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Loire Valley Day Trip including Wine Tasting, Chambord and Chenonceau Castles

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icon12 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Majestic castles and wine tastings make up this unforgettable day trip to the charming Loire Valley. Skip-the-line admission to the chateaux of Chambord (or Amboise) and Chenonceau is included, with your choice of a licensed guide or audio guide. Get an up-close look at the extravagant glamour of the French aristocracy and gain insight into life within these Renaissance residences. Travel by luxury coach from Paris, with optional hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Day trip to the Loire Valley's most important chateaux, including wine tasting
  • Gain skip-the-line access to Chateau de Chambord and Chenonceau, aka the Ladies' Castle
  • Travel round-trip in the comfort of a luxury coach from Paris, with optional hotel pickup
  • Choice of licensed guide or audio guide offers flexibility
Round trip by luxury coach from Paris with licensed guide ( if option selected)
Lunch is included in winter from November 1st to March 31st
Round trip by luxury coach from Paris with Audio Guide ( if option selected)
Round trip including Pick up & drop hotel from Paris with licensed guide ( if option selected)
Tasting of 3 famous Loire wines
Lunch is excluded in summer from April 1 to October 31

Departure Point

2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France

Traveler pickup is offered
If Pick-up option selected: Pick up location will be from the hotel or Private residence in Paris ( Zip code must start by 75), should the address be provided at least 72 hours ( local time) prior to tour's departure.Without the accommodation address and if booking is made less than 72 hours 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)

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Leave the bustle of Paris for the verdant Loire Valley, traveling by luxury coach from a central location or your hotel (depending on option selected). Those who appreciate French royal history will be captivated by the turreted Chambord Castle, previously home to Francois I—it's an impressive masterpiece and the largest of the Loire chateaux.

Head straight inside with your skip-the-line ticket and discover the richly decorated interiors. Admire the double-helix staircase reputedly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, and listen to live or audio commentary about the French aristocracy. Enjoy a tasting of three well-known Loire Valley wines, accompanied by delicious local products. 

Next, a picturesque drive leads you to the sumptuous royal residence of Chenonceau, nicknamed the "ladies’ castle" for the prominent women who have lived there throughout history. Skip the ticket line and be enchanted by its picturesque riverside views. 

Guests traveling between November 1 and March 31 receive a traditional lunch and drink. Outside of this period, your guide offers recommendations on excellent restaurants and cafes.

Please note: On Mondays and Saturdays in summer, the tour visits Amboise instead of Chambord; and your wine tasting takes place in the delightful Chenonceau wine cellars.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Place des Pyramides
Meet up at our central located agency in Paris ( if option selected). for those who have selected the pick from the hotel, meet the guide at around 6.30am at the lobby.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Palais Garnier
Leave the bustle of Paris for the charming and green Loire Valley, traveling on a luxury air-conditioned coach.
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chambord
Your wonderful tour begins with a visit to Chambord, one of the most instantly recognizable castles in the world and previously home to François the 1st. Be guided through its majestic interiors, hearing the French aristocracy’s secrets.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Domaine National de Chambord
The famous double helix staircase is such a masterpiece that is it rumored to be the work of Leonardo de Vinci! You will wander around the Domain.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Maison des Vins Chambord
Full of history, you’ll enjoy a tasting of three of the Loire’s most famous wines, accompanied by some delicious local produce.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Learn about its incredible past and be enchanted by its breathtaking riverside views. In winter, you’ll be served a traditional lunch and drink. Outside of this period, your guide will give you some fabulous tips on where to eat. If you choose to travel on Monday or Saturday in summer, you’ll love visiting the equally majestic Amboise castle instead of Chambord and your wine tasting will take place in the delightful Chenonceau wine cellars. 
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chapelle Saint-Hubert
The stunning gothic monument built in 1491 shelters the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Office de Tourisme Autour de Chenonceaux
Drive through the French countryside before arriving to The Lady Castle spanning the River Cher.
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chenonceau
Nicknamed the ‘ladies’ castle’ thanks to the remarkable women who have lived there.Perfect for those who love the French art of living - royal history, captivating nature and fine wine! 
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe
Back to Paris at the end of the tour!
Pass By:  
Louvre Museum
You will return at the departure point around 8PM!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Mondays and Saturdays include a tour of Amboise instead of Chambord
  • Lunch included in winter ( Nov to March)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision

