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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  13 hours (approx.)
What would a trip to France be without escaping Paris for a day trip in the countryside? Take a break from the city bustle, and discover the magnificent castles of the Loire Valley. On this full-day tour from Paris, your guide will lead you through some of the region’s most stunning châteaux (French for “castles”). Marvel over the complexity of Loire Valley wines in a prestigious local vineyard and soak up the tranquility over a gourmet lunch served among the vines.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people when exploring the castles, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide. This tour also includes access to skip the long entry lines at Château de Chenonceau.

Highlights

  • Wine-tasting day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley
  • Visit Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Nitray
  • Skip-the-line access at Chateau de Chenonceau
  • Gourmet lunch of fresh, home-cooked ingredients
  • Wine-tasting at Nitray Vineyards
  • Groups are limited to 25 people per guide

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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

After leaving Paris in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, your day trip of the wine and castles of the Loire Valley starts at Château de Chambord. This beautiful château was built in 1519 by King Francis I, who used it as a hunting lodge. Admire its French Renaissance architecture, luxurious furniture, ornamental ceiling vaults and astounding staircases, and keep an eye out for frolicking deer and wild boar as you stroll along the castle’s lush grounds.

Next, you’ll stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Nitray Vineyards at Château de Nitray. This is not your average box lunch -- you'll enjoy a home-cooked lunch of fresh, local French ingredients and sample some of the region’s best wines, including a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a full-bodied Cabernet Rouge. Your guide will take you through the wine-tasting, pointing out the different flavors. You will end your visit with a tour of the vineyard.

Your final stop is Château de Chenonceau, an elegant 16th-century castle that is sure to steal your heart at first sight with its smooth white stone and intricately painted wooden door. Entry lines can be quite long here, especially in the peak summer season, but don’t worry! This tour includes skip-the-line access, so you don’t have to wait in the long queue. The interior of the castle is well-maintained with original stone carvings, immense tapestries and an intimate chapel. Almost equal in beauty are the castle grounds and many gardens, planted by the famous ladies who owned the Ladies’ Château and gave it its name.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

I loved all the stories and folklore on this tour as well!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The best tour ever!!! What made it so perfect was our guide Violet!! The tour was with the best tour company ever! We were only 20 or so people on tour, so it made it more intimate then going with double deck bus with 70 people! those were our other tours. Violet was so knowledgeable and interesting, she told us so many interesting stories. We stopped at private little castle - winery for an amazing home made lunch roasted chicken, potatoes, salad, cheese, apple pie and wine tasting. It was such an awesome experience! Violet showed us two beautiful castles - Chambord and Chenonceau, she knew so many stories about them, and the castles were just breathtakingly beautiful!!! Once again - amazing tour and the most amazing guide! Highly recommend!

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