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.
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?