|Region:||The Loire Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £487 to £640 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch and 1 dinner (3 Days)
3 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch and 1 dinner (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 wineries (3 Days)
3 wineries, 1 Château and 1 tasting session (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 16 (3 Days)
Approximately 21 (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||Rail and taxi transfers to Chinon, and taxi transfers to Vouvray (3 Days)
Rail and taxi transfers to Chinon, Rail travel to Amboise and taxi transfers to Vouvray (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. The trip cannot start on a Sunday for logistical reasons.
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 (as well as Amboise on the four day break).
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.
Having been introduced to the region’s white wines on day one, your journey of discovery will continue on day two, where rail travel to Chinon (and Amboise on the four day break) is included as part of the package. The hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from the station, allowing complete ease of access. Upon arrival in the beautiful riverside town of Chinon, you will be welcomed as the VIP guests of one of the town’s best producers. Your guide will accompany you on a tour of the estate and cellars, where you will see first-hand the wine-making process from press to bottle.
The tour will conclude with five tastings. A pre-booked and pre-paid taxi will then take you to a 15th Century wine-making Château, where following a visit to the Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc vineyards and a tour of the cellars, a tasting session will take place in the Château’s historic tasting room. A picnic lunch with a bottle of wine will then be served in the Château’s stunning grounds. The afternoon will be free to explore the pretty riverside town of Chinon before taking the train back to Tours at your convenience. In the evening, a three course dinner will be served in a premium brasserie in Tours with drinks.
For those spending three nights in the region, you will take a short train ride to Amboise on day three. In this historic town, a truly unique tasting session of three Vouvray wines paired with local cheeses will then take place in the cellars of a reputed wine merchant, who specialises in old wines (some of which date back to the forties). There is a strong chance that you will be able to taste wine from your birth year! Also included in Amboise is entry to Château Clos Lucé, the former home of the famous Leonardo da Vinci.
(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.
The hotel very accommodating to ensure we had a good experience
Sue- Alberta, Canada
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.
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
Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
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