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Total Days: 11 / Pricing From: $3888.00/pers. (No suppl. for Single)

Itinerary Overview

A group trip to Loire Valley in France

Detailed Itinerary

20 Apr 2018
day 1

  • Travel Day | Fly From The U.S To Paris, France

    Make your own arrangements from the US or contact us to book your flights.

21 Apr 2018
day 2


    Our Services
    • Assistance with Your Hotel Check-in
    • Hosted Welcome Cocktail Reception
    • Dinner reservation
  • Check in at Best Western A La Villa des Artistes

    Welcome to Villa Des Artistes for your first night in Paris! Located in Montparnasse, Villa Des Artistes is the perfect hotel for your first night in France.
  • Welcome Cocktail with Our Hosts!

    Meet our hosts and other members of the group for a welcome cocktail at Villa Des Artistes
  • Dinner

    Dinner is Included

22 Apr 2018
day 3


    Our services
    • Hotel Check-out Assistance
    • Private miinibus transfer from Paris to Nantes
    • Hotel Check-In Assistance
    • Group Dinner Reservation
  • Check out at Best Western La Villa des Artistes

  • Leisure Time

    Time will be at your leisure until our transfer from Villa Des Artistes to Nantes
  • Private minibus transfer

    A minibus will come and pick the group up to transfer to Nantes (238 miles)
  • Stop en route for lunch (not included)

  • Check in at Radisson Blu Hotel

    The hotel is ideally located right in the heart of the city at Aristide Briand Square.
    Formerly the courthouse of the city, the 19th century building has been totally remodeled by famous architect Jean Nouvel to become a 4-star hotel, and the result is stunning.
    The renovation of the former Palais de Justice (courthouse) has preserved the building’s striking neoclassical structure while adding a contemporary twist. The interior designers, including the acclaimed Jean-Philippe Nuel and the DTACC architects agency, drew on the expertise of the passionate craftsmen when redesigning the prestigious building. The spacious interior boasts optimum natural light levels and ample room for guests. The former entrance hall has been converted into a lobby complete a bar and numerous sofas, the ideal space for relaxing and socializing. The former courtroom is now a restaurant open to guests and the public. The restaurant’s wine cellar occupies the former seat of the trial judge, alluding to the previous activity of the spot!
    A few steps away from the hotel, the emblematic Château des Ducs de Bretagne stands as Nantes major landmark.
    Room category: Standard (based on Double occupancy)
  • Learn More About Nantes

    Nantes is situated at the head of the estuary of the Loire Valley, where it is joined by the Erdre and the Sèvre rivers, 35 miles (56 km) from the sea and southwest of Paris. It is one of the French towns that has changed the most in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    We will begin our journey back stream from the western part of the loire River with Nantes ad our first stop in the region.
    Nantes derives its name from the Namnètes, a Gallic tribe who made it their capital. It became a commercial centre under the Romans.
    The Normans, after pillaging the town, occupied it from 834 to 936. After a long struggle in the Middle Ages between the counts of Nantes and Rennes in 1560, FrancisII, king of France (1559–60), granted Nantes a communal constitution. During the Wars of Religions (1562–98), Nantes joined the Catholic League and only opened its gates to Henry IV, king of France (1589–1610), in 1598, the same year he signed the Edict of Nantes, a charter assuring religious and civil liberties to the Protestants. The city was occupied by the Germans during WWII, when it was partly destroyed. In the 1960s Nantes was designated as one of the eight provincial counterweights to reduce the dominance of Paris on French national life. It has become a regional centre, with a diversified economic structure.

    The cathedral, bombed during World War II, had been nearly completely restored in 1972 when a fire largely destroyed the roof. The magnificent Renaissance tomb of Francis II, duke of Brittany (ruled 1458–88), was luckily unharmed. The medieval castle had been rebuilt in 1466 by this same Francis II. It looks like a fort with crenellated towers, but the inner courtyard is a typical Renaissance palace. The Musée des Beaux-Arts has one of the most important and varied collections of paintings in France.

    Nantes is a very dynamic city, which will surprise you. Many unexpected and unique activities are planned, for your pleasure and discovery of unusual sites.

    The common thread is water, the Loire and multiple smaller rivers that cover the area.

    We have chosen a selection of walks and sights to see, gourmet experiences, and wine tastings.

    We will explore the city starting from the hotel, and stroll through the stunning 1843 Passage Pommeraye where we will take time for some shopping. 

