Only 42 minutes from Paris, taking the fast TGV train, we will meet you in the morning at the TGV station: Vendôme Villiers, departure from the “Gare Montparnasse” in Paris. We will drive you first to your accommodation, a beautiful troglodyte suite. After coffee, and croissants, we will leave to the famous château of Chaumont.
The château of Chaumont, and the International Garden Festival are one of my favorites. the International Garden Festival has been a laboratory for contemporary garden and landscape design worldwide with a theme changing every year. The fortress of Chaumont-sur-Loire was built around the year 1000 to keep watch over the border between the counties of Blois and Anjou. The different apartments in the château are exceptional, including the Catherine de Medici room –formerly a ceremonial bedroom– boasts the oldest tapestry in the Château’s collections, woven in Tournai in the late 15thcentury (The Story of Perseus and Pegasus). The château is also a Center for the Arts exhibiting modern Art installations in the different galeries but also Land Art on the grounds.
The visit of the château and gardens will take about 2.5 hours.
We will follow with a lunch at a award winning restaurant and taste the wine appellations: AOC Touraine.
In the afternoon, we will visit a local winery where you will be able to meet the winemaker and tour le cellar. This will start your education about the Loire Valley wines. The Loire Valley produces Red wines, white wines, rosés and sparkling wines. Before the end of the day, you will have tasted many of the Loire Valley varietals.
On the way back, we will drive through the countryside and forests over to the banks of the Loire river, going through small picturesque villages.
There will be plenty of chances to buy the wine you taste and they are such good value you will want to send some home to enjoy with friends, and families. We can organize the shipping, and handle the custom paper work for you.
Diner will be prepared by Luc Bonhomme as a food and wine pairing experience. This will be an opportunity to taste lesser known French gastronomy. It is then time for you to enjoy spending the night in your troglodyte suite.
Your troglodyte suite
After breakfast, we will drive to the second castle, the one you have selected (mentioned on your booking form). After the visit, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back to Thoré la Rochette, we will stop at a winery for a tasting.In the early evening, we will take you back to the TGV station for your return to Paris.
including TGV train station pickup, and drop off.
Tours available from Mars to November 2018
• Train TGV tickets round trip from Paris Montparnasse to Vendôme, Villiers station
• Comfortable transport
• English expert guide by: Luc Bonhomme (company’s owner)
• Coffee, and croissants upon arrival
• Access to your accommodation in the morning
• Chaumont château, and International Garden Festival visits
• Lunch (award winning restaurant)
• Winery visits and guided wine tastings
• Opportunity to buy and ship wines
• Diner in a French home or local restaurant
• Night accommodation in your troglodyte suite
• Continental breakfast
• Visit of the second castle, the one you have selected (make your selection in the booking form)
Lunch at a local restaurant
Wine tasting in the afternoon
• Return to railway TGV station Vendome Villiers
• Good bye gift
Ideal for novice or expert tasters
• Travel insurance
• Personal expenses