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Tour code: 3731LOIRE
Marvel at the Loire Valley's opulent châteaux and taste its famous locally-made wine during this 13-hour tour from Paris. Skip the long entry line at the Château de Chenonceau and embark on a tour through its intricately carved stone walls, rich hanging tapestries and intimate chapel. Relax midday with a traditional French lunch at Nitray Vineyards, including tastings of the vineyard's Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Rouge. Walk through the vineyards and learn about the winemaking process from your oenophile guide. Entrance fees, a gourmet lunch and round-trip transportation from Paris are included.

Highlights

  • Visit Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley
  • Wine-tasting at Nitray Vineyards
  • Eat a gourmet French lunch sourced from fresh, local ingredients
  • Learn about the history of each 16-th century castle from your local guide
  • Groups are limited to 25 people per guide
  • Round-trip transportation from Paris in a climate-controlled coach

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris

Loire Castles and Wine Day Trip from Paris

Following early morning hotel pickup at your accommodation in Paris, board an air-conditioned coach and get comfortable for the ride to the Loire Valley. On the journey, get to know your guide and small group of 25 other passengers.

Stop first at Château de Chambord, built in 1519 and used as a hunting lodge by King Francis I. Take a guided tour of the castle to see its ornate French Renaissance architecture, dramatic staircases and opulent furnishings. Keen an eye out for the wild boar and deer that call the verdant castle grounds home. 

At Château de Nitray, sit down for a gourmet lunch at Nitray Vineyards. Along with tastes of some of the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Rouge produced on site, enjoy a meal made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Listen as your guide talks you through the tasting notes for each wine, then end your visit with a post-prandial stroll through the vineyards.

Continue to Château de Chenonceau, where your special access tickets allow you to skip the long line and start your tour right away. Pass original stone carvings dating from the castle's construction in the 16th century, luxe tapestries and pause in the cozy chapel. Walk through the immaculate gardens before boarding the coach for the return trip to Paris.

Your 13-hour Loire Valley adventure ends with drop-off back at your Paris hotel.

Customer Reviews

Barbara M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a wonderful tour! Adam, our guide, gave us a lot of commentary and insight into what we were seeing on the drive back and forth to the Loire Valley and also in the chateaus, which were magnificent. The long drive did seem very long with all the interesting things Adam told us. He is a wealth of knowledge and an interesting person himself. The chateaus are beautiful and the three we saw were all entirely different so this made the day very interesting. The lunch at the winery chateau was delicious and homemade. At this chateau we had a very delightful tour by one of the people who works at the chateau. This tour was one of two we took given by City Wonders and both tours were first rate. I would look for their tours again if we get back to Paris.

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Gail G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent well worth the money and tour guides were fantastic

Keven H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Orane, was wonderful. Very knowledgable,friendly and helpful. The places visited were very interesting and quite lovely. The wines were delightful. Great day away from the city.

ladelsky1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

FABULOUS TOUR! Definitely recommend taking this tour and spending the day visiting gorgeous castles. The tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, sharing interesting stories about the history of the castles and the Kings. The bus was clean and new, driver excellent! Made friends along the way too!

Ian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour and very well organised.
Guides Daniel and Carolina were fabulous - enthusiastic and very informative. Really enjoyed lunch and wine tasting at Chateau de Nitray. Would thoroughly recommend the tour.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A great addition to a visit to Paris. The tour gives ample time to explore two of the Loire Valley's most interesting chateaux, and the lunch and wine tasting at Nitray Vineyards gave us a chance to explore one of the smaller chateaux as well. The lunch was fine, and the guided tour of the small chateau was fun. The trip guide, Daniel, was very informative. This is a great way to get out of the city for a day.

Tracey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour, but I think what really makes it is the guide. We had Daniel the Irishman. He made this trip very educational and fun! The instructions on where to meet were very clear. I did call to ask about carrying a backpack which is OK and you can leave items on the bus while touring.

We went on the Loire Valley Castles and Wine Tasting Tour. Our guide was excellent! His name was Daniel and he was from Ireland so he had a little Irish twang to his French Accent. He was extremely knowledgeable and fun! He shared tons of history and there wasn't a question he couldn't answer. If you go on this tour, be sure to ask for Daniel. As for the tour, Chambord was so beautiful and honestly you could spend the day there. Danial gave us a walking tour and then allowed us 30 min to tour on our own. Another thing, Daniel is very sure he keeps all of us together. There were 26 and he was always looking and counting. The other two Chateaus were very cool and wonderful to see and hear the history. The wine is OK, some enjoyed others did not. Just depends upon your liking. The lunch was simple but excellent! Roasted tomatoes, potatoes, chicken, cheese and bread. This is definitely worth the money! It is about 2.5 hrs to the first place and you do stop to visit restrooms. There is about 45 min between places and the ride home which again we stopped for restrooms. Wear good walking shoes and it is safe to leave stuff on the bus if you don't wish to carry. You will receive a headset and box to listen to Daniel so he doesn't have to speak over others. Having your own head set is a little nicer. But still it was very clear to hear him.

Duygu O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tina was our guide, and she was wonderful. We enjoyed all the historical information. Pick-up and drop off location Catacombs entrance in Denfert Rochereau is very conveniently near RER B line. There was plenty of seats available on the bus, and it was quite comfy. Lunch was not mind-blowing but seemed like it was kept simple no crazy ingredients so everybody could be happy oven roasted chicken -super soft-, oven roasted potatoes and tomatoes, green salad -just lettuce-, coffee and fruit tart, and of course the wine from the chateau. The owner was adorable. Charming chateaus. The cookies at one of the shops by Cheteau Chambord are absolutely yummy.

Daryl N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guides were fabulous. We had an excellent meal with wine tasting.

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