Wine & Cultural Tour of the Loire Valley

Loire Valley Wine & Culture Tour – 2 days, 1 night



Domaine Vincent Careme-Vouvray

Not just another visit to the tourist laden chateaux, but a privately guided wine tasting tour with Stephane Tournade, the English-speaking principal (he did High School in Houston) of French Wine Tours. An  intimate program (6 persons max) featuring visits to wineries and off the beaten path cultural institutions. with a dinner and an overnight at the spectacular Chateau Maraçy in Chinon.

Day 1

7:38 Train from Paris Austerlitz to Tours 

9:45 : Pick up  at Tours TGV station.


  • 10:15 : Visit and tasting at a winery in Vouvray.
  • 12:00 : Visit to Domaine de Candé.


  • Charles Eugene Bedaux was a flamboyant millionaire who made his fortune as an efficiency engineer in the United States. Born in France, he emigrated to the US as a teenager, worked as a sandhog on the Holland Tunnel and eventually advised major industrialists like Ford and Goodyear Rubber how to save money by extracting more production out of their workers. The American labor movement detested him, but the capitalists admired his work. He bought the Chateau de Candé in the Loire Valley in 1927, and this is where he hosted the wedding of the Duke of Windsor to Wallis Simpson. He improved French arms production at the beginning of the war, but he went on with his major projects under Vichy and the Germans.
  •   The eight bedrooms are each equipped with a bathroom in the art déco style; all have baths equipped with an American system, making it possible to fill and empty a bathtub in less than one minute.

    13:00 : Lunch at popular local bistro

  • 16:00 : Visit and tasting at Bernard Beaudry in Chinon.


Eric Asimov, the New York Times Wine Critic, discusses Chinon.


Six terroirs at Bernard Beaudry




  • 20:00 : Dinner at Chateau Marçay
  • On the terrace if weather cooperates

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • 10:15 : Departure from the hotel.



  • 12:00 : Visit to the cellar and vineyards at family winery in Saumur-Champigny.



  • 13:00 : Picnic among the vines


  • 15:30 : Visit and tasting at a family winery in Savennières.


Chateau de la Roche-aux-Moines

Guided tour including 4 winery visits and tastings

Lunch at local Bistro 

Lunch in the  vineyard

Visits to Domaine de Candé, Chateau de Azay-Le Rideau

Overnight Chateau Marçay

Spectacular four course dinner at  with appropriate superior wines Chateau Marçay

Bountiful buffet breakfast

895 euros per person double occupancy

995 euros single occupancy

Private tours for 4-6 persons on request

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