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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)
Discover some of the most picturesque villages and stately French castles in the Loire Valley on this 2-day châteaux country tour from Paris. Leave the city behind you and travel into rural France with your guide. Visit famous French châteaux such as the Château de Blois, Château de Chenonceau, Château de Cheverny and Château de Chambord. Explore the Château du Clos Lucé, Leonado da Vinci’s final place of residence in the 16th-century. Admire the châteaux’s spectacular architecture and ornate interiors, and learn of their fascinating histories from your guide.

Highlights

  • 2-day châteaux country tour from Paris
  • Visit the famous Château du Clos Lucé, Leonado da Vinci’s final place of residence
  • Enjoy guided tours of the Château de Blois, Château de Chenonceau, Château de Cheverny and Château de Chambord
  • Explore the beautiful Gardens of Villandry
  • Visit the historic city of Tours and discover picturesque towns and villages in the Loire Valley
  • Accommodation and some meals included

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Chateaux Country Tour from Paris

Explore the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau during your tour

Depart from central Paris by air-conditioned coach and head through the Aquitaine countryside to the town of Blois in the Loire Valley, where the Royal Château de Blois awaits. Tour the beautiful château with your guide and learn of the many French kings who once called it home.

Enjoy free time in Amboise for lunch, then discover the spectacular Château du Clos Lucé, famous as the final residence of painter and inventor Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century. Head on to explore the beautifully manicured Gardens of Villandry with your guide.

On the second day of your tour, enjoy guided tours of Chenonceau, Cheverney and Chambord — three of the Loire Valley’s finest châteaux. Marvel at the blends of architectural styles you see and admire the fine arches of the Château de Chenonceau stretching across the Cher River.

At the end of your châteaux visits, travel back to Paris by coach where your tour will conclude.

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Itinerary

Day One: Paris – Château de Blois – Amboise – Château du Clos Lucé – Gardens of Villandry – Tours (D)

Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in the morning in central Paris, and head south out of the city to begin your château country tour.

Travel through the Aquitaine countryside to the town of Blois for your first visit — the Royal Château de Blois in the famous Loire Valley. Constructed between the 13th and the 17th centuries, the Château de Blois has served as residence to French kings including Louis XII and Francis I. In the year 1429, Joan of Arc travelled here to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before taking her army into battle to drive the English out of Orléans. Learn of the château’s fascinating history from your guide during your tour and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Continue onward to Amboise and enjoy a little free time in this attractive town for lunch (own expense). Afterward, take a guided tour of the nearby Château du Clos Lucé and the Gardens of Villandry, made famous as Leonardo da Vinci's final place of residence in the early 16th century.

Head on to the historic town of Tours with your guide, for your evening meal and first night’s accommodation.

Overnight: 3-star hotel in Tours

Day Two: Tours – Château de Chenonceau – Château de Cheverny – Château de Chambord – Paris (B, L)

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, depart from Tours and head on to the spectacular Château de Chenonceau, widely considered to be among the very finest of all France’s châteaux. An intriguing blend of late Gothic and early Renaissance architectural styles, the château dates back to the 16th century and its four archways span the length of the Cher River. During your guided tour, hear of Chenonceau’s interesting heritage from your guide and take in beautiful views out along the river.

Head on from the Château de Chenonceau for a guided visit of the magnificent 17th-century Château de Cheverny, first opened to the public in 1914. Cheverny is renowned for its ornate interiors, and its impressive collection of antique furniture, paintings, sculptures and tapestries is a joy to behold.

Depart Cheverny and head to the nearby Hotel Saint-Hubert for a farewell lunch, then conclude your tour through the Loire Valley with a visit to the imposing Château de Chambord. Constructed by King Francis I of France, this French Renaissance château is widely considered one of the most impressive in the world and blends medieval building styles with classical Renaissance architecture to perfection.

At the end of your guided visit of the Château de Chambord, hop back aboard your coach for the 2.5-hour journey back to central Paris where your château country tour will come to an end.


Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

A GREAT TOUR IF YOU ARE LIMITED FOR TIME ON YOUR TRIP TO FRANCE.....EXCELLENT VISITS TO THE WONDERFUL CHATEAU'S IN THE LOIRE ,GREAT TOUR GUIDE. THE ACCOMMODATION WAS BRILLIANT AT THE MECURE HOTEL..THE EVENING MEAL WAS AVERAGE AND BREAKFAST THE NEXT MORNING WAS EXCELLENT. DEFINATELY WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Wonderful country side experience with guide Florence who was full of fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Great tour guides and lots of information to make things interesting. Although the tour was in English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese the guides (3) did a very good job handing things off to one another. The itinerary was perfect and met all expectations. The accommodations was at the Mercure and definitely very good. The Lunch was one of the better meals I had. Met some neat people also. Everything was on time and would definitely do more tours with them if I had more time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Fantastic!!! Highly recommended. An experience of a lifetime. Good guides, good overnight hotel, beautiful scenery. The food inculded with the tour however was awful. Would recommend that you let people chose and pay for their own meals.

Donald B
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

I was surprised by the number of people enjoying the chateaux. Our guide as passionate about the subject and covered a wide range of detail.

Mike B.
Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

My spouse and I took this 2 day tour of the Loire valley and fully enjoyed it. It’s simply a wonderful area of France. The guide we had was knowledgeable and provided lots of meaningful information. It’s definitely not a case of “seeing one chateau is seeing them all!” This two day tour gives you very full days – on Saturday we only arrived at the hotel at 7:15PM and had dinner around 8PM. The bus takes you through many small villages which are picture postcard perfect. In addition to touring six chateaus you also have time to walk through some of the villages plus a walk-thru through the old part of Tours.

The hotel we stayed in Saturday night was nondescript, but as mentioned, you do get there rather late and are up early the next day to continue touring. The included meals were all delicious. Some people mentioned that the bus seating was rather cramped – but it is a two-door bus which made embarking and disembarking efficient.

I found it initially confusing when leaving Paris early Saturday morning and we only joined the main tour group on another bus after lunch in Amboise – then everything went smoothly. This “main tour” group had already been through the Normandy area on the previous days. The tour was given in three languages – English, Spanish and French. When you tour the Chateau’s and villages you are with your own language group.

This two day tour definitely gives a fuller impression of the Loire as the bus goes on tiny roads through the beautiful villages – it only makes you want to spend more time there! The weather we had was perfect – sunny and 25 Celsius.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

2 days was the perfect amount of time for me. Enough to get to see 2 of the chateaux I really wanted to visit (Chambord and Chenounceaux) with some others added. 1 day would have felt rushed, more days too structured for my tasted. Tour guides were very knowledgeable. Some confusion at the office where is all started but once on the road a great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Wonderful trip, I recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2010

Great tour guides, great hotel, great food, and oh yeah, the chateaux were great too.... :-) I love Viator! Highly recommended.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

The tour was well organized and very interesting. The hotel Mercury was satisfactory. Lunch at Saint-Hubert Hotel was absolutely disapointing.

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