|Region:||The Loire Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Hidden Gems|
|Guide Price:||From £834 to £1817 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 picnic lunch + 1 dinner (3 Days)
3 breakfasts + 1 picnic lunch + 1 dinner (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||3 wineries (3 Days)
5 wineries (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 17
|Tour Transport:||English speaking driver / guide for 1 full day (3 Days)
English speaking driver / guide for 2 full days (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. The Domaine will be closed between the 01st of January and the 13th of February.
Our Hidden Gem breaks offer guests a truly unique stay in breath-taking locations. The Loire Valley is famous for its magnificent Châteaux and its incredible range of wines. Our Hidden Gem package at the Relais du Silence Domaine de la Tortinière includes the best of both worlds, with accommodation at a charming Château nestled at the heart of a 15 hectare park and tours and tastings at premium local wineries in the nearby appellations of Chinon, Amboise and Vouvray.
On the morning of day two, after breakfast, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking driver/guide who will accompany your throughout the day on a private basis. Your first stop will be a 15th Century wine-making Château in the Chinon appellation, where you will be welcomed by the Count and Countess of the estate. 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 stunning grounds of the Château.
You will then be taken to the historic town of Chinon, where you will visit the best wine producer in the appellation (producer of arguably the best red wine in the Loire) for a tour of their vineyards and cuverie before tastings of red wines from several of their different terroirs. In the afternoon, you will enjoy another visit at a premium Chinon winery. You will be taken on a tour of the wine-making facilities and the tour will end with an extensive tasting session of the estate’s wines accompanied by local delicacies. You will be taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.
After freshening up, you will be welcome in the Château’s contemporary restaurant. Here, a gastronomic six course tasting menu paired with local wines will be served. Located in a charming conservatory, the restaurant offers stunning views across the Château’s beautiful grounds.
For those opting for the four day break, your English-speaking driver/guide will return on the morning of day three to accompany you throughout a second day of tours. No trip to the Loire Valley would be complete without a visit to one of the enchanting Châteaux of the region. First stop will be the breath-taking Château de Chenonceau, one of the finest examples of the region’s historic Châteaux, where you will spend the morning having an audio-guided tour. You may wish to have lunch at the Château or alternatively, your guide will be more than happy to suggest a restaurant in the nearby town of Amboise depending on how hungry you are feeling on the day.
In the afternoon, a truly unique tasting session of five Vouvray wines will take place in the cellars of a reputed wine merchant in Amboise, 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! Ending the day in style, the remainder of the afternoon will be spent sampling a selection of the best white wines from Vouvray. Here, you will be taken on a private tour of the vineyards, domaine and cellars of a premium winery. The visit will conclude with tastings of five wines, including the domaine’s Réserve Spéciale. A platter of local delicacies such as cheese and rillettes will be served with the wine. You will be taken back to the Château at the end of the tour.
Day Three (Optional)
(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.
Fantastic service and a warm welcome.
Gillian- London, UK
Bring friends and spend less! A discount applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on this break. Please contact us to get a quote.
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 the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
The bottom line is that is was fantastic. I have been on a number of tours and tastings over the years but this was by far the best. Thank you for organising it for me!
Gary- Surrey, UK
Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please contact us for further information.
For more information on our Hidden Gems please see our Hidden Gems 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.