Amboise & Tours
Autumn Festival
From 17 October to 21 October 2024

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    Francois I’s reign was marked by a shared love affair with Italian art at the height of the Renaissance. His current presence in Touraine is indirect, or in the form of winks. At the Château Royal d’Amboise, where he spent his childhood, the Chapelle Saint-Hubert – reopened to the public after almost 3 years of renovation – contains the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, whom he convinced to settle on the banks of the Loire. At the Grand Théâtre de Tours, the opulent décor is adorned with frescoes that play on historical paintings; the monarch is not missing in action! One of his advisors was also responsible for the gardens on the Château de Valmer estate.


    For along the river, the exceptional architectural heritage is inseparable from a tradition of green spaces dating back to the 16th century, which Chaumont-sur-Loire perpetuates with its International Garden Festival, supported by innovative landscaping projects. And let’s not forget the winemaking tradition at Domaine Bourillon Dorléans, source of Vouvray for over a century. The Domaine de Candé is not to be outdone, with its hydraulic and electrical equipment that helped revitalize the vineyards as early as the 1930s. The Concerts d’Automne are a feast for the eyes and taste buds, as well as for the ears, for a holiday that’s a feast for all the senses.


    The program
    Chaumont-sur-Loire - Festival des Jardins
    October 17, 2024
    Château d’Amboise
    October 17, 2024
    Lise Nougier Recital
    October 17, 2024
    Château de Valmer
    October 18, 2024
    Museum of Compagnonnage
    October 18, 2024
    Stained glass Atelier
    October 18, 2024
    Domaine de Candé
    October 19, 2024
    Domaine Bourillon Dorléans
    October 19, 2024
    Alfonsina. canciones argentinas
    October 19, 2024
    Visite de Tours
    October 20, 2024
    La descente d'Orphée aux enfers, by M.A. Charpentier
    October 20, 2024

    Departure by train from Paris. First stop: Chaumont-sur-Loire, home of the prestigious Festival des Jardins.


    Once you’ve arrived at Chaumont-sur-Loire, you’ll find yourself plunged into the heart of botanical wonder. The Festival des Jardins unfurls its treasures, offering an explosion of color, fragrance and creativity. A guided tour will take you on an enchanted journey where each tableau reveals a unique universe, an invitation to contemplation and reverie.


    After this floral immersion, the journey continues to Amboise, where lunch will be served. On a private tour, we’ll have the privilege of wandering through the majestic Château d’Amboise, embracing its rooms steeped in history, strolling through its winding gardens, and letting ourselves be transported back to the era of kings and queens.


    To crown this exceptional day, a cocktail reception awaits you in a sumptuous château venue.


    8 pm, Château d’Amboise:



    Lise Nougier: Soprano

    Gaspard Schlich: Guitar


    Soprano Lise Nougier, a recent graduate of the Académie de l’Opéra national de Paris, grew up with a taste for French variété and chanson à texte, capturing humanity at its very core. Guitarist Gaspard Schlich, for his part, likes to explore improvised and traditional music, particularly in the spontaneity it conveys. Together, they reveal themselves in a program of “Latin Conversations“, echoing the more serious discussions that once took place in the Council Chamber. French, Italian and Spanish will serve as guides for this precious popular musical journey spanning nearly three centuries, in the intimacy of the duo.


    This day of botanical escapism and historical exploration will be remembered as a journey in which every moment was an enchantment for the senses and the spirit.


    Overnight in Amboise.



    This day, the Château de Valmer – a small masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance whose first layout dates back to 1525 – awaits us. Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley vineyards, this architectural gem opens its doors to you for an immersion in the art of French living. Discover its formal gardens, lush vineyards and a history rich in anecdotes and legends.


    After this enchanting escapade, the journey continues to Tours, a dynamic city with a rich cultural heritage. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Musée du Compagnonnage. Explore the ancestral traditions of the Compagnons du devoir, renowned craftsmen and builders, through a unique collection of tools, works of art and authentic testimonials. In this museum, each piece tells a story, each artifact bears witness to the know-how and passion of the journeymen.

    We continue in this world where craftsmanship and the transmission of knowledge occupy a predominant place, with a visit to Pascal Rieu’s Atelier du Vitrail, where every gesture is imbued with tradition and excellence. Originally a graphic designer, this artist has the soul of a painter and masters the classicism of technique, putting it at the service of his romantic and creative spirit. His style combines the powerful sobriety of visuals with the gentleness of detail, taming colors so that light and shadow govern them.


    This day offers you a journey through the centuries, between the splendor of castles and the authenticity of craftsmanship. A total immersion in the region’s cultural and craft heritage, where every encounter and every discovery leaves an indelible mark. We’ll end this journey through time with music.


