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Loire Valley Castles Day Trip With Wine Tasting

★★★★★ 5 / 5 7 Reviews
Enjoy a day in the French Countryside while you explore three remarkable Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Join a small group tour from Paris and spend the day marvelling at the beautiful Renaissance castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise! Duration: 1 Day (approx.)
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Visit the Loire Valley!

Enjoy a day in the French countryside exploring three remarkable chateaux in the Loire Valley. Join our small group tour from Paris and discover the beautiful renaissance castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise!

Wander through the lovely flower gardens of Chenonceau and gaze at its delicate arches which cross over the Cher river. Visit Amboise, the castle on a hillside, and admire the fantastic vista views over the valley. Marvel at Chambord and admire its extravagant renaissance architecture said to be the work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

This tour is far from being a humdrum history lesson! You’ll learn about each castle’s history in a fun way as our guide shares little known facts and focuses on making your tour entertaining and memorable.

You’ll appreciate free time to explore inside each castle at your own pace and visit a charming medieval town for the lunch break where you can eat in a local café, bistro, or bakery of your choice.

Three Amazing Castles in One Tour
The Loire river valley is famous for its beautiful countryside and its high concentration of amazing Renaissance style chateaux. On this tour you’ll visit three of the most stunning and historically interesting castles: Chenonceau, Amboise, and Chambord. We’ll treat you like royalty in our small group tour, and give you the attention you deserve, as we never take more than 8 participants per group.

You’ll meet up with the guide in Paris close to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (exact details will be in your booking confirmation) and head to the Loire Valley in our brand new 2016 Volkswagen Caravelle van. Our vans have big windows, fresh A/C, and comfortable leather seats so you can ride in style. The drive to the Loire valley will be less than 2hrs long and the first castle you’ll visit is Chambord.

Chambord, the Majestic.
There is no castle in the world like Chambord Chateau as every one of its 420 rooms is full of intricate stone carvings and authentic details. You’ll learn about the passion King Francois 1st had for the construction of this very unique castle which became the largest in the Loire Valley. You will have one and a half hours of free time to explore inside it.

Although the official architect of the castle remains a mystery, everyone recognizes the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci in the remarkable double helix staircase and the amazing rooftop terrace adorned with hundreds of ornate chimneys, towers, and pointed spires. You’re sure to be impressed by this massive one of a kind castle.

Amboise, the Ancient
Only a short scenic drive from Chambord is the charming medieval town of Amboise with its fortress of a castle. Since the 1400s, Amboise Chateau has been perched on a hillside strategically overlooking the Loire river valley. You’ll learn its fascinating history including how it has seen the birth and death of many French kings, and became the final resting place of Leonardo Da Vinci. Unlike other tours that hurry visitors along, you’ll love having a free hour to explore this castle and appreciate the view that it offers you of the valley and town below.

For lunch, you’ll have free time to walk the Medieval town filled with tiny winding streets, wood and plaster homes and unparalleled local charm. The guide will show you a special part of town, only accessible by foot, and there you’ll be able to choose from a dozen little cafés, bistros, and bakeries for your lunch break, which will last an hour.

Chenonceau, the Charming
After lunch you’ll discover to Chenonceau Chateau. Known as the Ladies’ Castle, this Chateau is a favorite for many. Stretching over the Cher river in a seemingly impossible and mystical manner, its appearance is nothing short of breathtaking. Beyond Chenonceau’s architectural wonder, it offers up some of the most striking gardens in the Loire Valley.

Learn about the famous Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers who made this castle their own. You’ll have an hour and a half of free time to roam the castle and stroll through the gardens. The rare history and stunning beauty of this delicate castle is sure to mark your spirit and rest in your memory.

The drive back to Paris takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes and includes a rest stop half way through. The tour will finish back in Paris around 8pm, next to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées Avenue where you can find lots of great dinner options.

- What Will You Do

Good to Know:
- Our meeting point is easy to find and details will be in your booking confirmation email.
- In Chambord, the largest chateau, during your free time you will be able to use an audio-guide to have more details about each room.
- Restrooms are available at every castles and stops we make during the drive to and from Paris.
- Lunch is not included in our tour price. Plenty of food options in Amboise, where we stop for the 1hr lunch break.
- Gratuities (aka “tips”) are never obligatory but they are welcomed by our guides.

- What Is Included

- Transportation by luxury A/C minibus
- All entrance Tickets
- Wine tasting (April to October only)

Customer Reviews (7 reviews)

Fine day at loire Valley with our great guide Nissa

★★★★★ Reviewed by Jayshree on 2018-10-10
I went on this tour based on a freind's recommendation to go to the Loire chateaux outside of Paris. The three chateaux were interesting sites and enjoyable overall. Nissa our guide was very warm and patient and answered all our group's questions. We didn't feel rushed at any point though it was a long day which started at 7am and ended at 7.45pm ( at the meeting point). I would recommend for someone who wants to do an easy paced tour of castles with a excellent guide like Nissa.

Wonderful Tour and Excellent Guide

★★★★★ Reviewed by Quinn on 2018-10-02
My husband and I took the Loire Valley tour and it was fantastic. Our guide Nieca was wonderful, fun, energetic and excited about showing us the Chateau and gardens. It was a well planned full day trip. We were practically the first ones to arrive at Chateau Chamboard so we almost had it all to ourselves. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting a day trip from Paris to explore.

Relaxed Day in the country side

★★★★★ Reviewed by Kim P on 2018-07-28
Our trip had the added bonus that some of the other tour participants didn't turn up, so we had a private tour of the Loire Valley. Out tour guide spoke excellent English and engaged in conversation with us along the way and at each of the stops. Van was very nice and we were comfortable all the way. We found it a great way to get out of Paris without having to worry about transport or navigating or waiting time looking for things. We did a lot that day but we came home not feeling exhausted. Thanks

Great Day Trip to the Loire Valley

★★★★★ Reviewed by Corinne on 2018-06-18
My family and I booked this day trip to the Loire Valley which was incredible. The countryside and 3 castles were beautiful. My favorite castle was Chenonceau. It had the most to see inside and I just loved the fact that it sat above the water. However, with that said I really like our visit the the City of Amboise, it was such a quaint town and really enjoyed having lunch and the wine tasting. Our guide Nicolas provided a wealth of information about the castles prior to going inside and then we were free to visit the castles inside on our own. For myself, I probably would have preferred less information prior to going inside the castle to allow more time inside but then again for a person who prefers alot of the history background of each castle, it didn't disappoint. Overall, a memorable experience and I would definitely recommend this tour to see the Loire Valley Castles. The drive was comfortable for the 7 of us, the pick up and drop off points were close to our hotel and the guide Nicholas was great.

Loire Valley Tour

★★★★★ Reviewed by John on 2018-06-18
Had a great time on this tour visiting 3 amazing castles. Good balance of guided tour and free time. Our guide was wonderful and the tour was well organized. I’ve done a similar tour and would highly recommend this tour.

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