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Loire Valley Castles Small-Group Day Trip & Wine Tasting from Paris

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Loire Valley Castles Small-Group Day Trip & Wine Tasting from Paris
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Spend a day away from Paris and discover three châteaux—Amboise, Chenonceau, and Chambord—in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After enjoying the scenic drive to central France by air-conditioned minivan, independently explore the châteaux. Find out which castle the royals favored, where Leonardo da Vinci’s remains are buried, and which castle is so stunning that it boasts its own UNESCO status. Round-trip transportation and a wine tasting session are included in this day trip.
  • Full-day trip to Loire Valley castles from Paris
  • Visit the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed region famous for Renaissance castles and gardens
  • Explore the châteaux of Ambroise, Chenonceau, and Chambord
  • Wine Tasting Session
  • Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan
  • Small-group tour for a more intimate experience
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Visit 3 Castles including (Chambord, Amboise and Chenonceau)
Driver/Guide
Small-group tour (Max 8 people)
Wine Tasting
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel Pick Up
116 Av. des Champs-Élysées , 116 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

Your guide will meet you in front of the "Lido Cabaret" Closest Metro: Georges V (Line 1)

6:50 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Rise early and leave Paris for your full-day Loire Valley châteaux tour, in an air-conditioned minivan, right from central Paris.

Travel through the rolling hills of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed wine region in central France. Your guide drives you to each castle, which you explore on your own without being tethered to the rest of your group.

Kick off your tour at the largest castle in the Loire Valley, the UNESCO-listed Château de Chambord. Learn about its astounding Renaissance architecture—legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci contributed to the design of its double-helix staircase.

Continue to the Château d’Amboise, which began as a defensive castle in the 11th century for its strategic position overlooking the Loire River before being converted in the 15th century to a residence for royals. Step inside the Chapel of St. Hubert, where the remains of Leonardo da Vinci are buried.

Then, enjoy free time in the village at the foot of the Castle to wander and enjoy your lunch break after a wine tasting.

Once revitalized, head to Château de Chenonceau, a 16-century castle spanning the Cher River, and one of the most popular châteaux in France for its elaborate interior and exterior. Your full-day tour ends with return transport to the original departure point in Paris.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chambord
Chambord is the most majestic of the Châteaux you will see, boasting massive medieval towers perfectly blended with Renaissance elegance. Set in 13,000 acres of parkland this former royal residence represents the pinnacle of France’s 16th century architectural revolution, and the double helix spiral staircase at the heart of the Château, attributed to Leonardo Di Vinci is simply mind-blowing.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Amboise, with its spectacular view over the Loire, is famous for being the last resting place of one of history’s most famous men: Leonardo Da Vinci and with its massive gothic defensive features it evokes that bygone era of knights on horseback.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chenonceau, above all stands out as the most beautiful of the Châteaux of the Loire as it extends with infinite grace over the waters of the river Cher. With its ornately carved decoration and history of romance and rivalry, this Château lives up to its passionate reputation and has been seducing visitors for hundreds of years.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris TRIP
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "It was a fantastic trip, one of the first times we've ventured outside of Paris, and well worth the time." See review
  • "We will not recommend this tour to our friends and families." See review

