Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris
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Location: Paris, France
Duration: 13 hours
Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris
What would a trip to France be without escaping Paris for a day trip in the countryside? Take a break from the city bustle, and discover the magnificent castles of the Loire Valley. On this full-day tour from Paris, your guide will lead you through some of the region’s most stunning châteaux (French for “castles”). Marvel over the complexity of Loire Valley wines in a prestigious local vineyard and soak up the tranquility over a gourmet lunch served among the vines.
Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people when exploring the castles, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide. This tour also includes access to skip the long entry lines at Château de Chenonceau.
What You Can Expect
After leaving Paris in a comfortable air-conditioned coach, your day trip of the wine and castles of the Loire Valley starts at Château de Chambord. This beautiful château was built in 1519 by King Francis I, who used it as a hunting lodge. Admire its French Renaissance architecture, luxurious furniture, ornamental ceiling vaults and astounding staircases, and keep an eye out for frolicking deer and wild boar as you stroll along the castle’s lush grounds.
Next, you’ll stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Nitray Vineyards at Château de Nitray. This is not your average box lunch -- you'll enjoy a home-cooked lunch of fresh, local French ingredients and sample some of the region’s best wines, including a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a full-bodied Cabernet Rouge. Your guide will take you through the wine-tasting, pointing out the different flavors. You will end your visit with a tour of the vineyard.
Your final stop is Château de Chenonceau, an elegant 16th-century castle that is sure to steal your heart at first sight with its smooth white stone and intricately painted wooden door. Entry lines can be quite long here, especially in the peak summer season, but don’t worry! This tour includes skip-the-line access, so you don’t have to wait in the long queue. The interior of the castle is well-maintained with original stone carvings, immense tapestries and an intimate chapel. Almost equal in beauty are the castle grounds and many gardens, planted by the famous ladies who owned the Ladies’ Château and gave it its name.
Tuesday and Saturday
7:30am (arrive strictly at 7:15am)
- Local guide
- Entrance and guided tour of Chambord
- Skip-the-line entrance and guided tour of Chenonceau
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Gourmet lunch and wine-tasting at Nitray Vineyards
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Schedule and Pricing
Ile de France and Paris
Returns to original departure point
Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.
Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.
We really enjoyed this trip. The Chateaux's were wonderful, and the lunch and wine tasting delicious. It is a long bus ride, and a little tiresome in that way. Our guides, Daniel and Tina were wonderful. They had great stories to tell, easy to hear and understand, and kept a nice pace to the trip. I would recommend this trip to everyone who would like to see more of France, and get out of the city!
Entertaining, good food, a perfect break from the long lines and endless crowds of Paris. A nice break for a day.
We chose this wine tasting and lunch tour over just visiting the 3 chateaus, and I am glad we did. The lunch and wine tasting was the best part and the most fun for us! The food was homemade just for our bus group and was fantastic and plentiful, and the wine tasting was also very fun. The host of the Chateau was very cute and funny and made it a total pleasure. I would take this one again just for that part alone!
We had excellent guides Violet who spoke English very well, partnered with another guide name ? as we were split into two groups. Chateaux de Chambord was an excellent castle to tour with all the history we learned from our guides starting on the bus ride out, and continued along the way. Next, Chateau de Nitray welcomed us with a hearty lunch and a nice assortment of wines. Chateau de Chenonceau was beautiful and we had a nice wine tasting in their cellar much to our liking. The tour was very worth it! How many times are you in Paris and get to tour castles? Go! It's awesome!
This was a long day but was worth it. Violet was our tour guide. She loves her city. She is so knowledgable and enthusiastic about her job and the history of France - it was just unbelievable. The castles were beautiful, I loved Uber and his sense of humor. Questions?? no questions and follow me. It was a fun filled day, the meal was great. We just love Violet. Rita and Karen
The Castles are beautiful! Valerie and Tina were knowledgeavle and excellent guides whi love their work and they made this trip fun and informative! We had a wonderful lunch and enough time to wander around in each of the castles. The wine tasting was fun as well.
Great sites and excellent tour guide.
