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Centre-Val de Loire Nature & adventure

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ZooParc de Beauval: Day Admission Ticket

1. ZooParc de Beauval: Day Admission Ticket

Home to 35,000 animals belonging to 800 different species, ZooParc de Beauval covers an area of around 40 hectares. With your day admission ticket you’ll encounter extraordinary animals, including white tigers, white lions, manatees and okapis. Embark on an unforgettable journey and meet more than 10,000 animals from around the world, living within the ZooParc’s 20 territories! Some of the species living at Beauval are found nowhere else in France, such as the koalas, tree-kangaroos and giant pandas. Stop by the giant pandas in the Chinese Heights to see the twins born in 2021, visit the Equatorial Dome to discover 200 fascinating tropical species and take a break at the Land of Lions to admire the majestic fawns. Marvel at the agile and playful sea lions as they show off their amazing balancing skills in the incredible surroundings of a completely renovated aquatic amphitheater – complete with a sea lion slide and diving platform! At the heart of a new 3-hectare extension is an amphitheater seating 3,000 people. See owls, pelicans, cranes, storks, ibis, parrots and birds of prey take part in an incredible aerial ballet! Enjoy a hippopotamus enclosure, including a beach, river and waterfall and discover the African biotope, an extension to the park that features an aquatic habitat and native African animal and bird species. Be sure to walk through the 44 hectares of the park and take the Beauval Cloud, our cable car that connects the Land of Lions to the Elephant Territory. A great opportunity to see the park from a height of 35 meters.

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

2. 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.

Amboise: Caves Ambacia Visit and Wine Tasting

3. Amboise: Caves Ambacia Visit and Wine Tasting

Discover the original wines and matured vintages on offer at the house Duhard, founded in 1874. Visit their 16th-century troglodyte caves facing the Loire near the historical center of Amboise and enjoy a wine tour experience in 2 parts. First, awaken and stimulate your 5 senses and learn more about wine on the Sensorial tour. Then, travel through 150 years of wine history on the Vintages Odyssey tour of  Les Caves Ambacia (formerly Les Caves Duhard) wine collection. Follow your tour with a tasting of 3 wines with a sommelier, with an optional food and wine pairing also available. After, enjoy the delicatessen boutique and purchase wines with shipping available worldwide. Tours in English take place at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Tours in French take place at 11 AM, 3 PM, and 5 PM.

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5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This was a very interesting and well organised tour. Our guide new his history and made our visit to 3 chateaus so much more informative and entertaining than if we had visited on our own. It was great to sit back and relax while being chauffeured in a very comfortable bus. The village of Amboise is very quaint with lots of choices for our lunch (not included). I would definitely recommend this tour and especially if you are short on time.

The whole tour was excellent. Our tour guide was so friendly and nice. I love the way how she explained some details about the history of each castle. The tour guide did an excellent job. The tour was hustle free and gave us enough time to explore on our own. I personally enjoyed this tour and would definitely recommend it.

Although the drive is far but the châteaux are well worth your time, especially Chenonceaux. This is the most beautiful château. I wish we have more time here. Amboise château is full of historical events. Biggest Chambord château with amazing double helix stairs with no center support and no meeting point. Amazing!

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!

Just a fantastic experience all around! Highly recommended!