2 days in the Loire Valley

Discover the Loire Valley, its wines and cultural heritage

 

Duration

2 days

Group

Min. 2 / Max. 6 pers.

Departure

Pick-up at your hotel in Paris

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Tasting

Min. 2 persons

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Language

French or English

Transport

Car or Minivan

+33 610 23 56 34

geraldine@winedomini.com

for more information

From 530 €/person

Geraldine, our bilingual guide, is a wine expert.

She has been conducting wine tasting and wine trips for the past 15 years.

She is a knowledgable and friendly guide who will guide and assist you during the whole trip.

Géraldine is CEO of Wine Domini, WSET, CWS, DTO Institute of Oenology – Burgundy

 

ITINERARY – 2 days in the Loire Valley

  • Departing from Paris with a pick up at your hotel
  • 100% private
  • With a bilingual guide.   Geraldine is WSET 3, she is experimented, well  knowledgable and very sociable !
  • Custom-made itineraries (choose the Loire castles you would like to visit)
  • 1 night in a confortable guest house with dinner and wine tasting 
DAY 1 : Paris – Chambord - Vouvray

Loire Valley is the land of the good life: majestic castles where French kings used to hunt and rest, fine food and home of the most vibrant, zesty white wines produced in France (Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé, Vouvray…)

 

  • 8 am: Pick up at your hôtel in Paris
  • Arrive in Chambord* around 11 :15am. Chambord is the largest Château in the Loire Valley. It was built to serve as a hunting lodge for King François 1er. Chambord the most recognizable castle in the Loire because of its distinctive and outstanding Renaissance architecture.
    Free visit with Geraldine  – Length  : from 1h1/2 to 2 hours with the gardens
  • Lunch within the property of Chambord – Bistrot style
  • Afternoon time in the small village of Vouvray is the world capital for Chenin Blanc, a white grape variety that attains its highest expression in the mineral soils of Vouvray. Visit + tasting, Chateau Gaudrelle, a family winery nestled in the typical chalky troglodythe caves of Vouvray. Alexandre Monmousseau will give us a tour of his caves and share with us his passion for the wine making process of the still and sparkling Vouvray.  The cellar visit will be followed by a private wine tasting of 5 to 6 wines with delicious goat cheeses and porc rillettes.
  • Scenic drive along the Loire river to go back to the village of Semblançay.
  • Dinner and overnight at the Gite du Plessis de la Gagnerie*, a renovated former hunting house with 3 luxuous bedrooms, located at the heart of a private forest dedicated to the “Chasse à Courre” (hunting with hounds). Geraldine will serve you 3 different local wines and explain to the diversity of Loire Valley wines.  Wines will be served with a selection of local cheeses.  Then, Geraldine will cook a homemade dinner that you will enjoy all together.
    The guest house is privatized for us only, it’s in the middle of the forest with horses. Enjoy the walking paths around with access to a nearby lake. In September, it is the breeding season for the deers and you can hear and see the stags roar when they mate.

    * Chambord or : Cheverny, Chenonceaux, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, Blois, Chaumont….

Optional extra:

If you prefer to stay in a more “regular” hôtel in the city of Tours (especially from October to April), I would recommend 2 addresses:

 

  • .Maison de Jules: located in the historical part of Tours, this very charming private guest house with only 5 bedrooms is a must.  All rooms have been remodeled and Alex, the owner, is a wonderful person who will welcome you personally.    
    No extra fee, breakfast is included but not dinner
  • Chateau de Belmont, a 4 stars Hôtel with spa. The hôtel is beautiful with a mixture of old and new architecture and rooms overlooking the quiet gardens   
    Around 200€ extra or 2 (Double room with view on the gardens, breakfast included, not dinner).
DAY 2 : Semblançay – Villandry - Paris
  • Departure around 9:00 after Breakfast
  • Morning visit of  Château de Villandry*. Villandry is another castle built in the 16th century and it is extremely famous for its Renaissance gardens that include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens and vegetable gardens. The gardens are laid out in formal patterns created with low box hedges. Fantastic all year long ! Free visit, Lenght : 1h30
  • Lunch in a bistrot style restaurant
  • Wine Tasting in Montlouis-Sur-Loire . Domaine Jacky Blot (or equivalent)
    Jacky Blot is a figure in the Loire Valley in both appellations Montlouis and Bourgeuil (white and red wines).  Enjoy a private tasting of 5 to 6 wines
  • Drive back to Paris (about 2h1/2) around 7/8pm depending on traffic and drop off at your hotel

