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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 August 2015

We really enjoyed this tour. You get to see to great Chateaux and have lunch at a winery. The air conditioning on the bus was minimal, but the tour guides addressed the issue and gave up a free beverage and got us a 10 discount - VERY CLASSY that they addressed the issue best that they could.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Simply enchanting!! Andrew, our tour guide, provided us with a knowledgeable, entertaining look into days of old and the ensuing drama created by the royalty. And then there was the wine....simply delicious.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great Tour, Tina was a very good guide and a very nice person. Many thanks to her

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was fantastic! Our tour guide Adam was amazing! He gave some rich history lessons all throughout the tour and had some hilariously funny facts and stories to share. He kept the bus rides entertaining and enlightening and gave just the right amount of context to each stop we made. The tour of Chambord was the perfect amount of time as there really isnt much to see and Adam led us to all the good spots. The wine tasting and lunch at Nitray was great. A simple, but delicious meal. Overall we tasted 4 wines, 3 before lunch and 1 after lunch and coffee. During lunch they have wine on the table and you can ask for more. In fact it is encouraged! The wine here was good and very cheap! Average 6 euro a bottle. The next stop is Chenonceau. The chateaux and its ground are gorgeous. The tour here is much shorter but you have the option to walk around some more or go to the 2nd wine tasting, which is something they dont tell you when you sign up. I opted for the 2nd wine tasting as I felt that the tour showed you the nicest rooms inside the castle and the rest of the time spent would be wandering the grounds and some of the other rooms. The wine tasting here was even better than the one at Nitray. The wines are little more expensive but only by 2-3 Euro. Overall this tour was definitely worth the price and great way to explore outside of Paris.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

City wonders do excellent tours with great guides, Adam was excellent, very knolwdgable and funny. Booking through viator was great I booked only a couple of days before and it was all perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Violet was our tour guide and was the most outstanding guide we have ever had. Her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge added to the trip that was already exceptional because of the beauty of the region. She took her time, was personable to all, and made the day even better than we had anticipated. Our entire family went and it was one of the best days of our trip. I would highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely fantastic ! the guides Adam and Violette were wonderful complemented each other so well, best history lesson , wine tasting tour we have ever been on
can't recommend this tour highly enough a must do if staying in Paris Fabulous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time on this tour exploring the Loire Valley and Wine Tasting! It was a long day but highly recommend it to those wanting to see some lovely Chateaux's. Our guide was very knowledgeable, easy to understand, friendly and gave excellent recommendations for the rest of trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a great way to see 3 different Chateaux and enjoy wine from the Loire Valley. Violet, our tour guide was a joy during the day long tour providing interesting history of the Loire Valley and Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau. Since we were staying in Paris, it was nice to get away from the city and enjoy a relaxing day in the countryside!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We meet bright and early at Denfert-Roucheau outside the ticket office of the catacombe. Caught the metro, as the exit was just across the road, there are a number of cafes open nearby as well as a great artisnal bakery for coffee and snacks before you leave. Our guides for the say were Tina a lovely Croatian girl,and Adam a wonderful Canadian young man. Both were extremely friendly and knowledgable. Adams knowledge of french history was second to none. The chateaus were just wonderful, Tina and Adam brought them to life with their commentary. Lunch at the Chateau de Nitray was delicious, yet so simple. The wines werent too bad either. The meeting point at Denfert-Roucheau is a fair distance from where we were staying on Ille St Louis, about a 45 minute walk, thats why we did the trip on the metro. All in all a fabulous day. Well organised. Not too rushed. Returned Paris about 7.30pm. There was a toilet, refreshment stop both ways. Take a snack and water for the trip, even with the breaks something to eat was nice to have. 10/10


with their commentary. Lunch at Chateau Nitray was something special. The food was so simple but so
delicious. The wines werent too bad either, if only maybe a bit young for my liking. This is a long day, with an
early start, the starting point in Paris is a fair distance from where we were staying on Ille St

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