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This experience was so spectacular and educational. We absolutely loved Renee and Antoil our tour guides who shared history during the bus tour and at the Chateaux's. Dinner was amazing and the wine fantastic. I would recommend this tour to anyone! Jennifer L Yealy
We enjoyed the tour and lunch very much. It is well organized. In specific, the tour guide "Anatole" was fantastic. He was doing an outstanding job.
Must go tour. Excellent guide and manageable small group
Our tour guide was very good and the trip was enjoyable! I would recommend it to others. The drive was very comfortable and we enjoyed seeing some of the sights outside of Paris.
The tour met up at a bus stop near a park. We arrived early and got coffee and a pastry at a nearby cafe to eat on the bus. When the bus departed, our tour guide, Michelle, gave us an overview of the day then gave us time to nap. The tour started at 7:30 a.m. We stopped along the way at a rest area with a convenience store and pastry/coffee shop, so it wasn't necessary to eat breakfast beforehand.
After the rest stop, Michelle told us about the history of the Chateaux de Chambord. We had plenty of time to explore the Chateaux, and she pointed out great photo locations and took some of us.
After the Chateaux de Chambord, we had lunch at Chateau de Nitray. The owner and his family prepared and served a locally-sourced lunch of chicken, vegetables, bread, cheese, and dessert. The meal was served with wines produced on their vineyard, and everything was delicious! We went on a brief tour of the grounds, then we had the opportunity to purchase some of the wines. They boxed them for us so they could be transported in our suitcase. We declared them at customs.
After Chateau de Nitray, we traveled to the Chateau de Chenonceau. Michelle told us about the history of the castle along the way, and she pointed out interesting locations and history along the drive. She is a great story teller, and it was very interesting to hear about the lives of the people who established the castles. We began our tour of Chenonceau with a wine tasting. They were also delicious! After the wine tasting, we had time to explore the chateau, and it had a large gift shop with products produced on the estate.
This tour was excellent! It was a fascinating mix of history, art, food, and wine that gave three very different presentations of chateaus in France. Also, it wouldn't have been nearly as great without Michelle. She was funny and liked to make fun of her own jokes she also made the people from the castles' history come alive when she told about their lives.
Thank You! Awesome Day! Food Was Great And Wine Tasting was Yummy!...Castles were So Beautiful And Awesome!...Such Interesting History!
What an amazing day! After spending 9 days in France, everyone decided this was one of our 2 favorite days. Our guides (Michelle and Anatole) were great! They were both very knowledgable, gave us tons of information about each place we visited and were extremely friendly and funny! They were also helpful when we returned to Paris and needed to take the metro. I will definitely include this when I bring my next group of travelers to France!!
The trip was stunning, would recommend, The chateaus were beautiful, and being in them felt like stepping into a fairy tale. Our tour guides were very kind and considerate of the people on our tour. The history was interesting, and even though the bus ride was pretty long, the tour guides made sure to engage us in conversation unless we decided to sleep.
I think by far, this was our favorite day! Beautiful castles and gardens! Beautiful scenery and the lunch was the best meal we had on our trip!!!
Excellent trip, gorgeous castles and beautiful nature on the way.
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