Loire Valley Day Trip with Castles & Wine from Paris
Visit Fairy-tale castles & Drink Delicious wine in the Picturesque French Countryside
Castles, rolling hills, Amazing wine, and Authentic Food are what come to mind when you think of the French countryside and you will find them all in the Loire Valley! Join your fun and expert tour guide in a small group as you travel on a climate-controlled bus from Paris. Your knowledgeable tour guide will unveil the secrets of the French Loire Valley with funny stories throughout your day together. Admissions & Lunch Included.
- Round Trip Transport in Climate Controlled Bus
- Fairy-Tale Castle
- Fun, Expert Tour Guide
- Beautiful, Landscaped Gardens
- Authentic French Meal
- Be in Great Company
Explore the heart and soul of the French countryside in this Loire Valley Day Trip from Paris. Get ready as you are about to enter this stunning region to explore fairy-tale castles, sample local foods and wines, and experience some of France’s most beautiful scenery. Your full day tour includes:
A Truly Memorable Experience
A Fun & Knowledgable Tour Guide
A Small Group of max 25 people
Round Trip Transportation in a Climate-Controlled Bus
Lunch with Wine
Chateau de Chambord
Your day trip begins from Paris where your expert tour guide will give you some background history of the Loire Valley. You will then arrive at Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the valley. Disney fans will recognize this castle as the inspiration for ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
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.
Lunch at a Vineyard
Having worked up an appetite, we'll get back on the bus and head over to a winery. You will enjoy an up-close and personal tour of a privately-owned and run vineyard. Here the feast begins where you'll be wined and dined.
Enjoy a wide range of white and red wines and even a sweet dessert wine. You will guided along with tasting notes from a real wine 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.
Chateau de Chenonceau
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 stone exterior are breathtaking. Inside, you'll be able to admire original stone carvings, large tapestries, and beautiful chapels and bedrooms. Their furnishings have remained as they were from centuries ago!
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!
The Bridge & The Grounds
Don’t miss the spectacular and beautiful bridge of Chateau de Chenonceau 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. However, this time it was used to help people escape from occupied France, crossing over the bridge and into free France on the other side.
The grounds, cultivated 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 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 stunning scenery of the Loire Valley. This memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses!
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I want to go back!
Love seeing the French Countryside on this tour. Would love to move there! If you have the chance to see it, I would definitely take it and this tour is the way to do it!
The best day by far during our trip to Paris. Of course Paris was beautiful as well but wow the Loire area was amazing. I'm a huuuuuuggggeee Disney fan so seeing the Beauty and the Beast castle brought me to tears of joy! The winery was also wonderful, the French countryside is so Romantic!!!
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