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

  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Day Trip including Wine Tasting, Chambord and Chenonceau Castles?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "In Amboise, do follow the advice and go to lunch early to make sure you get back to the bus on time!" See review
  • "Prepare for a long day, but one well worth it." See review
  • "Chambord is devoid of furnishings so just enjoy the architecture and the gardens." See review

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Fabulous
Emma_52
, Feb 2020
So much fun! The tour guides were very friendly and keen to make sure we were all happy. The chateau’s were lovely. The owner of the chateau where we ate tried really hard to make us feel welcome and the food was all locally made. Love that kind of thing. Art, history, food and wine all in one experience!
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Worth It Overall
Katie S
, Jan 2020
I found this trip to be worth it overall to get a stress-free day out of Paris at some beautiful castles. Some downsides were the amount of time spent driving (although it was so early that I slept on the bus, and they do everything they can to stretch the day out), and that I was less impressed with Chambord then Chenonceau. Chambord was freezing cold (it was January, early in the morning, and the castle was not heated) and frankly less impressive than Chenonceau. I also did the audio guide instead of live guide to save money, and found Chambord confusing to navigate by myself. Lunch was good not great but I was grateful they easily accommodated a vegetarian meal request I made day of. The wine tasting was brief and there were not seats for everyone, but the wine was delicious. We tasted three wines and were also offered snacks. The drive also included some pretty views such as a few villages that we drove through.
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Loire Valley Day Trip, Chambord and Chenonceau Castles
bkchipx
, Dec 2019
This was a very enjoyable trip. We saw there were trips which stopped at 3 chateaus but only stopping at two gave more time to view the chateaus. It was our belief that stopping at 3 would be too rushed. Our guide was excellent. We would highly recommend this not only to see the chateaus buy also to view the countryside. It is a drive but well worth it. The lunch was way beyond expectations. Really good food.
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Guide was extremely boring
Rmb1596
, Dec 2019
While the castles themselves were beautiful, and I'm glad I went - I would have much preferred to travel there myself and do a self guided tour. Here's why: 1. Our guide was really boring, and the information he gave was very surface level -- I think maybe he didn't have a strong enough grasp of the English language to really dive into detail about things. He also would just leave when he was done talking, and didn't allow us to ask any questions. Instead he immediately returned to the bus while we finished wandering around. 2. The wine tasting was really lack-luster. There weren't chairs for people to sit in. It was literally in a cold hallway with a table set up with glasses. They didn't even rinse your glasses out between different wines. It was very strange. The boar pate was good, though...but that was only a bonus. 3. There is hardly anything inside the castles. There are some paintings and furniture, but only in like 2 or 3 rooms - the rest is totally empty. You're really paying to see the outside and take some pictures, so that's another reason why i would have preferred to just drive myself. Would have been cheaper probably.
star-4
Worth it if you don’t have the time to drive there yourself!
untitledkiss
, Nov 2019
Loire Valley & the Château‘s are amazingly beautiful!! Because it’s so far from Paris (3 1/2 hour bus ride) the visits to the Château’s are very rushed. However if it’s your only opportunity to go out there I still recommend this tour. The buses are very comfortable.
star-5
Highly recommend
Nancy708
, Nov 2019
This was a really nice trip albeit long. Our guide was excellent. She did a great job of doing English and Spanish. It was a long trip back to Paris but totally worth it. Lunch was ok.
star-5
Worth the Bus Ride!
qbishop
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide, Martina, was amazingly knowledgable! She gave excellent background information on the chateaux and their history. While we were hesitant about the length of the bus ride from Paris, the coach was very comfortable and the views were well worth it. The French countryside and medieval villages we passed through were gorgeous. Highly recommended!
star-3
Too long of a day on a bus with no legroom
kristabursott
, Oct 2019
Too large of a tour group. Feels like being herded along. Too long of a day. Would never do it again
star-5
A Wonderful Experience
TMangne
, Oct 2019
Prepare for a long day, but one well worth it. Most of the time is spent travelling on a very comfortable bus, the the two chateaux are remarkable. Chenonceau is a jewel and Chambord, the largest of all of the chateaux in the Lorie Valley, is breathtaking in it size and design. It was quite eerie as there is virtually no furniture in it, and your footsteps echo throughout.
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Astonishing
795nadaa
, Oct 2019
The road was a little long but comfortable. The guides were very kind, helpful and instructive. The visit to Chenonceau was the best. Chambord is less impressive but the wine tasting was excellent

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