Loire-Valley: Max's itinerary

Loire-Valley: Max's itinerary Nantes fr











Arrival at Nantes train station and transfer to Clisson.

Dinner and night at Hotel Villa Saint-Antoine. http://www.hotel-villa-saint-antoine.com/

30 minutes away from Nantes, the BEST WESTERN Villa Saint Antoine Hotel and its restaurant offer you a great setting by the river.

Recently built in a magical Italian style location, in the heart of Clisson, this boutique hotel gives you a breathtaking view over the medieval Clisson castle and the river Sèvres. Discover the jewels of Nantes’ vine-yards in a romantic setting!



Guided tour of Clisson , Garenne Lemot and the castle of Clisson. Surrounded by vineyards, Clisson is a medieval crossroads on the Marches of Brittany.

This small city was developed by a number of artists and art lovers of the 19th century, becoming an ideal-ised landscape inspired by Italy.

This is a town with a unique character, both Breton and Italian together, where tile and brick mingle with slate and granite. At the crossroads of three ancient provinces, Anjou, Poitou and Brittany, Clisson has a fascinating history that traces back to the 11th century. After the wars of Vendée in the 1790s three charac-ters with a love of Italy arrived in the area, the Cacault brothers and the sculptor F.F. Lemot. Together they introduced Italian architecture in the post war reconstruction of the valley.

Clisson castle stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the whole town.

Introduction of Loire Valley wines and Muscadets. Visit of the cellar and tasting. http://www.sauvion.fr

Lunch at l’Auberge des Brigands at la Boissière du Doré. http://www.auberge-des-brigands.fr/

Tour of Château d’Epiré. http://www.chateau-epire.com/?lang=fr

One of the oldest and most celebrated domaines in Savennières, Chateau d’Epiré is rich in history, not only for its fabulous architectural rendition of the Petit Trianon of Versailles, but most especially for its exquisite wines. Savennières is situated just southwest of Angers, on the north bank of the Loire River. Vines have been cultivated there since the time of the Romans. The domaine itself has been in the Bizard family continuously since the 17th century. The château is exquisite, but the pièce de résistance is their winery, formerly a Romanesque chapel, which is from the 12th century. Truly a blessed wine!

Dinner and night at Loire et Sens. http://www.loireetsens.com/fr/

Loire & Sens is a new resort in the vineyard offering a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness room. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a balcony and a terrace.



Guided tour of the city of Tours. http://www.tours-tourism.co.uk/

Boat ride in a traditional Toue boat in Montsoreau. Wine tasting of Domaine de la Paleine.

Lunch at Les Caves de Silènes. http://www.cavedessilenes.com/en/

Stroll around the city of Chinon. http://uk.vignobles-chinonbourgueilazay.com/ - http://www.touraineloirevalley.co.uk/discover-touraine/wine-tours-in-loi...


It was at Chinon Castle that Joan of Arc met her king, Charles VII. Let yourself be taken back into history, board a “futreau” and float along the River Vienne or if you prefer wander through the old town, among the half-timbered houses. Chinon is host to the 2nd Brotherhood of France, that of the Good Rabelaisian Knights. They hold four chapter ceremonies each year to enrol new knights. Enjoy the fun and festivities of this “Town of Art and History”.

Visit of Tours with a guide from the tourist office and stop by the "Maison des Vins de Tours" . http://www.tours-tourisme.fr

A town of Art and History with medieval streets and squares, half-timbered houses and its central market in Les Halles, Tours is brimming over with charm. Member of the “Cités de la Gastronomie” network, Tours symbolises all that is good about French lifestyle. 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.

All year long, the town of Tours gets festive and hosts a great many music and theatre festivals.

Night at Hôtel Château Belmont**** . http://www.chateaubelmont.com/uk/

Located in the heart of Tours, the Hotel Belmont Castle ****, operating under the name Clarion, combines a peaceful and relaxing place very close to the city life of Tours. Is set in a majestic environment in the middle of a park of 2.5 hectares, and offers the comfort of a personalized hotel service and the pleasure of a prestigious decoration. 65 modern rooms and air-conditioned suites shared between the tourism residence and the old building dating from the XVIIIe century and totally renovated in 2011. There you can find a restaurant with its traditional French cooking, a bar, and a spa area, signed by the famous trademark Cinq Mondes, with its heated indoor swimming- pool, hammam, jacuzzi and fitness corner.





Visit of Domaine Bourillon –Dorléans. Located in the Vouvray appellation, in the charming village of Rochecorbon, Federic welcome you all year round in his wonderful troglodyte cave. The tour is ponctuated by scupltures. http://www.bourillon.com/

Lunch at the Château de Chenonceau. http://www.chenonceau.com/

Visit of the Chateau de Chenonceau with Ipad and finish with a wine tasting at the Dôme Cellar. http://www.chenonceau.com/

Chenonceau Château, also known as “the Castle of the Lady”, is an uncontested architectural ‘Master Piece’, that would not be the same without the water which flows along its beautiful stone walls. For a closer look take a boat ride on the River Cher. Wonder through the gardens, lose yourself in the maze and treat yourself in the floral boutique; full of bouquets of dried flowers and ornaments

Tour of the City of Bourges

The sumptuous St Etienne Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is well worth climbing its 396 steps to contemplate the magnificent view of the old town. Jacques Coeur’s Palace, commissioned by Charles VII’s Master of the Mint is a gothic masterpiece and reminiscent of the splendours of bygone times. Bourges, a “Town of Art and History” can also be visited at night, by following the spectacular, lit-up night walk. The accolades of hard work are celebrated in the Museum of the Best Workers of France, a historic representation of “savoir-faire”.

Dinner at the Restaurant La Suite. Discover the 'modern-chic' creative cuisine of Restaurant La Suite

Night at La Panette B&B. In the historic city of Bourges near the Cathedral, 4 charming bright rooms,

in a peaceful and elegant 18th century manor hotel, before home to the Marquis de Panette. Breakfast in a spacious room with a view on the garden.



Visit of the Domain (cellar + vineyards) + tasting. http://www.domainephilippegilbert.fr

Menetou-Salon, visit of the Domaine Gilbert (biodynamic wines). Founded by his grandfather, developped by his father, Philippe Gilbert is the first winemaker to have developed biodynamic wines at his vineyard Menetou-Salon.


Lunch at C’heu l’Zib restaurant. http://www.cheulzib.com

A traditional restaurant in the heart of the Mentou-Salon vineyard. The inn is nestled in the hills of the village, close to the chateau. Inside, you'll find a feeling of yesteryear, a historic dining room that remains timeless.


Visit of La Maison des Sancerre to discover the Sancerre appellation. http://maison-des-sancerre.com/mds/

In the town center, visit the Maison des Sancerre, where winegrowers will welcome you and show you the multiple aspects of this wine area.

Visit of a cheese-maker “les Chapotons” . http://www.lafermedeschapotons.com

“Crottin de Chavignol”, local goat’s cheese production.

Dinner and night at La Côte des monts Damnés in Chavignol. http://www.montsdamnes.com

Charming hotel with themed rooms, this hotel also has a restaurant and bistro. It's at the heart of the village of Chavignol, known for its Sancerre wine and famous crottin de Chavignol cheese.




Departure from Chavignol.

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