    Outside the city of Nantes there are several places that really shouldn’t be missed during our stay, such as an extraordinary discovery of the Loire estuary, and a trail through the vineyards from Nantes to Clisson.

    Lots of fun and surprises await!
  • Dinner at L'Assise (or similar-Included)

    L’Assise Restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy friends and gourmet experiences. 

    This restaurant is full of history. Its interior is an architectural work of art, with walls clad in white panels and impressive ceilings in the former courtroom of the Palais de Justice.
    The restaurant's charm, its contemporary decoration, and the elegance of its refined, fresh cuisine make the perfect combination for an unforgettable first dinner in Nantes. 

    **Alcoholic beverages not included**

23 Apr 2018
day 4

  • Welcome To Nantes, France

    Our services
    • Assistance Throughout the Day
    • Group Lunch Reservation
    • Group Dinner Reservation
  • Guerande and the Atlantic Coast

    9:00pm-After breakfast, our driver will take us to the Atlantic Coast. Our first stop wil be in Guerance.
    We will visit the old town (intra-muros).

    3.30pm La maison des Paludiers, 7mn drive from restaurant
    www.maisondespaludiers.fr Marais Salants visite 1h30.

    5.30pm Drive by Le Pouliguen, La Baule and Pornichet. 30mn drive.

    6.30pm return to Nantes 1h drive
    Dinner in Nantes
  • Lunch

  • Afternoon: La Baule

    After lunch, we will continue our journey along the coast and we will reach La Baule after a first stop at a salt farm and a visit of the salt marsh at La Maison des Paludiers, (7mn drive from restaurant-Visit duration: 1:30mn))

    Then we will drive by Le Pouliguen, La Baule and Pornichet (30mn drive) and back to Nantes after a stop and a drink by the ocean (Not included).

    Return to Nantes (1 hour's drive) before dinner.

24 Apr 2018
day 5

  • Nantes - Clisson

    Our services
    • Excursion Day Assistance
    • Private English speaking certified guide
    • Mini Bus Services (full day)
    • Group Lunch Reservation
  • Nantes-Clisson (Afternoon)

    Today, we embark on a regional tour of the Muscadet vineyards, including wine tasting and gourmet cuisine!

    To take the route through the vineyards is to take in the fragrance of Italy that carries you to the gates of Nantes. The area south of the Loire has plenty to offer, with wide open views over the vines. Discover the wine-maker’s world by visiting a careful selection of wine cellars and producers. Muscadet, now recognized by the top chefs, is inseparable from the city of Nantes and its gourmet cuisine. You will visit the Château du Coing on the banks of the River Maine and the Château de Goulaine in the heart of the marshland, as well as Domaine de la Garenne Lemot, and Clisson, known as "Little Tuscany.


    09h30am : Our dDépart de Nantes en autocar avec un guide (2h30) commentaires sur le Vignoble Route touristique du Vignoble
    nantais (itinéraire Vertou, Saint Fiacre sur Maine, Château-Thébaud).
    10h45am : Dégustation Prestige au Château du Coing (1h30) Château du Coing - Le Coing 44690 Saint Fiacre Sur Maine).
    Invitation au domaine du château du Coing où vous pourrez visiter les vignes et les chais. Leur passé et leurs traditions
    définissent toutes les nuances du Muscadet Sèvre et Maine que vous apprécierez lors de la dégustation commentée de
    cuvées sélectionnées.

    12h30pm : Déjeuner au restaurant La Gaillotière (1h30)
    Menu Gaillotière RDV à l'entrée du Restaurant 44690 Château-Thébaud.
    Dans un ancien chai, au milieu des vignes, l’auberge vous accueille dans sa salle à manger sous ses poutres
    impressionnantes. Cuisine authentique et savoureuse qui révèle le vrai goût des aliments pour le plaisir des papilles.
  • Lunch at a Farm Inn

  • Dinner on your own

    Upon returning to the hotel, enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure. Dinner on own

25 Apr 2018
day 6

  • Nantes To Tours

    Check-out Assistance at Radisson Blu
    • Assistance during your day
    • Minibus services (full day)
    • Check-in Assistance at Chateau De Belmont
    • Group Dinner Reservation
  • Check out at Radisson Blu Hotel

    Checkout of your hotel before we depart to Tours.
  • Private transfer from Nantes to Tours, France

    9:00AM After breakfast, our minibus will pick us up at the hotel for a drive back eastward to Tours. Travel time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Stop for lunch in Saumur (on your own) After lunch, we continue to Amboise (Travel time: 1 hour ) where we will visit Leonardo De Vinci's property, Clos Luce (<b> 400P-5:30P</b> ). Our private will be meeting us.

