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

Julie E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was exactly what I hoped it would be. The tour guide was very informative and fun. The lunch was delicious and the owners of the vineyard made us feel like family. The wine was also very good and reasonably priced. It is a long day, but well worth it to see these beautiful chateaux and the Loire Valley.

Alexander M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour! Really enjoyed everything, our tour guide, Daniel deserves extra credit for very smooth talk, passion, jokes. He made a difference! Would recommend this tour and Daniel highly!!!

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Daniel and Tina were awesome. Pleasant and informative.

Alessandra B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A very good trip, it was a perfect day!

valeriepadron

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Ruta and Tina were our guides and they were great. Funny and knowledgeable, yet managed to keep us moving along. In case you haven and #39;t looked at the map, be prepared to spend at least 6 hrs on the bus in total. Bring comfy headphones to use with the radios they give you to listen to the castle tours.

Cynthia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I am so glad that I booked this tour. I discovered a whole new part of France...........the history and architecture of the Chateaus. The ride on the bus was very comfortable and I was able to either sleep or enjoy the views of the countryside. My guides were very knowledgeable and personable as I was constantly peppering them with questions. The chateauxs themselves were wonderful and grand, much as I expected, but it was the personal stories of the histories of these wonderful homes that made everything more special. I highly recommend this tour and I am looking forward to taking several more with Viator. It was a very high quality tour by guides who love their work.

fkhuynh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Awesome tour! Violet and Tina were amazing! Lots of interesting facts and they went above and beyond to recommend lots of places to eat and drink in Paris. Highly recommend!

Dezhang Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour is well organized with good history stories about the chateaux. The late lunch and wine tasting at Chateaux Nitray was very delicious! A wonderful trip to the Loire Valley!

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent overall experience. Tour guide was very competent and informative.

Darryl K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I enjoyed the excursion very much. Excellent guide, very nice day.

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