A truly special Wine and Chateaux Bordeaux and Loire Valley Tour

Written by on April 12, 2018 in Tours in France

Join a fabulous guided tour of Bordeaux and the Loire Valley and discover the wine chateaux and Renaissance castles of these outstandingly beautiful regions.

Wine chateaux and Renaissance castles

Delight in exquisite landscapes while sampling some of the world’s finest wines. The châteaux on this tour are legendary and the wine is beyond compare. You’ll visit the elegant city of Bordeaux, the surrounding Médoc vineyards, the village of Saint-Émilion making stops at world-famous wineries. You’ll discover the Loire’s fairy-tale castles Chambord and Chenonceau. You’ll explore the historic cities of Amboise and Chinon. And sip the finest nectar at the small wineries of Chinon, Saumur Champigny and Vouvray appellations.

Medoc wine tour

Based in Bordeaux, the Pearl of Aquitaine, the tour will take in the “Route des Chateaux” for Margaux, Cos d’Estournel, Talbot, Latour, Laffite-Rothschild, Palmer, Gruaud-Larose, Rauzan-Segla, Beychevelle and more. You’ll stop off at famous wine chateaux of the area such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac) or one of the five “Premier Cru” of Medoc where a tour and tasting await.

Saint Emilion and Sauternes-Barsac

A 1er Grand Cru of Saint Emilion will open its doors for your visit and a special tasting. After lunch in the village, you’ll have time to wander the streets of the charming village of Saint Emilion. You’ll take a guided visit of the monolithic church which dates back to the 8th century, carved in the rock, as well as the 7th-century cave, refuge of the monk who founded the city. Another fabulous tasting will be held, this time at a legendary vineyard such as Clos La Madeleine (grand cru classé).

Finally, a tasting at the Chateau d’Yquem or Suduiraut both “1st cru classe” in Sauternes for the most splendid natural sweet wine of the world.

Loire Valley chateaux

This part of your tour will take you to the castle of Azay-le-Rideau, the most romantic and harmonious in the region, You’ll also visit the Chateau d’Usse, lived in by the same family since the 15th century. This is the castle that inspired Perrault to write “Sleeping Beauty”.

You’ll take in the Chateau de Chenonceau, lunch in the beautiful park at the Chateau de Chaumont and visit the city of Amboise, last home of Leonardo da Vinci. The chateau of Chervery and Chambord, the most majestic castle of the Loire are also on the program.

Visit a market and the castle in Saumur. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and some of the regional red wines before visiting the 11th century Abbey de Fontevraud for the memories of Henry II Platagenet, Richard Lion Heart and Alienor d’Aquitaine.

This is just a taster of a week long spectacular guided tour where everything is taken care of for you from transferts to accommodation, food and wine. There’s no rushing about, it’s a small group, bespoke tour  – what memories are made of.

Details at froggytravel Tours

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