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From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

1. From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and enter into the Garden of France. Stroll the walkways of the French monarchs, hear tales of royal love affairs and kidnappings, and behold the beauty of the Loire Valley's exquisite Chateaux.  The first stop of the day is Château de Chambord; the perfect example of French Renaissance architecture, this remarkable structure was built by King François I between 1519-1547 and is the largest château in the Loire Valley. Who designed this masterpiece is still in dispute, and with contenders including Leonardo da Vinci, its sights are sure not to disappoint. Next up is the charming Château de Chenonceau, a true fairy tale castle set picturesquely on the Cher River, its history and character has been shaped by the women who've inhabited it. The site of the first-ever French fireworks display, Chenonceau is really one to fall in love with. The last stop will be at Château de Cheverny, a 17th-century beauty furnished in great taste and with marvelous gardens. Enjoy free time for lunch (not included) during the day either at Chenonceau or Chambord. You’ll be back in Paris in the evening.

Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

2. Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

Learn the secrets of the French court by taking a visit to one of the most intriguing emblems of French architecture. A favorite residence of 7 French kings and 10 French queens, the castle occupies a central place in the country's history. Throughout the centuries, dramas, plots, and power games have played out in the Royal Chateau.  With this entry ticket, visit 4 wings, go back in time to 4 different eras, and witness 4 architectural styles.  From the courtyard, a unique and majestic view opens up for you. In turn, your eyes will rest upon the 4 Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical facades. These wings constitute a unique example of French architecture. The Chateau itself is a concentration of French history’s great architectural periods. In 1854, it was classified as a historic monument. Magnificently restored in the 19th century by Felix Duban, the Royal Chateau is beautifully furnished, decorated, and filled with color. From the tiled floors to the wood panels it is a feast for the eyes. Once inside, enter the Blois Fine Arts Museum, classed as a Museum of France. Perouse a wealth of more than 35,000 works with masterpieces by Ingres, Rubens, and Boucher. Take in an incredible view of the Loire river and the beautiful old town. The Royal Chateau offers a wide choice of original and stunning events throughout the year. From major exhibitions and classical fencing displays in summer, evening events lit by electric torches in the winter to behind-the-doors tours and Renaissance balls.  After your visit, take a few steps and see the shops, bars, and restaurants that liven up Blois in summer and winter. Stroll through the streets, alleys, and remarkable gardens.

Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

3. Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

Do you want to see splendid Renaissance castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this private 11-hour wine and culture day tour, you will have fallen in love with Chambord's impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines. After an early morning hotel pick-up in Paris, you will travel with your knowledgeable guide about two hours south of the city towards Chambord Castle. En route, bite into flaky croissants and pastries while hearing about the history of the region and its heritage of wine-making. Arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for an audio-guided tour. Come away knowing the secrets behind this magnificent Château, constructed by King Francis I of France 500 years ago. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, pass through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc grapes. Settle in at a family-run Vouvray wine estate, where you’ll meet the winemaker and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional food, paired with a wine tasting. After lunch, discover a boutique but world-famous winery and taste sparkling white wines, dry and sweet white wines, red and rosé wines (depending on availability). Taste authentic Loire Valley wines largely unavailable in the rest of the world. You will be dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

4. Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

From Paris, set off directly for the Royal Castle of Amboise - open every day (except on 1 January and 25 December). When you arrive, take a walk in the town of the Amboise and see the beautiful castle from the outside and stroll around this historic city. This symbolic monument and its landscaped gardens offer wonderful panoramas of the Loire Valley, which rightly deserves the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the castle of Amboise with an audio guide (if the castle is closed, visits to similar castles such as Chambord or Cheverny are available). Get acquainted with French history from different angles in an exceptional location of political and artistic importance within Europe during the Renaissance. Discover what would have been the intimate moments in a sovereign's life, learn about daily life in the court, and get the chance to peek behind the scenes.  Finally, discover local gastronomy at a local restaurant. Savor a 3-course lunch which includes a starter, main, and dessert. This final stop will also give you an opportunity to learn about some emblematic French wines. Visit 2 different wineries in unique locations and explore the caves and taste up to 5 different glasses of wine. Meet the people who produce delicious bottles as you follow them to the caves and hear their stories.

Private Tour from Paris to Loire Castles & Michelin Lunch

5. Private Tour from Paris to Loire Castles & Michelin Lunch

Do you want to see splendid Renaissance Castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this VIP 11-hour wine and culture private day tour, you will have fallen in love with Chambord's impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines.  After an early-morning hotel pick-up in Paris, travel with your knowledgeable guide about two hours south of the city towards Chambord Castle. En route, bite into flaky croissants and pastries while hearing about the wine-making region of Loire and its heritage. Arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for a private tour with a guide from the castle. He will reveal all the secrets behind this magnificent château , constructed by King Francis I of France five hundred years ago and even show you rooms closed to the general public. Back in your air-conditioned car, drive through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of local grapes. For lunch, your guide will take you to one of the best restaurants of the region, which is a Michelin-starred restaurant. The chef's creative five-course menu is prepared with local products and will be paired to delicious boutique wines of the region. After lunch, your guide will take you in the vineyard to enjoy a beautiful landscape and give you a vine growing introduction course. Then, visit one of the most emblematic wineries of the region and, depending on availability, taste sparkling white wines, dry and sweet white wines, red and rosé wines. Here, you will get to taste authentic Loire Valley wines largely unavailable in the rest of the world. Your guide will drop you back at your hotel in the early evening.

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What people are saying about Loire Valley

It took a day from 6 am to 7 pm, but he visited the three castles that would have to be visited only on a tour efficiently. The entire forest around the beautiful castle was overwhelming. The bus ran overlooking the Loire River, and the guide showed me the castle of Blois. I was very happy with the wonderful experience. However, the air conditioner inside the bus was quite cold, so I need a jacket even in the summer.

Great tour. The castles are incredible and having this option to go and return on the same day is excellent for those who do not have days to stay and stay in Vale do Loair

Walk through the castle very well organized in terms of characters, staff always within reach for questions

I visited the castles alone and the excursion is very beautiful! The guides were very friendly and punctual

Very nice during the day and the evening show too!