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star-5
Fantastic Tour Loire Valley Castles
Wayne M
, Oct 2019
We toured the Loire Valley castles (Chenoceaux, Amboise and Chambord) with our tour guide Marius. It was a fantastic trip, one of the first times we've ventured outside of Paris, and well worth the time. Marius was informative, friendly and we enjoyed the day with him. The sights were beautiful and the wine tasting delicious.
star-3
Loire Castles
yurib
, Sep 2019
Timewise the trip was organized good but in the small group of 7 people this so called English speaking tour has 3 different groups-beside 4 of us who speak English there were 2 persons who spoke only Spanish and one more person who spoke only French. The guide has to repeat the same information in 3 languages. We think i is unacceptable. We purchased the tour that was advertised as English speaking tour. We will not recommend this tour to our friends and families.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good one day country side trip
Joydeep_K
, Sep 2019
It was good to be away from hustle & bustle of Paris, especially after a yellow vest protest the previous day. Sebastian was a great guide.
star-5
Castle Day Trip review
BamaGirl2019
, Jul 2019
This was a wonderful trip! Our guide made so much of French history more understandable and it seemed to come alive as we walked through the three Chateaus. I loved the small group design for this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Girls with a microphone
Patty_R
, Jul 2019
Mareus was very informative and knew to get us there early to get a head start on the crowds for a Sunday. Kept us on time so we got to view the whole trip without feeling rushed. Was able to add stories and flavor to make it interesting. We happened to go on the last day of Tour de France which added some travel hiccups getting back into Paris, but Mareus was right in there making the best of it with us and got us through it like a champ. Thank you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Amazing Tour!
klvoigt
, Jun 2019
I loved this tour because it gave us the freedom to explore on our own. Three gorgeous French castles and a wine tasting? How could you go wrong! Great itinerary and I never felt rushed even when we covered so much ground. This tour was a great option for us and I thought it was well done. One thing I would say is that our driver was not really a guide. If you're thinking you will learn a lot about the castles, you won't unless you get the audioguides or have a book. The guide gave a minor introduction to each place but mostly left us to ourselves. That was fine with us. Our guide was also a little off - since the majority of his job was to be a driver, I felt like he wasn't a very good driver. In the morning he was going super slow and over-cautious (even telling another woman in the front that he needed to focus on the empty three-lane highway) and then in the afternoon traffic driving like a crazy person without a blinker and lots of honking. I am from a place with terrible drivers (Boston) and I know one when I see one...which was like his whole job!
star-2
Castles Amazing Transapotation Unacceptable
Sergio_G
, May 2019
My wife enjoyed all three castle tours but we were subjected to uncomfortable transportation. the tour was approximately 12 hours long, 5 hours were spent at the Chateaus, lunch and wine tasting. The remaining 7 hours were in the mini van. We were required to sit in the front seat with the driver/tour guide. It was a bench seat with very little leg room on the passenger side. We were both surprised that this was acceptable.
star-5
Great tour. Getting out of Paris for a...
Boris N
, Sep 2018
Great tour. Getting out of Paris for a nice was very nice and seeing all the castles in the Loire Valley was great. We got to see a different side of France, which was beautiful.
star-4
The driver was on time and friendly...
Hanh P
, Jul 2018
The driver was on time and friendly and lunch was served at a nice restaurant. However for this price I would have expected the guide to be more of a guide. He only gave us a small preview of the castle then we were left to explore on our own.
star-5
Excellent tour, operated by Paris Tour...
Silvia_C
, Apr 2018
Excellent tour, operated by Paris Tour better than Pariscity Vision
star-5
Terrific experience. Our tour guide...
Jonathan B
, Apr 2018
Terrific experience. Our tour guide Philipe arrived at our hotel and the three of us and another guest headed off to the Loire valley. He was terrific. He is from Normandy and was a wealth of information about this region as well. The castles were great and we had ample time to see. The lunch was ok. All in all one of the best days we had on our trip to Paris. Next time on to Normandy!
star-4
Great tour, we were a group of 4, so...
Anna_K
, Feb 2018
Great tour, we were a group of 4, so it was very cozy. The guide was great and the sights were amazing. The lunch ok. It was the most expensive day tour I have taken so far... so hard to say in terms of value for money...
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Fabulous tour! Vehicle changed by...
Maureen C
, Nov 2017
Fabulous tour! Vehicle changed by tour operator to a small car, as there were only two of us. However, each of us has very long legs and the ride was, therefore, uncomfortable. Guide walked way too quickly for one of us, who is awaiting knee surgery in the near term.
star-5
This was our favorite tour. It was...
DROBINSON
, Nov 2017
This was our favorite tour. It was a beautiful sunny day and these chateaus are magnificent. There were only 8 of us with a great guide who was multi-lingual. We were picked up at our hotel and it was a comfortable trip out with a break for us halfway out. Our guide took us up to the entrances of the houses and met us afterwards. The chateau in the picture had two full time florists and the floral displays throughout it were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We got a great overview of chateau life and really enjoyed the tour. The pace was great - my husband is a little slower than some and we got to see everything without pushing it. We would recommend this tour highly.
star-5
This was an awesome day, totally...
Stephanie D
, Oct 2017
This was an awesome day, totally worth it. Our guide, Isobel, was fabulous and it was amazing to tour three chateaux. So glad we did it this way.
star-5
Amazing tour of three maganificient...
nationping
, Aug 2017
Amazing tour of three maganificient castles. Each has a unique history and beautiful gardens and surrounding towns. Tour is very well organized and tour guide is knowledgeable and nice. Time is well and efficiently spend.
star-5
This was an exceptional tour. The...
Illya_Y
, Apr 2017
This was an exceptional tour. The guide, Pascal, was punctual, spoke great English, and most importantly was very knowledgeable. He provided very important and interesting context for the visit to the Loire valley and its famous chateaus. He also had a very subtle and witty sense of humor, which for me was perfect. The chateaus visited Ambois, Chenonceau, and Chambord were breathtaking and unique, each providing a different sense of history and purpose for their respective inhabitants, which Pascal described in some detail. Any time we had a question, Pascal was ready to answer. He was clearly well educated about history not only French history, mind you! and discussed matters such as architecture, art, and even etymology. A. This tour is a must if you in Paris or the Loire area. And if you get Pascal to be your guide - you're in luck!
star-5
Our tour was very interesting . The...
Georges K
, Apr 2017
Our tour was very interesting . The guide was very good and knowledge . The lunch was normal but the red wine presented to us was awful it is shame to offer it in a wine district.
star-5
A wonderful experience, our guide...
Gabriela S
, Aug 2016
A wonderful experience, our guide Isabelle, very knowledgeable.
star-5
We spent 2 more weeks in Burgundy...
Craig_M
, Aug 2016
We spent 2 more weeks in Burgundy and Provence so sorry to say we don't recall our guide's name. He was amazing - fluent in 5 languages and juggled between English and Spanish. We had a great time at the 3 Castles, the planned lunch and the travel to/from Paris. Viator you did it again - KUDOs to our Parisian driver/guide!!!

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