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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 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour guides very knowledgeable and interesting. Lovely day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Beautiful trip, very well planned and organized. Just the right mix of sightseeing and wine tasting. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. Lunch was provided at one of the chateaux where we also did some wine tasting. Exellent meal and lots of fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was a great trip. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The wines were great, the food at lunch was delicious and the wine master was entertaining. The optional wine tasting in the afternoon was worth the time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fantastic tour. I thought we were going to tour three chateaux but the 2nd one was just for lunch as it is also a residence, but I'm sure that was just a bad assumption on my part. The two tour guides were both fantastic. The tours were great, the food was great, the wine was great. Absolutely fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My friend and I really enjoyed this tour. It was a long day, but well worth it to see a few castles and taste some local wines. Our guide gave us lots of interesting information about the castles and the history. Lunch was good, though I felt like that stop could've been shortened a little bit to give more time at the other two castles. I felt rushed at Chenonceau especially, and even another 30 minutes there would've been nice, even if it meant getting back to Paris 30 minutes later. But overall, this was a really enjoyable tour and I'd definitely recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful tour that I would highly recommend. Our guides violet and Patrice were informative friendly and funny. It was a long day, but it gave us the opportunity to see the countryside of France in an air conditioned coach. Our visit to Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau was beautiful, and our lunch very enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We greatly enjoyed the beautiful architecture of Castle Chambord, and the lovely Chateau Chenonceau. This was my husband's favourite thing we did in Europe. I am glad we went on the tour, although, personally I did not think much of the wine. The best of those we tasted was, I thought, the sparkling white, a bit like champagne, but I found even that one had an after taste I did not like. This tour is also something that would be fairly complex and expensive to do on your own, so offers a way to see these castles that is comfortable and easy and is pretty good value for money. Chambord was a lovely surprise- I thought I was going because I wanted to see Chenonceau.

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