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Loire Valley, France Castle & palace tours

Our most recommended Loire Valley, France Castle & palace tours

Chambord: Skip-the-Line Château de Chambord Ticket

1. Chambord: Skip-the-Line Château de Chambord Ticket

Get skip-the-line entry tickets to Château de Chambord in Chambord, one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. Explore the large park spread over 5,000 hectares and benefit from access to all temporary exhibitions. Witness the well-known architecture which is imbued with the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. Check out the 400 rooms, more than 80 staircases, 365 fireplaces, and an exceptional number of towers, high ceilings, pointed domes, and graceful pinnacles. Discover, among other sights, the renowned double-helix staircase: 2 staircases going around on the same side without crossing. To learn more about the castle's history and architecture, watch a 20-minute film (translated into English, Italian, Spanish, and German), or grab the free visitor guide.

Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

2. Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

Discover iconic castles on this bus day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley and explore Château de Chambord on a self-guided tour. Have free time in the charming town of Bloise and have the chance to visit Blois Castle on your own. Visit Château de Chenonceau for a self guided tour and wine tasting experience. 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 entering the castle. You can then visit the inside at your own pace on a self-guided visit. 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 the royal Blois Castle on your own, notable for its unique mix of medieval Gothic and neoclassical Renaissance architecture. 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 — 2 of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies’ Château." After a your visit, continue exploring or indulge in a wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar. Your 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 French castles and a wine tasting, all amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley — this memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses.

From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

3. From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and enter into the Garden of France. Stroll the walkways of the French monarchs, hear tales of royal love affairs and kidnappings, and behold the beauty of the Loire Valley's exquisite Chateaux.  The first stop of the day is Château de Chambord; the perfect example of French Renaissance architecture, this remarkable structure was built by King François I between 1519-1547 and is the largest château in the Loire Valley. Who designed this masterpiece is still in dispute, and with contenders including Leonardo da Vinci, its sights are sure not to disappoint. Next up is the charming Château de Chenonceau, a true fairy tale castle set picturesquely on the Cher River, its history and character has been shaped by the women who've inhabited it. The site of the first-ever French fireworks display, Chenonceau is really one to fall in love with. The last stop will be at Château de Cheverny, a 17th-century beauty furnished in great taste and with marvelous gardens. Enjoy free time for lunch (not included) during the day either at Chenonceau or Chambord. You’ll be back in Paris in the evening.

Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

4. Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

Learn about the history of Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces (including the Mona Lisa) during his time in France at the Château du Clos Lucé. Invited by King Francis 1st of France, Leonardo da Vinci left Italy and took up residence at the Château du Clos Luce in the autumn of 1516. Appointed "first painter, engineer and architect to the King", Da Vinci served the monarch with his talents, working tirelessly on numerous projects and imagining plans for the "ideal château". With this admission ticket, you will receive access to both the castle and park. The visit will begin in the bedroom of Leonardo da Vinci, the site where Leonardo died in 1519 at the age of 67. From the window, you can see the Saint Hubert Chapel at the Royal Castle of Amboise, which is the burial place of Da Vinci. Whilst in the Leonardo da Vinci Park, you will learn about the artistic creations and major inventions of the artist. You will enter the imaginary world of Da Vinci, seeing the world as he did in these unique grounds.

Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

5. Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

Enjoy access to Chenonceau site and its wonderful gardens. This unusual castle was built on a bridge across the Cher River. To learn more about castle history, audio guides are available in 16 languages. The castle is located near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire department. Chenonceau castle, also known as the Chateau des Dames, is famous for the great heroines who lived there, such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. Chenonceau castle was also used as a military hospital during the First World War. Discover the rich history of this incredible fortress.

From Tours & Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord & Chenonceau

6. From Tours & Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord & Chenonceau

Benefit from pick-up by air-conditioned, 8-seater van and head to the picturesque Château de Chenonceau with magnificent Renaissance gardens. Then, go to Amboise for a wine tour with tastings. Visit Les Caves Ambacia for a wine experience and sample some of the wines of the Loire Valley at a tasting with a sommelier. Lunch at leisure in Amboise. Continue to Chambord for a guided tour of the chateau. Admire the fine details of the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, including a double helix staircase by Da Vinci. Get dropped off in Tours at 5.30 PM or Amboise at 6:00 PM. Admire the fine details of the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, including a double helix staircase by Da Vinci. Get dropped off in Tours at 6 PM or Amboise at 6:45 PM.

