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4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Excellent day trip.
Well worth the money and the tour guide was great.
Vic and Kathy Adelaide SA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Excellent trip. Well planned and the driver/guide was very informative. He had an excellent knowledge of the area and its history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

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.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2013

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.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2013

This was a very nice tour of 3 beautiful castles in the Loire Valley, with lunch included. The guide was knowledgeable and quite accommodating. I would recommend this tour.

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013

This tour was well worth it. The guide was great and very personable. The 3 castles were all quite different and very impressive. The lunch was in a lovely local restaurant with a good 3 course meal and a number of choices. This was 13 hour tour so a long day and an early start in the dark in Winte

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013

The journey to the Loire Valley is quite far from Paris. But, anyway the castles are very nice and the tour is fun. Thanks Viator

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2013

As much as I enjoyed other trips with Viator in this Paris trip, and other trips, I should say, that I would have liked to have a guide that would go with us to the castles and tell us something about the various rooms of the castles. We were left alone in the castles to roam around.
In all honesty, You should make a better effort to improve on those guided tour, or else call it a shouffered tour
Thank you

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2013

It was unfortunate that the weather was bad and Villandry garden was dull.
The driver/guide was very good, full of information.

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