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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.

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Very good small group tour. The guide Lilya was also our driver .She was very knlowgeable, helpful and bubbly . She gave us information while driving and at each stop then we were left to explore on our own . It is a pricey excursion so it comes down to personal choice if you want to pay that price just to travel in a mini van with a small group. The company had another mini van doing the exact excursion , we met the other group at each stop. So two vans , two guides/ drivers doing the exact same tour at same time. Seems a bit wasteful to me , a slightly bigger van would cut the costs for the company and the customers . Overall it is a good experience and a day well spent in France

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.

It was a wonderful day! Dimitri, the guide, is a very knowledgeable and nice guy. He was able to tell the history of the castles in an interesting way. With the others in the group there was an immediate sympathy. Lunch at the castle was interesting: a very good quiche lorraine, various cheeses, an excellent pork rillette and a fresh cream made up the lunch. I want to gloss over coffee: as an Italian, I can only say that I felt like I was drinking coffee-flavored tea

I take small group tours often ... this was one of the best! Our guide, Lilia, was passionate about the trip and made our journey so much fun. Safe, easy, clean van, well coordiated ... will book with Blue Fox again. Merci!

Guide was great. Very knowledgeable. Shared her childhood experiences living near Chambord. Very patient with use older folks