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.
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.
Ruta, with CityWonders via Viator, hosted me for a 13-hour tour of the Loire Valley. It is a very beautiful bus ride, where we left Paris on the freeway, then wound our way through picturesque villages to visit 3 very different styles of castle: the hunting castle, Château de Chambord a privately-owned small castle/vineyard called Château de Nitray and then Château de Chenonceau, the home of Henry IIs mistress, Diane de Poitiers, and later acquired by his widow, Catherine de Medici.
Lunch at Château de Nitray was a simple affair, but delicious. The amiable owner served us himself, and conducted a tasting of the vineyards wines, which are offered for sale at the end of the lunch, but cannot be found elsewhere. They were excellent, and I only wish I was able to order a dozen for international delivery. Alas.
Ruta, our tour guide, was a very personable young women. Her English was excellent, and she was knowledgable and accommodating. We had an 95 year old former WWII nurse with us who had difficulty walking, and Ruta made her feel very welcome with the blessing of the rest of us on the tour, who felt honoured by her service.
I highly recommend this day away from Paris with CityWonders.
the guide was terrific and the tour was excellent. the castles were intersting to see and the nitray vineyard lunch and wine tasting were high quality.
This tour was amazing!
It was a great experience to take part in this amazing tour. Our tour guides were absolutely fabulous. Adams was really witty, fun and knowledgeable and Ruta was great too. Their very interesting explanations about history kept us in good spirits for the whole very looong but never boring day. Or was that the wine? Chambord and Chenonceau are beautiful and visiting the little chateau of Nitray while drinking a glass of wine was also a highlight. Personally I would have loved to have more time at Chambord 25 minutes to visit the rest of the chateau was way too short. Also the food at Nitray could be better. At least they could serve a nice baguette tradition to accompany the delicious cheese. The roasted chicken, potaoes and veg were pleasant but rather basic. Mind you, the excellent and very affordable wine at Nitray and the very welcoming staff made up for the average food. All in all, I guess it's impossible to cram so many great places into one day and not to feel a bit rushed. Once again, I would like to thank Adams and Ruta for their excellent work. I have already recommended this tour and the guides to my friends visiting Paris. Viator were also very professional and expeditious at dealing with any issues I may have had.
Just perfect! Really recommend this day tour. The guide was really helpful and nice, the organization was great and the vineyard where who have lunch is great as well.
This tour was great and well worth it. Visiting 3 Castles and lunch.
Tour was as described. Lunch at Chateau Nitray was absolutely amazing- as was the wine! Our guides were well informed and knowledgeable. Would recommend highly over other tours- going to Nitray was a nice touch and gave the small chateau experience with the additional must-see spots.
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