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Loire: Chateaux & Wines around Chenonceau

Reference: LVT1

Pick up: 9.00am Amboise or 9.30am Tours
(Wednesday & Saturday)
Duration : 9 hours
Cost: From A$235 per person
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Loire: Chenonceau / Amboise / Clos Luce

Arriving in the Loire Valley, you’ll start your day visiting the Chateau de Chenonceau.

The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.

Lunch at a wine specialist’s in matured Loire Valley vintages. Daniel, oenologist, welcomes you in his caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil wines. In order to transcend your meal, you will pair your wines with a selection of delicatessen and cheeses (cheeses selected by Rodolphe le Meunier, 2007 cheese refiners’ world champion).

After lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and young François d’Angoulême, future Francois I. You will discover in this wonderful castle, perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters today the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.

In order to make your tour thorough, we take you to meet the Genius in his Manor du Clos Lucé, a few yards away from the Royal Castle.

Leonardo da Vinci spent there the last three years of his life and died there in 1519. After you tour his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, you will be in awe in front of the invention room, displaying models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented.


The tour includes:

  • Transportation in a minivan
  • Private English speaking escort guide
  • Entrance tickets and tour of the Chateaux of Amboise, Clos Lucé and Chenonceau
  • Tour and tasting at a cellar cave
  • Lunch at the winery
  • Drinks
  • 8 passengers maximum per vehicle.

The tour does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel pick up 15.00 € per person (hotels located in the Loire Valley between Blois and Tours)

Loire: Chateaux & Wines around Chambord

Reference: D2

Pick up: 9.30am Tours or 10.00 Amboise
(Tuesday & Friday)
Duration : 9 hours
Cost: From A$235 per person
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Loire: Blois / Chambord / Cheverny

The tour begins with the guided tour of Royal Castle of Blois. The four wings of the castle courtyard (Medieval, Flamboyant Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical) offer a great survey of the architecture in the Loire Valley. Through the XIX century restorations, you will be amazed by the surprising colours of a chateau during the French Renaissance as well as by King Henry III’s bedroom, theatre of one of the most tragic events of the wars of religion, the murder of the Duke de Guise.

Drive to Cheverny: Cheverny & Cour Cheverny tasting of 7 different wines. The “Cheverny” appellation produces elegant red wines from pinot noir and gamay as well as fruity white wines from chardonnay and sauvignon. You will enjoy this moment to taste wine for real connoisseurs: the “Cour Cheverny Appellation”, a stunning white wine made from a grape called Romorantin, imported by King François 1st into the Loire Valley.

Lunch at local restaurant with the wines of the tasting, cheeses, charcuterie, salad and dessert.

Guided tour of the Chateau of Cheverny, which has been owned by the same family since the XIII. The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye, thanks to one of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, has succeeded in giving warmth and life to his chateau. The chateau, which led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, is also famous for the tradition of the horse-back hunt and its impressive pack of 100 dogs. You may have a chance to witness the spectacular daily event of “the dogs’ soup”.

Drive to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The Chateau de Chambord (guided tour) is a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. With more than 400 rooms and its double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.


The tour includes:

  • Transportation in a comfortable full option minivan
  • English speaking escort guide
  • Entrance tickets and tour of the Chateaux of Blois, Cheverny and Chambord
  • Tour and wine tasting
  • Lunch & drinks
  • 8 passengers maximum per vehicle.

The tour does not include:

  • Personal expenses extra
  • Hotel pick up 15.00 € per person (hotels based in the Loire Valley between Blois and Tours)

Loire: Chateaux & Wines around Villandry

Reference: D3

Pick up: 9.00am Amboise or 9.30am Tours
(Monday & Thursday)
Duration: 9 hours
Cost: From A$235 per person
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Loire: Azay le Rideau / Langeais / Villandry

To start the day, guided tour of the Château of Azay le Rideau, one of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. Financer Gilles Berthelot’s Chateau, delicately placed on an island on the Indre river, still shines today thanks to the lightness and balance of its mullioned, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.

We will not forget to admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English style garden, a jewel case of greenness for what is considered today as one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in Touraine.

Tour and wine tasting in Azay le Rideau or Chinon: Wine tasting at a vineyard in Chinon or Bourgueil followed by a lunch at a local domain or in a traditional restaurant according to the availability. AOC Chinon or Bourgueil. A true authentic moment. (Drinks included).

Guided tour of Langeais Fortress, A tour of the interior not only gives a good idea of the day-to-day life in the Middle Ages, but also provides reminders of a key event in French history: the marriage of Charles VIII and Duchess Anne of Brittany, which eventually led to her still-independent duchy becoming part of France. When Jacques Siegfried bought the Chateau of Langeais in 1886, he set out to recreate a model 15th-century residence, complete with furniture, tapestries and artifacts of the period.

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, discover the power of thyme and basil on your health.


The tour includes:

  • Transportation in a comfortable full option minivan
  • Private English speaking escort guide
  • Entrance tickets and tour of the Chateaux of Azay le Rideau and Langeais
  • Gardens of Villandry
  • Tour and wine tasting at a cellar cave
  • Lunch at a winery or in a traditional restaurant according to the availability
  • Drinks
  • 8 passengers maximum per vehicle.

The tour does not include:

  • Personal expenses extra
  • Other drinks
  • Hotel pick up 15.00 € per person (hotels located in the Loire Valley between Amboise and Tours)

Dordogne: Half Day trip in Rocamadour

Reference: OPHDor1

When : From April to October (closed in August)

Schedule:

Morning: 9.00am Afternoon: 2.00pm
Duration 4 hours

Availability : Every day
Cost:

From A$115 per adult and A$60 per child (4-12 years)

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Depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne.

The village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles.

Here, follow your guide and visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex perched on a cliff and one of the most dramatic pilgrimage sites in Europe.

Enjoy some free time for personal discovery and return to Sarlat.


The tour includes:

  • Guided walking tour of Rocamadour
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
  • Small group tours of 8 passengers maximum

The tour does not include:

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Eventual gratuities
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions unless mentioned

Dordogne: All Dordogne in a day

Reference: OPHDor2

When : From April to October (closed in August)
Schedule: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Duration 9 hours
Availability : Every day except Tuesdays
Cost :

From A$225 per adult and A$115 per child (4-12 years)

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Discover the best the Dordogne region has to offer during this full day guided tour. Begin the tour with a guided walking tour of Sarlat. The town developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th to 16th century France. During the guided tour you will discover the most famous monuments and buildings of the town including the mysterious "Lantern of the Dead".

Your day will continue with a walking tour in two delightful villages: Beynac and La Roque Gageac. While in La Roque Gageac, enjoy a boat ride along the Dordogne River to admire all the mighty castles that line the River.

Your next stop will be in Les Eyzies de Tayac, the world capital of Prehistory as this is the town where Cro-Magnon was discovered. Here you will visit the National Prehistory Museum with your guide who will explain the basics of our common history as the life and culture of Homo Sapien are revealed.

Finally, end the day with the visit of Lascaux II cave, a perfect reproduction of the original cave discovered in 1940 by 4 teenagers.


The tour includes:

  • Guided walking tour of Sarlat
  • Visit of Lascaux II cave
  • Guided visit of the National Prehistoric Museum
  • Boat Ride on the Dordogne
  • Walking tour in Beynac
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Small group tour of 8 passengers maximum

The tour does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums and attractions other than mentioned
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