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

1. 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.

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 in Amboise and travel to Chateau Chenonceau. Stroll through the manicured gardens named after Catherine de Médicis and Diane de Poitiers, the chateau's former residents. Appreciate the refined architecture and feminine influence in each room and see precious antiques and flower arrangements. 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 Chateau 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 before returning to Amboise in the evening.

From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

3. 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 free time to enjoy lunch (not included), followed by a french wine tasting. After a full day wandering the castles and gardens of the Renaissance era, return to Paris aboard our deluxe minibus. Last stop will be at the royal Chateau de Chambord, one of the most recognizable chateaux in the world. Legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci, then living at the Clos Luce in Amboise, made several plans and models used for its construction. While visiting Chambord, take pleasure in one of Europe's finest parks, covering over 13,000 acres, and is Europe's largest wooded park.

From Paris: Small-Group Tour of Loire Castles

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

Discover the beautiful French castles of the Renaissance era on this full day trip from Paris. Enjoy airconditioned transportation and entry to the three charming castles of Cheverny, Chenonceau, and Chambord. Start with pickup from a centrally-located meeting point in Paris. Sit back and relax on the drive to the magnificent Cheverny castle where important artworks, including the Mona Lisa, were kept safe during WWII. Visit this castle and admire its Classical architecture. Purchase a nice lunch together and 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 Paris.

From Tours/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

5. From Tours/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

Take a tour of the Chateau of Langeais which is a perfect balance between gardens, architecture, and contemporary art. You will be surprised by this 15th-century fortress, which contrasts with the quirky art exhibition. Its huge garden is inspired by fairy tales and cartoons. A confidential place for an original experience. Then, have a guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.  By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden while discovering the power of thyme and basil on your health. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off in Tours at 5:30 PM or in Amboise at 6:15 PM.

From Amboise: Villandry, Wineries, & Family Castle

6. From Amboise: Villandry, Wineries, & Family Castle

Meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office of Amboise at 9:30 AM and board the minivan for an amazing day in the Loire Valley. Begin with a visit to the Chateau de Villandry, a must-see château of the Loire Valley, and time travel to life in 16th-century France. Your tour guide will take you through all the rooms of the chateau and tell plenty of funny anecdotes. Afterward, enjoy a complete discovery of the gorgeous gardens of Villandry. Your local guide will share all their knowledge of these gardens and show you the hidden corners where you can get the best views of the château. Explore the ornamental kitchen garden, the maze, and the classical water garden. Then, get back on the minibus for a short drive to your next stop — Chateau de l'Islette — a family-owned chateau still inhabited today. Your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms of the chateau, like the parent's bedroom, the kid's corner, and the family kitchen. You may even get the chance to meet the owners who will share with you their daily life in this house. Savor a lovely aperitif near the river in the park of the chateau, and sample a glass of local wine with a tasty local delicacy. This moment will definitely be one of the highlights of your day. Next, head back to the city of Tours with your guide. From 1:30 PM–2 PM, your guide will park in front of the Tourist Office and give you 30 minutes free time. They will help you with recommendations of nice French boulangeries (bakeries) where you can buy an extra snack. At 2 PM, hop back on the bus and make your way to Vouvray to discover this beautiful wine area and its elegant sparkling and white wines. During the afternoon in Vouvray, visit a family wine estate and a grand wine house situated just along the Loire River. Take a tour with your guide to help you better understand the diversity of Loire wines and its terroir. Learn the different steps of wine tasting and train your nose to identify many wine aromas. To do so, you will also taste wines from the other wine appellations of the region. After this experience, the Loire wine area will have no secrets left for you. Before saying goodbye, share an aperitif made of local products like cheese, rillettes, and fresh bread — the perfect match for Loire wines — with a stunning view before returning to Amboise Tourist Office.

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Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

This was a great, simple small group tour from Paris, which is just what we were looking for. The guide only gave us a broad overview of the history of each chateau then left us to wander on our own, which was exactly what we were looking for. The pickup and drop-off at a central meeting point near the Arc de Triomphe went smoothly and the van was comfortable and air-conditioned. If you want an in-depth walking tour of Loire chateaus with an art history expert, this isn't the tour for you, but if you want easy transportation from Paris and quick access for your own tour, all at a reasonable price, I recommend Blue Fox.

The visit of the 2 Chateaux were very nice. Thanks to Alex for her explanations and also thanks to our host at the Chateau Villesavin for the nice lunch prepared only for us. I recommend that tour to discover the main Chateaux de la Loire.

A good mix of three very distinct chateaux: Chenonceau, Amboise and Chambord. The day was paced pretty well overall, even though Chambord was a bit rushed with only 1 hour to see highlights from a huge castle.

great tour! Loved our guide and had plenty of time at both big Chateaus. would highly recommend.

We had a great time. The tour took us to three chateau and they were beautiful.