    <b> Visit the Clos Luce:</b> 

    1-The castle itself where you will enter De Vinci intimate home (room, office, kitchen, living rooms) and where you will explore the inventor's 40 fabulous machines. 2-The garden and trail: you will walk in De Vinci's steps. You will try yourself at 20 giant and spectacular machines, will listen to his voice speaking to you, and you will finally discover 40 translucent pieces of art. After this visit, we head back to the hotel and check in. Travel time: 30 minutes Check in at Grand Hotel Tours.

  • Clos Luce

    King Francis I and Louise de Savoie invite Leonardo da Vinci to Amboise.

    King Francis I, passionate for Leonardo da Vinci’s talent, names him “Premier Painter and Engineer and Architect of the King" and offers him the enjoyment of the Château of Clos Lucé, located only a few meters away from the Château d’Amboise. The National Archives in Paris hold a certificate of payment, stating the pension from Francis I to Leonardo da Vinci « To Master Lyenard de Vince, Italian painter, the sum of 2000 ecussoleil, for his pension of two years. »

    Leonardo spends the last three years of his life at the Château of Clos Lucé and works on several projects for the King of France, surrounded by his students. He welcomes prestigious visitors, the likes of the Cardinal of Aragon, great men of the Kingdom, Italian Ambassadors and fellow artists present in the king’s court, including Domenico da Cortona, known as the Boccador, and Chambord’s future architect.

    An underground passage between the two castles allowed both men to meet frequently. Today, only the first meters are still visible.
    After a fascinating relationship between Leonardo da Vinci and three French Kings (Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I), the Italian Master passes away on May 2nd, 1519 in his room at the Château du Clos Lucé.
  • Check in at Le Grand Hôtel

    The Grand Hotel de Tours was built in 1927 and is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, near the train station of Tours. It has recently been renovated and decorated with Art Deco inspiration. The hotel now benefits from new technologies and all modern comforts.

    Ideally located in the heart of the city, we will walk to the historical Tours, explore the city shopping center and enjoy restaurants at a walking distance.

    Room Category: Superior
    Spacious and comfortable room, decorated in an Art deco style inspired of the 30s, offering generally a view on the raised square by the station, with a renovated bathroom having a bathtub or a shower.
    These rooms are equipped with a queen size bed which can be ordered in two individual beds.
    You will also find a courtesy tray in Superior room.

    All the rooms have free WIFI, air conditioning, a flatscreen TV with Canal+, national and international channels, a telephone and a private bathroom providing a hairdryer.
  • Dinner at Grand Hotel (included)

    Have dinner at Grand Hotel

    **Alcoholic beverages not included**

26 Apr 2018
day 7

  • Welcome To Tours, France

    Our services
    • Assistance during your Tours visit.
    • Private guided tour of the historical Tours.
    • Guided tour of Musee du Compagnnonage.
    • Group Dinner reservation
  • Tours

    Today, no driving!

    9:30AM After breakfast, our guide will take us through the city center for a 2-hour walking tour. We will meet our guide at the hotel and will go on a guided tour with him. You will discover the Palais Des Archeveques (Archbishops' Palace 17th-18th century), walk the French garden, and admire the gorgeous facade of the palace and Saint -Gatien Cathedral built from the 12th to 16th century. You will then continue Rue Colbert (Colbert Street) and will meet with the wooden facades of the historical district (15th and 16th century). Then your visit will continue to the Place Plumereau to Basilique Saint-Martin (19th century)/ The guide will tell you the story of Saint Martin, and his unique life in Tours. Lunch on your own, with some leisure afternoon time.

