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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

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 transportation and a 3-course lunch at a 18th-century Breton-style inn are included.
  • Day trip to Loire Valley castles from Paris
  • Visit the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed region famous for Renaissance castles and gardens
  • Explore the châteaux of Ambroise, Chenonceau, and Chambord
  • Enjoy lunch in the setting of an 18th-century inn
  • Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan
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

Reviews

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B
, Sep 2018

Great tour. Getting out of Paris for a nice was very nice and seeing all the castles in the Loire Valley was great. We got to see a different side of France, which was beautiful.

H
, Jul 2018

The driver was on time and friendly and lunch was served at a nice restaurant. However for this price I would have expected the guide to be more of a guide. He only gave us a small preview of the castle then we were left to explore on our own.

C
, May 2018

Simply wonderful. Our guide was awesome!

s
, Apr 2018

Excellent tour, operated by Paris Tour better than Pariscity Vision

J
, Apr 2018

Terrific experience. Our tour guide Philipe arrived at our hotel and the three of us and another guest headed off to the Loire valley. He was terrific. He is from Normandy and was a wealth of information about this region as well. The castles were great and we had ample time to see. The lunch was ok. All in all one of the best days we had on our trip to Paris. Next time on to Normandy!

A
, Feb 2018

Great tour, we were a group of 4, so it was very cozy. The guide was great and the sights were amazing. The lunch ok. It was the most expensive day tour I have taken so far... so hard to say in terms of value for money...

M
, Nov 2017

Fabulous tour! Vehicle changed by tour operator to a small car, as there were only two of us. However, each of us has very long legs and the ride was, therefore, uncomfortable. Guide walked way too quickly for one of us, who is awaiting knee surgery in the near term.

D
, Nov 2017

This was our favorite tour. It was a beautiful sunny day and these chateaus are magnificent. There were only 8 of us with a great guide who was multi-lingual. We were picked up at our hotel and it was a comfortable trip out with a break for us halfway out. Our guide took us up to the entrances of the houses and met us afterwards. The chateau in the picture had two full time florists and the floral displays throughout it were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We got a great overview of chateau life and really enjoyed the tour. The pace was great - my husband is a little slower than some and we got to see everything without pushing it. We would recommend this tour highly.

M
, Oct 2017

Long day but worth every cent.

S
, Oct 2017

This was an awesome day, totally worth it. Our guide, Isobel, was fabulous and it was amazing to tour three chateaux. So glad we did it this way.


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