Our visit to this area of France will encompass two wine regions, Sancerre and the Loire Valley. As ever, there is little we can add to existing tributes to these pleasant locations which we have been visiting for many years.
Saturday - We pick up as shown below and travel to Portsmouth. We sail to St Malo on the overnight crossing and a 2-berth cabin is provided(upgrades available).
Sunday - On arrival in France at 0815 and after disembarkation we start our journey southwards to Rennes, the Breton capital, and thence to the small market town of Laval where we’ll pause for refreshment. We resume our journey and pass by Le Mans , Orleans and thus to Sancerre and check in to the Hotel Panoramic for the next three nights. Dinner will be at the hotel tonight.
Monday - This morning we travel to Pouilly sur Loire and our first visit is to the Museu du Vin. There’ll be free time to explore the village afterwards and we’ll have lunch on its outskirts at Restaurant Le Coq Hardi. In the afternoon we drive to St Andelain to visit and taste at Michel Redde. We return to Sancere for overnight and dinner at the hotel.
Tuesday - We leave the hotel after breakfast and drive to Crezancy for a visit to Domaine la Gemiere. Afterwards we’ll drive to the centre of Sancerre for sightseeing. In the afternoon we travel to Pougny to visit and taste at Domaine Catherine & Michel Langlois. We return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Wednesday - This morning we set off towards the River Loire and we’ll reach Amboise before lunch. Our visit here is to Caves Duhard . There’ll be time for sightseeing in the town before we resume our drive to Saumur where we check in to the Hotel Adagio for three nights. Dinner at the hotel tonight.
Thursday - Wet drive this morning to Vouvray and a visit and tasting at Caves de Vouvray. From here we continue to a country restaurant for lunch at 1300. Our afternoon visit and tasting will be at Chateau Gaudelle. It’s now back to Saumur for a free evening.
Friday - We’ll have a leisurely start to the day and in the late morning we set off to Caves Ackermann for a visit and tasting followed by lunch on their premises. In the late afternoon we drive to Distillerie Combier in Saumur for a visit at 1600.We return the hotel for a free evening.
Saturday - We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to Angers and nearby St Georges sur Layon where we will visit and taste at Domaine du Guichoux . Settle back as we now drive northwards and eventually into Normandy to Ouistreham where we have dinner at the Restaurant Le Normandie before boarding the ship for the 2300 sailing to Portsmouth.
Sunday - We reach Portsmouth at 0645 and after disembarkation we carry on to the original pick up points.
The cost includes: all travel by executive coach; overnight sailings with a cabin; six nights 3* hotel accommodation; four dinners and three lunches; vineyard visits and tastings; Tour Escort.
Single supplement. £165 --- Cabin upgrades available
Pick up points: Plymouth-Newton Abbot-Exeter-Bristol-Bath-Salisbury-Portsmouth