Essential Tours

Three or Four Day Loire Wine Tour based in Tours

Loire wine tour

At a glance

Region:The Loire Valley
Type of Tour:
Duration:3/4 Days
Guide Price:From £830 to £1140 per person
Number of Meals:2 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch (3 Days)
3 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch and 1 dinner (4 Days)
Number of Winery Visits:3 wineries (3 Days)
3 wineries and 2 Châteaux (4 Days)
Number of Wines Tasted:Approximately 16 (3 Days)
Approximately 21 (4 Days)
Tour Transport:Taxi transfers to Vouvray, full-day private transport to Chinon (3 Days)
Taxi transfers to Vouvray, full-day private transport to Chinon and Châteaux (4 Days)
Dates / Availability:Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. The trip cannot start on a Sunday for logistical reasons.

Trip Summary

Your Loire Wine Tour

The Loire Valley offers the largest variety of wines in France and our Essential Breaks introduce guests to two of the region’s key wine-making regions; Chinon and Vouvray. For those opting for the four-day break, you’ll also get the opportunity to visit some of the Loire Valley’s most emblematic châteaux.

After settling in at the hotel, a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi will take you to a nearby premium Vouvray estate. Here, your guide will accompany you on a tour of the domaine and cellars, concluding with tastings of five of the region’s white Chenin Blanc-based wines, including the domaine’s Réserve Spéciale. Tastings of local delicacies such as cheeses and rillettes will be served alongside the wines. You will be taken back to your hotel after the visit and your first evening will be free for you to explore Tours in your own time.

Wine tasting and visit Chateau Gaudrelle
Loire wine tour - Credits Chateau du Petit Thouars

Having been introduced to the region’s white wines on day one, your journey of discovery will continue on day two. You will be picked up in the morning by an English-speaking driver guide who will transport you throughout the day on a private basis.

You’ll discover Chinon, home to some of the Loire Valley’s most exceptional reds. To begin your day, you’ll enjoy a guided tour and tasting at a stunning chateau surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Following this, you’ll delight in a wonderful picnic lunch filled with seasonal and local delicacies, accompanied by a bottle of the estate’s wine, as you look out over the peaceful and serene Loire Valley countryside. Your day will continue with a tour and tastings at a family-run winery in central Chinon, giving you some more opportunity to discover this charming, historic town.

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Chinon France wine tasting

At the end of your day, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Tours.

For those spending three nights in the region, on day four you will meet your English-speaking driver guide at a central departure point in Tours. Today you will be part of a small group of up to 8 people. You will set out for guided visits of two emblematic chateaux of the Loire Valley region: learning all about the Renaissance history of each chateau and taking a stroll in their beautiful gardens.

Chateau de Villandry Loire Valley wine tour
Tasting Loire Valley wines, credit Stevens Fremont

Lunch is not included as part of the package, but your guide will be pleased to recommend you some nearby boulangeries to grab a bite to eat. In the afternoon, you’ll head on to Vouvray, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour and tasting of three wines at another charming family-run estate. At the end of the day, your guide will drop you off in Tours.

In the evening, to round off such a delightful trip, a three-course dinner with drinks will be served in a premium brasserie in Tours.

Loire wine tour-Credits JS Evrard 047

Outline Itinerary

  Day One of your Loire Wine Tour

  • Upon arrival in Tours, check into your preferred room grade at the 4* Oceania L’Univers.
  • After settling in, you will be taken by a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi for a tour and five tastings with local delicacies at a top Vouvray winery.

Day Two of your Loire Wine Tour

  • After having breakfast at the hotel, your tour day will comprise of:
  • Full-day transport with an English-speaking driver guide
  • A tour, tastings and picnic lunch at a château in the Chinon area
  • A tour and tastings at a second winery in Chinon
Loire Wine Tour - Credits Stevens Fremont
Loire wine tour Credits Stevens Frémont

Day Three (Optional) of your Loire Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, your tour day will comprise of:
  • A full day guided and transported tour as part of a small group
  • Entry to two quintessential Loire Valley Châteaux
  • A tour and tastings at a family-run estate in Vouvray
  • In the evening, a three-course dinner with drinks will be served in a premium brasserie in Tours

Final Day of your Loire Wine Tour

  • Breakfast and check out at the hotel.

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

Chateau du Petit Thouars Loire Valley wine tasting
Loire wine tour- © JS Evrard


The hotel very accommodating to ensure we had a good experience

Sue- Alberta, Canada

Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Considerable discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March). Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Hôtel Oceania L'Univers - ToursComfort4*3 Days£582Book Now
Hôtel Oceania L'Univers - ToursComfort4*4 Days£733Book Now

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Enhance your Loire Wine Tour

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know which room grade you prefer at the hotel and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for any extra nights including breakfast.
  • Explore the rest of the Loire Valley: We offer specialist wine tours along the length of the Loire River and you may like to consider spending some time in Sancerre, one of our favourite hubs for tasting the region’s fantastic wines. Details of our Loire Valley tours can be found on our web site or alternatively, please give us a call to discuss the multitude of tailor-made options.
  • Discover Paris. It takes just over an hour to get to central Paris from Tours by train and many of our guests like to spend a night or two experiencing the delights of the City of Love. We would be pleased to put together a bespoke itinerary for you.
Loire wine tour ©JS Evrard

Lesley and I would just like to thank Jenna and the team at Grape Escapes for organising another excellent trip for us. The timing of the visits were spot on and the wineries that we visited were all different and had something to offer and educate us,apart from the wine of course .

Jeff- Chelmsford, UK

Further Information

Travel to your Loire Wine Tour

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for further information.

Essential Tours

For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.

Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail to request a booking form.

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