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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.

Highlights

  • 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 guided 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.

Customer Reviews

jamesroy1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip with very nice guide.

Wilfredo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Was the highlight of my trip!!! Guide was amazing!!!!! Explained everything about each castle and was such a lovely woman

Kevin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Lots of fun to be had

Cynthia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

How can you have a bad day touring castles and drinking wine?

Wayne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Guide were knowledgable and the trip was more than expected so a great day had by all

Whitney O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was fantastic! Very easy meet up-Our tour guide Adam was waiting across from the metro and in front of the catacombs, exactly as described. We not only got to see some impressive castles and drink authentic regional wine, we also learned an amazing amount of french history that surrounds the sites. Would take a tour from City Wonders again in a heart beat.

Yuko M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great tour with a great tour guide! Adam provided us with tons of historical info plus more. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

Michael L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic Tour and Guide- Danyl. We got to the stop by the Catacombs and took the bus to the Chateaux's. One by one we were in love. Having our guide Danyl explain as we went through was very important. To know the history behind these massive structures that were built before us was phenomenal. Thank you to Viator and City Tours for making this so pleasurable. We enjoyed the Wine, the Food and the Company! We will definitely use Viator and City Tours on our next adventure.

Megan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was awesome! Great wine, lunch, and guide. We had done numerous tours in France and it wasn't until our guide Daniel laid it out that I actually understood the history of who these people where and how they were connected to all the other places I have seen in Paris and throughout France. I learned more from him about places I had literally just visited, than I did when I was actually on those tours. Very good story teller. The locations were beautiful! The lunch spot is at a beautiful family run vineyard. Tour itself is mostly touring the castles with wine tasting as a perk vs. a wine tasting tour.

PSH

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was a full day, twelve hours. It was so informative and educational! We learned all about the history of the kings and queens from medieval times through the 19th century. It made what we saw and visited that much more meaningful.
Our guide, Tina Christina, did a great job of telling us in a story fashion that made it very entertaining.
The castles were amazing and beautiful and the two wine tastings were very fun and we learned about the wines of the Loire valley a bit.
Lunch was simple and delicious, and very comfortable. Our host at Chateau de Nitray was very genial.

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