The Loire Valley is 130 miles to the south of France from Paris. This Loire Valley tour takes you to three of the most important and stunning castles in the Loire Valley. It is castles like Chambord, Amboise and Chenonceau that have made this area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We’ll tell you all about the history of these grand castles and the lifestyles of monarchs and aristocracy that lived in them during the French renaissance period.
- Start Time9:00am
- Duration12 to 13 hours
- Group Size8 people maximum
- Price1-3 people (sedan) | 1020 EUR
4-8 people (minivan) | 1240 EUR
- Airport Pick UpCharles de Gaulle | 100 EUR
Orly | 80 EUR
- IncludedAll Transport • Licensed Guide • Tickets to the 3 Castles
- Not IncludedMeals • Gratuities
This is an extended day trip so please be prepared for a long drive to and from Paris. As this Loire Valley castles tour will be completely private you’ll have some flexibility to modify the stops on the day. Just talk to your guide to see what is possible.
PICK UP FROM HOTEL
We will collect you from your hotel in one of our comfortable vehicles at around 7.30am. On our way to the Loire Valley our licensed guide will give you an introduction to the history of the area. It's a 3 hour drive so we'll stop on the way to grab a coffee or take a restroom break when required.
CASTLE 1 - AMBOISE
Château d'Amboise is one of the finest, most beautiful and smallest of the three castles we will visit. Admire the 15th century furniture collection and household items on display here. We will also visit the grave of Leonardo da Vinci who was laid to rest here in a small chapel in the gardens.
We will make a stop for lunch nearby. Here we recommend a gastronomic restaurant to enjoy a relaxed meal. You can speak to your guide for options.
CASTLE 2 - CHAMBORD
After lunch we'll head to Chambord Castle which is the largest in the Loire Valley day trip and the picture of French Renaissance architecture. Surrounded by a large moat, this castle is post-card perfect. Your licensed guide will take you for a personalized tour inside the castle and show you the many highlights including a spectacular double spiral staircase that is perhaps the work of Leonardo da Vinci himself.
CASTLE 3 - CHENONCEAU
Next we will visit the spectacular and lavish Chenonceau Castle on River Cher where you will have a personalized guided tour. Chenonceau is probably the most beautiful castle on our itinerary and after Versailles it is the most visited in France. Your guide will tell you all about its history and why it is known as the Ladies' Château.
RETURN TO HOTEL
Once the tour concludes we will start the drive back to Paris. We aim to return you to your hotel at around 7.30pm. If you’d prefer to be dropped off at a restaurant or bar to continue your day in Paris, then please let us know.
- AUSTIN G, United States: This was a fantastic tour for wine and champagne lovers. Gustavo was warm, charming, and knowledgeable...
- HEIDI LING, United States: This was my second tour to Normandy with Gustavo in 6 months, the first with friends, the second with my husband and daughter
- ZIN MIN SWE, Singapore: Gustavo is prompt, service oriented and was more than happy to do little additional things.