    2:30PM: Meet the group in front of the The Musée du Compagnonnage

  • The Musée du Compagnonnage

    The Musée du Compagnonnage Housed in the former Abbey of Saint-Julien de Tours, the museum exhibits a range of truly remarkable collections. Collective masterpieces from the 19th century, masterpieces of patience, masterpieces created for reception into a guild, along with Companions’ attributes (sticks, flasks and colors), commemorative pictures, tools, archives, traditions and works by Companions of the Tour of France, from their beginnings to the present day, are all represented. This museum is unique in France. The earliest traces of Compagnonnage date back to the Middle Ages. It is only through documents still extant that we know of the existence of groups of young journeymen who travelled, helped one another, practised rituals in various circumstances, and possessed common attributes and vocabulary. Most of the earliest records of these compagnons (“companions”) are to be found in judicial archives.
    Several exist, but not all of them are applicable to the whole body of trades concerned. As regards stonecutters, it seems possible that their organisation into a guild took place quite early on. The building of great edifices required qualified workmen, whom architects went in search of well beyond the construction sites themselves. The fact that workmen travelled across the Kingdom, and sometimes even across its borders, inevitably led to development of mutual assistance, the establishment of regular stopovers during their travels, and the formulation of recognition and reception rituals. The first Companions’ associations of which we have certain proof made their appearance in the 16th century. From 1514 up until the 1580s, Companion Printers in Lyons and Geneva were organised into protective associations, travelled, went on strike, carried out reception ceremonies and used secret handshakes and other signs of recognition. The 17th century saw divisions spring up between societies, which started experiencing difficulties with the Church. There are increasing numbers of documents bearing on guilds and concerning a wide range of trades. Many French cities now contain journeymen’s associations. Stonemasons and other workmen leave graffiti – nicknames and drawings of tools – on the Pont du Gard, the spiral staircase at Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, the Temple of Diana in Nîmes, and elsewhere. In the 18th century, the guild system extended to cover other trades and found itself in conflict with masters of corporations. Guilds are located in towns along the Loire, in the Maine and Nantes, along the Atlantic coast, and in Garonne, Languedoc, Provence, the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Champagne and Paris. Thanks to references made in judicial archives, we can add many further guilds to those already mentioned – tanners/curriers, tawners/chamois-leather dressers, coppersmiths, glaziers, saddlers, roofers, cloth shearers, dyers, rope makers, edge-toolmakers and blacksmiths, cloth-makers, and plasterers. In the 19th century, the guild system was faced with the rise of industry and a drop in numbers of members, and strove to become a more united movement. Guilds continue to be prohibited under the Empire, but, as the authorities have no real power to prevent them from existing, they content themselves with keeping a close eye on their doings and putting a stop to their “coalitions” (strikes and black listings). Brawling between rival societies reaches new heights. The 20th century saw major reorganization of the guild system. Up until 1914, guild members attempt to curb the fall in their numbers by setting up “apprentice protection societies”, responsible for negotiating contracts with companies where apprentices would receive sound training. They also organise professional training courses in a number of cities. There is also reconciliation between the Compagnons du Devoir, the Union Compagnonnique and the Charpentiers du Devoir de Liberté. The Musée du Compagnonnage opened its doors to the public on Easter Day 1968. We owe its existence to the perseverance of Roger Lecotté (1899-1991), curator of the Bibliothèque Nationale and a specialist in folklore and trade guilds. Beginning his campaign in 1951, he strove to convince guild movements of the necessity of conserving their heritage and presenting it to the public at large.
  • Dinner: Restaurant Charles Barrier (included)

    French gourmet cuisine located in the heart of the city.

    After dinner, we will walk back to the hotel (3 minutes)

    **Alcoholic beverages not included**

27 Apr 2018
day 8

  • Thore la Rochette and Rochambeau castle/Wine tasting (included)

    9am: After an early breakfast, our driver will take us to Thore la Rochette (1 hour's drive) Visit Rochambeau Castle, home of General de Rochambeau, commander in chief of the French expedition in the US revolutionary war with Washington in 1881 11am Villavard : Drive 10 minutes and reach the mushroom farm called " Champignonniere du Val St Andre" You will visit the "caves", and will taste mushrooms directly picked from the ground (visit duration 1h30). 12.30pm Lavardin, classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France thanks to the ruins of its mediaeval castle (see main article: Château de Lavardin), its Gothic church and frescoes, its houses and the ancient bridge. (See picture) 1.30pm We will be the lucky ones to visit of Chalay Castle(Jacques's Family) home of General de Marescot, one of Napoleon 1er empire generals. Tasting at Chalay with Coteaux du Vendomois wines. Lunch at the Chalay castle catered by the Restaurant "Le Manoire de St Quentin" (included). 6pm return to Tours 55mn's drive.
  • Wine Tasting

  • Dinner on own

28 Apr 2018
day 9

  • Valandry Gardens and Vineyars

    Our services
    • Assistance during your day
    • Minibus services
    • Group Lunch Reservation
    • Wine tastings
    • Private guided visit at Vallandry castle.
  • Villandry Gardens and Vineyards Tour

    9:00AM After breakfast, our chauffeur will pick us up and we will drive to Villandry Castle, famous for its gardens.

