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  • From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    1. From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    From Paris, head 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.

    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, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds.

    Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII.

    Alternatively, grab a bite and visit ...

    This was a wonderful day with a lot to see and do - from the magical castles to the wine-tasting and walking. The guide Addie was so informative and interesting, and the driver Eric was excellent. Everything was made easy. The guide gave tips on the best way to view a site so that you can maximise the visit - such as which rooms to see first and then what to do if there is still time. Because of this information, I made sure to fit in some of the things to do "at the end" - such as visiting the flower garden or the horse stables. I loved the little restaurant too in Blois, and had a relaxing lunch.

  • From Amboise: Chambord and Chenonceau Tour with Lunch

    2. From Amboise: Chambord and Chenonceau Tour with Lunch

    Travel back to the days of the French Renaissance on a full-day tour of the châteaux of the Loire Valley. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in a family-owned, and still occupied, chateau. Meet your guide at the Tourist Office in Amboise at 9:30 AM and be transferred by minivan to Chambord. Discover a glorious work of art and architecture as your guide selects the most emblematic rooms to visit. Hear memorable anecdotes as they point out hidden details. Get breathtaking views of the castle during a coffee break in Chambord Park. For lunch, enjoy a meal served at an off-the-beaten-path location, hosted by the French Countess who lives there. Taste local food in one of the smallest of all the Loire Valley castles. Then, continue to Chenonceau, passing the must-see castles of the French Valley of the Kings, including Chaumont, Amboise, and Clos-Lucé. Upon arrival at the Chateau de Chenonceau, which i...

  • Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour from Paris

    3. Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour from Paris

    Discover some of the finest castles of the Loire Valley on a small group, full-day tour from Paris. Transfer by air-conditioned minibus to the castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise. Walk in the flower gardens of the Château de Chenonceau, and gaze at the delicate arches that cross the Cher River. Learn the extraordinary history of the building, which was run by women for much of its time in existence. Continue to Chambord to investigate the largest castle of the Loire Valley. Marvel at the extravagant architecture and double spiraled staircase of the royal Château de Chambord. See the hundreds of columns and spires that adorn its roof. End the day at the former home of King Francois I, and see the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci at Amboise village and the Château d’Amboise. Confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century, it was a favorite royal residence and extensively rebuilt.

    We had a great time learning the history of the castles we visited as well as walking through each castle. My only concern is the timing of our arrival back to Paris. The tour was scheduled for 12 hours (7am to 7pm), but we arrived back at 8:30pm, disrupting our dinner plans.

  • From Chenonceau: Hot Air Balloon Ride above the Loire Valley

    4. From Chenonceau: Hot Air Balloon Ride above the Loire Valley

    The Châteaux of the Loire Valley never ceases to enchant visitors from around the world. Just imagine drifting slowly over the architectural masterpieces in a hot air balloon guided by the winds. The Loire Valley has become one of the most popular balloon ride bases. Enjoy discovering these amazing landscapes while listening to the guide sharing his knowledge about the region. The total excursion time is 3 hours with a flight time of approximately 1 hour. This includes the balloon preparation and inflation, the flight, the traditional "toast des Aéronautes" at the landing and the return by vehicle to the starting point. Balloon flights take place at sunrise or sunset when the winds are calm, and the air is cool and stable. Join this tour today for an unforgettable experience.   

  • From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

    5. From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

    Wander through the Loire Valley's gorgeous castles and gardens. Travel along the King's Road to visit the Chambord, Amboise & Chenonceau Chateaux with our friendly driver-guide. Dine at "Au Gateau Breton," a charming 200-year old inn, for lunch. Discover the famous castles and gardens of the Renaissance with an all day tour of the beautiful Loire Valley. Let our friendly driver-guide pick you up from your Paris hotel. Visit the cradle of the Renaissance, Chateau Amboise, one of the first truly royal residences of its kind. Follow in the footsteps of the great kings of France as you view a magnificent example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Next, stop at Chateau de Chenonceau. Admire the wealth of beauty both inside and out, which makes Chenonceau the most popular chateau in France. Learn about its tumultuous history as the castle passed from Lady to Lady. Then, you will have ...

    Rami was a great guide, very creative in negotiating the inherent complexities of travel reopening, and a great resource.

  • Chambord Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

    6. Chambord Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

    Take a 2-hour walking tour of Chambord Castle with a local guide and enjoy an excursion tailored to your tastes. Start at the entrance of the castle, explore the castle's beautiful interior, then head to the French formal gardens. Delight in a magical atmosphere and extraordinary architecture at a castle imagined by King François I. Surrounded by a wonderful forest, the castle dates from the 16th century. Discover the history of this place, and learn about a millennium of French history that includes Leonardo Da Vinci, the French Revolution, and modern history with your expert guide. After exploring the castle, wander around the picturesque French formal gardens. Dating from the 18th century, the gardens were replanted in 2017.

