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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.
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!
A GREAT TOUR IF YOU ARE LIMITED FOR TIME ON YOUR TRIP TO FRANCE.....EXCELLENT VISITS TO THE WONDERFUL CHATEAU'S IN THE LOIRE ,GREAT TOUR GUIDE. THE ACCOMMODATION WAS BRILLIANT AT THE MECURE HOTEL..THE EVENING MEAL WAS AVERAGE AND BREAKFAST THE NEXT MORNING WAS EXCELLENT. DEFINATELY WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR.
Wonderful country side experience with guide Florence who was full of fun.
Steven L USA
Great tour guides and lots of information to make things interesting. Although the tour was in English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese the guides (3) did a very good job handing things off to one another. The itinerary was perfect and met all expectations. The accommodations was at the Mercure and definitely very good. The Lunch was one of the better meals I had. Met some neat people also. Everything was on time and would definitely do more tours with them if I had more time.
Evangelos P Canada
Fantastic!!! Highly recommended. An experience of a lifetime. Good guides, good overnight hotel, beautiful scenery. The food inculded with the tour however was awful. Would recommend that you let people chose and pay for their own meals.
Donald B Australia
I was surprised by the number of people enjoying the chateaux. Our guide as passionate about the subject and covered a wide range of detail.
Mike B. Canada
My spouse and I took this 2 day tour of the Loire valley and fully enjoyed it. It’s simply a wonderful area of France. The guide we had was knowledgeable and provided lots of meaningful information. It’s definitely not a case of “seeing one chateau is seeing them all!” This two day tour gives you very full days – on Saturday we only arrived at the hotel at 7:15PM and had dinner around 8PM. The bus takes you through many small villages which are picture postcard perfect. In addition to touring six chateaus you also have time to walk through some of the villages plus a walk-thru through the old part of Tours.
The hotel we stayed in Saturday night was nondescript, but as mentioned, you do get there rather late and are up early the next day to continue touring. The included meals were all delicious. Some people mentioned that the bus seating was rather cramped – but it is a two-door bus which made embarking and disembarking efficient.
I found it initially confusing when leaving Paris early Saturday morning and we only joined the main tour group on another bus after lunch in Amboise – then everything went smoothly. This “main tour” group had already been through the Normandy area on the previous days. The tour was given in three languages – English, Spanish and French. When you tour the Chateau’s and villages you are with your own language group.
This two day tour definitely gives a fuller impression of the Loire as the bus goes on tiny roads through the beautiful villages – it only makes you want to spend more time there! The weather we had was perfect – sunny and 25 Celsius.
2 days was the perfect amount of time for me. Enough to get to see 2 of the chateaux I really wanted to visit (Chambord and Chenounceaux) with some others added. 1 day would have felt rushed, more days too structured for my tasted. Tour guides were very knowledgeable. Some confusion at the office where is all started but once on the road a great trip.
Jamie T Canada
Great tour guides, great hotel, great food, and oh yeah, the chateaux were great too.... :-) I love Viator! Highly recommended.
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.
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!
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The tour was well organized and very interesting. The hotel Mercury was satisfactory. Lunch at Saint-Hubert Hotel was absolutely disapointing.
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.
Saw a great deal, very knowledgeable tour guide, great hotel and meals. Bus was a bit tight, with our knees up against the seats in front of us, but not a huge deal. Tour guide, while great, moved very fast, which was hard for some of the less mobile people in the group - they probably missed most of what she said, while trying to catch up. We did not understand from the web site ahead of time that the tour would be given via earphones connected to an amplifier which hung around each person's neck, so that the company could cover several languages in one tour, using several guides speaking into individual microphones. The ear phones were difficult to use with hearing aids, and had we understood that ahead of time, we would not have taken the tour. The person with hearing aids could not understand what was said, which felt like a waste of money.
Enjoyed the tour, guides were interesting and knowledgeable. Bus comfortable, driver capable. Accommodation and meals of a good standard for a tour of that price. Only complaints I have are the standard of road side stop on the way, food and coffee was awful and the toilets filthy. Would definitely recommend the tour.
Very well organized tour with the appropriate pace for most people and a stunning set of french castles to see.
Quite a lot to see but the timing was always very good and we really enjoyed the whole of it.
Just perfect for those willing to see something more than the cosmopolitan Paris. Great perspective on the medieval France.
My trip to the Loire Valley was great. The tour guide (Florence) was knowleadgble, funny and amusing. I felt safe with the driver,Milco. The hotel as the food was good too. All the chateau tours were incredible. I would go again with Viator.
Loire Valley seems to be over-rated. The Chateaus are a little disappointing. Frankfurt-Munich Romantic Road 3 days 2 nights tour is a lot better.
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
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