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Need help for 1 day Chateau/Wine visit in Loire Valley

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Need help for 1 day Chateau/Wine visit in Loire Valley

I'm traveling in a group of 6 in Mid May, leaving Paris on Saturday afternoon and arriving in the Loire Valley on Saturday afternoon. We're planning on staying 1 or 2 nights before heading back to Paris. We're interested in visiting a couple wineries (we prefer red wine) along with a couple of the chateaus. We're taking the TGV or renting a car for the group of us to drive together.

Can anyone offer a suggestion for where you'd suggest staying?Ambrose/Tours/Chinon

I'm looking for private tours, but don't see anything on Sunday. Do they not run on Sundays?

If we have our own car, would you suggest visiting the wineries/chateaus by youself or paying a tour guide?

If we have a free afternoon, is there an area you'd suggest we travel for wine/food/great conversation and take in the sights?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Need help for 1 day Chateau/Wine visit in Loire Valley

The problem with tours on a Sunday is that most of the wineries don't open. Private tours may be able to arrange something with a favoured winemaker (although I have to admit I have never tried), but as a rule if the winemaker is of average age they willhave the great grandchildren over for lunch, and if they're a young tyro, they will be at mama's. Sundays are like that down in the country.

I would advise against staying in Amboise, especially if you have a car. It's popular simply because it's easy to get to for tour companies in big buses, but there are dozens of nice towns. Montrichard, for instance, immediately springs to mind.

Great conversation you will have to supply for yourself. When the French go out (especially on a Sunday) it's a family thing. This doesn't necessarily apply if you go to some of the more student orientated bars in Tours.

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2. Re: Need help for 1 day Chateau/Wine visit in Loire Valley

You might like to have a look at http://letastingroom.com/ They will do a tailored wine tasting for you and it will give you the chance to learn about a wide range of Loire wines. They also collect groups from the TGV in Angers.

We have done a day with them and it was excellent. We learned so much even though we have lived here for over 12 years.

Les Canons in Saumur is a good restaurant and open on Sunday evenng, so that might be worth thinking about.

Letastingroom also has contacts for chambre d'hotes on their webpage.

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3. Re: Need help for 1 day Chateau/Wine visit in Loire Valley

Hi,

We stayed at Chateau De Verrieres in Samur - it was fabulous.

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and decided to dine at L'Alchimiste Restaurante in Saumur.

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The historical town of Saumur is very interesting located between the Loire and Thouet rivers with many wineries around the town, ( Coteaux du Layon Chinon, & Bourgueil,) if you visit on Saturday the local market held in the village is wonderful.

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