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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:

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amboise was wonderful, Chambord was disappointing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The only problem is lack of time at each castle. We had a great guide and the trip out and back was wonderful. The villages were so charming. A great visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Brilliant day out. Well worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful time on this tour. All of the guides were very knowledgeable and very charming.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved visited the castles. Very beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very good organized and good guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great day. All three Chateau's where amazing. Lovely English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a great time touring the castles.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was an absolutely fabulous day!!! The castles are amazing. The bus ride was clean and comfortable. Our guides were very informative and energetic. They seemed to really enjoy their jobs. I wish we had a little more time to explore/shop after the tour at Chambord. I felt a little bit rushed to get back to the bus on time. This day trip is a must see experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well organized, comfortable travel, interesting guides.
We have taken a number of trips with Viator in several counties and have never been disappointed. This trip was no exception - the guides were very good and the entire day ran smoothly.
There were several people in our group who had booked the trip through another tour operator and their cost was significantly higher - so Viator is the best for both quality and value!

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