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Marvel at the Loire Valley's opulent châteaux and taste its famous locally-made wine during this 13-hour tour from Paris. Skip the long entry line at the Château de Chenonceau and embark on a tour through its intricately carved stone walls, rich hanging tapestries and intimate chapel. Relax midday with a traditional French lunch at Nitray Vineyards, including tastings of the vineyard's Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Rouge. Walk through the vineyards and learn about the winemaking process from your oenophile guide. Entrance fees, a gourmet lunch and round-trip transportation from Paris are included.


  • Visit Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley
  • Wine-tasting at Nitray Vineyards
  • Eat a gourmet French lunch sourced from fresh, local ingredients
  • Learn about the history of each 16th-century castle from your local guide
  • Groups are limited to 25 people per guide
  • Round-trip transportation from Paris in a climate-controlled coach

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris

Loire Castles and Wine Day Trip from Paris

Following early morning pickup from central Paris, board an air-conditioned coach and get comfortable for the ride to the Loire Valley. On the journey, get to know your guide and small group of 25 other passengers.

Stop first at Château de Chambord, built in 1519 and used as a hunting lodge by King Francis I. Take a tour* of the castle to see its ornate French Renaissance architecture, dramatic staircases and opulent furnishings. Keen an eye out for the wild boar and deer that call the verdant castle grounds home. 

At Château de Nitray, sit down for a gourmet lunch at Nitray Vineyards. Along with tastes of some of the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Rouge produced on site, enjoy a meal made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Listen as your guide talks you through the tasting notes for each wine, then end your visit with a post-prandial stroll through the vineyards.

Continue to Château de Chenonceau, where your special access tickets allow you to skip the long line and start your tour right away. Pass original stone carvings dating from the castle's construction in the 16th century, luxe tapestries and pause in the cozy chapel. Walk through the immaculate gardens before boarding the coach for the return trip to Paris.

Your 13-hour Loire Valley adventure ends with drop-off back at your original departure point.

*Please note : starting April 1st, 2017 (April 1st, 2017 included), the visit of  Chateau de Chambord won’t be guided. You will get to discover Chambord at your own rhythm.

Customer Reviews

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful trip! Great driver - very knowledgeable and friendly guides Hugo and Carolina! Delicious lunch and tour at Nitray Winery - lots of history lessons at the 3 Castles - Definitely recommend this trip!!

Maria M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fascinating history! Daniel and Hugo were fantastic!

Horacio E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent tour, great guides, lots of historical facts.
Very comfortable buses and delicious meal at the winery.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Spectacular! Our tour guides Adam and Ferit were smart, funny, and informative. Oh, and the chateaus were beautiful... The absolute best tour we had in Europe.

Gilda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Ferret is a wonderful guide. He made the tour more personal by knowing our names. Even during the bus ride he faced us and engaged us about the history of the places we've been to. The chateaus are breathtaking. Lunch was delicious and I personally love the wines I took home 3 bottles. At the end of the tour he offered his assistance on any information we needed for our stay in Paris.

Mariana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a fabulous experience and the guides had great stories about history to tell in an entertaining way.
The bus ride was comfortable and pleasant. Definitely recommend this tour.

Caitlin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved the chateaux tour! Our guide Carolina kept us so entertained on the bus with great stories of French history and the chateaux inhabitants, and then continued the history inside the chateaux, which made the rooms come to life. The selection of castles was well thought out, and Chenonceau was particularly breathtaking. Lunch at the Chateau Nitray was relaxing, simple and delicious and included plenty of wine, and it was interesting to see a modern family living in a chateau. The chateau owner was particularly fun and welcoming.

Martine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful Day! Our guide, Tina, gave us a great history lesson during the tour which made this tour special. The first stop at the Château de Chambord, we saw the wonderful architecture and also details of the work of Leonard de Vinci's grand staircase in the middle of the castle. Enjoy the gourmet lunch and wine tasting at our stop in Nitray Vineyards located at the Château de Nitray . The host gave us a tour of their grounds after lunch . On our way to our third stop, we went through the town of Amboise, we passed by the Château d'Amboise and Tina showed us while passing by, the doors of the city underground tunnels where all the resident could flee from dangers. Then our third stop, we tour the wonderful Château de Chenonceau, its farm and gardens, this was my favorite of the tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our day to the Loire Valley. It was lovely to see the Chateaus and some of the French countryside during our stay in Paris. Our guide Carolina was wonderful, sharing stories about the history along the way and pointing out key information at each of the Chateaus but also giving us plenty of free time at each location to wander and enjoy. The hosts at Chateau Nitray were also lovely and the food delicious.

Sandra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was so great. Welcomed us, explained the days schedule, and promised information Bout history of our destinations. She was extremely knowledgeable and told stories, of kngs and queens and lovers as well as of armies and battles and conquests and language. I highly recommend this trip and give 5stars to our wonderful guide. Also hats off to our driver

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