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.
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Arrival in Loire Valley
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.
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”
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
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
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