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Superstay Combo Champagne Tours & Loire Valley Tours 5 days, 5 nights
Small group

 
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All inclusive Package.
Lunches & drinks in caves.
Registered guide, entrance fees.
5 Nights in 4* hotel in Tours & Reims.

Day Tours available from Monday to Saturday, NO Day Tours on Sundays.
Private tours available.

 

CHAMPAGNE TOURS
MONDAY: Epernay avenue de Champagne / Scenic Route
TUESDAY: Reims Heritage & Grandes Maisons de Champagne

 

LOIRE VALLEY TOURS
THURSDAY : Azay le Rideau / Langeais / Villandry
FRIDAY: Blois / Chambord / Cheverny
SATURDAY: Chenonceau / Amboise / Clos Lucé

 

Our philosophy being to be serious without taking ourselves too seriously, our guides will not give you a lecture but will take you as a friend and in a relaxed way, reveal plenty of anecdotes about the Grandes Maisons de Champagne and will tell you about our daily life in this beautiful region.
All our guides are licensed and bilingual. Each of them will give you detailed historical and architectural visits of the highlights of the Champagne region. He or she is qualified and entitled to take you through any indoor and outdoor site such as the Grandes Maisons de Champagne, the vineyards, the family estates, Reims Cathedral, etc.

Champagne region

 

Monday: Epernay, Avenue de Champagne & Scenic route.

Vineyards of the Cote des Blancs and Grands Crus Villages, tour and Champagne tasting at Moët & Chandon, Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, Champagne tasting lunch, tour and Champagne tasting at a family wine makerand Dom Perignon's tomb in Hautvillers.

 

Pick up: 09:00AM Reims Tourist Office at the Central train station.

 

Scenic Route des champagnesThe tour begins with Scenic Route des Champagnes.
It meanders among the vineyards and picturesque villages, offering a charming bucolic landscape. We take you to the C ôte des Blancs for a sightseeing of some of the most famous Grandes Maisons de Champagne such as: Bollinger, Gosset, Deutz, etc. En route the countryside is enamelled with beautiful Grand Cru villages like Ay, Hautvillers, Bouzy, Le Mesnil, Vernezay, etc.

 

 

 

Tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Moët & Chandon.
Founded in 1743 by Claude Möet it becomes within 40 year the first international brand in the world. Its history is linked to some famous figures such as The Marquise de Pompadour and Napoleon 1st. This Champagne is also sold to many important historical events among which King Edwards VII’s coronation, Cannes Film Festival, the 120th anniversary of the Liberty Statue, etc…It is probably nowadays the most famous Champagne brand around the world.

Moët and Chandon

 

Epernay - Avenue de ChampagneStroll along the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay.
Located in the heart of town, Epernay is internationally known as the "Capital of Champagne". Epernay ’s stunning main street appears like an exhibition of opulent mansions housing the most illustrious Maisons de Champagne: Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouet, Mercier, etc. Not to mention the 100km of tunnels under the pavement!

 

 

Champagne tastingLunch and Champagne tasting at either a winery or a Champagne bar.
We will introduce you to local specialties which will be assorted with three sorts of Champagne (Blanc de blancs, Blanc de noirs and Rosé) of the main terroirs of the Champagne region like: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blanc.

 

 

 

Champagne regionDrive to the Marne Valley on a journey through the vineyard to meet with another prestigious figure: Dom Pérignon who finalized the process to elaborate Champagne. He highly contributed to the fame of Champagne and is now buried in the church of the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers.
On the way back to Epernay you will enjoy the discovery of another face of Champagne: tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate.

05.00 PM: your guide will drive you back to Reims Tourist Office at the Central train station.

 

 

 Drop-off : 05.40 PM at your hotel**** in Reims

 

YOUR HOTEL IN REIMS FOR 2 NIGHTS

Check in hotel**** La Paix - superior room
Located in the heart of Reims, in an exceptional setting, a stone's throw from the Cathedral and the shops, Hotel de La Paix combines modernity and cultural heritage. Among contemporary lines, designer furniture, old stones and colourful variations, there reigns a serene, fluid and light atmosphere.

Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.

Loire Valley Tours and Champagne Tours Combo

Dinners at your leisure.


 

Tuesday: Reims Heritage & Grandes Maisons de Champagne.

Sightseeing of the Grandes Maisons de Champagne in Reims, guided of Reims Catherdal, tour and Champagne tasting at Mumm, Champagne tasting lunch, tour and tasting at family estate in the Montagne de Reims vineyard.

 

Pick-up at your hotel**** in Reims at 08.50 AM.

 

You start your day with a sightseeing of Reims.
City of coronation, Reims is also the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will enjoy the sight of the Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Cliquot, Taittinger, Pommery, etc., many names that will make you think of a great party or a romantic dinner with a glass of champagne… And you are going to have more than one!

