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From Paris: Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

1. From Paris: Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

Discover some of the finest castles of the Loire Valley on a guided day trip from Paris. Transfer by air-conditioned minibus to the castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise. Walk in the flower gardens of the Château de Chenonceau, and gaze at the delicate arches that cross the Cher River. Learn the extraordinary history of the building, which was run by women for much of its time in existence. Continue to Chambord to investigate the largest castle in the Loire Valley. Marvel at the extravagant architecture and double spiraled staircase of the royal Château de Chambord. See the hundreds of columns and spires that adorn its roof. End the day at the former home of King Francois I, and see the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci at Amboise village and the Château d’Amboise. Confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century, it was a favorite royal residence and was extensively rebuilt.

Paris: Top Loire Castles with Lunch and Wine

2. Paris: Top Loire Castles with Lunch and Wine

After being picked up from your hotel in Paris, set off for the Loire Valley.The first castle the tour visits is Chateau de Chennonceau, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful castles in the France that is today only surpassed by the might of the famous Versailles in Paris. Next, visit the wine domain located next to the chateau. Stop for lunch which includes several French dishes.  After lunch, head over to the second equally famous Chambord Castle, which will impress you in all its majesty and glory. Finally, visit the romantic and refined 'Castle of Ladies' and learn about how it acquired its name due to the fact that it was mostly women who lived here. After seeing this charming castle head to the last place of the excursion - the small town of Amboise - to stroll through the charming streets. At the end of your tour, take the return transfer back to Paris where you memorable day will end.

Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

3. 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.

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3.4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

I had a great experience. The tour guide was great and told us many interesting and fun facts about the Châteaus and we still had time to explore for ourselves. And the drive wasn't to bad either. We first stopped at a bakery for coffee and croissants and then drove about 2 hours to Chateau Chambord where we arrived at 9. Then we drove about 30 min to Chateau Amboise where we first had lunch. After the visit of the château (and the really nice gardens) we had a wine tasting. Then we drove another 20 min to Chateau Chenonceau.(which has the best garden/Parc) then we drove back to Paris for 2.5 hours. And arrived there at 20:15.

A very enjoyable and informative day in the Loire Valley. Each of the 3 castles was very unique and our guide, Guillaume, was great and shared a lot of helpful information about the history and region. We really enjoyed lunch at La Reserve in Amboise. As noted by some others, the wine tasting is a fairly brief part of the trip and more like tasting a few samples at a wine shop - it was nice but don’t expect a major focus on wines. Overall a highly recommended trip!

Even though we were the only ones on the tour - it went on ad schedulef Our driver guide - Tony. Was a history major at university and gave us a weslth of information that we would not have learned on our own. The tour is a MUST SEE when visiting Paris and Tony is sbsolutely the guy to request.

A great trip! A great plan. 3 castles, lunch time and wine tasting. This trip could not have been better organized.

The tour was organized and stayed on time. The guide was fun and kept everything entertaining.