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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 tour of the castle at your own rhythm 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

Joe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great trip. We met the bus right across the street from a Metro stop in Paris and it left right on time at 7:30 AM. The drive to the country was pleasant, and our guide Carolina provided a lot of interesting information as we went. The guided tours of Chambord and Chenonceau were well done and enjoyable, and the wine tasting and lunch were also great. It was a very well done tour. The only problem we had was that we got stuck in massive traffic coming back into Paris after the tour. That part was frustrating, but not the fault of the tour company at all.

Pam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a wonderful tour!! My husband and I really enjoyed the Loire Valley/Wine Tasting tour. Our guides, Daniel and Carolina were entertaining and very well informed on the history of the area, we learned so much! The wines were delicious as well as the lunch at the Chateau de Nitray. The chateax were lovely. I would highly recommend this tour, very fun!

sherrigmorris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great introduction to the Loire Valley and its chateaux in a well-organized tour! Daniel, our tour guide, was both knowledgeable and entertaining he added much to our understanding of each chateau and its relation to the history of France. The simple, but tasty and filling, lunch at a private chateau, and wine tastings both there and at Chenonceau which is especially lovely, really enhanced our outing. Highly recommend this trip!

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The Chateau tours were great, the wine tasting and lunch were even better, and the guide was the best.

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.

E D S

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.

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