Full Day Loire Valley Castles and Wine Tasting Tour from Paris

See two of the most famous castles in the world - Château de Chambord, which inspired Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, and Château de Chenonceau. You’ll enjoy an optional wine tasting at Chenonceau and a wine tasting and lunch at Nitray, the lovely, privately-owned castle and winery.

Duration

Duration
12 Hours

Operating Days

Operating Days
Tue, Thu, Sat

Start Time

Start Time
07:30

Meeting Point

Meeting Point
Catacombes de Paris
Details at Booking

Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • Access and all entry fees to three of the most interesting Loire Valley castles
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Nitray plus an optional wine tasting at Chenonceau.
  • Return transport from Paris on a comfortable air-conditioned coach
  • Expert, English-speaking tour coordinator to accompany you throughout our day trip from Paris
  • Audio headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide

What makes this tour special?

Explore the heart and soul of the French countryside on our Loire Valley Tours, taking you directly from Paris into this stunning region to explore fairy-tale castles, sample local foods and wines, and experience some of France’s most beautiful scenery.

Our day trips from Paris start at a central location, from where you’ll board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach with your expert, English-speaking tour guide. We’ll zip out of the city and towards our first site – Château de Chambord. Disney fans will recognize this castle as the inspiration for ‘Beauty and the Beast’, although, as the largest castle in the valley, it’s even more imposing in real life’. You’ll hear about the strange history of this castle, once intended as a hunting lodge for a king, and climb the staircase that was supposedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci. After your guided tour, you’ll have some free time to explore more of the castle yourself, climb to the roof for spectacular views among the turrets, or even take a stroll around the grounds, home to a huge population of wild deer.

Having worked up an appetite, it’s back on the bus and on to our next stop - an up close and personal tour of a privately-owned and run castle and winery, where we’ll be wined and dined. You’ll visit the charming, 15th century Château de Nitray, where family members, perhaps even the personable owner Hubert, will be waiting to proudly give you a guided tasting of their wines. You’ll enjoy a wide range of white and red wines and even a sweet dessert wine, with tasting notes from a real expert. There will be more wine (unlimited) when we sit down to lunch, a hearty three-course meal of traditional rural French dishes served by our hosts.

After coffee and dessert, we’ll take a guided tour of the wine production areas as well as the small, private family chapel and pigeon house, learning about the tradition of wine-growing in France along the way. Nitray’s park-like, extensive grounds include a romantic rose garden, and, of course, their renowned vineyard.

Last, but not least, we’ll tour the so-called “Ladies’ Château,” Château de Chenonceau. This elegant 16th century castle makes a lasting impression. The detailed, painted wooden door and smooth, white stone exterior are breathtaking. Inside, you'll be able to admire original stone carvings, large tapestries and beautiful period features and visit the chapel and the bedrooms, furnished as in times gone by. Take some time to go downstairs and see the magnificent vaulted kitchens, including a pantry, a butcher’s room and the staff dining room. There is even a landing platform for the servants to bring supplies up the river. Admire the huge oven, copper pans and cooking implements, it’s easy to imagine these kitchens bustling with activity so many centuries ago!

Don’t miss the spectacular and beautiful bridge that spans the river Cher. Originally used to hold balls and parties, it served as a hospital in WWI and was in use again in WWII, this time helping people escape from occupied France, crossing over the bridge and into free France on the other side.

The grounds, planted by the famous ladies who owned the home (hence its name), are just as beautiful as the Château itself. Enjoy the gardens of both Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, as well as the wonderful ‘potager’ or fruit and vegetable garden, planted to feed those living in the chateau. You now have a difficult but delightful choice: you can continue to tour the castle or indulge in a second wine tasting (three wines from the chateau’s vines) led by your guide in the Cave des Domes, a lovely, vaulted cellar full of wine barrels.

Three French castles, each uniquely beautiful, two wine tastings and a delicious lunch… all amid the gorgeous scenery of the Loire Valley. This memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses!


Explore the castles of the Loire Valley

We cover the two most famous castles in the Loire Valley, one which inspired Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and one so popular, its visitor numbers are exceeded only by the Palace of Versailles!


Taste the famous Loire Valley wines

Enjoy a guided red and white wine tasting, winery tour, and lunch at family-owned Nitray plus an optional wine tasting at popular Chateau Chenonceau, from their own vines grown in the castle grounds.


Sit back, relax and enjoy the French countryside

Our day trips from Paris take you into the heart of the French countryside where you’ll see stunning scenery and pass through beautiful towns. We’ve organized transport and all the details too so you can sit back and relax.

Last 5 Reviews out of 158 Reviews


DAWN 30 January 2017
My guide Claire was the BEST! Cute as a button and soooo sooo knowledgeable and sweet!



KATHERINE 16 December 2016
The guide was well versed in both English and French. Tina was a pure delight to enjoy the tour with. She conveyed a mastery of information during our tour, while being extremely friendly.



TIAGO 17 November 2016
She was very kind and she knows a lot of history about the Loire Castles. It was an interesting tour.



NICOLE 13 November 2016
Carolina was very friendly and knew a lot about the history of the chateaux.



SHANNON 10 November 2016
Amazing guide, led the tour with class! Loved hearing the insight about Catherine. Enjoyed fast, easy VIP access to the castles and, best of all, the wine!!


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