A Trip to the Loire Valley

Castles and vineyards, an incomparable land offering exceptional heritage and centuries-old art of living

2 Days
Departure from your Parisian residence with our private chauffeur

Period: March to October

Less than three hours from Paris, you arrive in a fairyland!
Built on an island under the patronage of François 1st in the sixteenth century, you will discover the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, a subtle blend of French tradition and Italian decorations.
Following the country roads and the discovery of the exceptional landscapes of the Loire Valley, you arrive in Amboise for a gourmet break, and leave on the right foot to visit the Royal Castle of Amboise. Your journey continues with a wine tasting at Chenonceau, the magical castle built on a bridge spanning the Cher River. The end of the day is approaching with your majestic arrival in Chambord, for a gentle and relaxing evening.
The next morning, the adventure continues with the visit of one of the most remarkable jewels of the French Renaissance: the Château de Chambord. For lunch, a table awaits you at a hunting lodge, a haven of peace for true gourmets. The day will end with a walk through the Jardins de Chaumont. Then return to Paris, arriving at around 8.00pm.

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Day 1

Morning: Departure from Paris at 7.30am to drive to the first site, the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau. Built on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the castle is a subtle blend of French traditions and innovative decorations from Italy, a true icon of the new building techniques of the sixteenth century.
Its park, conceived in the second half of the nineteenth century, remains a true jewel from nature.
Arrival at around 10.30 am, then visit of the castle (1.5 hour).

Lunch: In an enchanting setting, the Michelin-starred restaurant is nestled in a wooded park with a French-style garden. We did not take the horse-drawn carriage out to take you to the castle, as it is only twenty minutes away!

Afternoon: Visit of the Château d’Amboise. The promenade starts with the chapel of the castle where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. You will then enter one of the residences of the kings of France, where the French rulers such as Charles VIII, François Ist and Queen Anne of Brittany stayed.
Next halt: The Château of Chenonceau, the famous Château des Dames, the Ladies Château, which must be seen to be believed! We reserve you a moment of wine tasting with a visit to the historic cellars with its Touraine AOC wines, white, red or rosé, whose quality has never faltered since the Middle-Ages.

Evening and night in a 4-star hotel: Time stands still, and the magic of the place gives the irresistible desire to take the time to live. This beautiful country house designed for pleasure and relaxation opens its doors to you.

Dinner: A chef welcomes you to share his passion for the excellence of the local regional cuisine.

Day 2

Morning: Departure from your hotel at 9.30am accompanied by your guide.
The hotel faces the Château of Chambord. You enter a universe where Leonardo da Vinci’s spirit is still palpable. We escort you on a journey through 500 years of history.

For lunch, you will take the road to taste and savour foods which perfectly illustrate the French lifestyle. In an old hunting lodge built in the nineteenth century, here is another moment to relax between history and gastronomy. The restaurant is a two-star Michelin restaurant. Chef Rémy Giraud’s dishes are always creative, an ode to French heritage. Everything is gathered here for a tasty and generous walk.

Afternoon: To complete your getaway, we transport you to the artistic gardens of the Domaine of Chaumont-sur-Loire. Every year, the park is transformed to offer a unique experience. A guaranteed finale to an amazing escapade!

Late afternoon: It is time regretfully to take the road home. We will take the fastest route to return to your place of residence in Paris (about 220 km).

We hereby present a base for your trip. However depending on your response to our contact form and on your involvment, we will be able to design a travel book, just for you.

Our prices include:

  • The transport with our private chauffeur – Mercedes E-Class (2 pers.) or Mercedes V-Class (6 pers.).
  • The tour is organized from and to your residence in Paris. For all other cities in France or abroad, please contact us.
  • Our concierge service. Passages Secrets is at your disposal during your entire journey.

Day 1

  • The services of our guide and chauffeur throughout the day.
  • Visits to the Châteaux of Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise.
  • The admission fees to all sites visited.
  • Night: Hotel Relais & Châteaux (23 to 32m2 Deluxe room) including breakfast (supplement for spa upon reservation).

Day 2

  • Visits to the Château de Chambord and its gardens.
  • The admission fees to all sites visited.
  • Visit of the gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire.

Our prices do not include:

  • Day 1: Gastronomic lunch in a 1-star Michelin restaurant with Menu à la Carte.
  • Day 1: Gastronomic dinner in a Relais & Châteaux – the Relais Chambord – with Menu à la Carte.
  • Day 2: Gastronomic lunch in a 2-star Michelin restaurant with Menu à la Carte.
  • Wine and alcoholic drinks consumed during your meals.
  • The drinks in your hotel room.
  • Beauty treatment at the hotel spa.
  • Your personal expenses.
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  • Possibility of booking your transport by plane or train, departing from your residence in France or abroad, through our partner travel agent. Please contact us.
  • Possibility of booking your hotel room in Paris for the previous night (Day-1) and the last night (Day 2) through our services. Please contact us.
  • Return to Paris with an arrival expected at 8.00pm.
  • Journey of approximately 650 km round-trip over the 2 days.
  • The tour is conducted in either English or French.
  • Passages Secrets can equally offer a guide and chauffeur speaking Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Vietnamese or Russian. Specific request to be made.
Prices in euros.
Payment: 100% upon reservation. For cancellation fees, please see our General Terms and Conditions.
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