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From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

1. From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and enter into the Garden of France. Stroll the walkways of the French monarchs, hear tales of royal love affairs and kidnappings, and behold the beauty of the Loire Valley's exquisite Chateaux.  The first stop of the day is Château de Chambord; the perfect example of French Renaissance architecture, this remarkable structure was built by King François I between 1519-1547 and is the largest château in the Loire Valley. Who designed this masterpiece is still in dispute, and with contenders including Leonardo da Vinci, its sights are sure not to disappoint. Next up is the charming Château de Chenonceau, a true fairy tale castle set picturesquely on the Cher River, its history and character has been shaped by the women who've inhabited it. The site of the first-ever French fireworks display, Chenonceau is really one to fall in love with. The last stop will be at Château de Cheverny, a 17th-century beauty furnished in great taste and with marvelous gardens. Enjoy free time for lunch (not included) during the day either at Chenonceau or Chambord. You’ll be back in Paris in the evening.

Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

2. Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

Do you want to see splendid Renaissance castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this private 11-hour wine and culture day tour, you will have fallen in love with Chambord's impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines. After an early morning hotel pick-up in Paris, you will travel with your knowledgeable guide about two hours south of the city towards Chambord Castle. En route, bite into flaky croissants and pastries while hearing about the history of the region and its heritage of wine-making. Arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for an audio-guided tour. Come away knowing the secrets behind this magnificent Château, constructed by King Francis I of France 500 years ago. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, pass through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc grapes. Settle in at a family-run Vouvray wine estate, where you’ll meet the winemaker and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional food, paired with a wine tasting. After lunch, discover a boutique but world-famous winery and taste sparkling white wines, dry and sweet white wines, red and rosé wines (depending on availability). Taste authentic Loire Valley wines largely unavailable in the rest of the world. You will be dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

From Paris: Small-Group Tour of Loire Castles

3. From Paris: Small-Group Tour of Loire Castles

Discover the beautiful French castles of the Renaissance era on this full day trip from Paris. Enjoy airconditioned transportation and entry to the three charming castles of Cheverny, Chenonceau, and Chambord. Start with pickup from a centrally-located meeting point in Paris. Sit back and relax on the drive to the magnificent Cheverny castle where important artworks, including the Mona Lisa, were kept safe during WWII. Visit this castle and admire its Classical architecture. Purchase a nice lunch together and drive to Chenonceaux to visit Chenonceau Castle, built on the River Cher. It is also called the "Chateau of the 6 women." Women, including Catherine de Medici, played an important part in the history of the castle, and you’ll learn all about their interesting lives on the tour. After being taken through the castle and its gardens you’ll continue to Chambord Castle, famous for its double helix staircase. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the royal apartments of François I and Louis XIV. At the end of the day you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Paris.

Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

4. Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

From Paris, set off directly for the Royal Castle of Amboise - open every day (except on 1 January and 25 December). When you arrive, take a walk in the town of the Amboise and see the beautiful castle from the outside and stroll around this historic city. This symbolic monument and its landscaped gardens offer wonderful panoramas of the Loire Valley, which rightly deserves the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the castle of Amboise with an audio guide (if the castle is closed, visits to similar castles such as Chambord or Cheverny are available). Get acquainted with French history from different angles in an exceptional location of political and artistic importance within Europe during the Renaissance. Discover what would have been the intimate moments in a sovereign's life, learn about daily life in the court, and get the chance to peek behind the scenes.  Finally, discover local gastronomy at a local restaurant. Savor a 3-course lunch which includes a starter, main, and dessert. This final stop will also give you an opportunity to learn about some emblematic French wines. Visit 2 different wineries in unique locations and explore the caves and taste up to 5 different glasses of wine. Meet the people who produce delicious bottles as you follow them to the caves and hear their stories.

Private Tour from Paris to Loire Castles & Michelin Lunch

5. Private Tour from Paris to Loire Castles & Michelin Lunch

Do you want to see splendid Renaissance Castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this VIP 11-hour wine and culture private day tour, you will have fallen in love with Chambord's impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines.  After an early-morning hotel pick-up in Paris, travel with your knowledgeable guide about two hours south of the city towards Chambord Castle. En route, bite into flaky croissants and pastries while hearing about the wine-making region of Loire and its heritage. Arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for a private tour with a guide from the castle. He will reveal all the secrets behind this magnificent château , constructed by King Francis I of France five hundred years ago and even show you rooms closed to the general public. Back in your air-conditioned car, drive through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of local grapes. For lunch, your guide will take you to one of the best restaurants of the region, which is a Michelin-starred restaurant. The chef's creative five-course menu is prepared with local products and will be paired to delicious boutique wines of the region. After lunch, your guide will take you in the vineyard to enjoy a beautiful landscape and give you a vine growing introduction course. Then, visit one of the most emblematic wineries of the region and, depending on availability, taste sparkling white wines, dry and sweet white wines, red and rosé wines. Here, you will get to taste authentic Loire Valley wines largely unavailable in the rest of the world. Your guide will drop you back at your hotel in the early evening.

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What people are saying about Centre-Val de Loire

The castles are fantastic, it's worth it, especially the chenonceau. The most preserved is the cheverny. The Chambord doesn't have much on the inside anymore, what really impresses him is the size on the outside.

The guides were very sweet and also very knowledgeable. The bus was pretty comfortable but on the 22 hour tour there is a lot of bus time. It’s a great tour. I recommend it!

Rocio and Nath were kind and very helpful, prepared and patient, as was the driver. Great experience! I recommend it!

Very nice tour, we visited 3 castles of the Loire Valley, beautiful, highly recommended

Easy hiring. Fulfilled as advertised. Everything was very pleasant.