Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris: Chambord, Chenonceau with Lunch & Wine
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Stop At: Chateau de Chambord, 41250, Chambord France
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 the next stop.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Stop At: Chateau de Nitray, Athee -Sur -cher, Athee-sur-Cher France
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.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Chateau de Chenonceau, 37150 Chenonceaux France
Last but not least is a visit to 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.
Three uniquely beautiful castles, good food and wine, all amid the scenery of the Loire Valley: this tour is a feast for the senses.
Duration: 3 hours
- Local guide
- Gourmet lunch and wine-tasting at Nitray Vineyards
- Small groups of 25 people
- Entrance ticket and reservation fee for all sites visited
- All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
- Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chambord
- Entry/Admission - Chateau de Nitray
- Entry/Admission - Chateau de Chenonceau
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
This tour was amazing! The castles were like a fairytale and the vineyard was FANTASTIC! Our tour guides were very knowledgeable not only about the castles and vineyard, but about the French history. This was our favorite thing to do while we were in Paris for 8 days.
My two adult daughters and I visited Paris in mid-June. We were looking for a day trip to experience more of the area outside the city, and chose the Loire Valley Castles Tour. We all loved it! This was a full-day experience, and was definitely worth the price. We all felt like we got to see a nice variety of castles, with two opportunities for a wine-tasting. At Chambord we were able to walk around the castle and the grounds. Our second stop at Nitray Vineyards was a highlight, with a wonderful roast chicken dinner with a variety of wines and a lovely dessert. One of my daughters is a vegetarian, and she had plenty to eat with the potatoes, salad, tomatoes, bread and cheese. Our third stop was at the beautiful Chenonceau Castle, where we had a second optional wine-tasting in a 600-year-old wine cellar. We would have liked to have had more time at each stop, but we understand that there is a time limit based on the driving distance, and unfortunately one couple on our tour was consistently 10 minutes late meeting back at the bus after each stop. While these things are unavoidable when touring with a group, our tour guides did their best to keep everyone on time. The bus was very comfortable, with a restroom on board, although we also stopped at a halfway point both in the morning and on the return trip. This tour of wine country was definitely a highlight of our trip to Paris!
Our guides Hugo and Michelle were fantastic! We really enjoyed a long but very nice day trip from Paris. The area is beautiful and the 3 stops were definitely worth it. The lovely lunch at a working winery was delicious and plentiful. The Chenonceau was my favorite castle! I would highly recommend this trip.
The tour guides were knowledgeable and very pleasant. The meeting spot, however, was not clear. Everything else was great.
Wonderful tour of the Loire Valley, with castles, wine etc. The guides were at the exact place at the exact time and they even waited a few minutes for people running late. Brad and Diane joined us on the bus and they were extremely nice, knowledgeable and entertaining for the entire day. We explored two castles and attended 2 wine tastings. This is an entire day tour but you will leave very satisfied, Highly recommended.
We enjoyed the tour and lunch very much. It is well organized. In specific, the tour guide "Anatole" was fantastic. He was doing an outstanding job.
The tour met up at a bus stop near a park. We arrived early and got coffee and a pastry at a nearby cafe to eat on the bus. When the bus departed, our tour guide, Michelle, gave us an overview of the day then gave us time to nap. The tour started at 7:30 a.m. We stopped along the way at a rest area with a convenience store and pastry/coffee shop, so it wasn't necessary to eat breakfast beforehand. After the rest stop, Michelle told us about the history of the Chateaux de Chambord. We had plenty of time to explore the Chateaux, and she pointed out great photo locations and took some of us. After the Chateaux de Chambord, we had lunch at Chateau de Nitray. The owner and his family prepared and served a locally-sourced lunch of chicken, vegetables, bread, cheese, and dessert. The meal was served with wines produced on their vineyard, and everything was delicious! We went on a brief tour of the grounds, then we had the opportunity to purchase some of the wines. They boxed them for us so they could be transported in our suitcase. We declared them at customs. After Chateau de Nitray, we traveled to the Chateau de Chenonceau. Michelle told us about the history of the castle along the way, and she pointed out interesting locations and history along the drive. She is a great story teller, and it was very interesting to hear about the lives of the people who established the castles. We began our tour of Chenonceau with a wine tasting. They were also delicious! After the wine tasting, we had time to explore the chateau, and it had a large gift shop with products produced on the estate. This tour was excellent! It was a fascinating mix of history, art, food, and wine that gave three very different presentations of chateaus in France. Also, it wouldn't have been nearly as great without Michelle. She was funny and liked to make fun of her own jokes she also made the people from the castles' history come alive when she told about their lives.
What an amazing day! After spending 9 days in France, everyone decided this was one of our 2 favorite days. Our guides (Michelle and Anatole) were great! They were both very knowledgable, gave us tons of information about each place we visited and were extremely friendly and funny! They were also helpful when we returned to Paris and needed to take the metro. I will definitely include this when I bring my next group of travelers to France!!
Thank You! Awesome Day! Food Was Great And Wine Tasting was Yummy!...Castles were So Beautiful And Awesome!...Such Interesting History!