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Découvrez quelques-uns des villages les plus pittoresques lors de cette excursion de 2 jours vers les châteaux de la vallée de la Loire au départ de Paris. Laissez la ville derrière vous et voyagez dans la France rurale avec votre guide. Visitez de célèbres châteaux français comme le Château de Chenonceau, le Château de Cheverny et le Château de Chambord. Partez à la découverte du Château du Clos Lucé, dernière résidence de Léonard de Vinci au XVIe siècle. Admirez l'architecture spectaculaire des châteaux et l'ornement de leurs intérieurs, et laissez votre guide vous en apprendre plus sur leur histoire fascinante.
Great 2-day trip to 6 chateaux with a focus on living quarters and amazing gardens. Especially liked that some of the stops were to chateaux less commonly seen. Loved the free time for lunch first day. Walking tour of Tours was an added bonus. Hotel and meals were quite good - much better than expectations for meals provided for a large group. Very nice bus and careful driver. Tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. All in all, a delight!
Here are the main problems--1.the advertised major chateau of Blois is not even on the tour schedule!!!
2.the advertised sleepover in major city of Tours actually happened on the outskirts of much smaller town, many miles away!Nowhere to walk outside the hotel grounds before/after meal.
3. The advertised paid meals-dinner and lunch were served poorly, late and WITHOUT ANY liquids, even soft drinks, coffee, etc.
We had to buy all meal -even non-alcoholic- drinks and spent over 40 on them to wash the mediocre meals down the lunch was also served in non-A/C stuffy room with sweat poring down our fronts and backs instead the drinks down our throats.
Otherwise, the Loire Valley is gorgeous,the guide was knowleadgeable and I wish the tour organizers cared a little more about people paying lots of money to see these places
The hotel we stayed in was clean, above average with plenty of room, hot water, etc. The dinner was fair as no tea or soda included and small food portions. The hotel restaurant did provide a small nonalcoholic orange juice type drink.
Breakfast was above average with eggs supplied so not just a continental breakfast with pastries.
Tour guide spoke very slowly and with a French accent and different pronunciation of English words which made it very difficult to understand. Castles were very expansive with ample time to wander around in the gardens.
It would be much better to have an audio guide on tape instead of given by the tour guide for better understanding especially when around other groups.
The bus was comfortable, but the ride did not have much info on scenery or landmarks as the tour guides spoke more in French with the bus driver than with us in English. We passed hundreds of windmills without any explanation of how much of power was generated for which towns. All in all, this was a nice experience to see medieval castles/chateaus/gardens of DaVinci, kings and queens.
Our 2 day tour comprised part of the first day with one group before we joined another group for the evening and the 2nd day. We struggled to follow the English commentary on the first part due to the accents of the guides, however we were delighted by Roberto the guide for the second part of trip who was both extremely knowledgeable and easy to understand.
We would recommend this trip as the sights were fantastic and timing was good allowing enough for lunches etc. and free time.
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip to the Loire Valley. After leaving Paris and traveling to the chateaux country, we visited Blois and Amboise before changing to another bus. This new group for the two day tour was smaller and very congenial. Our hotel in Tours was very nice with a delicious breakfast and dinner. Some rain did not dampen our second day with visits to Clos de Luce, Chenonceau, and Chambord. The gardens at Villandry were a special treat! Two days gave us time to really see the Loire area without being rushed- Dominique was an excellent guide. Highly recommend this trip!
A bit of confusion at the office in Paris, but this was mainly due to people pushing to get into a line they were not supposed to be in! We joined the main tour group on another bus after lunch then everything went smoothly.
The 2 day tour was fantastic. We originally thought to drive a hire car to see Chateau, but so glad we did this tour as we visited the Chateaus we wanted plus more and drove through many beautiful postcard perfect villages, where we also had time to walk through some, which we probably would have missed if we had to concentrate on driving. We also met some lovely people on the tour, except 1 couple who always strolled in late, no matter what the guide implied at each stop, which really understandably irritated the guide.
On the first day, we were free to wander and lunch after our tour in Amboise which was exquisite. The overnight accommodation at the Mecure Hotel was great, however the evening meal was average, yet breakfast the next morning was excellent. The lunch on the 2nd day on our way to Tours was very average and the waitress was very impatient with us, which was disappointing.
Highly recommend this tour!
I'm glad I did this. We were able to see much more in two days then we ever would have been able to see on our own in a week. They run like clockwork. With that said there were times we felt rushed and times we could not really understand what the guide was saying, but overall it was still a very good experience.