    9:30AM Villandry
    Among the Chateaux of the Loire, Villandry undoubtedly owes its fame to the splendid terraces of six gardens which encase it like a jeweled casket. IT is the last of the famous castles built along the Loire Valley. 

    Enjoy a guided visit of the castle itself, and of the garden.
    Continue your tour to Azay-Le-Rideau

  • Lunch

    Lunch in a restaruant located at Azay Le Rideau.

    **Alcoholic beverages not included

  • Chinon-Wine tastings (Reserved and included)

    After lunch, we will continue to Chinon

    2:30PM We will be welcomed at Pierre and Bertrand COULY Domain, which spreads onto 20 hectares of vineyards all around the city of Chinon.
    Since 1921, four generations have been devoted in the making of fine wines. Couly Dutheil owns a vineyard located on the best terroirs of Chinon.

    You will enjoy a "Prestige visit of the vines and wines" in the heart of AOC Chinon.

    Then, in the unique setting of a wine cellar with a contemporary architecture, the winemakers will share their passion and you will discover the different stages of wine making. During this unforgettable encounter , you will discover all the cuvées from different terroirs of the appellation by tasting 6 wines illustrating the richness of the terroirs of the appellation, all accompanied by "rillons and rillettes" (local specialties).

    We will get back to Tours around 7:00P
  • Dinner on own at leisure in Tours.

29 Apr 2018
day 10

  • Loire Valley Castles

    Our services
    • Assistance during your excursion day
    • Minibus Services
    • Assistance with Entrance to Each Castle
    • Private and Guided Visits for Each Castle
    • Group Surprise Farewell Dinner
  • Loire Valley Castle: Chenonceau

    Today, we will meet elegance, majesty and architecture!

    9:00AM After breakfast, our driver will pick us up at the hotel. We will head to the first castle, Chenonceau.

    You will visit three major castles (as time permits):

    10:00AM Chenonceau: built in the 16th century during the Renaissance period. It sits above the Loire River, and crosses it, and is grounded in the river bed. Its It is an absolute piece of art.
    The story of this castle is very surprising and unique, because not only has it been the the residence of famous historical characters such as Catherine of Medicis, but
  • Lunch On Own at Chenonceau

  • Loire Valley Castles: Chambord-Cheverny

    2:45 P Chambord: the largest castle in the Loire Valley, and the most famous for its stunning highlight: the spectacular open double spiral staircase is the centerpiece of the château.

    5:00P Cheverny: known for its one-hundred + tricolor Anglo-French dogs who reside there. They are from a cross of English Fox Hound and French Poitevins. The Cheverny kennels were built in 1850, and even today, the dogs are still fed as they were back in the late 19th century. 

    Our private visits will be led by a professional guide.
    Minibus transfer from one castle to the other is a maximum of 1 hour.
  • Dinner (included)

    Dinner (included) Farewell dinner followed by a surprise! (included)

    **Alcoholic beverages not included**

30 Apr 2018
day 11

  • Check out at Le Grand Hôtel

  • Transfer from Tours to Paris

  • "So Long" in Paris at Charles De Gaules Airport

    Our services
    • Assistance at check out
    • Check-in Assistance at the Rail Station for Your TGV your high speed train fare. We may have to take a train to Paris city center instead of CDG Airport. This will depend on the train fare schedules (Du which are not released yet.

    *Note: airfare from Charles De Gaulle International are not included. Please make arrangements on your own, or individually through Coastline Travel Advisors.

    Extensions after the Loire Valley are not included. Please request your personal extension itinerary.
  • Payment and Cancellation Policy

    Total price per person: $3,888.00

    Deposit: by 29NOV, 2017 50% of the total amount per person
    Balance payment: March 19th, 2018

    Cancellation policy:
    • November30, 2017-January 17th $400.00 per person is non refundable
    • January 18th, 2018-March 18th, 2018 %50 of the deposit is non refundable
    • March 19th, 2018-April 21st, 2018: 100% penalty
    • Insurance is highly recommended. Please request your quote.