From Paris: Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

7. From Paris: Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

Discover some of the finest castles of the Loire Valley on a guided day trip 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 in 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 was extensively rebuilt.

Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

8. Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

Learn the secrets of the French court by taking a visit to one of the most intriguing emblems of French architecture. A favorite residence of 7 French kings and 10 French queens, the castle occupies a central place in the country's history. Throughout the centuries, dramas, plots, and power games have played out in the Royal Chateau.  With this entry ticket, visit 4 wings, go back in time to 4 different eras, and witness 4 architectural styles.  From the courtyard, a unique and majestic view opens up for you. In turn, your eyes will rest upon the 4 Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical facades. These wings constitute a unique example of French architecture. The Chateau itself is a concentration of French history’s great architectural periods. In 1854, it was classified as a historic monument. Magnificently restored in the 19th century by Felix Duban, the Royal Chateau is beautifully furnished, decorated, and filled with color. From the tiled floors to the wood panels it is a feast for the eyes. Once inside, enter the Blois Fine Arts Museum, classed as a Museum of France. Perouse a wealth of more than 35,000 works with masterpieces by Ingres, Rubens, and Boucher. Take in an incredible view of the Loire river and the beautiful old town. The Royal Chateau offers a wide choice of original and stunning events throughout the year. From major exhibitions and classical fencing displays in summer, evening events lit by electric torches in the winter to behind-the-doors tours and Renaissance balls.  After your visit, take a few steps and see the shops, bars, and restaurants that liven up Blois in summer and winter. Stroll through the streets, alleys, and remarkable gardens.

Paris: Loire Valley Chambord Castle, Wine Tasting & Lunch

9. Paris: Loire Valley Chambord Castle, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Admire magnificent Renaissance Castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines on this full-day tour. Fall in love with the Chambord's impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines on this tour in an airconditioned van from Paris.  Be picked up early in the morning in Paris and travel in a comfortable van. On the way, enjoy flaky croissants while your guide tells you about the winemaking region of Loire and its heritage. Stop at the Château of Chambord and explore twith an audio-guided tour. Uncover the secrets of this splendid castle that was constructed by King Francis I of France in the early 16th century. Drive through the lush, rolling vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray, and Montlouis-Sur-Loire. Take in the colorful landscapes where Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc grapes ripen in the sun.  Savor a traditional gourmet lunch at a winery or a gourmet restaurant. Delight your senses with a Loire wine tasting hosted by your tour guide. After lunch, discover a family-run winery and taste a range or red and white wines.  Experience authentic Loire Valley wines that are largely unavailable in the rest of the world. Be dropped off in a well connected area of central Paris in the evening.

Chaumont-sur-Loire: Domaine of Chaumont Skip-the-Line Ticket

10. Chaumont-sur-Loire: Domaine of Chaumont Skip-the-Line Ticket

Discover the wonders of the Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire with a skip-the-line entry ticket. Visit the Château of Chaumont to explore the castle from the 10th century A.D. and see where the royalty of Europe and historical figures spent their time. Expect art installations and 26 unique gardens. Located less than 2 hours from Paris and open all year round, the Domaine-de-Chaumont dominates the Loire Valley and offers views of the wild river and untouched nature. The estate brings together 3 entities on the same 32-hectare property: the castle, gardens, and Arts and Nature Center. The Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is one of the most furnished castles in Loire. Explore one of the most beautiful castles in the valley and get to know its heritage. In the 16th century, the estate became the property of Queen Catherine de Medici, then of her rival, Diane de Poitiers. The Arts and Nature center features a combination of around 15 artists, visual artists, and photographers of international renown each year (figures like Sheila Hicks, Andy Goldsworthy, El Anatsui, and Guiseppe Penone). During your visit, take a stroll outside and admire the international garden festival (subject to availability). This festival has welcomed landscapers and designers from all over the world for 30 years. Your ticket also includes access to any of the estate’s ongoing cultural programs and events.

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4.7 / 5

based on 184 reviews

A great way to experience the whole France while staying in Paris. Great activity especially for children and teenagers. Our teenage daughters rated it as the best activity we experienced in Paris.

It was a very nice experience, as a professional photographer I like to take time and look around the area, this trip gave us ample time to look around and all was on time. Loved it .

Great day trip! It was indeed a long day (13hrs) but well worth it. The tour guides were very informative and the attractions were worth the visit.

Such an amazing experience. The tour guides were super sweet and knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the châteaus were stunning.

Beautiful castles, definitely worth visiting! We enjoyed the trip