• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Marvel at the Loire Valley's opulent châteaux and taste its famous locally-made wine during this 12-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 Franc. 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

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 and dramatic staircases. 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 Franc 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 12-hour Loire Valley adventure ends with drop-off back at your original departure point.

Customer Reviews

Janette R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

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!!!

Lubomir I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Excellent trip, gorgeous castles and beautiful nature on the way.

andrew.willman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our guides were absolutely excellent. They knew a lot about the area and the castles, and we had a lot of fun. Some of the most beautiful castles I've seen.

finestacctg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Really enjoyed our guides and the knowledge they imparted. The Chateaux, Lunch, and Wine were very enjoyable. We do wish we had an additional 1/2 hour at each Chateaux to explore the buildings and grounds. Overall we would highly recommend the tour.

skconrad

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

These chateaux are incredible. Chenonceau is built over the River Cher and is beautiful with perfectly manicured French gardens outside. The double helix stairway at Chambord, attributed to da Vinci, is amazing. We are so glad we went on this tour. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable although his English was sometimes difficult to understand because he spoke so quickly. Our authentic French lunch at Nitroy Vineyards was very delicious and an enjoyable experience as it provided an opportunity to meet others on our tour.

Curtis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My Wife and I were looking for a escape from the crowds of Paris for the Day.

This fit our criteria and what a great experience. We had two of the Most amazing guides that shared the history of the region in a fun and entertaining way.
Michelle and Brad have great chemistry and you could tell they enjoyed what they did.

I would give this a 100 out of 5 if i could.

Christina P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This was a great tour. We were in a very small group with a knowledgeable guide. Both chateaux es were amazing. The grounds of Chenonceau were so beautiful. The winery was quaint.

Michelle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Really beautiful countryside. Wish there was less time on the bus, but really enjoyed this trip. The food was delicious and of course bought lots of wine home from this adventure.

Ayessa USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This is our 2nd time taking this tour with the same tour company and winery. Both are amazing and true professionals. Worth the trip to leave Paris! AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing. Erwan and Brad were exceptional. The new format of providing the historical context of the French Monarchs and aristocracy/owners of the Chateaux's while we were travelling to the sites, then supplemented with additional information and the insights once in each Chateaux was a perfect balance while allowing those who just wanted to either sleep on the bus, or walk through the Chateaux's on their own could. I loved this tour concept. Brilliant in concept and brilliant in execution with Brad and Erwan doing a superb job! Best tour of the many we have tried!

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