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

From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles, Wine Tasting, and Lunch

Product ID: 13987
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Step out of Paris and into a fairytale. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the beautiful Loire Valley and live like French royalty for a day with local food, wine tasting, and the freedom to explore three stunning châteaux.
About this activity
Duration 12.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See 3 fairytale Loire Valley castles in a day’s round trip from Paris, travelling in a comfortable private coach
  • Visit the inspiration for the Beast’s castle in Disney’s animated classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’
  • Learn from your expert tour leader providing entertaining commentary
Full description
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 your next stop.

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.

Last but not least is 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.

Throughout the day, 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.

Three uniquely beautiful castles, good food and wine, all amid the scenery of the Loire Valley: this tour is a feast for the senses.
Includes
  • Entrance to Chateau Chambord
  • Entrance and guided tour of Chateau Chenonceau
  • Home-cooked lunch and guided wine tasting at Chateaux Nitray
  • Wines chosen from a Brut "Méthode traditionnelle," Sauvignon Blanc sec, "Les Meuriers" Rosé and Cabernet Rouge, Le Côt, Chenin Blanc (Moelleux 2009)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At the entrance to the Catacombes de Paris. Your guide will have a sign to identify them. The closest metro Denfert-Rochereau (Line 4 or 6). Exit “Sortie 1” and the entrance to the Catacombs will be directly across the street.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The maximum size for tour groups is 25
• Lunch is made with local products and typically comprises fresh salad, chicken prepared Loire Valley style or vegetarian option, baked tomatoes with onions and oven roasted potatoes, assortment of local cheeses, dessert, espresso and local wines
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
• Gratuities for guides providing excellent service are appreciated but never obligatory.
• The tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. Strollers or baby carriages cannot be taken on the tour.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 56 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
4.8/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
4.9/5

Organized by

City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 13987