CITY BREAK IN TOURS - 2 days /1 night from 145 €/person
Come visit the city of Tours and its museums, the castle of Chenonceau and Amboise and taste the wines of Vouvray
Arrival in Tours in the morning.
Check into your chosen accommodation in the city center of Tours (hotel**, *** or ****).
During the morning :
Visit on your own of the MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS of Tours. From the Revolution period onwards, these were collected from wealthy residences in Touraine, and there later on completed with pieces taken during Bonaparte’s campaigns, State donations, gifts, legacies and more recent purchases.
Lunch on your own expenses.
During the afternoon :
Visit on your own of the MUSEE DU COMPAGNONNAGE, a municipal institution listed as a “Musée de France”. Collective masterpieces from the 19th century, masterpieces of patience, masterpieces created for reception into a guild, along with Companions’ attributes (sticks, flasks and colours),
Then, continue with your car to Vouvray, small village built at the foot of the cliff where cave dwellings are dug in the rock.
Guided tour of the "Cave des producteurs de Vouvray" and tasting. Located in the heart of the Vouvray vineyards, this wine cellar groups together 50 wine producers attached to their land, traditions and quality. The wines are strictly selected and bottled, are aging inside the cellars, galleries dug into the rock which are more than 2 kilometres long. Deep inside those cellars, you will be told the secrets of the making of the sparkling and still wines.
Return to Tours.
Dinner in a city centre restaurant of Tours.
Accommodation in Tours (hotel**, *** or ****).
Meeting point at the tourist office.
Departure with an air conditioned minibus with a driver for the an excursion to discover 2 major monuments of the Loire valley chateaux (visits on your own).
Visit of the CHATEAU OF CEHENONCEAU, built in the XVIth c., it is one of the purest Early French Renaissance style works. The square dwellings, built in the riverbed itself on the piles of a fortified mill, the square building is the original chateau.
Then, visit of the CHATEAU OF AMBOISE, built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the chateau is one of the first royal residences and a splendid example for gothic and renaissance architecture. Still nowadays it shelters an exceptionally well-preserved collection of furniture. Leonardo da Vinci lived there his last years of life. He is buried in the St Hubert chapel, built in high gothic style of the fifteenth century. Overhanging the city of Amboise, you will discover from the gardens of the chateau one of the most famous panoramas in the Loire-Valley.
Back to Tours around 12:30 am.
End of services.
The sequence of visits can be changed according to your requirements.