  • From Le Mans: Loire Valley Cycling Tour

    7. From Le Mans: Loire Valley Cycling Tour

    Take a cycling day trip from Le Mans and discover the wonders of the Loire’s cultural heritage. Start by traveling to Muides-sur-Loire from Le Mans with your guide. Then, start cycling and make your way to the local forest of Boulogne, where the famous castle of Chambord is based. After a picnic in a picturesque spot, you will head to the castle of Cheverny and its beautiful gardens. Take a short break before continuing your bike tour. Then, cross the scenic vineyards famous for their fruity red wines of Cheverny AOC, made from gamay and pinot noir grapes. Learn about how white wines are made with sauvignon and chardonnay. Pedal towards the finish line at the castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which marks the grand finale of a memorable day out.

    My family had a great time with Yohan. We had a lot of fun seeing the Chenin countryside on e-bikes. We had a lovely picnic lunch and then visited a few vineyards. Yohan has great knowledge of the region and wine. I’m glad we went on this tour.

  • Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

    8. Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

    Do you want to see splendid Renaissance castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this private 11-hour wine and culture day tour, you will have fallen in love with Chambord's impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines. After an early morning hotel pick-up in Paris, you will travel with your knowledgeable guide about two hours south of the city towards Chambord Castle. En route, bite into flaky croissants and pastries while hearing about the history of the region and its heritage of wine-making. Arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for an audio-guided tour. Come away knowing the secrets behind this magnificent Château, constructed by King Francis I of France 500 years ago. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, pass through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of chenin blanc, sauvignon...

  • From Paris: Small-Group Tour of Loire Castles

    9. From Paris: Small-Group Tour of Loire Castles

    On this full day tour you’ll discover the beautiful French castles of the Renaissance era. You’ll start with a visit to Clos Lucé Castle in Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci was invited by François I to live and work. During the visit, you’ll have a chance to see all of the artist’s amazing inventions. After enjoying lunch together you’ll drive to Chenonceaux to visit Chenonceau Castle, built on the River Cher. It is also called the "Chateau of the 6 women." Women, including Catherine de Medici, played an important part in the history of the castle, and you’ll learn all about their interesting lives on the tour. After being taken through the castle and its gardens you’ll continue to Chambord Castle, famous for its double helix staircase. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the royal apartments of François I and Louis XIV. At the end of the day you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Par...

    Our driver was terrific, and the audio guide was informative. We were there in February, so the crowds were small which was great.

  • From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

    10. From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

    Escape the busy city of Paris and immerse yourself in the French countryside on this 2 day trip. The tour departs the city and crosses the western districts of Paris along the Normandy motorway to reach your first destination. At Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy a fascinating guided visit of the abbey’s interior and marvel at the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the building. Spend some free time exploring the rest of the abbey and surrounding village, and stop for lunch too. After the abbey head towards Château d’Angers for your overnight stay. Check into your 4-star hotel for the night and relax before the second day of the tour. On the second day, wake up to a delicious breakfast and begin your journey to the breathtaking Loire Valley. Upon arrival in the valley, visit the Castle Langeais passing by Cunault and Saumur along the way. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and learn about the...

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What people are saying about Loire Valley Châteaux

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 183 reviews

I had a great experience. The tour guide was great and told us many interesting and fun facts about the Châteaus and we still had time to explore for ourselves. And the drive wasn't to bad either. We first stopped at a bakery for coffee and croissants and then drove about 2 hours to Chateau Chambord where we arrived at 9. Then we drove about 30 min to Chateau Amboise where we first had lunch. After the visit of the château (and the really nice gardens) we had a wine tasting. Then we drove another 20 min to Chateau Chenonceau.(which has the best garden/Parc) then we drove back to Paris for 2.5 hours. And arrived there at 20:15.

This was a wonderful day with a lot to see and do - from the magical castles to the wine-tasting and walking. The guide Addie was so informative and interesting, and the driver Eric was excellent. Everything was made easy. The guide gave tips on the best way to view a site so that you can maximise the visit - such as which rooms to see first and then what to do if there is still time. Because of this information, I made sure to fit in some of the things to do "at the end" - such as visiting the flower garden or the horse stables. I loved the little restaurant too in Blois, and had a relaxing lunch.

My family had a great time with Yohan. We had a lot of fun seeing the Chenin countryside on e-bikes. We had a lovely picnic lunch and then visited a few vineyards. Yohan has great knowledge of the region and wine. I’m glad we went on this tour.

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The tour was really good and the tour guides were great.