There are mushrooms and there are truffles but….truffles are indeed mushrooms ! Black truffles are one of the best luxury food products whose exotic nature has been enjoyed since ancient Roman times. Today, the famous mushrooms (Tuber Melanosporum) are still a mystery, but they are grown by a handful of enthusiasts such as the « Baron de la Truffe ».

As the truffle season takes place at the end of the year, truffles are also a perfect treat for a trip into the Loire Valley.

Visit of a truffle farm

Start your day with the visit of a truffle farm. You will be welcome by Serge and enjoy a unique experience.
Go searching for the “Black Diamond” in the company of “Baron de la Truffe”. On a stroll through the truffle field, the truffle-farmer is your guide and reveals the secrets of truffles: how to create a truffle field and how to maintain it, its size and its particular flora. The « Baron de la Truffe » and his dogs take you around the « truffières » and give you an idea about how to look for this incredible mushroom. Get ready to become a real truffle expert !

Lunch at a French chef country home

After the morning’s exertions, your driver will take you to a former French chef country house.
Upon arriving at the former chef’s country house, you are warmly welcomed by the host. You may be greeted with a glass of champagne or a local wine, setting the tone for a relaxed and elegant meal.
Truffles are a delicacy, and when enjoyed in the charming setting of a country house, it becomes a memorable occasion.

truffles truffes
truffles truffes
autotour gourmand self-drive holidays cooking class
chinon winery
truffles truffes
autotour gourmand self-drive holidays cooking class
autotour gourmand self-drive holidays cooking class
winery chinon

Chinon winery visit

Later in the afternoon, stop in a Chinon family own winery. Chinon is renowned for its red wines made from Cabernet Franc grapes. You’ll be guided through the winery’s cellar, where the winemaking magic happens. You’ll see the fermentation tanks, oak barrels, and learn about the winemaking process from grape to bottle. The winemaker may explain their approach to crafting Chinon wines. The visit will be followed by a wine tasting.

What about a French bread making workshop ?

This tour we have created is completely tailor-made for you and your customers! Contact us for more information.

practical informations


Full day


English, French, Spanish, Portuguese…


Your hotel in the Loire Valley
St Pierre des Corps / Tours train stations
(others on request)


Luxury mini-van


For this day, you will be accompanied by your driver or driver-guide to take you from one place to another in complete serenity.

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