Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Skip the Line access

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Witness the beauty of the famous Loire Valley and taste its sensuous wines. Explore the traditions and history of the area with a guided tour through two ancient castles - both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Enjoy a home cooked lunch made with local products.

Description

The Loire Valley is a sensual heaven. From the sight of its magnificent castles and the smell of its blossoming gardens to the taste of its rich wines, it is hardly a wonder that the area is best known as the Garden of France. Take in the beauty of the area as our English-speaking guide leads you through two of the region's most stunning chateaux, marvel over the complexity of the Loire Valley wines in a prestigious local vineyard and then soak up the tranquility over lunch served amongst the vines.

After leaving Paris in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, our tour heads straight into the Loire Valley and towards Chateau Chambord. Construction of this beautiful chateau began in 1519, upon the orders of King Francis I who used it as a hunting lodge. Considering its spectacular architecture, luxurious furniture, ornamental ceiling vaults and astounding staircases however (one of which is said to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci when he was a guest of King Francis I) Chambord is every inch a castle. Be sure to keep an eye out for frolicking deer and wild boar as you stroll along the castle's lush grounds!

By now it must be time for lunch so it's back to the bus and on to our next stop - the Nitray Vineyards. Here you will enjoy a great home-cooked lunch and sample some of the region's best wines, including a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a full-bodied Cabernet Rouge. Your guide will take you through the tasting flight, pointing out the different noses and flavours that you will experience. You will end your visit with a tour of the vineyard .

Our last stop is a tour of the Ladies' Chateau, Chateau de Chenonceau, an elegant 16th century castle that is sure to steal your heart at first sight with its smooth white stone and intricate painted wooden door. Inside, the castle is well-maintained with original stone carvings, immense tapestries and an intimate chapel. Almost equal in beauty are the castle grounds and many gardens, planted by the famous ladies who owned the Ladies' Chateau and gave it its name.

Itinerary

  • Tour of Chateau Chambord

  • Lunch and wine tasting at Nitray Vineyards

  • Tour of Chateau Chenonceau

Lunch Menu

  • Fresh Salad

  • Chicken prepared Loire Valley style or vegetarian option of baked tomatoes with onions and oven roasted potatoes

  • Assortment of local cheeses

  • Dessert

  • Espresso and local wines

Includes

  • Headsets

  • Wine tasting

  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide
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Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris with Wine Tasting, Lunch and Skip the Line access

Duration: 12:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Wed, Thu and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Headsets / Wine tasting / Lunch / Admission / English-speaking guide

It was great to be part of a small group, to travel in a comfortable bus and have all the worries of a day trip from Paris in Adam's very capable hands. Even though it was a cold and rainy day we really enjoyed visiting some of the Loire Valley's castle's and enjoying some of it's wines. Adam is a very professional young man who took his tour guide duties very seriously, was a wealth of information, but at the same time being great fun to be with. I will definitely recommend this tour.

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Schedule

  • 07:15

    Check-in and meet your guide

  • 07:30

    Your tour departs from Paris

  • Visit Château de Chambord

    Building on this beautiful chateau was started in 1519 by King Francis. Considering its spectacular architecture and astounding staircases (one of which is said to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci) Chambord was used as the basis for the Beast’s castle in Disney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’.

  • Lunch and Wine Tasting in Château de Nitray & Vineyards

    Here you will enjoy a great home-cooked lunch made from local produce and sample some of the region’s best wines, including a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a full-bodied Cabernet Franc, guided by one of the family members who own the chateau.

  • Château de Chenonceau

    An elegant 16th century castle that is sure to steal your heart at first sight with its smooth white stone and intricate painted wooden door. Inside the castle (which is built in the middle of a river) are the well-maintained original stone carvings, immense tapestries, and an intimate chapel.

  • 19:30

    Tour Ends in Paris

  • (For Check-In) Place Denfert Rochereau (Place Denfert Rochereau 75104 Paris) Time: 07:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Place Denfert Rochereau (Place Denfert Rochereau 75104 Paris) Time: 19:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Place Denfert Rochereau (Place Denfert Rochereau 75104 Paris) Time: 07:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Place Denfert Rochereau (Place Denfert Rochereau 75104 Paris) Time: 19:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Additional Note(s)
  • Transfers in an air-conditioned coach

  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 20.

