4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris

Spend a day away from Paris and discover three châteaux — Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord — in the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. After enjoying the picturesque drive to central France by air-conditioned minivan, you’ll independently explore the châteaux. Find out which castle the royals favored, where Leonardo da Vinci’s remains are buried, and which castle is so stunning that it boasts its own UNESCO status. Round-trip transport and a 3-course lunch at a 18th-century Breton-style inn are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Loire Valley castles from Paris
  • Visit the Loire Valley, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of central France famous for Renaissance castles and gardens
  • Explore the châteaux of Ambroise, Chenonceau and Chambord
  • Enjoy lunch in the setting of an 18th-century inn
  • Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris

Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris

For your full-day Loire Valley châteaux tour, rise early for a pickup by air-conditioned minivan from your centrally located Paris hotel. Travel through the rolling hills of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed wine region in central France. Your guide drives you to each castle, which you will explore on your own without being tethered to the rest of your group.

Kick off your tour at Château d’Amboise, which began as a defensive castle in the 11th century for its strategic position overlooking the Loire River before being converted in the 15th century to a residence for royals. Step inside the Chapel of St Hubert, where the remains of Leonardo da Vinci are buried.

Continue to Château de Chenonceau, a 16-century castle spanning the River Cher, and one of the most popular châteaux in France for its elaborate interior and exterior.

Break for a 3-course lunch, accompanied with wine, at a charming 18th-century Breton-style inn. (See below for a sample menu.)

Revitalized, head to the largest castle in the Loire Valley, the UNESCO-listed Château de Chambord. Learn about its astounding Renaissance architecture — legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci contributed to the design of its double-helix staircase.

Your full-day tour ends with return transport to your Paris hotel.

Itinerary

Sample lunch menu:
Starter:
  • Charcuterie and vegetables
Main course:
  • Chicken and mushroom sauce with green beans and French fries
  • Cod with green beans and French fries
  • Beef steak with green beans and French fries

Choice of desserts of the day

Customer Reviews

Carol V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was well planned and ran smoothly. There were only 4 of us on the van so it was virtually a private tour. We were picked up promptly as promised at our apartment and delivered home in good time. The sites were beautiful and I would do it all again

CHARLOTTE K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful tour. Our guide was Sylvan. He was so kind. My daughter was sick the whole day and she never got out of the van. He was very attentive to her needs. It rained all day on and off but still managed to be a beautiful trip.

APousoulis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour, very knowledgeable and informative tour guide. Fabrise kept us entertained and informed through the the tour. Would highly recommend this tour. Lunch was good also.

RICHARD C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful itinerary and guide

Viet N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful day trip jam packed with 3 castles in one day. To be honest, one can spend an entire day at Le Château de Chenonceau which was utterly beautiful and had exquisite gardens. The tour began early in the morning at 6am for pick up and was fast paced with a lot of walking if you want to see everything. There were some older ladies, one with a cane, that was in our group of 5, and it was difficult for her to get around although I believe she enjoyed herself with what she was able to see. If you're staying a short while in Paris and want to make a productive day excursion, this tour is fantastic.

Christopher F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Long day but well worth it. Felt there was plenty of time at each castle to appreciate what each had to offer. Great to see that part of the country. Chenenceau was just amazing.

Laurie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Door to door service and no line-ups. Lunch was very good. Tour guide, Phillipe, was knowledgeable and took good care of us. The three chateaus were very different from each other and so we had a good variety of experiences. Especially liked the way Amboise is built onto a hill and is surrounded by the village. The staircase and roof terrace at Chambord are amazing. And Chenonceau is best of all.....well maintained interiors that showcase the lives of the residents, beautiful fresh flower arrangements in every room, and a well told story of the history of the chateau. This chateau spans the river and has beautiful gardens that are the highlight of the tour.

Karin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Fantastic day trip! Would strongly recommend if you have the time to do so and small-group for this day consisted of myself and two other travelers plus our guide...in a sedan...not sure if the groups are always this small - but to me was more like a private tour than a small-group tour

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This excellent trip took us to four stunning castles , each of which had its own individual character and history. Our guide Riccardo was informative, personable, and very knowledgeable, and was kind enough to make a quick stop near a fifth castle for me to take a picture. I highly recommend both the tour and the guide!

CHARLES T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very fun and worthwhile time

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