THE ROYAL GARDENS OF THE LOIRE VALLEY ARE AS MAJESTIC AS THE REGION’S FAMOUS CASTLES
Loire Valley is the place where monarchs and royal ministers not only built fantastical châteaux, but also developed the art of the French Renaissance garden. On this tour, you will explore emblematic French gardens such as Villandry, Chaumont sur Loire and discover hidden gems while visiting the Loire Valley.
Arrival in Paris aiport and meet your english guide , transfer in private luxury bus.
Start your gardens tour with a private guided tour of Versailles and the magnificient French gardens. The Palace of Versailles offers magnificent architecture, great art, beautiful nature, and history traces all over the place. A stop not to be missed !
Private transfer from Versailles to your Luxury hotel in Tours, Loire Valley
Start with a visit of Chenonceau Castle and Gardens .
Built on the river in the heart of the Loire Valley, the Château de Chenonceau, (also known as the Château des Dames, or the Ladies’ Chateau) is one of the best loved, best known and most visited historic monuments.
Located in an absolutely beautiful forest, the castle offers impressive French gardens surrounding the chateau. It also has an amazing cutting garden where they grow flowers for the stunning flower arrangements displayed throughout the castle.
In the afternoon, continue with the visit of Chaumont Castle and the international garden Festival.
The grounds of the castle have been designed by Jacques Wirtz and there are 26 plots of about 240 square metres. The exhibitors are selected from hundreds around the world who enter their gardens each year.
Later, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting in an authentic wine estate in Vouvray.
Overnight in your luxury hotel.
In the morning start with the visit of Clos Lucé Leonardo Da Vinci home and Leonardo’s Garden and Park.
The Clos Lucé is one of the Renaissance’s jewels. The park gives the public the opportunity to discover the spectacular machines conceived by the inventor : aircraft, automobile, helicopter, tank, swing bridge…
Leonardo’s Garden spreads over 2.5 acres on a damp area, typical of the Loire Valley. This natural preserved area was arranged and planted with full respect of the spirit in Leonardo’s paintings and drawings. A fresh and quiet space, both shaded and mysterious, scattered with aquatic, wild, decorative and medicinal plants, humid grottoes, spouting springs, strange mists…
Continue with an exclusive visit of Rivau Castle and gardens, guided by the owner.
It would seem as if Château de Rivau had sprung from a fairy tale… A shrine to the medieval castle, yet the fairy tale gardens are a contemporary creation.
The fourteen splendid thematic gardens of the Château du Rivau are original and all have fairy-tale names.
The gardens boast an amazing collection of irises and a unique collection of 450 varieties of fragrant roses, which has been labeled by the Conservatory of Specialized Plant Collections.
Night in a private castle.
Enjoy the visit of Villandry castle and gardens. The gardens at Chateau Villandry are the grandest examples of formal Renaissance style gardens in France. The gardens, which are terraced on three levels, were influenced by Italian gardeners brought in by Charles VIII.
Some spectacular gardens, where the skilful hands of its gardeners turn vegetable gardening into an art form!
In the afternoon, enjoy a carriage tour in the medieval city of Chinon and a guided visit of the the little quaint town. With the Royal River Loire and the majestic River Vienne running quietly through the town, each step leads you to constant discovery : landscapes, amazing architecture, art and history …
The Fortress of Chinon had been the residence of Charles VII, King of France and his court in the middle of the 15th century. Many historical castles and writers’ houses can be visited nearby.
Night in a private castle.
Savour the monastic charms of Fontevraud, set in a vast 12th century abbey. Visit of Fontevraud Royal Abbey and the garden.
Continue with a magic private lunch cruise aboard a traditional boat of the Loire.
Later, enjoy the visit of the beautiful Roses park in Doué la Fontaine, “The road of roses”. Road of the roses welcomes you in the rose garden of 4 hectares newly expanded true conservatory with 13,000 roses. The park is planted with approximately 1,000 varieties of botanical roses , old roses and modern roses , in total more than 10,000 roses. True Conservatory of roses, the collection grows every year with new varieties.
Night in a private castle.
The day begins with a visit of Angers Castle.
This huge medieval castle with its 17 towers is home to the remarkable late 14th-century Tapestry of the Apocalypse.
In the afternoon, continue with the visit of the famous Cointreau Distillery. An up-close look into the secrets of the production of the world famous liqueur Cointreau. You will have a guided tour of the production site and distillery, perfumed by the subtle aromas of sweet and bitter orange zest. Then have a tasting experience with a difference, presented in a convivial bar setting by an expert barman !
Later, you will visit Terra Botanica, a plant-themed amusement park featuring more than 275000 types of plants.
Night in a luxury 4* Chateau Hotel
Start with a visit to the Oriental gardens in Maulevrier. The park is now recognised as the biggest Japanese inspired park in Europe and is a pilot project in Europe for the quality of its restoration and enhancement.
Later enjoy the visit of Camifolia gardens in Chemillé. Developed on three terraces The Scented Garden of Flavours Exalted AND ALL your senses, thanks to the multiple flavors, colors and textures of plants presented .
Late afternoon relaxing time at your Château (SPA, swimming-pool, garden, tennis…)
Transfer to Paris with a stop at Giverny. Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny is probably the most famous garden in France. The gardens are like Monet’s paintings — brightly colored patches that are messy but balanced and magnificient !
Later, transfer to the aiport.
8 days / 7 nights
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese…
(others on request)
This Gardens tour features famous gardens as well exciting less well known gems.
Beautiful luxury accommodation.
Meeting with the head gardener of Chenonceau.