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Reviews

It was great to be part of a small group, to travel in a comfortable bus and have all the worries of a day trip from Paris in Adam...'s very capable hands. Even though it was a cold and rainy day we really enjoyed visiting some of the Loire Valley's castle's and enjoying some of it's wines. Adam is a very professional young man who took his tour guide duties very seriously, was a wealth of information, but at the same time being great fun to be with. I will definitely recommend this tour. more

CityDiscovery

The tour was excellent with very good information from Adam and the time allowed at each site was acceptable. The lunch at Chateau... de Nitray was excellent with extremely good hosts ! A definite must for a vacation in Paris. No hesitation to recommend this day excursion ! more

CityDiscovery

This tour was a wonderful respite from the hectic pace of Paris. Randa, our tour guide, was exceptionally knowledgable and provid...ed some very interesting history of the region and its people. The chateau's are beautiful and the wine tasting was a lot of fun. The owner of the winery had a terrific sense of humor and was an engaging, gracious host. We would take another tour with this company and would welcome having Randa as our guide again! more

CityDiscovery

Benoit made our small group feel very welcome. He was an excellent guide. I am so pleased I did this trip. A real highlight of my ...stay in Paris and another dimension to the city more

CityDiscovery

We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our tour of Loire Valley Castles and Wine Tour with Adam! He gave wonderful information ...on the areas we passed through as well as the tour sites. So polite, upbeat and charming! After the tour we were walking in the same direction to catch the Metro and he was so kind to direct us to the correct platform too. We will recommend this tour to our friends! more

CityDiscovery

Caroline was a delight! Her knowledge and enthusiasm of French history was contagious and her narrative was spiced with a variety ...of tidbits. I felt like I had been transported back in time and was viewing events as they occurred. Worth every penny! The My Parisian Tour company is lucky to have her. Thanks! more

CityDiscovery

We got a comfortable bus, the tour included 2 of the most interesting sites and we had some free time as well as guided to be impr...essed. Adam did a great job! He was accurate, clear and enthusiastic.We were a couple with 2 young girls (9 and 11) and they are still talking about the stories Adam told us about the period. more

CityDiscovery

I have found both the website and the followup from customer support with my inquiries to be prompt and very helpful. I would hig...hly recommend this website. more

Julie

Awesome day tour! Definitely recommended for those who want to see and experience another side of France. :-)

Tasha

The guidance was very professional and interesting and so was the whole trip.

Danielle

My wife and I spent a week in Paris and this was a highlight. Of the 5 tours we did (loved all really) this was our fave. What a... fun day from start to finish. Great guides, especially Zac who could have his own show on the Travel channel. Gorgeous chateau and a delicious huge French rustic lunch with all the wine you could care to drink. Hubert was the quintessential French country gentleman. (he owns the chateau and vineyard).
A lot of the day is spent on the bus but no way around that and the good news is the bus is very comfortable, great scenery of the countryside , chance to sleep, and the guides entertain/educate for a good part of the trip. And you will make friends with the other guests. Everyone on our trip seemed to have a blast.
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Adam

It is the first trip for our family of 7 to Paris and it was a great choice signing up for a one day trip to Loire Valley which my... initial motivation to sign up was the wine tasting and home cooked food by owner of the Chateau.

It was also a good get away from Paris into the France countryside and though it was abit rush having to rush through 3 castles but one cannot complain when you have to cover so many items in a day.

The lunch and wine tasting at the chateau was a bonus and we thoroughly enjoyed that experience.

I highly recommend this tour to those who are first timer .

Julie Koh
Customer from Singapore
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Julie

I liked the small group, the leisurely pace, the sights. A truly enjoyable experience. I was alone, and I felt safe and taken care... of. more

CityDiscovery

We enjoyed the tour very much. The castles and winery were wonderful! Our tour guide was nice and seemed to know the history well.

CityDiscovery

Could have done with more time at both Chateaux's and less at the luncheon. Both guides were fun and thoughtful. It's ...a long day but well worth it. Good value for money. more

CityDiscovery

We enjoyed the tour. The guides were excellent. The three chateaux we visited were interesting. Regretfully, there is never enou...gh time to go round, but one understands that the distance from Paris to Loire and back is rather long. We would have also loved to have a second wine tasting experience at Chenonceu. However, there was not enough time. Lovely experience. We appreciated the hospitality offered at Chateau de Nitray. Food and wine were good! more

JOSEPH

Should spend less time at the first castle and more at the third. Great meal at the winery.

Joe

It was an amazing day. Everything was perfect, the guides were brilliant, the food was excellent and the castles were sensational.... I would definitely recommend. more

Rose

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