Stop at Chartres where your visit to the Cathedral will be personally guided by renowned scholar Malcom Miller, author of numerous books on the famous stain glass windows which have been Mr. Miller’s focus of study for the past 40 years.
A brief stop and a stroll will be enjoyed in the nearby small medieval garden of Bois Richeux. Here, your private visit will be led by the owner and re-creator. Entirely recreated in accordance with the medieval plans found in the cathedral, the gardens are flush with medicinal and aromatic herbs, similar to the ones existing some nine centuries ago. Visually and intellectually fascinating, the area is well worth the visit.
Continue to the hotel where upon your arrival and check-in, you will receive a VIP Welcome Tea with the Countess of Vanssay followed by an insightful lecture into the seven centuries of history of the Chateau personally presented by The Count of Vanssay. The Count and Countess are the twentieth generation inhabitants of the chateau, where national, regional and family history are intertwined. Included are visits to the wing that was built following the wedding between Louise de Souvré, great granddaughter of the builders of Chenonceau (Bohier/Brissonnet) and Count de Vanssay’s ancestor, Marin de Vanssay, circa 1580. The visit also includes a perusal of few of the more remarkable archives, such as a letter to Marin de Vanssay from the King’s son, allowing him to fortify the chateau in 1603, as well as the original manuscript of the book written and published by a woman, rare for that period.
At the end of the day you will enjoy a memorable dining experience at the Chateau – a great evening of wine and food pairing. You can choose from the prestigious vintages of the Count’s Personal cellar.
At mid-morning, you will be personally escorted and guided by the Countess of Vanssay, an expert in European and regional history, to a private excursion of the magnificently restored “Plantagenêt city”. Included, you will also visit the workshop of Hervé N, “sellier”, who after 20 generations producing for Hermès, commenced to produce their own equally fine leather goods. You will also visit l’atelier of a restorer and creator of stain glass windows and porcelain.
Your very special lunch will be at 17th century château of Countess of Ogier d’Ivry in Le Mans. It will be a very elegant and totally private affair.
At 3:00 p.m. you will experience a private visit and tea at Chateau du Lude with Countess of Nicolaÿ or her representative, followed by a thrilling adventure as you drive a Porsche around the Le Mans race track (pending availability on the dates of your visit).
This evening’s special dinner is at Château de Poncé, with Count and Countess de Malherbe, followed by a visit of their onsite art gallery. Count Guy de Malherbe is an artist painter who together with his wife, Countess Marie Hélène de la Forest Divonne, also owns the famous Gallerie du Temple rue des Beaux Arts in the heart of Paris’ Left Bank.
Mid-afternoon, around 3:00 p.m., a private visit of Château de Cheverny with the Marquis de Vibraye. Inhabited by the same family for over 6 centuries, the Château de Cheverny with its gardens, labyrinth and its 3-D Tintin exhibition will offer an unforgettable experience. Tea will be with the Marquise de Vibraye, in the owner’s private apartments.
Later in the evening let yourself be taken through time on a private traditional barge cruise in a “Gabarre” sipping champagne as you sail.
Tonight’s dinner will be at a 2-star Michelin Restaurant followed by a helicopter flight back to your chateau.
Your private chauffeur will transfer you from chateau de Valmer to the railway station or to your choice of departure point.
TOUR ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels are classified as per the Tourism laws and rules of Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Prices are based on twin bedded rooms with private baths. We cannot be held responsible for hotel over-bookings; and should this occur, we will undertake to find similar accommodations in the same or nearby area. If a change becomes necessary for any reason, we reserve the right to substitute hotels of similar category. On occasions it may be necessary to substitute a hotel of a lower category, should this occur, an appropriate refund will be made. Single rooms may occasionally be less comfortable than twins. We will make every effort to provide single rooms but we cannot guarantee their availability. If a single room is not provided where requested, we will refund the supplemental charge.
BAGGAGE: Baggage handling in our Tours includes one normal size suitcase per person. Luggage and personal effects are travelling “AT OWNERS RISK” unless insured.
CANCELLATIONS, CHANGES AND REFUNDS: Victours reserves the right to cancel any Tour prior to departure for any reason including insufficient number of participants. In the event of such cancellation of a Tour, for which you have received confirmation, you will receive full refund of money paid. If the Clients cancel their reservations, the Tour Operator will reimburse the total amount of deposit after the cancellation fees have been deducted according to the following: The Tour Operator has the right to withdraw your membership at any time if your actions impose upon or disturb the other members of the Tour.
PASSPORT AND VISAS: It is suggested that ALL passengers, regardless of the passport they hold, check with the appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are required. The possession of required and valid documents is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The Tour Operator assumes no liability for lack of proper documents.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive travel insurance in the event you have to cancel or discontinue your trip.