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Spend a day away from Paris and discover three châteaux — Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord — in the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. After enjoying the picturesque drive to central France by air-conditioned minivan, you’ll independently explore the châteaux. Find out which castle the royals favored, where Leonardo da Vinci’s remains are buried, and which castle is so stunning that it boasts its own UNESCO status. Round-trip transport and a 3-course lunch at a 18th-century Breton-style inn are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Loire Valley castles from Paris
  • Visit the Loire Valley, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of central France famous for Renaissance castles and gardens
  • Explore the châteaux of Ambroise, Chenonceau and Chambord
  • Enjoy lunch in the setting of an 18th-century inn
  • Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris

Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris

For your full-day Loire Valley châteaux tour, rise early for a pickup by air-conditioned minivan from your centrally located Paris hotel. Travel through the rolling hills of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed wine region in central France. Your guide drives you to each castle, which you will explore on your own without being tethered to the rest of your group.

Kick off your tour at Château d’Amboise, which began as a defensive castle in the 11th century for its strategic position overlooking the Loire River before being converted in the 15th century to a residence for royals. Step inside the Chapel of St Hubert, where the remains of Leonardo da Vinci are buried.

Continue to Château de Chenonceau, a 16-century castle spanning the River Cher, and one of the most popular châteaux in France for its elaborate interior and exterior.

Break for a 3-course lunch, accompanied with wine, at a charming 18th-century Breton-style inn. (See below for a sample menu.)

Revitalized, head to the largest castle in the Loire Valley, the UNESCO-listed Château de Chambord. Learn about its astounding Renaissance architecture — legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci contributed to the design of its double-helix staircase.

Your full-day tour ends with return transport to your Paris hotel.

Itinerary

Sample lunch menu:
Starter:
  • Charcuterie and vegetables
Main course:
  • Chicken and mushroom sauce with green beans and French fries
  • Cod with green beans and French fries
  • Beef steak with green beans and French fries

Choice of desserts of the day

Customer Reviews

Gabriela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A wonderful experience, our guide Isabelle, very knowledgeable.

dianehmoran

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We spent 2 more weeks in Burgundy and Provence so sorry to say we don't recall our guide's name. He was amazing - fluent in 5 languages and juggled between English and Spanish. We had a great time at the 3 Castles, the planned lunch and the travel to/from Paris. Viator you did it again - KUDOs to our Parisian driver/guide!!!

Marwa E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Awesome guide.
I wanted to visit Amboise and ge changed the itinerary just to accommodate my request.
Very informative and the your was spectacular .
A day I will never forget :

Chonglun F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

That was a wonder and very impressive trip with the great help of our tour guide Olivier Forgive me if the spelling is inaccurate.. The trip was excellently organized by him. From Paris within one day, we visited 3 French castles Ambroise, Chenonceau and Chambord in Loire Valley and enjoyed French cuisine at a very tasty lunch. Olivier introduced us the histories of the castles and of the surrounding areas during the trip and that made the visit even more interesting! We would like to take this opportunity to thank Olivier for his great job and professionalism. Merci beaucoup! We will certainly recommend this tour to our friends.

JoAnn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Not only was the sight seeing good, but our guide was excellent. She did a wonderful job of transporting, informing and assisting us. Her knowledge and her enthusiasm were engaging and her only slight accent made her exceptionally easy to understand, not like some guides who are difficult to understand. I couldn't have asked for more and was not disappointed in any way.

Tricia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was fantastic. Our guide, Michelle was very very knowledgable, and passionate. I could not be more pleased.

Carol V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was well planned and ran smoothly. There were only 4 of us on the van so it was virtually a private tour. We were picked up promptly as promised at our apartment and delivered home in good time. The sites were beautiful and I would do it all again

CHARLOTTE K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful tour. Our guide was Sylvan. He was so kind. My daughter was sick the whole day and she never got out of the van. He was very attentive to her needs. It rained all day on and off but still managed to be a beautiful trip.

APousoulis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour, very knowledgeable and informative tour guide. Fabrise kept us entertained and informed through the the tour. Would highly recommend this tour. Lunch was good also.

RICHARD C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful itinerary and guide

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