4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a full day exploring magnificent castles in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed region in central France. After pickup from your hotel in Paris, your guide will take you to the picturesque Loire Valley to independently discover three different châteaux; Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord. This small-group tour is limited to 18 people, ensuring you’ll receive a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Small-group 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

After pickup from your central Paris hotel in an air-conditioned minivan, relax on the scenic drive to the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed wine region in central France. You will have the chance to independently discover three different châteaux.

First, discover Château d’Amboise, a favored royal residence during the Renaissance. Here, in the Chapel of St Hubert, the remains of Leonardo da Vinci are buried. Then, marvel at Château de Chenonceau. Famed for its highly decorated interior and exterior, this is one of the most popular châteaux in France. After your tour, enjoy a three-course lunch with wine (included) at the nearby 18th-century Breton-style inn (for a sample menu, please refer to the Itinerary section below).

After lunch, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley and one of the most recognizable due to its astounding Renaissance architecture. Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci contributed to the design of its famous double-helix staircase.

After your Loire Valley châteaux tour, enjoy a relaxing drive back to Paris.

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful itinerary and guide

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very fun and worthwhile time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Had a fantastic day. Only 6 of us on the tour. 6am pick up from our hotel was right on time. Our tour guide told us heaps of information throughout the day. The Chateaux were all amazing particularly Chenenceau. Would have liked a bit more time there but overall great day out!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

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