    8pm, Grand Théâtre de Tours:




    Ensemble Concerto de’ Cavalieri

    Marcello di Lisa: Conductor

    Samuel Mariño: Countertenor


    Samuel Mariño is one of today’s most fervent exponents of the soprano tessitura, capable of brilliantly substituting from one aria to the next the hat of transvestite roles sung by women for the status of prima donna. Italian lyric music of the 18th century was a matter of geographical crossroads for composers, from Vivaldi the Venetian (but also in demand in Verona and Milan), to Caldara who left the Serenissima for Vienna, to Scarlatti, the leader of the Neapolitan school between two long stays in Rome. This program, concocted with Marcello Di Lisa and his ensemble Concerto de’ Cavalieri (on period instruments), will weave all these Italian links.


    This morning, we’re off to discover the Domaine de Candé and its treasures. A fascinating museographic tour takes us back to the scene of this crime of lèse-majesté (the ex-king’s marriage to an American divorcee, which provoked the ire of the British royal family). Silk drapes, Cordovan leathers, heavy curtains, creaky floors… the decor has remained unchanged, much to our delight.

    In Vouvray, a light lunch of local specialties is served in a carved troglodyte cellar. Frédéric and his son Benjamin, the third and fourth generations of winemakers to work the 26 hectares of Domaine Bourillon Dorléans, are committed to perpetuating the traditional spirit and quality of their highly individual Vouvray wines. The estate extends over a variety of terroirs, both clay-limestone and clay-silica, and is one of the best in the Vouvray appellation.


    The afternoon will be at leisure, before an evening of gentle Argentinean notes.


    8pm, Grand Théâtre de Tours:




    Mariana Flores: Soprano

    Quito Gato: Piano, arrangements

    Romain Lécuyer: Double bass


    Mariana Flores is well known for her chiselled mastery of the Baroque repertoire, but the popular songs of her native Argentina are another string to her vocal bow. What better time than October, the time when spring blooms in the southern hemisphere, to capture the sweetness of life at the foot of the Andes, the conviviality of a feria or the magnetic rhythm of Buenos Aires? The soprano’s voice, intensely committed to the transmission of letters and climates, acquires a universal dimension alongside Quito Gato‘s piano and guitar, and Romain Lécuyer‘s double bass.


    Our journey through time in the Loire Valley ends in Tours. This mild autumn morning allows us to stroll through the collections of the city’s Musée des Beaux-Arts, enjoy its gardens before visiting the Cathédrale Saint-Gatien, the cloister and the Basilique.


    After a final light lunch in Vieux Tours, we close the Festival with the work of Charpentier (1686-1687).


    At 3 p.m. at the Grand Théâtre de Tours:




    Ensemble Jacques Moderne

    Joël Suhubiette: Musical Direction


    An inexhaustible source of inspiration for opera, the myth of Orpheus had to wait until the time of Charpentier for the French operatic world to seize upon it. The composer first adapted it as a short cantata, then set to work on the chamber opera La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers, in which the wedding of Orpheus and Eurydice is interrupted when the bride is bitten by a snake. Orpheus, convinced by his father Apollo to fetch his sweetheart from the Underworld, manages to negotiate with Pluto for her release. The manuscript, probably incomplete, ends here, before the fateful moment when Eurydice turns… Under the baton of its musical director, Ensemble Jacques Moderne offers an alternative ending.


    Transfer to Tours train station and return to Paris in the late afternoon.

    Hotel Selection

    In the heart of the Châteaux de la Loire, Le Manoir Les Minimes, a charming 5-star hotel, is the perfect place to discover France’s historic heritage and unspoilt countryside. Its exceptional location in the historic district of Amboise offers breathtaking views of both the Château Royal and the Loire River.


    An intimate yet spacious hotel in the heart of Les Halles de Tours, the gastronomic heart of the city, where modernity, tradition and history meet. The building has been completely refurbished, while retaining the strong, ancient elements of its Touraine architecture. Its 350 m² inner courtyard will delight you for strolls and other delightful strolls. From your room, you can gaze out over the Place des Halles, and from the top floor suite, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the Saint-Martin Basilica and the Charlemagne Tower.

    Price per person

    Basic package in double room: €3,200

    Basic package in double room for individual use: €3,648


    The price of this trip includes: outward train Paris/Chaumont-sur-Loire and return train Tours/Paris in 1st class (deductible from the package) – accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 1 night in Amboise – accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 2 nights in Tours – tourist taxes – visits and transfers mentioned in the program – all meals (including drinks) mentioned in the program – 1st category tickets mentioned in the program – repatriation assistance.

    The price of this trip does not include: extras – meals not mentioned in the program – tips.


    Accompanied stay on site.

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    Chloé Lefevre
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