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Full Day Loire Valley Castles and Wine Tasting Tour from Paris

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  • Duration
    12 h.
  • Start time
    07:30
  • Meeting Point
    Place Denfert Rochereau, outside the entrance to the Catacombs (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat
  • Language
    English
See two of the world's most famous castles, the chateaux of Chambord, which inspired Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, and Chenonceau, then enjoy a wine tasting with lunch at Nitray, a privately-owned castle and winery, with another optional tasting at Chenonceau.

I loved it! Very well organized, the castles are gorgeous and the food delicious.

Georgina

Tour Highlights

  • Visit three of the most breathtaking Loire Valley castles including the Château de Chambord
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Nitray plus an optional wine tasting at Chenonceau
  • Round trip transport from Paris by private air-conditioned coach
  • Expert, English-speaking tour coordinator to accompany you throughout the day
  • Audio headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
The hallway of Chenonceau

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!

Wine Tasting

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 on the castle grounds.

Chenonceau Catherine Garden View

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.

Description

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!

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for all sites visited
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
  • Lunch, including wine

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Meeting Point

FAQs

  • How many castles will we visit?

    On our Loire Valley Tour, you will see the three most visited castles – Chateau Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau and Chateau de Nitray, which is partially visited inside.

  • Can I stay in the castle after the tour has ended?

    Since we follow a carefully planned itinerary throughout the tour, which includes a food and wine tasting after the visit to the castles, should you decide to stay at any of these locations you would be missing the remaining portion of the tour.

  • How many types of wine will we taste?

    We endeavour to offer every visitor six different wines. Please note however, that numbers will vary occasionally depending on vineyard availability and circumstances beyond our control.

Full Day Loire Valley Castles and Wine Tasting Tour from Paris Reviews

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DANIEL WAS AMAZING...

DANIEL WAS AMAZING. Can I repeat that louder? He was fun, witty and made the trip very personable yet exciting. He knew the history and he knew the tricks. His tips were definitely helpful and he made the trip and trek worth it. I appreciate all the humor mixed with the history, it just made my day.

Kate gave a great...

Kate gave a great background and history about the Loire Valley, the political climate and the personal relationships in the monarchy at the time the area we explored was developing. It made the tour much more rich and interesting. I booked the tour basically as an easy hassle free way to explore the castles & winery. I didn't expect to learn so much and my depth of appreciation for what I was seeing was much higher than it would have been had I explored on my own. My husband and I agreed that the experience exceeded our expectations.

My first bus tour since...

My first bus tour since I've always been hesitant, and it did not disappoint. The tour was very organized, the stops beautiful and the inclusion of the wine tastings & lunch were fantastic. Our hosts were entertaining, personable and the added history lesson really added to the experience. Worth every penny and would highly recommend.

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