Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris: Chambord, Chenonceau with Lunch & Wine

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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  • 12 hours
  • Paris
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Step out of Paris and into a fairytale, travelling in air-conditioned comfort to the beautiful Loire Valley. Live like French royalty for a day with local food, wine tasting, and the freedom to explore three astounding châteaux. Your expert, English-speaking tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Day trip (destination A to B)

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Chateau de Chambord, Chateau, 41250, Chambord France

From Paris, you’ll head first to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed. You’ll learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci; enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views; glimpse wild deer around the grounds; and work up an appetite for the next stop.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Chateau de Nitray, Athee -Sur -cher, Athee-sur-Cher France

A guided wine tasting and traditional three-course meal await you at Château de Nitray. The family that owns this charming 15th-century castle will proudly present their wines and rural French dishes, before granting you the freedom of the estate for a while. The meal includes unlimited wine, but don’t over-indulge: you’ll want your senses sharp for the sights to come.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Chateau de Chenonceau, 37150 Chenonceaux France

Last but not least is a visit to the elegant Château de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle’s many sweeping stone carvings. Don’t miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici – two of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname ‘the Ladies’ Château’. After a guided tour, you’ll have a choice: continue exploring, or indulge in a second wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar.

Three uniquely beautiful castles, good food and wine, all amid the scenery of the Loire Valley: this tour is a feast for the senses.


Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Gourmet lunch and wine-tasting at Nitray Vineyards
  • Small groups of 25 people
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for all sites visited
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
  • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chambord
  • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Nitray
  • Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chenonceau

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Departure Point

Catacombs of Paris, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France


Departure Time

7:30 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

12 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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zoryr22

Absolutely loved this tour Marianne our guide was Awesome! She really made the tour interactive and was extremely informative and helpful especially afterwards in making sure everyone knew how to get back home safe. Just Fyi there is a restaurant near by called Indiana avoid this place not nice to American tourist!

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allanchristophersy

This tour was so amazing! The 2 guides we had, Michelle and Sinse, were very knowledgeable of the histories of the places we went to. Although the weather was not very nice in Chambord, we still enjoyed this beautiful hunting lodge. Enough time was provided to get an overview of this place. The weather improved when we were in Nitray and Cenonceau. The lunch with wine tasting in Nitray was delicious and the owner is very accommodating. The last castle, Chenonceau, was very charming. My wife wanted to live in it. The place is just beautiful. The wine tasting on the side inside a cave is also very much a welcome treat. Overall, we very much enjoyed this and a can't miss if you have enough time to visit France. Together with Alsace 4 Wonders Tour, I can say this is one of the top 3 of our trip.

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Lynne C

This was the perfect day trip from Paris. The guides/hosts (Brad and Adi) were great and so knowledgable about the history of the Loire Valley and each of the chateaus. The schedule was well planned and executed and the lunch/wine tasting at Chateau Nitrey was amazing. We were lucky to have good weather and it does involve a lot of walking. Highly recommend!

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James A

This was an excellent tour. It was well organized and ran very smoothly. We enjoyed the chateaus and the lunch was the highlight of the day.

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kellynns

This was a fun day from Paris. The guides were great. I talked to Addie a lot and she was so sweet.
The castles were amazing and our lunch was hosted by a count. It is a long bus ride but worth it.
The only thing was that there was no wifi or charges on the bus.

User's Picture Gallery

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Wine tasting

We enjoyed a second wine tasting at the Chateau Chenonceau with the girls.

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Over looking the courtyard at Chenonceau

Over looking the courtyard at Chenonceau

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View from Chateau Chambord

Cristina and our great guide, Adam.

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Chateau De Chenonceau

Visita guiada ao Castelo das Damas,castelo lindo.

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Renee our guide

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Chateau De Chambord

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Chateau De Chambord

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Chateau De Chambord

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Chateau De Chenonceau

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Chateau De Chambord

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Gardens at Chenonceau

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Chenonceau

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Chenonceau Castle

Plus wine tasting in the cellar

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Chateau de Nitray

Hanging around in Pigeon house

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Chateaux de Chambord

Taking an afternoon stroll

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Chateau de Chenonceau

A rather majestic view

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Chambord Castle

Construction and design are incredible to imagine.

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Chateau de Chenonceau

So beautiful!

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Tulips at Chateau de Chenonceau

Beautiful grounds and gardens at the women's castle.

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Wine Tasting and Lunch Stop

Cozy little castle with a friendly home cooked lunch and wine tasting.

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Chambord Castle

Men's Hunting Castle. We learned a lot of interesting history about this cold and abandonded castle.

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