Loire Valley Castles Tour From Paris: Chambord, Chenonceau With Lunch & Wine

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  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Catacombs of Paris, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Step out of Paris and into a fairytale, travelling in air-conditioned comfort to the beautiful Loire Valley. Live like French royalty for a day with local food, wine tasting, and the freedom to explore three astounding chateaus. Your expert, English-speaking tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Day trip (destination A to B)

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Chateau de Chambord, Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
From Paris, you'll head first to Chateau de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle's turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in Beauty and the Beast. You'll learn all about the castle's captivating history from your professional guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci; enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views; glimpse wild deer around the grounds, and work up an appetite for the next stop.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Chateau de Nitray, Athee-sur-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire
A guided wine tasting and traditional three-course meal await you at Chateau de Nitray. The family that owns this charming 15th-century castle will proudly present their wines and rural French dishes, before granting you the freedom of strolling in the area for a while. The meal includes unlimited wine, but don't over-indulge: you'll want your senses sharp for the sights to come.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire
Last but not least is a visit to the elegant Chateau de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle's many sweeping stone carvings. Don't miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, two of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies Chateau".

After a guided tour, you'll have a choice: continue exploring, or indulge in a second wine tasting in the castle's vaulted wine cellar.
Duration: 3 hours

Three uniquely beautiful castles, good food, and wine, all amid the scenery of the Loire Valley: this tour is a feast for the senses.

Inclusions

Local guide

Gourmet lunch and wine-tasting at Nitray Vineyards

Small group of 25 people

Entrance ticket and reservation fee for all sites visited

All transfers in an air-conditioned coach

Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chambord

Entry/Admission - Chateau de Nitray

Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chenonceau

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 23-Dec-2019

    Fantastic tour of the Loire chateaux and superb lunch at chateau Nitray winery. Thank you Paris City Wonders for a great day. And our guide, Michelle, was wonderful. Couldn't recommend this tour highly enough. Do yourself a favour when you are Paris and book this tour.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    Marvellous tour. Have recommended to many friends. Ade (our guide) did an excellent job. Thanks a lot!

  • 15-Nov-2019

    We booked this excursion as it went to 3 destinations and included lunch and wine tasting which we were excited about. The tour guides were both very kind and informative. Our first visit was to Chambord Castle which was very pretty and very enjoyable but didn't need much time here as the castle is mostly empty of any furnishings. The second stop was to Nitray which is where we had our lunch and first wine tasting. It was nice and the outside was beautiful. You don't actually go into the structures as they are lived in by the family who own/run the winery. The wine was so-so and the food was ok. During lunch, we were asked to bus/clean our own tables during the lunch and get our own food which seemed a bit strange for other experiences we have had with European hospitality. We spent far too much time at this stop (which felt more like a sales pitch) that by the time we got to the largest and most in depth castle (Chenonceaux) we literally had 45 minutes to go through a massive and beautiful castle, view the gardens and labyrinth and do the second wine tasting. We were so stressed out and irritated that we did not get to enjoy the castle at all. My personal recommendation would be to either eliminate Nitray or find a closer location to Chenenceaux. For the high price I feel like we overpaid considerably.

  • 15-Nov-2019

    My husband and I did this tour at the end of October. It rained pretty much all day which was a bummer, but what can you do. We went to Chambord, then lunch and wine at Chateau de Nitray, then Chenonceaux, where there was another wine tasting before entering the Chateau. I will say that there was a LOT of driving on this tour. With evening rush hour traffic, it took us 3.5 hours to get back to Paris. When we arrived at both chateaus, we had free time the whole time to explore.

  • 12-Nov-2019

    We had the pleasure of having Sensie as a guide. You spend about 45 minutes at each castle and we found each site to be both majestic and beautiful. There is a lot of driving to get there and back, about a 3 hour ride, and there is a stop for lunch at a mini-castle with excellent sparkling wines. I recommend buying a bottle for only 6 euros. It is better than some Champagne we bought for 5 times that. I highly recommend this trip as a part of your stay in Paris.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Absolutely loved this tour Marianne our guide was Awesome! She really made the tour interactive and was extremely informative and helpful especially afterwards in making sure everyone knew how to get back home safe. Just Fyi there is a restaurant near by called Indiana avoid this place not nice to American tourist!

  • 08-Nov-2019

    This tour was so amazing! The 2 guides we had, Michelle and Sinse, were very knowledgeable of the histories of the places we went to. Although the weather was not very nice in Chambord, we still enjoyed this beautiful hunting lodge. Enough time was provided to get an overview of this place. The weather improved when we were in Nitray and Cenonceau. The lunch with wine tasting in Nitray was delicious and the owner is very accommodating. The last castle, Chenonceau, was very charming. My wife wanted to live in it. The place is just beautiful. The wine tasting on the side inside a cave is also very much a welcome treat. Overall, we very much enjoyed this and a can't miss if you have enough time to visit France. Together with Alsace 4 Wonders Tour, I can say this is one of the top 3 of our trip.

  • 29-Oct-2019

    This was the perfect day trip from Paris. The guides/hosts (Brad and Adi) were great and so knowledgable about the history of the Loire Valley and each of the chateaus. The schedule was well planned and executed and the lunch/wine tasting at Chateau Nitrey was amazing. We were lucky to have good weather and it does involve a lot of walking. Highly recommend!

  • 28-Oct-2019

    This was an excellent tour. It was well organized and ran very smoothly. We enjoyed the chateaus and the lunch was the highlight of the day.

  • 19-Sep-2019

    This was a fun day from Paris. The guides were great. I talked to Addie a lot and she was so sweet.
    The castles were amazing and our lunch was hosted by a count. It is a long bus ride but worth it.
    The only thing was that there was no wifi or charges on the bus.

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