French Vineyards Itinerary: Loire Valley

French Vineyards Itinerary: Loire Valley

Leah is a bona fide wine lover.

June 20-25, she is headed to the heart of the Loire Valley, where she will sip wine amongst the chateaus and tell the story of this historic wine region.

Follow her magical journey using #VisitFrenchWine 


DAY 1: 

Arrival in Loire Valley


DAY 2:

Short guided tour of the city of Clisson   

Visit of two wine domains in the Muscadet vineyards 

Visit and tasting in two wine domains of the Layon area

Wine Uniqueness: Sweet wines and dessert wines with an aromatic richness that goes on forever. 


DAY 3:

Follow-up discovery of Anjou wines 

Special Feature: Red, rosé, and Sparkling Fruity and spring-like, this wine reveals surprising aromatic finesse.

Drive to Touraine – around 1 hour drive

Stroll around the city of Chinon

Drive from Chinon to Rochecorbon (37 miles, 1H15)

Visit of Château Gaudrelle cellars and wines and cheeses workshop

Night at the B&B La Bagatelle


DAY 4:

Visit of Tours with and stop by the central market « les Halles »


Food-lovers and gourmets: you must try rillettes and rillons from Tours,
fouaces (buns cooked on a wood stove), goat's cheese from Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine with a glass of Vouvray or Chinon.
Stop off at a café terrace or a restaurant on Place Plumereau, a highly convivial square that is always lively.


Drive from Tours to Chenonceau (28.5 miles)

Visit of the château of Chenonceau

Lunch at the Restaurant l’Orangerie Château de Chenonceau

Drive from Chenonceau to Montrichard (7.4 miles)

Visit the Monmousseau enlightened cellars

Drive from Montrichard to Bourges (72 miles, 1H40)


City of Bourges

Visit of the sumptuous St Etienne Cathedral, 

Visit of Jacques Coeur’s Palace,a gothic masterpiece 

 Night tour of the spectacular lit-up night walk. 


Dinner at the Michelin-star restaurant Le Cercle in Bourges

Night at B&B La Panette 


DAY 5:

Drive from Bourges to Menetou-Salon (12.4 miles – 35 mn)

Menetou-Salon, Domaine Gilbert 

Visit of the Domain's cellar and vineyards. Wine tasting. 

Restaurant le Fluteau in Menetou-Salon.

Drive from  Menetou-Salon to Sancerre (20 miles – 40 mn)

Visit of cellars in Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé

Boat ride with a traditional Toue boat “ le Raboliot” along the Loire with tasting of local products

Lunch at the Restaurant au P’tit Goûter

What to eat: Traditional cuisine with local products and Chavignol goat cheese specialities

La Côte des Monts Damnés à Chavignol


DAY 6:

Visit of Sancerre vineyards exploring the best point of views 

Visit Maison des Sancerre

Winegrowers will welcome you and show you the various sides of wine-making.


Drive from Chavignol/ Sancerre to Gien (1h – 38 miles) 

Drop off the rental car at the Agency Gien.

Departure from Gien by train to Paris



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