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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 from April to October (inclusive) Amboise Castle is visited in place of Cheverny Castle.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Well organized, interesting, comfortable, fun tour with a personable, knowledgeable young lady as guide. Bus driver also professional and careful on the narrow village roads. I would highly recommend this tour (though lunch is not included and time was limited to really sit for a meal in the nearby café). I plan to take another Viator tour next time I visit France.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

great tour with a great guide in a great vehicle - a bit long though

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