This day trip will be tailored to your wishes! The program detailed below is our suggestion taken from our team’s favorites, but we are able to customize anything according to your interests and ideas.
Our friendly expert guide will pick you up at your hotel and stay with you all day long to share his passion for the region and French history.
We start our visit at Château de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. During the tour, you will time-travel from Renaissance to life in France back in the 18th century. Our tour-leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau, with plenty of thrilling anecdotes. Take a nice and friendly walk with our local guide in Villandry stunning formal gardens, a beautiful and delicately-manicured landscape masterpiece. Our expert will share all his knowledge of this garden à la française, and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of this remarquable site: the ornamental kitchen garden, the Maze, the classical water garden...
Enjoy an informal picnic lunch made of delicious seasonal products in a more intimate castle, still inhabited by the current owners. You will taste local specialties, and of course local wines from Loire area in a really friendly and restful atmosphere! (Lunch not included, on request)
The second half of the day will take you to the famous Château d'Ussé.
This castle seems to come straigth out of a fairy tale and even inspired Charles Perrault for the Sleeping Beauty. Step in the shoes of famous Vauban, Charles Perrault, Le Nôtre or even Châteaubriand... Admire the stunning formal gardens designed by famous landscaper Le Nôtre (who also designed the gardens of Château de Versailles).
We will then enjoy together a tasting workshop during which you can learn more about Loire and Chinon wines. As a perfect end to the day, your guide will offer you a final drink with a glass of Loire wine and local delights before driving you back to your hotel!