* The Loire Valley has so many castles you can choose from: Chenonceaux, Cheverny, Clos de Lucé, Amboise, Blois…..

* If you are “sportive”, we can rent a bike and reach Chateau de Villandry after a 50mn bicycle ride in the forest.  Very nice!

“Family trip in the Loire Valley”
 

We have just returned from a weekend in the Loire Valley with Geraldine and Wine Domini. She is so professional, and yet, we felt like we were traveling with a friend. She accommodated us in every way, finding ways to make our 5yo daughter feel included and happy. Geraldine went above and beyond, and we felt like we squeezed wine education, good food, sight seeing, and relaxing into less than 48 hours. She is amazing. We can’t wait to go back and see Alain the farmer again.

Shawn – New York
Date of experience: June 2018

 
Couldn’t have asked for a better experience than what Geraldine offers in her Sancerre tour. This is not just a ‘wine tour,’ it’s a guided journey through time in a region cultivated from some of the most incredible vineyard landscapes on earth. Geraldine’s love of wine is deep-seated from her early days growing up in Champagne, and she’ll share how her palate has evolved over time from living many places abroad. Her vast knowledge of French art, food, history and culture is thorough, enough to make the conversation in the car ride from Paris an easy and enjoyable one. Pre-booking, her communication was excellent and she is willing to work with you on agenda that suits. Her prompt, early arrival for pickup is designed to give you the fullest possible day in the Loire Valley, and her contacts with local wine and cheese-makers provide an in-depth tutorial you just can’t get with ‘big bus tours.’ You’ll leave Sancerre with a new appreciation for it’s culture and history, not just associating it as a name on the bottle. We wouldn’t hesitate to book another outing with Geraldine the next time we are in the Paris area.
 
Andrew – Chicago
Date of experience: May 2019

 
y toMy husband and I had a wonderful time with Geraldine on our two daur of the Loire Valley. It was immediately clear that Geraldine loves her wine and the wine regions and her in depth knowledge and passion for wine kept us interested and engaged throughout our time together. We enjoyed the leisurely time we had at the castle tours each day, in spite of the rain. In Tour, she arranged for us to stay at a lovely Airbnb. Throughout the booking process, Geraldine was responsive, flexible and accommodating to our mutual schedules. We look forward to experiencing other wine tasting options that Geraldine has to offer when we return to the area.
 
Frances – New York – October 2019

Prices & Departure dates

 

Customized Tour:

This is YOUR tour. If you wish to visit a specific local wine producer or stop at another castle than Chaumont Sur Loire (for example: Chambord, Chenonceaux …), please let us know at the time of reservation

Prices:

  • 2 people min: 620€ / pers
  • 3 to 4 people: 590€ / pers
  • 5 to 6 people: 530€ / pers

Includes:

  • Transportation by car or mini van
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • All visits and tastings
  • Full time bilingual guide
  • Saturday night dinner + Wine tasting of 3 wines from the Loire Valley (Geraldine will introduce the characteristics of the local wines, sparkling, white, red and sweet as well as the wine tasting techniques)
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Luxuous guest house (Double room with 1 large queen size bed or 2 single beds)

Excludes:

  • Lunches ( 20 euro max).

Paiement:

30% deposit at the time of reservation

Cancellation Policy:

There will be a 15% fee incurred if a confirmed tour is cancelled more than 7 days before the actual tour date and a 50% fee if cancelled between 3 to 7 days. For cancellations made within 3 days, no refund will be provided.