Beautiful tour with entertaining and knowledgeable guides. My husband and I really loved both the meal and wine tasting at Chateau de Nitray and Chenonceau was well worth the long drive.
Great tour. Violet and Adam were our guides and were extremely knowledgeable. Loved the tag-team commentary. The chateaus were amazing, the countryside beautiful and the food and wine were divine! Highly recommend!
This was an amazing day! The chateaus were wonderful as well as the wine tastings and lunch. Adam and Violet were our guides. We couldn't of asked for better ones. They were very knowledgeable about the history and the surroundings and made the day so much fun. This was the best tour we have ever gone on!
Most excellent tour. City Wonders tour company is the best! Patrice and Violet were excellent guides. Really enjoyed learning about the history of French royalty and all the castles. The guides really knew what they were talking about and very invested into our well-being.
Castles, Loire Valley, Wine - what else can be said? It was perfect! The tour guides were very knowledgeable and shared fun facts about the history of the Loire Valley and the castles we visited. It was a great introduction to the beauty of this area!
Fantastic tour. Tour guides were lovely!
It was a wonderful tour! Our guide Tina was absolutely wonderful and informative!
The trip was excellent. Our guide Violet was amazing, very knowledgeable and friendly. One of the best guides we have ever had! Our group was small 17 and we had a wonderful day. We had a pleasant drive to the Loire Valley and really enjoyed all three stops. The food and wine were great! We also had the opportunity for a wine tasting at Chenonceau. I highly recommend this trip. It was one of our highlights from our Paris/Normandy trip.
Perfect balance of sight-seeing and wine-tasting. The host, Tina, was great - fun and informative!
We really enjoyed this tour. You get to see to great Chateaux and have lunch at a winery. The air conditioning on the bus was minimal, but the tour guides addressed the issue and gave up a free beverage and got us a 10 discount - VERY CLASSY that they addressed the issue best that they could.
This tour was fantastic! Our tour guide Adam was amazing! He gave some rich history lessons all throughout the tour and had some hilariously funny facts and stories to share. He kept the bus rides entertaining and enlightening and gave just the right amount of context to each stop we made. The tour of Chambord was the perfect amount of time as there really isnt much to see and Adam led us to all the good spots. The wine tasting and lunch at Nitray was great. A simple, but delicious meal. Overall we tasted 4 wines, 3 before lunch and 1 after lunch and coffee. During lunch they have wine on the table and you can ask for more. In fact it is encouraged! The wine here was good and very cheap! Average 6 euro a bottle. The next stop is Chenonceau. The chateaux and its ground are gorgeous. The tour here is much shorter but you have the option to walk around some more or go to the 2nd wine tasting, which is something they dont tell you when you sign up. I opted for the 2nd wine tasting as I felt that the tour showed you the nicest rooms inside the castle and the rest of the time spent would be wandering the grounds and some of the other rooms. The wine tasting here was even better than the one at Nitray. The wines are little more expensive but only by 2-3 Euro. Overall this tour was definitely worth the price and great way to explore outside of Paris.
Great Tour, Tina was a very good guide and a very nice person. Many thanks to her
Simply enchanting!! Andrew, our tour guide, provided us with a knowledgeable, entertaining look into days of old and the ensuing drama created by the royalty. And then there was the wine....simply delicious.
City wonders do excellent tours with great guides, Adam was excellent, very knolwdgable and funny. Booking through viator was great I booked only a couple of days before and it was all perfect.
Absolutely fantastic ! the guides Adam and Violette were wonderful complemented each other so well, best history lesson , wine tasting tour we have ever been on
can't recommend this tour highly enough a must do if staying in Paris Fabulous
Violet was our tour guide and was the most outstanding guide we have ever had. Her passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge added to the trip that was already exceptional because of the beauty of the region. She took her time, was personable to all, and made the day even better than we had anticipated. Our entire family went and it was one of the best days of our trip. I would highly recommend this tour!
What a great way to see 3 different Chateaux and enjoy wine from the Loire Valley. Violet, our tour guide was a joy during the day long tour providing interesting history of the Loire Valley and Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau. Since we were staying in Paris, it was nice to get away from the city and enjoy a relaxing day in the countryside!