Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip From Paris

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    6:50 AM
  • Departure Details :
    116 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 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

Spend a day away from Paris and discover three chteaux Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord in the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. After enjoying the picturesque drive to central France by air-conditioned minivan, youll independently explore the chteaux. Find out which castle the royals favored, where Leonardo da Vincis 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.

Highlights

Small group ensures personal service

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Rise early and leave Paris for your full-day Loire Valley chteaux tour, in 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 will 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 Chteau 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 Chteau dAmboise, 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 you will be given some 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 Chteau de Chenonceau, a 16-century castle spanning the River Cher, and one of the most popular chteaux in France for its elaborate interior and exterior. Your full-day tour ends with return transport to the Original Departure Point in Paris.is.

Itinerary:

Sample lunch menu:
Starter:
  • Charcuterie and vegetables
Main course:
  • Chicken and mushroom sauce with green beans and French fries
  • Cod with green beans and French fries
  • Beef steak with green beans and French fries

Choice of desserts of the day

Inclusions

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Visit Amboise Castle

Visit Chenonceau Castle and Gardens

Visit Chambord Castle

Driver guide

Small-group tour (Max 8 people)

Wine Tasting

Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chenonceau

Entry/Admission - Chateau Royal d'Amboise

Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chambord

Exclusions

Food and drinks, unless specified

Gratuities

Hotel Pick Up

Additional Info

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

Please note: visits to the chteaux are self-guided, giving you the chance to discover the history of each one on your own. Your tour guide will not accompany you inside the chteaux.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-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.

  • 01-Oct-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.

  • 27-Sep-2019

    It was good to be away from hustle and bustle of Paris, especially after a yellow vest protest the previous day. Sebastian was a great guide.

  • 01-Aug-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.

  • 30-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!

  • 03-Jul-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!

  • 03-Jul-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.

  • 05-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.

  • 29-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.

  • 12-May-2018

    Simply wonderful. Our guide was awesome!

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