1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Château de Chambord

From Paris: Castles of the Loire Valley Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 10472
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Take a day tour from Paris to visit 2 of the most famous castles of the Loire Valley: Chambord and Chenonceau. Bask in the glamour and grandeur of the days of French royalty as you learn the history of these amazing Renaissance castles.
About this activity
Duration: 13 hours
Starting time 6:30 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish

Pickup included

Pick-up and drop off service is provided to all hotels in Paris.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover 2 of the Loire Valley's most beautiful castles
  • Stroll through one of Europe's finest gardens at Chateau de Chambord
  • Learn the tumultuous history of Chateau de Chenonceau
  • See Chateau de Chambord's famed staircase attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
Full description
Visit some of the Loire Valley's most prominent castles on this full-day tour from Paris. Enjoy guided visits through the spectacular chateaux of Chambord and Chenonceau.

The largest and most majestic castle of the Loire valley, Chateau de Chambord features 365 chimneys, 440 rooms, 14 staircases, and 800 turrets which reflect the extravagant architecture of the French Renaissance. Its elaborately developed roofline, bristling with cupolas, turrets, and chimneys resembles the skyline of a city. It features an intricate stone staircase believed to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Built over the river Cher, Chateau de Chenonceau is one of the jewels of the Loire Valley. Known as the Chateau des Dames, five women played major roles in its history: it was built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, and saved from destruction during the French Revolution by Madame Dupin. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the castle, and you will have ample free time to stroll its sumptuous gardens.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
  • Transportation by air-conditioned luxury coach
  • Services of an expert local guide
  • Guided tours of the castles
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch (from November-March)
  • Wine tasting
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The local guide reserves the right to change or cancel some of circuits without any advance notice
• Please note that from April 2018 the visit to Chambord Castle will be replaced by Amboise on Saturday and Monday
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Was very beautiful scene to watch!

Could use more commentary from the guide, not too much time to explore the places that the guide haven't showed us. On the way back we didnt have a stop for bathroom (4 hours drive) was kind of not nice. Should be mentioned that the drop off and pick off is a Taxi and not the actual bus for people that don't know. Overall was a great experience

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October 7, 2019

A good day spent walking through two Castles with knowledgeable guides

This is a must see if you have not been to any castles. Although it is a long day my only thought would be your itinerary be more specific about what you should bring and how long the drive is. Also how long the tour is as they guide you through each castle. Definitely need good walking shoes/sneakers as you traverse thru uneven paths and cobblestone walkways. It would have been best to provide lunch vs wine tasting especially having spent almost $500 USD for 2 adults. Other than the tour, bus ride and transportation to/from our hotel extremely early in the morning, I would expected a sandwich would have been the right thing to do rather than some wine sips and some tapas/deserts to cleanse your pallots. They did stop for a break to use a rest room and buy yourselves something to eat but by no means was it good food. The tour was good, very interesting but the ride long.. not worth $500.

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June 5, 2018

Great tour

The tour and guides were amazing. The downside was on our way back we had hired a drop off service at our hotel. Nobody was helping us, we had to go into the office again and tried to find out what was going on. Finally our driver came. WORST driver ever: rude, speeding and driving like a maniac. When we got to the hotel I called back the agency to complain. They left me on the phone for about 10 minutes until I hung up.

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May 23, 2018

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Product ID: 10472