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From Tours/Amboise: Chenonceau, Clos Lucé & Wine Tasting

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Activity provider: France Intense
Day trip

From Tours/Amboise: Chenonceau, Clos Lucé & Wine Tasting

Activity provider: France Intense

From US$ 229.74 per person

Take a guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau and Amboise. Arrive in the Loire Valley and tour the château before enjoying a wine tasting with a local wine specialist. After, visit the Clos Lucé where Leonard Da Vinci spent the rest of his life.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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  • Visit the Château de Chenonceau and its Renaissance gardens
  • Enjoy a delicious wine tasting with an oenologist at Caves Ambacia
  • Visit the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII
  • See the Chateau of Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years
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Get picked up in the morning before driving to the Loire Valley and start your day touring the Château de Chenonceau. The Chateau des Dames bridge built across the Cher is famous for the great heroines who lived there (Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. Next, head to a wine tasting with a wine specialist at Caves Ambacia in Amboise. An oenologist will welcome you into the caves, former tuff stone quarries, for a tour. This will be followed by a wine tasting of Vouvray wines.  After this, tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and the young François d’Angoulème, future Francois I. Discover a perfect example of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance architecture and the Saint Hubert Chapel, which today houses the grave of Leonardo da Vinci. Finally, head to the Manor du Clos Lucé, a few yards away from the Royal Castle. Leonardo da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life there and died there in 1519. See his bedroom, office, reception room and kitchen, and be awestruck by his invention room, displaying models of his most spectacular inventions. End your day by being dropped off in Amboise at 5:30 PM or in Tours at 6 PM.

  • Transportation in a comfortable 8-passenger minivan
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tickets and guided tours at the Chateaus of Chenonceau, Amboise, and Clos Lucé
  • Wine tasting at a cellar cave (conducted in English)
  • Extra meals or drinks
  • Train tickets

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  • Please note that your guide can lead the tour in a maximum of 2 languages per minivan
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4.6 /5

based on 9 reviews

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With the slow influx in tourists to france (written in April 2022) this is essentially a private tour. Most of the time I was wondering if it was worth the $200+ per person, and I think it was worth at least most of that. Gas is very expensive these days, and our tour guide did a fantastic job explaining the different sites while also giving us free time at each of the chateau's. The free time is very rushed at chenonceau and close luce though, which was enough to see close luce however there were portions of chenonceau we did not get to see by the time we left (however, got to see most of the most important portions). Thankful that the wine tasting company they partner with had options for those who do not drink alcohol. Overall there are not many options for touring the chateau's if you do not have your own car, so factor that into your decision for paying this much per person (there is no uber out there, taxis are sparse and expensive)

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May 3, 2022

The ride was very good, the script is perfect.

We really enjoyed the tour, the guide Lea was great, knows a lot of history of the region and the places visited and is fun. The visit time to Chenonceau could be a little longer, at least another half hour.

September 18, 2019

The price does not justify the services offered disappointing meals

Too bad the comments in French are brief and optional Very friendly guide Time allotted for explanations too short to manage a group with two different languages (châteaux and wine tasting)

September 11, 2019

Product ID: 86402