February 12, 2024
Not only is the Loire Valley the land of majestic fairytale châteaux dotted along the Loire River, it is also the longest wine region in France, encompassing 55,000 hectares of vineyards and 800km of wine routes, making it the perfect destination to relax, unwind and indulge in French culture.
Designing Your Perfect Weekend
A vibrant region with endless activities, it can be a struggle to decide what to do first on your romantic weekend in the Loire Valley. This is why we have created the perfect itinerary so that you can put your feet up and relax:
Day 1: Friday
Arrival in the Loire Valley: Arrive in the Loire Valley and check into your accommodation. For inspiration, check out Six Senses Loire Valley Hotel and Spa, due to open in 2026.
Brunch: Take a drive to the magnificent Château de Chambord, where you can fuel up for an afternoon of exploring at Le Grand Saint Michel, a stunning bistronomic restaurant and an ode to traditional French cuisine. Enjoy your pain perdu and a café au lait with idyllic châteaux views.
Explore Château de Chambord: Take a tour of one of the most magnificent Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley. There is nothing quite as romantic as wandering hand in hand through its grand halls, spiral staircases, and sprawling gardens.
Fine Dining Experience: Indulge in a romantic dinner at Fleur de Loire, a Christophe Hay restaurant at the banks of the Loire River. Allow yourselves to be swept away by the ambiance and culinary delights with a four to nine course menu, featuring specialities such as local wagyu beef, black truffle and barbus crêpe soufflé.
Day 2: Saturday
Hot Air Balloon Ride: Rise early for a magical hot air balloon ride over the Loire Valley, where panoramic views of vineyards, châteaux, and rolling hills unfold beneath you. On your one-hour tour, embrace the serenity of the moment as you soar through the skies together, capturing memories that will last a lifetime.
Lunch at a Vineyard: Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Domaine Marc Brédif, where you can sample local wines and traditional French fare overlooking the scenic beauty of the Loire River. Take a tour of the majestic troglodytic cellars as you savor the flavors of the region.
An afternoon at a castle: Visit the picturesque Château de Chenonceau, often referred to as the "Ladies' Chateau" for its fascinating history and elegant architecture. Wander through its manicured gardens, cross the iconic bridge over the River Cher, and revel in the timeless romance of this iconic landmark.
An exclusive château dinner: There’s no such thing as too many châteaux, and dinner at the Château de Pray isn’t one to miss! Chef Arnaud Philippon's cuisine flirts with the zeitgeist: from toasted white asparagus, nasturtiums and egg yolk sauce; to pan-roasted blue lobster. Delicate execution, balanced flavours, ingredients sourced from local producers: this is château life at its best.
Day 3: Sunday
Chocolate making workshop: A romantic French getaway wouldn’t be complete without chocolate. Take a trip to the stunning Chocolaterie Max Vauché where you can take a chocolate making workshop and receive a guided tour of the chocolate factory. Afterward, if you haven’t overindulged, check out the signature Choco Bar, a decadent chocolate café where visitors can indulge in delicious, handmade and locally produced chocolate. It’s no wonder that the word “dessert” comes from France.
Farewell to the Loire Valley: With your homemade chocolate in tow, bid farewell to the Loire Valley, with fond memories and a list of fun activities to try out next time.
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