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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

thatkirstygirl

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

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was also a great tour. The countryside, the staff the tour, the castles, the food and the whole experience was worth the full day.

Randall R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved our trip to the Loire Valley. Tina was a terrific guide. She was very knowledgeable concerning the history of the area and entertained us with stories of the kings and their ladies. We couldnt have asked for a better guide. The castle visits were wonderful and the lunch and wine tasting were very enjoyable. We had plenty of time at each stop. Overall it was a great day and I would highly recommend it!

Victoria W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guides were amazing as were the Castles!

Patricia E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guides Adam and Hugo made this a most enjoyable day - they were both entertaining story tellers bringing to life the times of various Kings, Queens and Mistresses of the times. The wine at the first stop was very good and sold for a very good price. Lunch was delicious as well.

dog

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing. Guide was fantastic. Lunch and tours well beyond expectations! We have already recommended the tour to all our friends

Henry R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

WONDERFUL TOUR....Adam was very nice.

alan b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful day out of Paris - entertaining and knowledgeable guide, excellent site visits and a marvelous overall experience!

jamesroy1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip with very nice guide.

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