Small Group Tour
Explore the beautiful the Loire Valley wine region on this small group day trip from Paris! The Loire Valley is one of the largest wine producing regions in France and home to the wonderful Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines. It is also one of the regions that produces some of the tastiest goat cheeses in the world.
This adventure is all about tasting and learning to appreciate the unique “terroir” of the Loire Valley. You’ll learn all about the wonderful Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot noir grapes and several different types of goat’s cheese. To do that you’ll be visiting two wineries with fascinating histories, walking through vineyards, and touring cellars full of oak barrels. You’ll also visit a local farm where you will see goats get milked and learn all about how goat cheese is made.
The first winery you’ll visit has an amazing Franco-American history with Thomas Jefferson and General LaFayette playing roles in it. Their beautiful chateau has a medieval donjon tower and is completely surrounded by vineyards that serve to create high quality Pouilly-Fumé wines. The second winery you’ll visit is run by two hardworking brothers who are passionate about natural wine making methods and create amazing Sancerre wines.
This adventure will start when you meet up with your guide near Notre-Dame Cathedral in the center of Paris. The drive to the Loire Valley is only 2 hours from Paris and you’ll be riding in comfort in one of our brand new 8 passenger vans with big leather seats and fresh A/C. Your first stop in the Loire Valley will be at the beautiful Château de Tracy winery.
The Château de Tracy has a fascinating family history of winemaking dating back to 1396! This winery focuses on the Sauvignon Blanc grape and helping it to fully express all of its potential in their exclusively Pouilly-Fumé wines. This dedication to the Sauvignon Blanc vine has helped their wines to become fruity, opened, and well-balanced in taste.
You’ll tour their vineyard, touch the chalky-flint soil, learn about their winemaking process and see the oak barrels where their wines are aged. Then get to taste 4 of their most prestigious Pouilly wines. The owner will also bring out some of their favorite local cheeses for you to try and teach you how to pair their wines with different cheeses.
Then you’ll be off to explore the charming little hilltop town of Sancerre which gave its name to the wine. The town of Sancerre was founded in the 1100’s and has a long and interesting history to discover. Your guide will lead you through the little cobblestone streets of this Medieval town and share with you what makes it so unique.
Together you’ll visit the “Tour des Fiefs” a fortified tower that was once part of the impressive stonewalls that surrounded Sancerre. The “Tour des Fiefs” is a Keep tower that dates back to the year 1380! At the top of this massive stone tower is a view that will take your breath away. You’ll see the entire medieval town below you, the shining Loire river, and 20 miles of amazing vineyards in any direction you turn.
After you’re visit is over you will be able to take a break and eat lunch in Sancerre. You can choose to have a simple sandwich from the bakery or sit down for some local specialities at any of the other great restaurants and cafes. There are a dozen or so available with a wide variety of foods that will suit all types of tastes and budgets. The lunch break will last an hour.
After lunch you’ll visit the Fleuriet winery that is run by two brothers who are passionate about their Sancerre wines. While these brothers are proud of the traditional winemaking process and “savoir-faire” of the Sancerre region they are also interested in innovation and creating new traditions. They even use a unique way of pressing their wine and letting it flow with gravity to their fermenting tanks.
You’ll learn about Oak barrels, stainless steel tanks, cement tanks, and even a cool egg shaped tank that they have in their cellars. They’ll explain the strict “Sancerre” regulations for making wine and then serve you at least 3 of their highest quality wines. Including some rare Sancerre Rouge and Sancerre Rosé wines that are made exclusively from the Pinot Noir grape.
Following that you’ll head off to the Ferme des Chapotons. You’ll meet the farmer and get to know the cute little dairy goats in person. You’ll see how they are milked and how their milk is turned into cheese. You’ll then taste several different types of goat cheese as well as maturations. From the fresh tangy young cheeses to the rich nutty aged cheeses you’ll try them all.
Max. 8 pers. per tour
All of our tours are commented in English
Back in Paris around 7PM
Dates & Times
April to October
Monday & Thursday at 7AM
1 Place Saint-Michel
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For the Loire Valley Wine Day Trip from Paris,, you will meet with your driver-guide outside of 1 Place Saint-Michel in Paris.
Frequently Asked Questions
We accept children that are at least 7 years old on this tour. While this tour’s content was not planned out with kids in mind we do allow children that are aged at least 7 years old to join it with one of their parents. Kids younger than 7 years cannot join this tour as we do NOT have the suitable baby/child seats for them to ride in that are required by European law.
There is no legal drinking age in France for minors who drink under the supervision of a parent. It is illegal to allow a minor to become inebriated (drunk). The legal age to buy alcohol is 18.
Yes, we can fit up to 3 cases (18 bottles) of wine per person in the van and bring it back to Paris with you. Once in Paris you’ll have to figure out how to bring the wine back home with you on your own.
It is possible to ship them in the mail (expensive) and it is also possible to bring some bottles back in your checked luggage. We do not know every airlines limitations so it is best to check with your specific airline before packing your bags to go home.
As for the border customs limit it depends on each country/state, please check ahead. Usually anything that is obviously for a personal consumption (a few bottles) is not taxed.
