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12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 7 more

Overview

Majestic castles and wine tastings make up this unforgettable day trip to the charming Loire Valley. Skip-the-line admission to the chateaux of Chambord (or Amboise) and Chenonceau is included, with your choice of a licensed guide or audio guide. Get an up-close look at the extravagant glamour of the French aristocracy and gain insight into life within these Renaissance residences. Travel by luxury coach from Paris, with optional hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Day trip to the Loire Valley's most important chateaux, including wine tasting
  • Gain skip-the-line access to Chateau de Chambord and Chenonceau, aka the Ladies' Castle
  • Travel round-trip in the comfort of a luxury coach from Paris, with optional hotel pickup
  • Choice of licensed guide or audio guide offers flexibility

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Round trip by luxury coach from Paris with licensed guide ( if option selected)
  • Skip-the-line entry and guided visit of two castles - Chambord or Amboise then Chenonceau ( if option selected)
  • Tasting of 3 famous Loire wines, accompanied by toast with local food products
  • Lunch is included in winter from November 1st  to March 31st
  • Round trip by luxury coach from Paris with Audio Guide ( if option selected)
  • Round trip including Pick up & drop hotel from Paris with licensed guide ( if option selected)

Exclusions

  • Lunch is excluded in summer from April 1 to October 31

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Pyramides, central Paris

Departure Time

7:15am
6:30am for option with pick-up at your hotel

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 8pm

What To Expect

Leave the bustle of Paris for the verdant Loire Valley, traveling by luxury coach from a central location or your hotel (depending on option selected). Those who appreciate French royal history will be captivated by the turreted Chambord Castle, previously home to Francois I—it's an impressive masterpiece and the largest of the Loire chateaux.

Head straight inside with your skip-the-line ticket and discover the richly decorated interiors. Admire the double-helix staircase reputedly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, and listen to live or audio commentary about the French aristocracy. Enjoy a tasting of three well-known Loire Valley wines, accompanied by delicious local products. 

Next, a picturesque drive leads you to the sumptuous royal residence of Chenonceau, nicknamed the "ladies’ castle" for the prominent women who have lived there throughout history. Skip the ticket line and be enchanted by its picturesque riverside views. 

Guests traveling between November 1 and March 31 will receive a traditional lunch and drink. Outside of this period, your guide will offer recommendations on excellent restaurants and cafes.

Please note: On Mondays and Saturdays in summer, the tour will visit Amboise instead of Chambord; your wine tasting will take place in the delightful Chenonceau wine cellars.
Hotel Pickup
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note Amboise will replaced Chambord on March 23rd & 30th 2019
  • Mondays and Saturdays include a tour of Amboise instead of Chambord
  • Lunch included in winter ( Nov to March)

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Reviews

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L
, Oct 2018

We went to two castles. The first one was Chambord, which was ok. The highlight was the staircase. The second one was a lot better, more history, just a better experience.

g
, Sep 2018

Helene and the entire staff were amazing! The bus was super comfortable and having WiFi was such an added bonus. Helene was very knowledgeable about the history of the buildings and people who lived in them. She did a terrific job in making it all come alive.

L
, Aug 2018

Great tour with knowledgeable guides. The wine tasting was in a room of one of the castles which was nice but there was too many people that crowded around the table so it was hard to get to the wine. Other than that, great tour, comfortable bus. I recommend it!

R
, Aug 2018

Jewels of Loire. Castles and beautiful nature. So much history. This trip highlights the most beautiful ones, and if you only have one day it is a perfect trip.

B
, Jul 2018

Our tour guide was excellent, giving us real insight into the lives of the kings and queens who lived in these castles. We visited d'Amboise on our tour, which was a favorite of Leonardo da Vinci. He is buried here. I am a huge da Vinci buff so this was a thrill for me. The town surrounding the castle is just what you expect a quaint French town to be, and there was plenty of time for shopping, lunch, or just relaxing at an outdoor bistro. Chenonceau is a must see. Google a little history before you visit, and you will appreciate it even more. There is even a hedge maze! This tour is quite a long bus ride from Paris, but worth it. Awesome.

J
, Jun 2018

Spectacular day! Great guide, comfortable coach, everything was exactly as represented.

K
, Jun 2018

Amazing!

J
, May 2018

Great to get out of the city and see some historic buildings. There are some other tours that visit three chateaus/castles but this one visits two. We booked this one particularly to see Leonardo da Vinci's final resting place. The wine tasing was great - a bit of rose, white, and red and grape juice for my 2 kids along with some appetizers to cleanse the palette. English brochures were available at both Amboise and Chenonceau to read more about the history/properties. In Amboise, do follow the advice and go to lunch early to make sure you get back to the bus on time!

s
, Apr 2018

My only critique is that we signed up for the English tour but our guide was providing the Spanish tour at the same time. He repeated everything he said in English again in Spanish. Due to the repetition, we had no free time at any of the Chateau's, to browse them for ourselves or get to the gift shops.
The tour itself was amazing! The Chateau's are magnificent and worth seeing. We went in March so there was a lunch provided at a restaurant close to one of the Chateaus, the food was delicious.

a
, Apr 2018

Amazing experience and takes the hassle out of planning, researching and driving!


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