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“A day we wont' forget”

Loire Valley Time Travel Day Tours
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Owner description: The owners of Loire Valley Time Travel are originally from Australia, and toured the world before settling in France and deciding to share their love of the Loire Valley with visitors. On all of our tours Simon drives the classic cars, while Susan shares her wealth of knowledge about the Loire's history, way of life and natural environment. We provide custom private tours of the Loire Valley, traveling in our classic French 1953 Citroen Traction Avant, and we try to make a day with us like having a day out with friends. We visit the grand chateau you have always dreamed of seeing, stopping along the way at small overlooked sites that can range from WW2 memorials to ancient ruins and troglodyte caves.
Reviewed June 22, 2012

My husband and I were celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary with a trip to Paris and decided that we would like to make a day trip to the Loire Valley. We researched online and found excellent reviews for Loire Valley Time Travel. The reviews did not disappoint.....our day out with Susan and Simon was absolutely wonderful!
The first class service started from the time we booked our tour (about a month in advance) with Susan & Simon sending detailed instructions on how to catch the TGV from Paris and which tickets to book for specific times; it made the train process a breeze!
When we departed from the train, Susan was right there to greet us & took us to meet Simon and Celestine (the beautiful French car) to begin our tour. We started with scenic drive through the Loire Valley to Chateau de Chononceau; both Simon and Susan instantly made us feel at "home" and comfortable in our travels. We pulled up to Chenonceau and it was just so beautiful and peaceful; the gardens were amazing & the chateau just made my jaw drop with it draping itself across the river. Susan provided us with a wealth of information on the history, the women & the lives they lead at Chenonceau, the art/architecture of the chateau, as well as insight into what is required to properly maintain a "home" of this size and age. She was also a walking book of knowledge on the flora and fauna around the chateau! It really was a special treat to have our own personal tour guide who had so much information to share......I felt sorry for the large tour groups who were not getting all of the individual attention that we were receiving!:) From Chenonceau, we drove to a local town restaurant. Susan and Simon called it a French "truck stop", but it is nothing like the truck stops we have in the US. The restaurant was filled with working French folk & the food was so fresh & delicious! We felt that we truly had a "real" french restaurant experience (with the much appreciated translation through Susan and Simon)!:)
After Chenonceau, we took a beautiful tour of the Loire Valley country side......nothing but miles and miles of rolling hills with wheat, barley, and canola plant growing; we had never seen anything like this and it was breathtaking! We stopped and visited a medieval dolman grave that was out in the middle of the fields. My husband thoroughly enjoyed this stop as he loves medieval history!
Next, was a visit to Montpoupon which is essentially a huge chateau that is a families "hunting lodge". Not your typical hunting lodge as it is so elegant & filled with history on horses, hunting, and hunting dogs. Interestingly, the family who owns it still lives in a part of the chateau! Once again, Susan provided a wealth of information and loved that we were able to tour the chateau at our own pace & ask questions of Susan whenever we had them (& she always had the answers!).
Next, was a drive to Vouvrey to the Gaudrelle Winery. We were able to get a tour from Alexandre the owner/grower of the winery & the tour was amazing! We learned so much about the steps to making wine and now have a much greater appreciation for the precision that is required in achieving a high quality wine. We were also able to take a tour of the where the wine was stored (in a cave like area built into the side of a mountain); it was remarkable to see 130,000 bottles of wine all stored for a minimum of 2 years! Next was a wine tasting which I was a bit dubious about as I appreciate wine, but do not typically enjoy the taste. Well, Alexandre found a wine that I absolutely fell in love with and am now awaiting a shipment from the winery to our home in the US! :) My husband was happy as he has tried to get me to like so many different bottles of wine & I have not like a single one......until this wine!
We really did have an amazing day out with Susan and Simon and we would HIGHLY recommend this tour. It is a bit pricier than some other tours, but no where else will you get the warmth, enthusiasm, knowledge, & personal treatment that you do through this tour! Plus, you can't beat riding around in beautiful Celestine with Simon's "masterful" handling. :)

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Reviewed June 3, 2012

We were spending our 10th anniversary in the Loire valley, and we wanted something special for the occasion. Susan and Simon were wonderful throughout the whole day, and they delivered an unbelievable experience!

We started with a tour of the area with a trip through the countryside to Loches a wonderful city that we wouldn't have done justice. Susan's knowledge of the history and culture is worth the money alone. We had a very nice lunch in a classic French town restaurant, and we went on to Chenonceau. Finally, we closed out with a local wine tasting in the Vouvray region.

I had studied in the south of France in college, and I learned more about the culture and the region then I could have ever expected. Top that with Simon's masterful driving of the classic Citroen and many unique and wonderful experiences that I will leave you to discover on your own adventure with them.

If you are coming in for a short or long visit, I wouldn't pass on this opportunity! If you are only in the Loire for a couple days - this would be perfect right out of Tours, and you wouldn't even need to rent a car (an experience in itself).

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LVTT, Owner at Loire Valley Time Travel Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2012

Geoff. So pleased we were able to make your time in the Loire Valley special. We hope to see you again should you happen to be in this part of the world

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Reviewed April 25, 2012

When I saw the Loire Valley Time Travel website, it had all the ingredients I was looking for - a gorgeous classic French car ( Estelle), French chateaus and a personalised tour. And we weren't disappointed!. We spent a fabulous half day visiting Chenonceau and a local winery that made sublime wines that we were able to purchase and enjoy later. Simon our chauffeur was a walking encyclopaedia on vintage cars and kept us well and truly entertained. Susan was able to give us a special insight into the Loire Valley, the history of the people and the area and made sure we saw the things that really make such a tour special. They were very helpful in arranging our pickup and drop off from our hotel and really made us feel like Kings and Queens for the day. We highly recommend taking the time to have an authentic Loire Valley Time Travel Tour.
Peter, Marg and Anna Holloway: Melbourne Australia

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Reviewed April 21, 2012

We spent a wonderful day with Simon and Sharon. The are excellent tour guides and great companions. Good sense of humor and know the area, particulary the history, very well. HIghly recommended and definitely worth the money. We took the train from Paris and it was no problem getting there and back. The area is beautiful, many really nice photos to remember it by.

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Reviewed April 16, 2012

My wife and I spend two terrific days in the Loire Valley with Susan and Simon. They were both gratious hosts and very knowledgable about all the various locations we experienced with them. Susan particularly had a vast knowledge about the history, architecture, art and culture of the area, and Simon was very adept with the spectacular car navigating the backroads of the area. They were punctual both days in meeting us and took us to two terrific restaurants for lunch as well. We highly recommend them for your trip to the Loire.

5  Thank Andrew M
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