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Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan

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Paris, France

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience one of the most popular areas of northwestern France, the ‘château country’ of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed region. Visit a few of the region’s many castles—Châteaux d’Amboise, Chenonceau, and Chambord—with an audio guide at each castle. Learn about the Renaissance architecture and the historical figures who once lived in and visited these stunning residences.
  • Small-group Loire Valley tour from Paris by minivan
  • Enjoy lunch with drinks in Chenonceau
  • Discover Chenonceau Castle that is built on the Cher River
  • Visit the Chateau of Chambord and enjoy panoramic views from the grounds
  • Small group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off by minivan

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour lets you explore the Loire Valley while letting someone else do the driving. 
Lunch with drinks at a gourmet restaurant in Chenonceau.
Entrance ticket of each Castle
Visit with audio guide of Amboise castle.
Visit with audio guide of Chenonceau castle.
Visit with audio guide of Chambord castle.
Round Trip Transportation by air-conditioned minivan from your central located hotel in Paris
Service of an experienced driver-guide.
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
"Please note the Pick-up time indicated on the voucher is approximative and may vary up to 30 minutes according to the traffic in Paris.

Pick up location will be from the hotel or Private residence in Paris ( Zip code must start by 75), should the address be provided to us at least 72 hours ( local time) prior to tour's departure.Without the accommodation address and if booking is made less than 72 hours ( local time) prior to departure, the pick up will be from PARISCityVISION on 2 rue des Pyramides, nearest Metro : Tuileries or Pyramides ( line 1 or 7/14)

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Departure Time

6:30 AM
Your Loire Valley day trip starts with hotel pickup in Paris for the drive southwest into ‘château country.’ Start your castles tour at Château d’Amboise, a preferred royal residence during the Renaissance. King Francis I once welcomed Leonardo da Vinci at this castle, where da Vinci is buried in the Chapel of St. Hubert.

Next, enjoy lunch with drinks, and then head to Château de Chenonceau, one of the most-visited Loire Valley castles for its location straddling the Cher River. Finally, visit Château de Chambord, one of the area’s largest and most impressive castles with extensive grounds.

Listen to informative commentary by audio guide at each chateau.

Your day trip then ends with the drive back to Paris for hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe
Your Loire Valley day trip starts with hotel pickup in Paris for the drive southwest into ‘château country.
Pass By:  
Amboise Market Days
Once home of the French royal court, now a small market town,
Stop At:  
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Discover Château d’Amboise, a favored royal residence during the Renaissance.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Chapelle Saint-Hubert
King Francis I once welcomed Leonardo da Vinci at this castle, where da Vinci is buried in the Chapel of St Hubert.
Pass By:  
Office de Tourisme Autour de Chenonceaux
Then head to the elegant Château des Dames straddling the River Cher
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chenonceau
Visit to Chenonceau Castle restored by three great Ladies in France's history before having a delicious lunch at the L'Orangerie ( or similar)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Domaine National de Chambord
Complete your journey by the last and most recognizable French Castle built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chambord
The Symbol of the French Renaissance and listed Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981: One of the area’s largest and most impressive castles with extensive grounds.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
8th Arrondissement
You will return back to Paris around 6;15PM.
Pass By:  
Palais Garnier
The driver guide will drop you back at your hotel for 6.30pm ( approx.)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • "Please note the Pick-up time indicated on the voucher is approximative and may vary up to 30 minutes according to the traffic in Paris. Pick up location will be from the hotel or Private residence in Paris ( Zip code must start by 75), should the address be provided to us at least 72 hours ( local time) prior to tour's departure.Without the accommodation address and if booking is made less than 72 hours ( local time) prior to departure, the pick up will be from PARISCityVISION on 2 rue des Pyramides, nearest Metro : Tuileries or Pyramides ( line 1 or 7/14) "
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Restaurant L'Orangerie (or similar) Template Menu : Starter : Spring salad with goats cheese. Main course : chicken breast served with mushroom sauce. Dessert : frozen omelette
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It is a nice trip if you don't have too much time." See review
  • "If you have adequate time, join a 2 days tour." See review

