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Experience one of the most popular areas of northwestern France, the ‘château country’ of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed region. With a guide, visit a few of the region’s many castles—Château d’Amboise, Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord. Learn about the Renaissance architecture and the historical figures who once lived in and visited these stunning residences. If you have a short stay in France, this is a great way to see more of the country than just Paris. Lunch with drinks is included.


  • Small group Loire Valley tour from Paris by minivan
  • Enjoy lunch after a visit of Amboise Castle
  • Discover Chenonceau Castle that is built on the River Cher
  • Visit the Chateau of Chambord (Chambord Castle) and enjoy panoramic views from the grounds
  • Small group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off by minivan

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a hassle-free day trip with hotel pickup, a small group size and a friendly expert guide. The castles are beautiful and the included lunch is superb!

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What You Can Expect

Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan

Loire Valley Castles and Wines Day Trip from Paris by Minivan

Your Loire Valley day trip starts with hotel pickup in Paris for the drive southwest into ‘château country.’ With your guide, start your castles tour at Château d’Amboise, a preferred royal residence during the Renaissance. King Francis I once welcomed Leonardo da Vinci at this castle, where da Vinci is buried in the Chapel of St Hubert.

Next, enjoy lunch with drinks, and then head to Château de Chenonceau, one of the most-visited Loire Valley castles for its location straddling the River Cher. Finally, visit Château de Chambord, one of the area’s largest and most impressive castles with extensive grounds.

Your day trip then ends with the drive back to Paris for hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Megan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was beautiful. We had a wonderful guide who gave us a lot of great historical information before we arrived at each castle. It is a long day but completely worth it.

Claudia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This Loire Valley tour was incredible! Our tour guide Gregory was the best ever!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was fantastic. All three chateaus were unique and enjoyable for different reasons. Our tour guide was so great - he was patient and informative. I'm so glad I booked the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful way to spend a day away from Paris. It's a long day but you get to see a lot. Our tour guide was great and the lunch was delicious with local wine included.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Pedro was an excellent guide. He arrived within minutes of the stated time, fluently translated all comments in English and Spanish, and provided colorful and interesting commentary.

Tamas D Hungary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

a nice tour

David F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. Minivan was comfortable.

Diana M N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was wonderful. Having lunch at Chenonceau is an unforgettable experience. The only thing I would change is visiting Amboise. I would switch it to a different more beautiful chateau. Out tour guide was wonderful and kept us entertained during the trip with the history behind the castles. I recommend this tour to anyone who hasn't been in the Loire Valley before.

Aaron B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide showed up on time and was friendly and driving a nice mini-van. Can't imagine trying to do this on my own. All three castles were spectacular and worth seeing. Lunch was at one of the castles and was very upscale. Well worth you time!

Roberto J V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Beautiful trip. Highly recommended.

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