Reims - city of Champagne

 

Champagne tasting lunchGuided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot*. (Visit included: Discovery tour with 1 glass of Champagne)
House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot that became famous thanks to Madam Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. You will learn about this visionary young widow who built an empire, and became a legend in her time “la Grande Dame of the Champagne region". For a while, take a dip into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover its unique chalk-cellars and the making-process of Champagne.
At the end of the tour, enjoy the tasting of one glass of the Brut Yellow Label cuvée.


*According to the availability, Veuve Clicquot could be replaced by Mumm or Taittinger.

 

 

Champagne tasting lunchLunch and Champagne tasting at either a cellar or a Champagne bar.
We will introduce you to local specialties which will be assorted with three sorts of Champagne (Blanc de blancs, Blanc de noirs and Rosé) of the main terroirs of the Champagne region like: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blanc.

 

 

 

Cathedral of ReimsGuided tour of the Cathedral of Reims.
Listed in the Unesco World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. Let you be captivated by the unique stained glasses and the exceptionally rich statuary – over 2 300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel. It is here that King Clovis was baptized around year 498 giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks and starting a long lasting tradition: except two, all of the Kings of France would be crowned here!

 

 

Montagne de Reims vineyards

After lunch, we take you to the Montagne de Reims vineyards.
9 of the 17 grand cru villages in the whole of Champagne region lay on and around the Montagne de Reims. Here, the special terroir gives Champagne much of its character.

 

Tour and Champagne tasting at a family estate near Reims, dedicated to the true expression of Champagne.

 

 

 

 Drop-off : 05.40 PM at your hotel**** in Reims

 

 

Wednesday : Transfer from Champagne to Loire Valley

Taxi transfer from your hotel to Reims Champagne-Ardenne train station.
TGV transfer from  Reims Champagne-Ardenne TGV train station to Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station

Taxi Transfer from Saint-Pierre-des-Corps train station to your hotel****

Champagne Tours

 

YOUR HOTEL IN TOURS FOR 3 NIGHTS

Check in hotel**** de l'Univers - superior room.
Very easy acces from Tours train station only 150 meters away.
This hotel has been the most prestigious address in Tours since 1846. Many large personalities of the Europe and the New World stayed in this best hotel of Tours. In addition to its rich and historic past, as underlined by its celebrated portrait gallery, it offers all the comfort of a grand hotel established in the best traditions of hospitality and elegance "à la Française".

Hotel may change according to their availability. Should a provider be unavailable we will offer alternatives of the same standard.

Hotel de l'Univers**** in the city centre of Tours

Dinners at your leisure.

 

 

Thursday : Blois, Cheverny et Chambord.

Blois, once siege of power, Cheverny, the quintessence of French furniture, lunch on King Francis I's wine and Chambord, a dream come true.

Pick-up: 08.50 AM at your hotel**** in Tours.

Chateau of BloisGuided tour of the Chateau of Blois.
Blois is unique by its combination of four architectural styles: Gothic, Flamboyant, Renaissance and Classic. Built by Counts of Blois, Louis XII, Francois I and Louis XIII, this chateau keeps the souvenir of many well-known historical events. This ancient city with a rich historical part merits to be visited. In the XVIth century Blois was the capital of France, under the king Louis XII. You can stroll through the old town, along its paved side-streets.
Drive to Cheverny.


Loire Valley wine tasting lunch, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D2Lunch at a local restaurant with Cheverny & Cour Cheverny wines.
The “Cheverny” appellation produces elegant red wines from pinot noir and gamay as well as fruity white wines from chardonnay and sauvignon. You will enjoy this moment to taste a wine for real connoisseurs: the “Cour Cheverny Appellation”, a stunning white wine made from a grape called Romorantin, imported by King François I into the Loire Valley.





Château of ChevernyGuided tour of the Château of Cheverny.
He has been owned by the same family since the XIII. The Marquis Hurault de Vibraye, thanks to one of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, has succeeded in giving warmth and life to his chateau. The Chateau, which led to the creation of Moulinsart in the famous comic book Tintin, is also famous for the tradition of the horse-back hunt and its impressive pack of 100 dogs. You may have a chance to witness the spectacular daily event of "the dogs' soup".


Chateau of ChambordGuided tour of the Château of Chambord.
Drive to the Estate of Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The chateau de Chambord is a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. With more than 400 rooms and its double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley.


 Drop-off : 05.40 PM at your hotel**** in Tours

 

 

Friday: Chenonceau, Château Royal d'Amboise and Clos Lucé.

Chenonceau's charm at the «Ladies' château», the birth of the Renaissance in Amboise Royal Castle, lunch with rare and matured Loire Valley wines and all the Genius of Leonardo in le Clos Lucé.

