Medieval fortresses, royal châteaux, Renaissance residences, impressive cathedrals… these are just a few of the historical treasures that await you. Retrace the steps of fascinating figures and taste some of France’s most famous wines, including Sancerre, Muscadet and Vouvray. We will also be treated to sumptuous dinners, including a mouth-watering Michelin-starred meal.
Departing London, we enjoy lunch aboard the coach before arriving in Tours.
This morning, we explore the city of Tours before visiting Marc Bredif in the Vouvray appellation for a cellar visit and tasting. Later, we stop in Chenonceau.
We visit the stunning Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, a shining example of French Renaissance architecture, and then it’s on to a Bourgeuil winery for lunch before continuing to Saumur for tonight’s Michelin-starred dinner.
Today we begin at Château de Chinon, where Joan of Arc appealed to Charles VII. Explore Chinon independently before enjoying an indulgent tasting at both Domaine Couly-Dutheil and then at our hotel.
The Abbey of Fontevraud is where we begin and later there is an optional tour of Château de Saumur. This evening we dine at the superb Langlois-Château.
Our day begins with a viewing of Angers’ incredible Apocalypse tapestry and then it’s on to Honfleur, the charming Normandy port town beloved by artists.
Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp is where we begin on this, our final day. Here, we discover the origin of their Bénédictine spirit and after lunch, we travel home.
Lys Hall is an established lecturer on the wines of Europe and an expert on those of Italy, Spain, and the Loire and South-west France in particular. She fell in love with the food and wines of Italy whilst studying for a degree in Art History, and has a passion for European history, as well as good all-round knowledge and love of the countries themselves. She has been organising and accompanying wine tours for over 20 years and lecturing on wine to both the trade and private groups for even longer.
*For UK bookings only
As we will be travelling around on this tour and making numerous visits, we will stay in several 3* and 4* hotels located in Tours, Saumur and Honfleur.
Use this opportunity to indulge in some incredible French cuisine. From a Michelin-starred dinner to discoveries in more traditional local food and gastronomy, there will be many chances to enjoy a taste of this magnificent country.
A truly diverse wine region, with cold winters and hot summers, the Loire Valley produces some fantastic, elegant wines in a broad variety of styles. Wonderful rosé, red and white wines are produced in this area and our visits showcase just why it is so highly regarded.