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How to Spend 2 Days in the Loire Valley

How to Spend 2 Days in the Loire Valley

With two days in the Loire Valley you’ll have time to admire the magnificent UNESCO-listed landscapes, visit famed châteaus, and sample fine wines. Opting for a guided tour will ensure that you make the most of your time, but even if you prefer to go it alone, prebooking skip-the-line tickets is essential. Here are a few ideas.

 

Day 1: Castles of the Loire

**Morning:**Start with a tour of the largest of all the Loire châteaus, the Château de Chambord, which is set in 13,500 acres (5,440 hectares) of parklands. This opulent example of French Renaissance architecture is famous for its double-helix staircase, said to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

 

**Afternoon:**The historic town of Amboise is among the most beautiful in the Loire, full of medieval monuments and half-timbered buildings. Perhaps visit the cliff-top Amboise Castle, stop by the local market (Sunday only), or browse the shops for souvenirs. There are also some excellent restaurants and wineries in and around the town, where you can enjoy wine tasting and sample delicious Loire cuisine.

 

**Night:**The magnificent Château de Chenonceau is even more magical at night. For a truly unforgettable experience, soar overhead on a sunset hot-air balloon ride, then attend the Nocturne à Chenonceau (June-August only), when the castle and gardens are lit up and classical music is played.

 

Day 2: Gardens and Gastronomy

**Morning:**Make an early start and head to the Château of Villandry, where the highlight is the spectacular Renaissance gardens. A walking tour covers all the highlights, including the kitchen garden, water garden, ornamental gardens, medieval herb garden, and the maze—do not forget your camera!

 

**Afternoon:**Nearby Azay-Le-Rideau is home to another stunning château, but for a change of pace, head to the medieval town of Chinon. Surrounded by forests and vineyards, it’s the ideal starting point for an afternoon cycling tour and provides an idyllic setting for a picnic lunch or wine tasting at a château winery.

 

**Night:**Spend your final night in Tours, the biggest city along the Loire. The atmospheric Old Quarter is the place to go after sundown, and the area around Place Plumereau offers a large selection of bars, restaurants, and bistros, where you can enjoy regional dishes and drink a beer with the locals.

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Day tour of Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Da Vinci Clos Lucé & Caves Duhard

Day tour of Chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise, Da Vinci Clos Lucé & Caves Duhard

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Combine visits to 2 major Loire Valley chateaux on this small-group excursion from Tours, France. With an intimate group of 8 people or fewer, visit le Clos Lucé, the Amboise Royal Castle, and Chenoceau for wine tastings. Skip-the-line entrance to the wineries is included.
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  • 9 hours
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Day tour of Chateaux of Azay le Rideau Langeais Villandry, organic wine tasting

Day tour of Chateaux of Azay le Rideau Langeais Villandry, organic wine tasting

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The historic castles of Azay-le-Rideau, Rivau, and Villandry are three of the Loire Valley’s most popular attractions, but they’re spread throughout the region and hidden in the hillsides. This full-day bus tour makes it possible to check them all off your list in a day, and includes a tasting of Loire Valley wines. Delve into centuries of Loire Valley history with a guide and gaze out over the majestic Loire River.
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  • 9 hours
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Loire Valley Half Day Wine Tour from City of Tours : 2 wine tastings in Vouvray

Loire Valley Half Day Wine Tour from City of Tours : 2 wine tastings in Vouvray

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Discover the wines of the Vouvray appellation, part of the Loire Valley, on this wine-tasting adventure from Tours. Visit two estates to enjoy picturesque vineyard views and learn the proper wine-tasting techniques for comparing different flavors and fragrances. You’ll have the chance to meet a local winemaker and hear about the terrior of the Loire Valley, one of the most renowned in France.
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  • 4 hours
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Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

Picnic in the Vines - A Unique Loire Wine Experience

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The Loire Valley is famous for its magnificent châteaux and historic wineries, and this tour from Chinon combines both into an unforgettable lunch date. Enjoy a tour and wine tasting at the Château du Petit Thouars, then select your favorite wine to accompany your romantic picnic lunch, overlooking the idyllic Loire Valley vineyards.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Loire Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Loire Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride

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Savor views of the beautiful Loire Valley from an unbeatable vantage point – on a hot air balloon ride! Soar over the fairy-tale châteaux, sweeping vineyards and winding waterways of the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley on a thrilling 1-hour flight. Spot iconic landmarks like the Château de Chenonceau and Amboise castle from above, then toast your safe landing with a glass of Champagne.
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  • 3 hours
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