The Loire Châteaux

There’s only one thing we love more than history here at Historical Trips and that’s a good drink... so we thought why not combine the two? The result is our brand new Loire Valley Wine & History tour - run jointly between Historical Trips and our sister company, Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours.

Medieval fortresses, royal châteaux, Renaissance residences, impressive cathedrals… these are just a few of the historical treasures awaiting you. Retrace the steps of fascinating figures, including: Queen of France, Catherine de Medici, in Chenonceau; and heroine Joan of Arc in Rouen. We stop at exceptional châteaux and wineries throughout the tour - tasting some of France’s most famous wines, including Sancerre, Muscadet and Vouvray. Aside from delicious wines, our collective palates will be treated to sumptuous dinners - including a mouth-watering Michelin-starred meal.

Arblaster & Clarke is the world’s leading wine tours operator and aims to provide wine holiday experiences that go beyond the ordinary. www.ArblasterandClarke.com

Tour Guides

This tour will be led by Dr Michael Jones (Tour Guide) and Lys Hall (Wine Guide)

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer - Michael is highly rated by our customers, consistently scoring 9/10 on our satisfaction surveys
  2. Meals - All meals included
  3. Travel by A/C coach - from London to Tours; Pont l’Evêque to London

Reviews

Sep 26

Michael was excellent. Not only did he give interesting talks but he made himself available to answer questions and enter into discussions. We both learned an awful lot and he has generated a curiosity in us both to explore the 100 years war further. Very many thanks!


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017
Sep 26

Mike made complicated and what I thought to be boring history very interesting. He also tells really interesting historical stories.


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017
Sep 26

We have been on tour with Lys previously ad she is incredibly knowledgeable both about wine and history. She puts across information with great ease and interest. All guides really did complement each other and the atmosphere throughout the week was very good-humoured and relaxed.


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017
Sep 20

Superb and expansive, authoritative knowledge put across in a very accessible way. Great sense of humour and excellent company.


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017
Sep 14

Excellent - a lively and enthusiastic orator who is a complete master of his field and really brought some dry subjects to life. I approached this tour looking forward to the wine aspects of the trip but left feeling enthused about history and much more informed than I was previously! Outstanding.


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017
Sep 12

Lys was lovely as always! Her knowledge of wine is exceptional and she conveys it in a way that is accessible and interesting. Her wine choices at meals were unfailingly interesting and matched the food well. Her introduction to the tastings also greatly enhanced the experience.


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017
Sep 10

I will look out for Lys' tours in the future and I have never met anyone who is so knowledgeable about wines - superb commentary throughout the tour. Even during every meal, she consistently and attentively explained each wine even when it was very late in the evening, ensuring everyone had a thorough understanding of the wines. By far the best wine guide I have ever met. Her history knowledge complemented her wine knowledge too to provide most comprehensive detail about an area.


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017
Sep 10

Lys is extremely knowledgeable about wine and her explanations were just right between technical and non-technical.


- Guest, 'The Loire Châteaux' 2017

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