where you can get the best views of the château. Explore the ornamental kitchen garden, the maze, and the classical water garden. Then, get back on the minibus for a short drive to your next stop — Chateau de l'Islette — a family-owned chateau still inhabited today. Your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms of the chateau, like the parent's bedroom, the kid's corner, and the family kitchen. You may even get the chance to meet the owners who will share with you their daily life in this house. Savor a lovely aperitif near the river in the park of the chateau, and sample a glass of local wine with a tasty local delicacy. This moment will definitely be one of the highlights of your day. Next, head back to the city of Tours with your guide. From 1:30 PM–2 PM, your guide will park in front of the Tourist Office and give you 30 minutes free time. They will help you with recommendations of nice French boulangeries (bakeries) where you can buy an extra snack. At 2 PM, hop back on the bus and make your way to Vouvray to discover this beautiful wine area and its elegant sparkling and white wines. During the afternoon in Vouvray, visit a family wine estate and a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. Take a tour with your guide to help you better understand the diversity of Loire wines and its terroir. Learn the different steps of wine tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas. To do so, you will also taste wines from the other wine appellations of the region. After this experience, the Loire wine area will have no secrets left for you. Before saying goodbye, share an aperitif made of local products like cheese, rillettes, and fresh bread — the perfect match for Loire wines — with a stunning view before returning to Amboise Tourist Office.

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What people are saying about Chateau de Villandry

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

It was a small, friendly group. A guide, Marion, very nice and nice. The tour was not tiring, I met two chateaux with interesting explanations by Marion, in English, most of the time. I recommend this tour without hesitation.

The gardens at Villandry were nothing short of spectacular and we were lucky enough to meet the lady of Château I’Islette, which was a special treat. Great tour!

Chateau & even more the gardens, the location....amazing! L'Islette and picnic also very nice!

A wonderful fairy tale experience

More transportation means from Romania and from Tours to this place would be welcome.

Nice guided tour, with time to fully appreciate both sites