Pick-up at your hotel**** in Tours at 08.50 AM

 

Chateau of Chenonceau You'll start your day visiting the Chateau de Chenonceau.
The "Chateau des Dames", bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medicis...) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.






LunchLunch at a wine specialist's in matured Loire Valley vintages or a local restaurant.
Daniel, oenologist, welcomes you in his caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour followed by a tasting of Vouvray, Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgueil and Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil wines. In order to transcend your meal, you will pair your wines with a selection of delicatessen and cheeses (cheeses selected by Rodolphe le Meunier, 2007 cheese refiners' world champion).




Château AmboiseAfter lunch, you will tour the Royal Castle of Amboise.
Residence of Charles VII and young François d'Angoulème, future Francois I. You will discover in this wonderful castle, perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters today the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.




Chateau of Clos LucéGuided tour of the Manor du Clos Lucé.
In order to make your tour thorough, we take you to meet the Genius in his Manor du Clos Lucé, a few yards away from the Royal Castle.
Leonardo da Vinci spent there the last three years of his life and died there in 1519. After you tour his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, you will be in awe in front of the invention room, displaying models of the most spectacular machines Leonardo invented.

Drop-off : 05.40 PM at your hotel**** in Tours

 

 

Saturday: Azay le Rideau, Rivau, Villandry.

Check out after breakfast. Pick-up: 09.40 at your hotel**** in Tours

Guided tour of the fortress of Azay le Rideau. 

The Château of Azay le Rideau is one of the purest gems of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. Financer Gilles Berthelot’s Chateau, delicately placed on an island on the Indre river, still shines today thanks to the lightness and balance of its mullioned, pepper pots, dormers and above all its graceful staircase.

We will not forget to admire the Chateau under every angle with a stroll around the English style garden, a jewel case of greenness for what is considered today as one of the most beautiful stone diamonds in Touraine.

 

Fortress of Azay le Rideau - Loire Valley Day tour around Azay le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry

 


Lunch at a family estate or at a traditional restaurant. 
Local products and great wine tasting of Bourgueil or Chinon wines.
A true authentic moment.

Lunch with Local products - Loire Valley Day Tour around Chinon, Langeais and Villandry  Lunch with Local products - Loire Valley Day Tour around Chinon, Langeais and Villandry

 

 

Chateau of Rivau, part of guided Loire Valley Day tour D1

Discovery and presentation of Rivau gardens and château.

Rivau offers a remarkable balance between architecture, gardens and contemporary art. Discovering this confidential place is a funny and original experience. You will be amazed by the majestic aspect of this XVth century fortress, contrasting with its quirky art exhibition. The masterpiece of Rivau is the huge garden, inspired by fairy tales and cartoons.

Laid on 14 acres, and integrally designed by Patricia Laigneau, owner of the château, they offer the best occasion to stroll and relax among trees,flowers and contemporary vegetal composition.



Chateau de VillandryGuided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.
By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size ( 15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden, discover the power of thyme and basil on your health.

 

 Drop-off 05:40 PM at Tours Tourist Office

 

Champagne Day tours from Paris

Reims being only 60 minutes away from Paris by TGV, here is our train time stable recommendation.

From Reims return to Paris
Departure: Reims Centre to Paris Gare de l'Est 05.15 PM. Train n°2752
Arrival: Paris Gare de l'Est 06.01 PM.

 

This tour includes

Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, semi-private English speaking escort guide, 2 nights in a hotel**** in Reims and 2 breakfast, entrance fees and tastings at Moët & Chandon and at a family Champagne estate, Avenue des Champagne tour, Dom Perignon with Hauvillers stop, 2 Champagne tasting lunch with drinks included, tour of Reims Cathedral, sightseeing of Reims Grandes Maisons de Champagne, entrance fees and tastings at Mumm and at a family a estate, 3 nights in a hotel**** in Tours and 3 breakfasts, , entrance tickets and tour of the Chateaux of Amboise, Clos Lucé, Chenonceau, Chambord, Blois, Cheverny, Azay le Rideau, Gardens of Villandry and town of Chinon, 3 tours and wine tastings at a cellar cave, 3 lunches (at a winery or in a traditional restaurant), drinks included, TGV from Champagne to Loire Valley.
8 passengers maximum per vehicle.

This tour does not include

Personal expenses, extra, other drinks, other meals.

 
Features
Duration of the tour5 days
Type of tourSmall group
LanguageWe authorize a maximum of 2 different languages per minivan. In that case, your guide will lead the tour in 2 languages.
MinivanSemi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
ChildrenReduced price for children under 12 years old. Free of charge for infants under 3 years old.
GuideSemi private or private tour. This tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
LunchTraditional wine maker lunch and drinks are included in the tour. Lunches are hosted by winemakers to present you local specialties and good local wines. (Specific diets have to be mentioned 72h in advance).
 
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