Castle & palace tours

Loire Valley Castles and wine tasting day trip from Paris

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Availability: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Duration: 12 hours
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Loire Valley: a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the traditions and history of the area with your guide
  • See 3 Castles and try some delicious French wine
  • Enjoy a typical local lunch of fresh, home-cooked ingredients at a private estate
  • Indulge in a wine-tasting during lunch
What to expect

No country like France is known for its beautiful castles. Experience the feast for the senses that is the Loire Valley with amazing castle landscapes, the smell of blossoming gardens and the taste of the valley’s rich wines. The Loire region is also known as the Garden of France, and with good reason. Take in the country’s greatest natural beauty and visit one of its most stunning castles while accompanied by an expert English-speaking guide.

You’ll leave Paris in a comfortable coach and head straight into Loire Valley towards your first stop: Château de Chambord. Built in 1519 by King Francis I, it was used originally as a hunting lodge. Its spectacular architecture is renown and it is full of astounding staircases, one of which may have been designed by the great Leonardo da Vinci himself. Chambord is also known as the castle that inspired Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Keep your eyes open for the beautiful natural surroundings, as it is common to spot wild boar and red deer prancing about in the castle’s 52 square kilometers of land.

Having worked up an appetite, you'll hop back on the bus and on to the next stop - an up-close and personal tour of a privately-owned and run castle where you’ll also be wined and dined. You’ll visit a charming Château, where family members, perhaps even the personable owner, will be waiting to proudly show you around the estate. You’ll enjoy a tasting composed of a range of white and red wines before sitting down to lunch, a hearty three-course meal of traditional rural French dishes served by our hosts. Please note that on some days, lunch might take place at a different location depending on venue availability.

Your third and final castle is the famous and spectacular Château de Chenonceau. A 16th century castle that will captivate you with sits smooth white stone and intricate painted wooden doors. Inside this castle (which itself is built in the middle of a river) are the well-maintained original stone carvings, immense tapestries, and an intimate chapel. Almost equal in beauty are the castle grounds with its many gardens and farm planted by the famous women who owned the Ladies’ Chateau and gave it its name.

This tour will end at Place Denfert Rochereau in Paris.

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What's included
  • Entrance ticket to Château de Chambord
  • Entrance and guided tour of Château de Chenonceau
  • Lunch and wine tasting at a Château
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Group sizes of 25 people or less during guided sections of the tour
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Reduced price
  • Children (0-14): reduced price
  • Strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour
Where

1ter Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France

Meeting point:

Meet your guide 15 minutes before departure at the entrance to the catacombs. He/She will be holding a sign up to identify themselves. To arrive at the Catacombs by Metro please take Line 4 or Line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop and exit using “Sortie 1”; the entrance to the Catacombs can be found directly across the street from this exit.

What to remember
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Gratuities for guides providing excellent service are appreciated but never obligatory
  • This tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
  • Please inform us in advance of the tour of any special dietary requirements
  • Please note that lunch might take place at a different location depending on venue availability

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When
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
    Meeting Time: 07:15 AM
    Departure Time: 07:30 AM

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Provider
City Wonders
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.
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