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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau

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.


  • 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:

Mondays and Saturdays in summer (April 1st, 2016 until October 31, 2016) tour will visit of Amboise instead of Cheverny.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An excellent tour, excellent tour guide, and a remarkable trip through beautiful countryside and spectacular castles.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic tour - very knowledgeable guide. This is one I would highly recommend if you have a whole day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Everry thing was ok, we did everything by the plan, the guid was great. ..i also like the lunch .....but the/only thing if it is possible, moretime at the last palace even instead of lunch


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great day touring the countryside. Well organised tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Prompt reply to phone call from airport, short wait for bus, good trip to hotel, driver polite and a good safe driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very nice all day tour. The tour guides were very knowledgeable about the history of each Chateau. Would highly recommend this tour but it is a long day and by the 3rd Chateau you are really getting tired.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

NIce trip to the loire valley. Comfortable bus.About a 13 hour day,
Gives you a taste of the loire valley and an overview of the area you might want to visit on your own with a car.It was a nice day trip out of paris.The guide was very helpful and gave a nice history of the area and the chateaux.
Was disappointed for the price they did not include lunch

Mary Jane B
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour made for a very long day, but worth every minute! Our guide was excellent and with us the entire time. She was very knowledgeable, but I must admit I had a hard time understanding through her accent a few times. However, this tour was well planned and we learned about each of the chateaus, who lived their, how the various inhabitants improved the chateau and the history of the times during each chateaux existence. All three were magnificent examples of how life in the period was lived, while each had its own particular role. The weather went back and forth from some rain to sunny skies, but it did not matter. The experience was definitely one we shall remember!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and had amazing skills at getting us through crowds to greater vantage points. Take the tour going on your own could be problematic.

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