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Brought history to life!
kimandtim09
, Jan 2020
This was a delightful tour of three fascinating castles. They were in varying degrees of restoration. One was so fully restored, it was like stepping back in history. All of them did an excellent job of providing fascinating context that made it more meaningful. The tour uses individual listening devices which enabled each of us to explore at our own pace. The lunch was terrific and far exceeded expectations.
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Off to the Loire Castles!
rozesodas
, Nov 2019
The driver/guide was very personable, on time for hotel pickup, great sense of humor, informative, affable. The minivan was very comfortable to ride those many miles to the destinations. Loved visiting all the castles, but a bit rushed. Perhaps, time would be better if only 2 castle visits were scheduled as opposed to 3. There was lunch at Chateau Chenonceau, delicious chicken dish! Would I recommend the tour? Yes, just wear very comfortable shoes, and take rain gear! Enjoy!
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Loire valley bby mini-van from Paris, Friday, November 8
Experience798521
, Nov 2019
There were only 2 other ladies, from TN and TX, on this full day tour from Paris. Our driver guide, Celine, was outstanding in her command of English as her 2nd language, providing the 4 of us with history, facts, stories of what we were about to see during the first part of the drive from Paris and at each of the 3 castles; answering all of our questions. This tour was well worth the rate per person and I will highly recommend it to all traveling to, and spending multiple nights, Paris. Thank you.
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Loire Valley Castles
225nic
, Oct 2019
Please note that we loved the first two chateaus and the third one was just okay. The countryside was beautiful and the van very comfortable. Unfortunately, the lunch was a BIG RIPOFF. All at the table were shocked when we saw our supposedly "gourmet" meal of pressed chicken, one broccoli head and one section carrot. The dessert was ice cream and definitely not gourmet. For the price we paid it was very unacceptable. The head phones worked on only one chateau and then quit at the beginning of the second chateau. The descriptions on the head phones were very poor compared to the guides we overheard. The trip was rushed as we got a late start. Please refund each of us in our tour group at least $120 for the day. Viator is supposedly a very well know tour group but I really disappointed.
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Fantastic tour!
mbrehmer2019
, Sep 2019
Celine was a wonderful tour guide (driver too). Her knowledge of the history of each Château was so helpful and Interesting. Our group of 7 was perfect size for maximizing our time at each. The fabulous meal, wine, and setting at the Château was brilliant.
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Perfect day in the valley
jferrucci
, Aug 2019
Our guide Dimitri was on time, very well informed, very attentive, and made this a very enjoyable trip. Itinerary was perfect, skipped the lines everywhere, lunch at Castle Chenonceaux was excellent. Being at the castles was a great experience but Dimitri’s background commentary made it a great learning experience. Highly recommend this excursion.
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Visiting Loire Valley castles in a short time
Adriana I
, Aug 2019
It is a nice trip if you don't have too much time. Our guide Nicholas was very good. The 3 castles are very interesting. It is time enough to visit. Unfortunatelly is no time to see the small towns and villages you pass through, which are really nice. But for only one day, it is a good choice. The only problem we had was when we came back in Paris, with the transfer to the hotel, but it was solved by the agency.
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What a day!!
Rozmet
, Jun 2019
My daughter and I took this trip in the rain but it was SO worth it! Our driver/guide, Julian, was informative and friendly. The castles were beautiful and we had plenty of time to explore all three. Lunch was included and it was fabulous! Get out of Paris for the day and take this tour!
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Beautiful Châteaus
Voyage83309
, Nov 2018
Highly recommended this tour Chris was wonderful lunch was excellent and the three Château s beautiful!
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Marvelous
dsmith912017
, Jul 2018
A marvelous selection of chateaux and historic sites as well as nice touches of local culture. Well paced and especially nice because of the small size of our group. Lovely scenery along the way made even the riding enjoyable. Ample amounts of free time to explore as we wished.

Product code: 2050PLUSCW

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