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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Take a day tour from Paris to visit the three most famous chateaux of the Loire Valley: beautiful Chenonceau Castle, privately owned Chateau de Cheverny and, perhaps most magnificent of them all, the Chateau de Chambord. You'll witness the glamour and grandeur of French royalty and aristocracy, and gain insights into "castle life" in these Renaissance riverside castles.

Highlights

  • Combined day trip to three of the Loire Valley's most important chateaux
  • The famous staircase, chambers and grounds of magnificent Chateau de Chambord
  • The fine furnishings of Chateau de Cheverny
  • Chenonceau Chateau, the Ladies' Castle
  • Illuminating commentary from your expert English-speaking guide-interpreter

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Get off the beaten path with this long but well-organized trip to three stunning and historic royal castles. The personable guides, beautiful scenery and tasty lunch make it a splendid day.

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What You Can Expect

Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau

Castles of the Loire Valley - Chenoncheau, Cheverny and Chambord

The largest of the Loire castles, the turreted Chambord Castle was built for King Francois 1st as a hunting lodge. The intricate stone "double helix" staircase leading up to the spires and turrets of the rooftop terrace is thought to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Cheverny Castle is the most beautifully furnished of the Loire Valley castles, with a fine collection of 17th-century furniture. Herge, the Belgian creator of Tintin, based his Marlinspike Hall (Moulinsart) on Cheverny Castle.

Chenonceau Chateau was built over the River Cher in traditional Renaissance style, and is known as the Chateau des Dames (the Ladies' Castle) because of the influence of the famous women who lived there. The chateau was built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, embellished by Diance de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and saved from destruction during the Revolution by Madame Dupin.

Guests traveling in Winter (November 1-March 31) also receive a typical lunch and drink. During the summer (April 1 - October 31) lunch is not included but the guide will advise on places to eat.

Please note:

On Saturdays and Mondays from April to October (inclusive) visits change to Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord castles except on October 3 and 12 when Cheverny will replace Chambord Castle and other two visits will be to Amboise and Chenonceau.

On October 5 and October 10 Amboise is visited in place of Chambord Castle.

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Customer Reviews

europe 2015
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Prior to our family vacation, we held planning meetings to talk about the must see sights and must do things because we wanted to make the most of our 5 days in Paris. Everyone who studied French in high school had learned about Loire Valley castles and put it at the top of their list. Sandwiched between jam-packed days walking Paris, it was a welcome break to relax on an all-day bus trip between the three uniquely different castles.

Although unfurnished, the architecture of Chambord is undeniably unsurpassed by any other chateau. Chenonceau provided the most amazing backdrop for my daughters fairytale proposal, which we were honored to observe and relive during a leisurely lunch in the café on the castle grounds. And we thoroughly enjoyed learning that Chateau de Cheverny is still inhabited by descendants of the original family. An added bonus was the nearby village of Cheverny, so we eagerly zipped through the castle for some local wine tasting and quick shopping.

This trip will definitely remain as one of our most cherished memories!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I loved this tour. I enjoyed seeing the variety of the different castles. Our tour guide did a great job explaining the history, as well.

Suggestions: The description should let us know ahead of time that the time travel to get there is about 3 hours each way.

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