|Region:||The Loire Valley|
|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £280 to £599 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 Breakfasts and 1 lunch (3 Days)|
3 Breakfasts and 2 lunches (3 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 Wineries (3 Days)|
3 Wineries (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 10 wines (3 Days)|
Approximately 16 wines (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||Taxi transfers between all visits (3 Days)|
Taxi transfers between all visits and rail travel to Tours (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year|
Saumur is famed for its Chenin Blanc based sparkling wines made in the Champagne style, however this pretty riverside town is also a fabulous base for a short break. Based at the quintessentially French Hotel Anne d’Anjou on the banks of the river, our three day break includes tours and tastings at two highly-regarded Saumur wineries. At Langlois Chateau, you will be taken on a full tour followed by tastings of five to seven wines. This estate dates back to the 19th Century and is currently under the same ownership as Champagne Bollinger. At Bouvet Ladubay, you will be taken on a tour of some of their 5km of cellars and will enjoy tastings of a range of their wines. If you would like to be taken on the cellar tour on bikes, this can be arranged at no extra cost. You will be transported between destinations by a pre-booked and pre-paid taxi and also included is lunch in a troglodytic cave, where you will taste the local speciality, fouée. This traditional dish consists of hot bread rolls that are heated in an open oven, accompanied by various pâtés, such as rillettes and mojettes.
For those opting for the four day break, day three of your trip will be spent in and around the city of Tours. We will arrange rail travel for you from Saumur and the morning will be free to explore the historical city centre. A three course lunch will then be served in an upmarket brasserie with local wine, water and coffee. The afternoon will then be spent sampling a selection of the best white wines from Vouvray. A taxi will take you to a nearby estate. Here, your guide will accompany you on a tour of the domaine and cellars. 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.
(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.
Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £45 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on the three day break. This discount increases to £65 per person on the four day break.
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.
Given the wide range of travel options to the Loire Valley, the package price does not include travel. Please see our Loire 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.
We would like to say how much we enjoyed the whole tour, considering we are not novices in your wine tour experiences! We were so surprised at great diverse wines made from the two main grape varieties.
John- Dorset, UK