We are committed to giving you the best experience possible, in case the tour you took with us didn’t meet your expectation we are happy to give a full refund as long as you participated in the entire tour and tell your guide at the end of the tour.
2 different tours added to shopping cart = 10% OFF
3 different tours added to shopping cart = 12% OFF
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5 different tours added to shopping cart = 16% OFF
Each tour added to a single cart must have the same number of participants.
Discount applied automatically to your entire shopping cart.
We understand that unexpected events can change your travel plans; for this reason Blue Fox Travel offers a full refund, for any reason, if you cancel more than 24hrs before your reserved tour is scheduled to start.
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These are the Terms & Conditions that apply to any tour run by BLUE FOX TRAVEL in France under the brands BLUE BIKE TOURS or BLUE FOX TRAVEL.
In this document, BLUE BIKE TOURS might be abbreviated as BBT and BLUE FOX TRAVEL as BFT.
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Because BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered French company, and all of our tours take place in France, only the French Law will apply in the case of any conflict.
Last updated : January 2019.
Valid until : the end of the world.
I - Cancellation Policy
BFT offers a 100% refund if a reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the tour. The notification must be made by email. No refunds are given for ANY reason once within the 24 hrs prior to the scheduled tour.
All of our tours run Rain or Shine. We do not issue refunds if you choose to skip your tour because the weather doesn’t suit you. You can always wait until the last minute to book your tour to ensure the weather suits you that day. BFT reserves the right to cancel any of its tours last minute in case of an Act of God or crazy act from a large group of people. Flooding, hail, dangerous weather conditions, riots, etc. In such instances full refunds will be given to anyone who had their tour cancelled.
II - Satisfaction Guarantee Policy
If the tour you took with us didn’t live up to what we promised you on our website and failed to meet your expectations, we will be heartbroken. We will also give you a 100% refund so long as you do all of these things:
You remember that we we are in no way responsible for the weather and that our guides actually have to give 110% of themselves to you on days when the weather is not as nice in order to help you enjoy the tour.
You participate in the entire tour from: being on time at the meeting point until the “goodbyes” at the very end of the tour. You can’t leave a tour half-way and ask for your money back.
At the end of the tour you tell your guide, in person, that you were not satisfied with the tour you took.
You provide your tour guide with the reasons you were not satisfied with the tour itself.
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A valid credit card is required to secure your booking. All reservations must be prepaid online prior to the tour. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. None of your personal credit card or billing information is stored by BFT.
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V - Child Policy
All reservations made for children under the age of 18 years old must be made by an adult and we must be informed at the time of booking exactly how many children are in your party and their ages. This is vital information as it allows our guide to prepare the proper child sized equipments for the bike tours and the booster seats for all day trips/excursions that use one of our vans.
All reservations made for a minor under the age of 18 years old must also include the reservation for an adult who will be 100% solely responsible for the safety and well being of the child while on the tour.
Every child, under the age of 12 years old, partaking in a bicycle tour will be required to wear a helmet and a reflective vest as per French Law.
The adult who accompanies the child agrees to the responsibility of choosing a properly sized helmet, adjusting the helmet, and keeping the helmet on the head of the child during the whole tour. Blue Fox Travel has helmets in multiple sizes for you to choose from at no cost.
Don't forget: Children who will be riding in a baby/child seat, on a tandem attachment bike, or in a booster seat in one of our vans absolutely MUST have their seat reserved beforehand. We NEED to know exactly what your child will need before they show up. Please make it clear in the “Special Requirements” section of our booking form.
VI- Child Bike Policy
Children who will be riding on their own may be subject to a very short test run before the tour starts in which they will be expected to demonstrate: that they are well suited for their bike’s size and settings, that they know how to brake properly and that they are, in general, good cyclists who can be trusted to follow their tour guide in a safe manner.
We own 20” and 24” kids bikes (size of the wheel). Adult bikes are 26”. If the guide, or manager, finds that the child is not, for any reason, a good enough cyclist then the guide, or manager, has the right to refuse to let the child follow the tour on a personal bike.
This means they will either be asked to ride on one of our ‘tandem attachments’ which is attached to the back of a parents bike OR asked to ride in a child seat attached to the back of a parents bike. If the child refuses the change, then the guide or manager has the right to cancel the reservation, and not allow you and your child on the bike tour.
Refunds will not be issued if your reservation is cancelled because of your child not being able to cycle and their refusal to ride attached to you. Baby seats are for kids that are between the ages of 1 and 3 years old (max weight 22 kg (48 lbs)).
We also have some cool Burley™ tandem attachment bikes that are suitable for little kids who are too big for the baby seat but too small to cycle on their own (max weight 38 kg (85 lbs) - max height 137 cm (4 ft 6 in)).
VII - Damages to Blue Fox Travel Property
If you or anyone in your party damages a vehicle, a Blue Bike™, a vehicle, a child's bike, a helmet, a baby/child seat, a tandem attachment bike, any bike attachments, or a booster seat in such a way that it becomes badly disfigured, broken, or unusable, then BFT reserves the right to claim a fee of up to the cost of repair of the damaged bike/vehicle or object.
VIII - MiscellaneousYou and everyone in your party will be kind and respectful of your guide. You and everyone in your party will do their best to follow the safety instructions given orally by the guide before the start of the tour and during the tour.