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From Tours: Chambord, Chenonceau & Lunch at Family Chateau

1. From Tours: Chambord, Chenonceau & Lunch at Family Chateau

Travel back to the days of the French Renaissance on a full-day tour of the châteaux of the Loire Valley from Tours. Enjoy a lunch in a privately-owned and still occupied castle. Unwind with an aperitif that is paired with local delicacies.  Meet your guide at the Tourist Office in Tours in the morning and ride in an airconditioned minivan to Chambord. Discover glorious works of art and architecture as your guide selects the most emblematic rooms to visit. Hear memorable anecdotes as they point out hidden details. Get breathtaking views of the castle during a coffee break in Chambord Park. A French lunch is hosted by a French Countess who lives in the smallest of the Loire Valley castles. Continue to Chenonceau, passing the must-see castles of the French “Valley of the Kings,” including Chaumont, Amboise, and Clos Lucé. Upon arrival at the Château de Chenonceau, admire the unusual castle built on a bridge across the Cher River.  Stroll through the manicured gardens named after the "Catherine de Médicis" and "Diane de Poitiers," the famous ladies who lived there. Take time to appreciate the refined architecture, the beautiful antiques, and lovely arrangements of fresh flowers.  Relax with an aperitif with local produts in a secret corner of the park. Enjoy the most striking view of Château de Chenonceau, before returning to Tours in the evening. 

From Tours & Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord & Chenonceau

2. From Tours & Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord & Chenonceau

Benefit from pick-up by air-conditioned, 8-seater van and head to the picturesque Château de Chenonceau with magnificent Renaissance gardens. Then, go to Amboise for a wine tour with tastings. Visit Les Caves Ambacia for a wine experience and sample some of the wines of the Loire Valley at a tasting with a sommelier. Lunch at leisure in Amboise. Continue to Chambord for a guided tour of the chateau. Admire the fine details of the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, including a double helix staircase by Da Vinci. Get dropped off in Tours at 5.30 PM or Amboise at 6:00 PM. Admire the fine details of the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, including a double helix staircase by Da Vinci. Get dropped off in Tours at 6 PM or Amboise at 6:45 PM.

Morning Tour to Villandry & Chateau de l'Islette

3. 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.

Tours: Great Escape Sidecar Tour

4. Tours: Great Escape Sidecar Tour

A collection of fantastic architectural treasures, this tour takes you into the very heart of the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. You'll begin by discovering the Cathedral Saint-Gatien, which is famous for its magnificent stained glass windows. From there you will discover other emblematic places of the city such as the Charlemagne Tower and the Horloge Tower, and two vestiges of the Basilica Saint-Martin. You'll then encounter the Place Plumereau, which is one of the most beautiful squares in France.  Admire the town's many half-timbered houses, before following the Loire to Vouvray where you can see some of the area's most beautiful vineyards. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll be returned to your tour meeting point.

From Tours: Retro Classic Sidecar Ride

5. From Tours: Retro Classic Sidecar Ride

After meeting with your guide at the meeting point, your tour to step back in time will begin. This tour is a guaranteed gateway to the Loire Valley and its castles, touring a town which is rich in art and history. Your guide will be keen to show you the area's most unusual and unique places. You will discover all the emblematic places of the city, such as the Cathedral Saint-Gatien which is famous for its magnificent stained-glass windows, the Charlemagne Tower, and the Horloge Tower. You will also encounter the two vestiges of the Basilica Saint-Martin and the Place Plumereau, which is one of the most beautiful squares in France. Your entire tour will be conducted from the comfort of a sidecar, and at the conclusion of your experience you will be returned back to your point of origin.

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

6. 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

7. 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 Tours, France

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 61 reviews

an unforgettable day, we learned a lot of things thanks to our guide Nicolas who knows very well the history of France, the castles, the art, the region, in short, only happiness ... this day was very well organized, between solo visit and walk, we take the time to discuss, the meal at the countess was light rillette, salad, quiche and fromage blanc .. but the break was very pleasant. there were 8 of us, including 4 Americans, but our guide stayed with us all day. There was no aperitif apparently the content is no longer up to date .. it is still very expensive per day for a family of 4 people but we do not regret

Very easy and smooth booking process. Allows to reserve first and pay later so it gives chance to keep travel plans flexible. Very good communication throughout. Great choice of trips. Pick up point easy to find in a convenient location. Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. We went on two separate day tours. It was very interesting and an amazing experience. We learned a lot about history of the kings & castles we visited and enjoyed the ride though the french countryside.

Guillaume/William an excellent guide and the whole experience was massive fun. Both riding pillion and in the sidecar was wonderful and felt incredibly safe - loads of smiles from us and a lot back from others as we went through the old town and along the Loire. A brilliant way to see Tours and well worth the money. Highly recommended.

Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and personable and friendly. Really loved the entire day out. The lunch at the private Chateau was a very pleasurable experience.

The chateaus were impressive, especially Chenonceau. Our guide, Jacque , kept the tour on a good pace.