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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
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!
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!!!
Wow ! This tour is worth doing ! The Chateaus are beautiful . The gardens are equally amazing .
Great tour! Guide was awesome, we enjoyed the quiet respite from the city for a bit. Castles were great and different from each other which provided a good variety.
The tour was GREAT! Our guide, Fabrise (sp?) was the best! It was everything we hoped it would be.
This was a great tour. It takes all day but you get to visit 3 castles. Drove through the Loire Valley with a small group of 7. We visited the castles in Chambord, Chenonceau, and Amboise. All were incredible. The guide/driver told us about each castle before entering and then you explore the castle on your own for about an hour and a half. Our guide, Olivie, was very knowledgeable and nice. Highly recommend it!
The minibus turned up dead on time at our hotel and that was the start of a wonderful day. The three chateaux were magnicent, but the day was made so memorable by Phillipe, the driver/guide. His driving, especially through the Paris traffic at the end of a long day, was safe and efficient. His knowledge of the chateaux and French history was extensive and passed on in an interesting but easy to understand manner. Phillipe soon had the group gelling and by the end of the day we were all friends. Absolutely brilliant, excellent value and highly recommended!
This was a great tour. It combined a swift transfer and efficient itinerary with 3 of the great chateaux of the loire. Lionel was a top guide and the group size was just right. Decent lunch, comfortable microbus and fair price made for one of the best days out on our paris holiday.
This tour was fantastic but what made it truly great was the tour guide, Fabrice. His knowledge and willingness to share information was better than any tour guide that I have ever experienced. He was fantastic and made the day! Many thanks, Fabrice.
Highlight of our time in France. Personalised tour, enjoyed getting to know our guide and fellow travellers. The castles were a great contrasting mix of size and style. Enjoyed our lunch and everything else about the day!
Immediate pick-up email confirmation, timely pick-up, two other hotel stops for van, good driver/one language/good knowledge for needed morning reststop, and excellent Chenonceux restaurant. Should have provided access to audio phones at the three selected chateaux- huge Sunday crowds
Excellent day trip.
Well worth the money and the tour guide was great.
Vic and Kathy Adelaide SA
This trip was excellent from start to finish. The tour guide (Jean) arrived at our hotel on time and was very informative and friendly, even making sure we got some coffee after the very early start !! At each castle Jean was very engaged and enthusiastic about what he was telling us. He also arranged a visit to a Loire winery for a brief tour and tasting which all appreciated. Even the organised group lunch at a local restaurant was very nice (lunches on tours are usually pretty average in our experience). The castles were all beautiful to look at, inside and out, and each had its own particular points of interest and history. The group of people on our tour were all very nice to spend a day with and even though he is french, we were all super impressed with Jean's ability to negotiate the rush hour traffic in Paris at the end of a long day. Would thoroughly recommend this tour and this tour guide and go on another trip again when we're next in France.
Excellent trip. Well planned and the driver/guide was very informative. He had an excellent knowledge of the area and its history.
Everything went just as promised. Hotel pick-up was right on time and the tour guide was great.
Had a wonderful day, well worth the money for the trip.
Excellent day tour which included a fabulous lunch. Small tour so got personlised attention and all questions answered. Amazing scenery and tours of chalets. Loved the tour, had a great day.
We had Phillip as our driver/guide and he provided great company. Our other people on the bus were from Spain and they thought they were on a private tour. There was some tension at the start but by the end of the day we were all getting along fine thanks to Phillip's people skills. He got us to each chateau and organised our entry efficiently. He then generally left us to our own to explore. All three chateau are brilliant. Following our tour of the fabulous gardens at Chateau de Villandry Phillip, with our approval, organised a very French coffee and appetisers for morning tea. It was delightful. Then on to Chateau de Langeais which is a castle where you can walk around the top of the highest internal portion of the building. I mean all turrets etc and almost circumnavigate the huge building. Have never struck that before. We had lunch in a café in the town which was expensive but nice. Then on to Chateau d'azay le Rideau which had wonderful charm just like the other two we visited that day. Here the walk-through included inside the roof to view the timber structure which was most impressive. This day tour is one not to be missed. I left a parcel on the bus when we were dropped off at our hotel. A call to the travel company resulted in an early return of the item. Good customer service.
We really like this tour. We had a lot information about each place and the castle and the surrounding was very beautiful.
The tour was exactly as advertised. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel on time. The tour was intimate with a total of 5 tourists and a great guide, Phillip. We saw three memorable castles, Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord. My only complaint was the VW minivan was not very comfortable in the back seat with a lot of vibration. I found myself wishing I'd taken something for motion sickness. Overall a small complaint on a great tour.
Tour guide was friendly and very knowledgable about french history and loire castles. Lunch included with tour was very good. Small group setting was delightful. Only problem was the van used had a cracked wind sheild, this could of been very dangerous, need to have the vechicles in top shape for tourists.