Gardens of Private Castles & Gastronomy, in the Loire Valley

6-Day tour | Starting from Paris

Experience the landscape art, discovering the most beautiful gardens in France in this 6-Day tour of the gardens and parks surrounded by the châteaux of the Loire Valley; always beautifully blooming with fragrant flowers and vegetables.

Specially prepared for landscape painters, horticulturists, garden lovers and lovers of good food, this fantastic garden tour will make you discover some of the most outstanding private gardens conducted by their owners or their chef gardener.

  • From 8 to 16 people
  • English or French speaking driver / assistant
  • In a private air conditioned minivan, with an English-speaking Tour Manager
  • All garden visits will be conducted by their Owners or their Chief Gardener    

Dates when the tour will operate:

  • May 11 – 16, 2020
  • June 8 – 13, 2020
  • July 6 – 11, 2020
  • August 3 – 8, 2020
  • Septembre 7 – 12, 2020
  • October 5 – 10, 2020

Itinerary

Day 1

  • 8.00 Paris: Meeting point VAUDEVILLE CAFÉ (Opposite to BOURSE metro station)
  • 8.30 Depart to the city of VERNON.
  • Explore the historical district of Vernon on the banks of the river Seine.
  • Continue to the gardens of GIVERNY, a village where the impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked from 1883 until his death in 1926. The artist’s house and its landscaped gardens, in which he created his famous series of Water Lilies, now constitute the museum of the Claude Monet Foundation.
  • Lunch at THE NYMPHEAS restaurant located just in front of the main entrance to the Claude Monet’s house, in a charming ancient farm from Monet’s time.
  • Afternoon: Visit the GIVERNY MUSEUM of IMPRESSIONISM to discover the highlights of the Impressionist artistic movement.
  • Continue to the city of AMBOISE
  • Overnight in Amboise

Day 2

  • Breakfast at your hotel in AMBOISE
  • Private visit of CHÂTEAU PLESSIS SASNIÈRES, you will be greeted and conducted by the owner Madame Rosamae HENRION who will guide you in a full visit of her gardens. http://www.jardin-plessis-sasnieres.fr/
  • Lunch at the CHÂTEAU PLESSIS SASNIÈRES
  • Afternoon: visit the CHÂTEAU VALMER, in a 3-Hour private visit conducted by Madame TIMMY, manager of the estate. You will have wine-tasting during your visit. https://www.chateaudevalmer.com/en/
  • Late afternoon visit the CHÀTEAU D´AMBOISE, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years and which is recognized as Historical Monument by the French Ministry of Culture since 1840. https://www.chateau-amboise.com/fr/
  • Overnight and dinner in Amboise

Day 3

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • 9:00 Visit the interiors of CHÂTEAU VILLANDRY
  • 10:30 Detailed visit of the RENAISSANCE GARDENS conducted by Mr. PORTUGUEZ (Chief Gardener)
  • 13:00 Lunch at the CHÂTEAU DE LA BOURDAISIÈRE. https://www.labourdaisiere.com/en/
  • After lunch, private visit of the gardens under the conduction of the Chief Gardener. The Gardens at La Bourdaisière are house of more than 650 tomato varieties, 150 other kinds of vegetables and 240 types of dahlias.
  • Overnight in Amboise

Day 4

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Visit the DOMAINE DE CHAUMONT. At the Annual Chaumont Garden Festival, you can admire 30 enchanting themed gardens created by landscape artists from around the world. Enjoy walking from garden to garden and admire each artist work. http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr/fr
  • 1h30 Guided visit of the Domaine de Chaumont
  • Free time for individual visits: The Parc du Gouleau, The Parc du Château, etc. (Entrance at the Château is not included)
  • Afternoon, continue the journey to BOURGES
  • Overnight and dinner in Bourges

Day 5

  • Breakfast at your hotel in Bourges
  • Visit the JARDINS D´ORSAN, guided visit of the DOMAINE by the Chief Gardener. This is a former monastery from 1107 and the gardens are true architectural gems, inspired by medieval tapestries and illuminations.
  • Lunch at the DOMAINE D´ORSAN. http://www.prieuredorsan.com/
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a 3-hour visit of the GARDENS of DRULON conducted by the owners. The gardens are in harmony with its surroundings and have the Castle Drulon in the center of the 200-hectare property.
  • Late afternoon, return to Bourges
  • Overnight in Bourges

Day 6

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Early morning, departure for the GARDENS of CHÂTEAU de COURANCES (3-hour bus guide) http://courances.net/en/
  • Explore 5 centuries of garden history in a guided visit of COURANCES PARK, a water garden dating back to the Renaissance.
  • Lunch at the PASSE RETROUVE RESTAURANT at Milly la Foret
  • Return to Paris. Drop-off at your hotel.

End of tour

Prices as of 1.978€ pax. (Single Supplement 300€)

Consult us for family and children discounts

Included

  • 5 nights in 3-star hotels in AMBOISE and BOURGES
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Visit the Chateaux by their Owners or Chief Gardeners

Not Included

  • Beverages unless specified
  • Tips to the Tour Manager and the mini-bus driver
  • Entry ticket to Château Domain de Chaumont  
  • Pre and post hotel bookings on request

Note: If we don’t attain the number of 8 passengers for each tour the tour will be canceled or postponed to a later date – or a full refund without penalty will be offered. Notice will be advised 40 days before each departure.