Visit two historic Loire Valley castles in one day from Paris via high speed train
Price: $255 per person ($386 with 2nd Class Rail, $461 with 1st Class Rail).
Loire Valley Vouvray Day Trip: Visit the historic French castles of Villandry and L’Islette, coupled with two Vouvray wine estate visits and tastings.
Loire Valley Vouvray Day Trip Itinerary: Villandry, L’Islette and Wine
High-speed TGV rail takes you an amazing 145 miles in about an hour. Upon arrival in the city of Tours, meet your guide at the nearby tourist office and begin a lovely day discovering France’s historic and gorgeous château country. You’ll visit two castles, and one of the largest formal gardens in Europe:
Visit Villandry Castle
Villandry was the last Renaissance castle built in the Loire Valley. In the early 20th century, the sadly neglected gardens and house itself were restored to their 16th century glory by a wealthy American heiress, Ann Coleman, and her French husband Joachim Carvallo.
There is a vibrant heirloom plant conservation program on site. Locals often buy their spring plantings from the castle grounds.
You’ll have time to see the man-made lake, and various specialty gardens. Villandry is really just a very grand version of a family home, as it is occupied by Carvallo heirs.
Visit L’Islette Castle
This Renaissance-era castle is also still occupied by heirs of the family that built it. Gorgeously set on an island in the Indra river, the chateau is in the heart of the Touraine. Its small scale means you can see every room, and maybe even meet the family. You’ll enjoy aperitifs and snacks along the river after your tour.
A quick stopover in Tours will allow a chance to buy an additional snack if you wish.
Your afternoon is spent at a Vouvray estate for a tour and tasting. A highlight is a visit to tenth-century limestone caves for more tastes and local wines and cheeses.
Loire Valley Vouvray Day Trip – What’s Included?
Tour Price Includes:
- Transport in a modern air-conditioned minibus
- Entrance fees and guiding at each castle
- Two winery tours and tastes. Snacks throughout the day.
Tour Price Does Not Include
- Round trip transfers from your hotel or apartment in Paris to the Montparnasse train station
- add on lunch cost if desired.
Tour is available seven days a week from February through mid December. For off-season requests, which usually can be accommodated, please contact us directly. All admission fees included.
Occasionally, last minute or high season rail prices will be higher than the prices listed above. We will always contact you before booking if this is the case. If you are not booking your rail through Link Paris, please do not book your train tickets until the correct rail times are confirmed by us. Rail tickets are emailed as a .pdf document for home printing.
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