Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Excellent guide, the visit are not too long, and suited the all family .
Make sure you tell everyone that at 2:00 the French take a break and shut down. That makes lunch difficult in the town.
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.
Fantastic tour. We had a glitch at the first chateau with their semi-annual fire "drill" taking place as soon as we got inside and everyone had to go out but it was over quickly and we continued with the tour. Each Chateau was different and gorgeous and our tour guide, Stephanie, was excellent and well-informed. She also talked about the beautiful french countryside as we drove along. A truly wonderful with with beautiful places to see and lots of history to learn. I loved every minute of this tour.
A great day trip out of Paris. We got to enjoy the provincial countryside, as well as extensive visits to three Castles of the Loire region. The tour guides provided a continuous commentary during the trip, as well as detailed information once inside the Castles. Not to be missed!
The castles were beautiful, it was an exclusive trip. Since they took you on a bus it was comfy and convenient. Chenonceau was the best with the best castle and gardens. The cafe next to chenonceau was delicious. They give you about an hour after the tour to explore the gardens and eat lunch which was enough time for us. Gorgeous castles, knowledgeable guides, convenient transportation, and yummy food, truly one of our best days of vacation.
Comfortable bus trip, good guide and well organised day. Chateaus were great.
Wonderful tour of story-book like castles. Great day trip from Paris. Well organized and a comfortable ride.
There is not that much free time- maybe about 30 min to wander on your own for each castle, but for a quick trip, it is worth it.
We had a wonderful day touring 3 terrific castles. The group was small, (12), and friendly. The tour bus very comfy with lounging and group seating in the back. The tour guide was great and knowledgable. The day was long but well planned with a bit of rest transporting between each castle.
Long day but worth it. tour guides were great - very prompt, everything ran like clock work !
Excellent tour! Our guide and driver were very courteous,safe,informative.
great tour. lovely tour escorts. informative and also flexible. i went with five other designers. we were able to listen to the first part of the guided tour, then the escort let us wander on us own. we really appreciated that kind of flexibility. the bus was really comfortable and the chateaux were truly magical, especially chenonceaux. highly recommended.
This trip was so much fun! It was wonderful to get to see the different chateaux. Our tour guide spoke English, French, and Italian, so she always gave the explanations in both English and Italian to our group. We had little head sets so we could hear everything she said. All the chateaux are beautiful, but Chenonceau was definitely my favorite. The only down side to the trip is that we did not spend much time at each location. We toured each chateau, but we did not have any time to walk around the grounds or gardens, which was rather disappointing. The ride there and back was rather long, but the seats in the bus were very comfortable. I loved this trip and would greatly recommend it to all my friends.
This was simply incredible! The tour guide Roberto was very very good, "fast-paced" for those who wanted to do things quickly and pacient with those that wanted to take their time. The 3 Chateux were beautiful and interesting. I would highly recommend this to anyone! the only downside was the lunch, i expected a better restaurant, but me and my girlfriend packed some sncks so it wasnt a problem!
This is a MUST-DO
Our February visit to Chambord, Chiverny, and Chenonceau was wonderful. Because our group was only six, we were transported in a van, rather than a bus. This made the trip seem more intimate and allowed for extensive personal interaction with our outstanding multilingual tour guide. After visiting the first two castles, we were provided a three course meal with wine in a local restaurant. The meal was adequate; however, I personally would have preferred a longer stay at Chiverny and / or Chenonceau, with the opportunity to purchase my own lunch there, and a reduced cost of the excursion. This did not diminish in the least, however, the enjoyment of our day.
The tour was absolutely incredible! We were split into groups with either English or Portuguese speaking guides. Then, once we arrived at each chateau, our guide took us into the chateau and explained the significance of several of the rooms. Afterwards, we received about 45 minutes of free time at each chateau to explore the grounds, which was great because I got to see the beauty of each chateau. Additionally, since it was winter, we were served lunch at a restaurant in Cheverny; 3 course meal with wine and coffee that was delicious. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the Loire Valley because it's the best way to see an exquisite area of France without having to try to navigate the area in a car.
This is a great tour, the castles are just amazing. A long day, but certainly worth it! Highly recommend it!
S and D
An excellent day with tours taking us inside the castles from various ages of history.
A very nice day trip from Paris. Given how spread out the chateaux are, unless you rent a car and brave the French highway system (not recommended!), this is just about the only way to see at least a few of the major ones. With a nice lunch included, and a competent guide, it's worth the cost.