• 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

db8968

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This experience was so spectacular and educational. We absolutely loved Renee and Antoil our tour guides who shared history during the bus tour and at the Chateaux's. Dinner was amazing and the wine fantastic. I would recommend this tour to anyone! Jennifer L Yealy

liumeimei724

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We enjoyed the tour and lunch very much. It is well organized. In specific, the tour guide "Anatole" was fantastic. He was doing an outstanding job.

CABARI

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Must go tour. Excellent guide and manageable small group

momero

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Our tour guide was very good and the trip was enjoyable! I would recommend it to others. The drive was very comfortable and we enjoyed seeing some of the sights outside of Paris.

Laura P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

The tour met up at a bus stop near a park. We arrived early and got coffee and a pastry at a nearby cafe to eat on the bus. When the bus departed, our tour guide, Michelle, gave us an overview of the day then gave us time to nap. The tour started at 7:30 a.m. We stopped along the way at a rest area with a convenience store and pastry/coffee shop, so it wasn't necessary to eat breakfast beforehand.

After the rest stop, Michelle told us about the history of the Chateaux de Chambord. We had plenty of time to explore the Chateaux, and she pointed out great photo locations and took some of us.

After the Chateaux de Chambord, we had lunch at Chateau de Nitray. The owner and his family prepared and served a locally-sourced lunch of chicken, vegetables, bread, cheese, and dessert. The meal was served with wines produced on their vineyard, and everything was delicious! We went on a brief tour of the grounds, then we had the opportunity to purchase some of the wines. They boxed them for us so they could be transported in our suitcase. We declared them at customs.

After Chateau de Nitray, we traveled to the Chateau de Chenonceau. Michelle told us about the history of the castle along the way, and she pointed out interesting locations and history along the drive. She is a great story teller, and it was very interesting to hear about the lives of the people who established the castles. We began our tour of Chenonceau with a wine tasting. They were also delicious! After the wine tasting, we had time to explore the chateau, and it had a large gift shop with products produced on the estate.

This tour was excellent! It was a fascinating mix of history, art, food, and wine that gave three very different presentations of chateaus in France. Also, it wouldn't have been nearly as great without Michelle. She was funny and liked to make fun of her own jokes she also made the people from the castles' history come alive when she told about their lives.

hunter-jennifer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Thank You! Awesome Day! Food Was Great And Wine Tasting was Yummy!...Castles were So Beautiful And Awesome!...Such Interesting History!

Maureen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

What an amazing day! After spending 9 days in France, everyone decided this was one of our 2 favorite days. Our guides (Michelle and Anatole) were great! They were both very knowledgable, gave us tons of information about each place we visited and were extremely friendly and funny! They were also helpful when we returned to Paris and needed to take the metro. I will definitely include this when I bring my next group of travelers to France!!

Amy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The trip was stunning, would recommend, The chateaus were beautiful, and being in them felt like stepping into a fairy tale. Our tour guides were very kind and considerate of the people on our tour. The history was interesting, and even though the bus ride was pretty long, the tour guides made sure to engage us in conversation unless we decided to sleep.

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.

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