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Loire Valley 3 Best Castles & Wine Tasting Small-Group Day Trip from Paris

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Stroll through the châteaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise on this full-day tour from Paris to the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. Admire Chenonceau’s amazing floral gardens, and marvel at the sheer grandeur of Chambord, the largest chateau in the valley. At Amboise, see the quarters of King Francois I and the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci. Learn from an informative guide about each site, and fit in souvenir shopping along the way.
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a more memorable experience
  • Visit the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed region of central France famous for Renaissance castles and gardens
  • Explore the châteaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise
  • Entrance fees, audio-guide, wine tasting, and round-trip included

What's Included

  • Small Group Tour !
  • Driver/guide
  • Entrance tickets into Chambord Castle
  • Entrance tickets into Chenonceau Castle
  • Entrance tickets into Amboise Castle
  • Fuel, parking fees, highway toll fees.
  • Transport by luxury van with air conditioning
  • Wine tasting of 3 different French wines or 1 very full glass of 1 French wine
  • Gratuities, aka Tips. French guides do appreciate them so don't be shy if you want to give one.
  • Food and Drinks (apart from the promised Wine tasting)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • La Flamme
    6 Av. de Wagram, 75008 Paris, France

    Please be there at least 15 min before the official departure time! Tours always start sharp at the appointed starting time. For this tour it is absolutely necessary that you arrive before the tour starts as there is no way of catching up with the group once the tour has started.

Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age of all participant is 7 years old
  • It is necessary to be able to walk at a moderate pace in order to keep on schedule.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travelers who have trouble walking or climbing steps.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Don't worry about this distance because you won't be bored at all.
The castles are worth the day trip and worth the money spent.
278 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Nice can tour
carol_d, Feb 2023
Really nice guide Jean-Philippe who took us to 3 sites in comfortable van. I liked getting overview of sites from him then being able to explore at own pace. Plenty of time at each location. Would recommend.
Loire Valley adventure
Margaret_H, Feb 2023
Such a special day! Our guides were fantastic and so attentive. The castles were amazing, and the wine tasting was a particular treat.
Great Day Trip
Janet_A, Feb 2023
It is fascinating to learn about history in places where it was made. The three chateaus on this trip are all different and great to explore. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
Great tour
Judith_Y, Jan 2023
The trip was great! Our guide was a great driver and just all around wonderful. She was so enthusiastic. Loved every minute of it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fairy tale castles in the heart of France
Travis_C, Jan 2023
Every single castle had a story to tell and it did not disappoint. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the whole experience unforgettable. Please do yourself a favor and book this trip. You will come back having seen more of what France has offer!
Memorable experience
Bret_S, Dec 2022
Long day but beautiful castles. The wine tasting wasn’t the best but the experience was worth the trip. Your guide was very friendly but it would have been nice if he actually did an educational tour. I will say I enjoyed the experience as did my fiancé.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing day trip full of history with a fantastic guide
Nelson_T, Dec 2022
HP was such a great guide. Really easy going, and had answers for all of our questions. He's such a professional, but it felt like we were a group of friends! The tour itself was amazing. What a great and relatively inexpensive way to spend an entire day touring the Loire Valley. Château de Chambord, Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and Château de Chenonceau were all so beautiful. Chambord was my favorite - it's so open to exploring! A lot of places just let you peek into rooms but we were able to walk pretty much anywhere. The spiral staircases were a sight to see on their own! 10/10 would tour with HP and Blue Fox again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fabulous holiday excursion
Marcella_H, Dec 2022
We saw three chateaus, each incredible on their own way. Our tour guide entertained us with historical facts and amusing anecdotes. A bonus was attending in December and seeing each Chateau festively decorated for the holidays.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun and knowledgeable tour guide
Yuxi_L, Nov 2022
Despite the cold weather, our guide Oliver was extremely welcoming and he shared a lot of fun stories and facts about the three castles we visited. The wine tasting part was not very impressive compared to the castle tours.
The tour was FABULOUS!!!...
LESLIE_H, Nov 2022
The tour was FABULOUS!!! Castles & experience was Fantastic!! One suggestion for the 6 hour drive time would be to include water for the guests! Wine tasting could be a little longer! All in all, very good trip!
Beautiful castles and time away from the big city
Lori_H, Oct 2022
Fantastic day trip with a small group, with transportation in a nice van. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw three castles and the guide provided background history to help understand the story a little better. We also got to spend some free time and lunch in a quaint little village. The entire trip was very effortless and enjoyable.
You may need to do your own research!
Nelson_M, Oct 2022
Our tour was booked with Viator and operated by Blue Fox Travel. When we arrived at the meeting place, we were able to purchase coffee and croissants, which was a BIG plus. Half way into our road trip, we made a 15 minute pit stop and the establishment also sold coffee, beverages, pastries, sandwiches, etc. Our tour guide/driver was very pleasant, and although he did not accompanied us inside any of the buildings, he provided general historical information and pictures prior to the group entering each chateau. And he also returned the group to the meeting place safe and on time. Chateau de Chenonceau was our first stop, and for us, it was the star of the show. There was no construction going on, all rooms were furnished and the gardens were well manicures and blooming. This allowed for many beautiful pictures and amazing experience. Our next stop was Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and the building next to the chateau is the Chapel of Saint Hubert, the resting place of Leonardo Davinci, also included in the tour. Once we were inside the premises of the chateau, we were informed that the Chapel was under repairs/renovation and that we would not be able to enter the chapel. We were in complete dismay and very disappointed about the news! After viewing the one available building, we took a five minute walk to the town to have a very tasty lunch. After our meal, we met with our guide and walked to the wine store where the wine tasting took place. Each person received a card, included with the price of the tour, and it allowed for three 6ml pours. The machine had several designations for you to choose from. Our last stop was Chateau de Chambord. This is the largest of the three and famous, among many things, for the double-helix staircase in the center attributed to Leonardo Davinci. When we arrived, we quickly noticed the building vastly covered with scaffolding. When we parked, our guide informed us that the chateau was under renovations and that many many rooms were empty as furniture was understandably removed and that there may be construction noises. This was another MONUMENTAL let down. And we also experienced construction dust in certain areas. We returned to Paris with a very sour taste about the let downs. Therefore, I would like to make some recommendations to the tour company about this experience. I consider to be of outmost importance for the sake of effective customer service to communicate with all customers via email, or text, or phone calls, etc., who have already booked a tour, in our case we did several months in advance, regarding current construction work, renovations or repairs, building closures, etc., prior to the group arriving at the site. That way, customers know in advance what to expect and, more importantly, for customers to have the opportunity to whether cancel the tour or exchange it for another prior to the company charging for the tour. I am in complete agreement that these buildings need to be properly cared for, but we paid over $400 dollars for the experience and did not have a chance to cancel or even exchange for another tour due to lack of knowledge about their current conditions until we got there. And I also suggest that each tour being offered for sale that includes buildings / attractions under renovation, repairs, potential closures, etc., to be clearly disclosed under each tour description; therefore, buyers are fully aware about these conditions before they book a tour. I just printed the page of this tour and, as of today, there is no mention about building closures or under renovations. These are very valid suggestions presented in a very positive way. I took one star from the ratings for the Chapel of Saint Hubert being closed. I took another star for Chateau de Chambord. And another star for the lack of communication from the tour company for undisclosed of very pertinent information regarding the closures and limitations of the "attractions" that we paid for.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Fulfilling. Perfect.
Jennifer_E, Oct 2022
The castles were beautiful and our guide, Adrienne, made it very enjoyable. I cannot believe how much we saw in one day's time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Stinky guide
Dinah_B, Oct 2022
The guide needed a bath. Other than that everything was fantastic ! The very best guide and tour. The castles were wonderful. The guide knowledgeable.
American in Loire Valley.
Francesca_V, Oct 2022
This trip was truly wonderful. Sara was my tour guide and she was so lovely and friendly. It was a small group of 8 people and we all got along very well. We were able to see all three castles and had enough time to walk through them, and do some souvenir shopping. Our guide, Sara, recommended a delicious lunch spot right outside of Château Amboise, which was delicious! The wine tasting was super tasty and informative! I had such a great time. Thank you !
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful day in the Loire.
Richard_H, Oct 2022
A wonderful day in the Loire. Our guide/driver Nisa was absolutely fantastic and we had plenty of time to enjoy and a good lunch break in Amboise. She was very knowledgeable and very good with some less mobile clients. To top it off we had a quick trip home due to current petrol issues in Paris. I would highly recommend the tour if you are looking for a day out of Paris is beautiful countryside and very interesting architecture and history.
A great day trip to the Loire Valley!
jtsly, Oct 2022
The Loire Valley is a decently far trip from Paris. Taking a tour is a great way to have someone else do the driving while you get to rest and enjoy the scenery on the way. Adrien, our guide, was fantastic! Very friendly and knowledgeable. We had plenty of time to explore and given he knows the area so well, he was able to expedite getting to the venues. (We also had a great meal in Amboise!) This trip is very good value and because it was a small group (only 8 people + the guide) we got to know our fellow travelers. Highly recommended!
Very nice day (with some frustration)
Zenia_P, Oct 2022
I chose this particular tour mainly for 3 reasons: small group, meeting point, the fact it included Amboise Castle (where Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb is located). The 1st two reasons did not disappoint, but the chapel with the famous painter’s tomb is currently being renovated, and this was not disclosed. It was a beautiful day, wonderful scenery, gorgeous castles, nice lunch options, some historical information. The Loire Valley cannot be missed.
Perfect Day
Kris_G, Oct 2022
A very enjoyable day trip. It was an easy ride from Paris to the Loire Valley. Our guide, Adrian, was very informative and we appreciated that his English was easy to understand. He went out of his way to explain everything clearly and make everyone feel welcome. The tours through the chateau’s very enjoyable. I would suggest anyone taking this tour to do a little bit of research of each chateau before going. Had I done that, my free time at each chateau would have been a little better spent. So just do a little reading on the drive down. An overall great experience.
Gorgeous day in the Loire!
Wendy_B, Oct 2022
Jean Marc our tour operator was magnificent. He was friendly, efficient, and went the extra mile to make sure everyone was taken care of. He is an amazing asset! The tour covered a lot but was completely worth it. Castles were all amazing, lunch in Amboise and the wine tasting were incredible. Would definitely do this again!


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