Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan. 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.
I have taken many tours. This was one of the best. The bus was very comfortable, the driver excellent, and our guide was fabulous!
We had a large group, 11 people, and Viator was very accommodating. Instead of sending a minivan to pick us up, a bus was sent so we could all travel together. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and extremely nice. I wish we had a little more time at some of the locations, but it was understandable since we had such a packed day. Lunch was great, the wine cave was interesting and of course all the chateaus were beautiful. Overall, this day trip was a success with our whole group.
We are very happy that we chose this tour. We saw all the places we hoped to see and had a lovely lunch. The group size was ideal, only 7 people. I have only one suggestion. While our guide was knowledgeable, his commentary was all delivered before we entered each chateau. I would have really liked it if he came inside with us and pointed out highlights or if audio headphones were provided.
Our mini van was full, but driver was prompt and informative. Beautiful chateaus to visit. Did a Lot of walking, for sure. Only downside was the lunch could have been at a better quality restaurant.
The castles were fun to see. After the first castle, I was very nervous that we had been ripped off but the next two gave us a good idea of the range of conditions that the castles are in. It was interesting to see where Leonardo Da Vinci is buried.
Great variety of castles included in the tour, very enjoyable day trip.
Spectacular...tour guide very knowledgeable and pleasant. Guided provided enough history for each to peak our interest.
This was quite a good tour but was a very long day. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the 3 castles and thought we were given just the right amount of time to explore each. Lunch was included in the price and was quite good. It was a small group of 8 which was nice, the guide was professional and knowledgable.
Really enjoyable tours of all the castles, which were phenomenal to visit, plus lunch at Chenonceaux was delicious! However, we were told when booking with Viator that this tour included a visit to Da Vinci's house -- in fact, we chose this tour specifically for that, only to find out on the van that it was not included, after all. This was very disappointing, since it was one of the main places my husband, a professional inventor, was looking forward to seeing. Viator needs to update its tour information as to what is and is not included.
We thouroghly enjoyed this tour. The countryside is gorgeous and the castles impressive. I was disappointed that there were not many furnishings in the castles but they were still worthwile seeing, as well as their gardens. Our guide Flore was very friendly, incredilbly knowledgable about french history, and really brought out group together so we were all best friends by the end of the tour. I am also a handicapped traveller that uses a wheelchair and Flores went way above and beyond to make sure I had as much access to mostly inaccessible castles as possible. She really made this trip an wonderful experience instead of a disappointment. The lunch was also heavenly!
Pick was within the nominated range. Driver/guide was professional, knowledgeable and courteous. It's a full on traveling day but it was most enjoyable.