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.
A wonderful tour that I would highly recommend. Our guides violet and Patrice were informative friendly and funny. It was a long day, but it gave us the opportunity to see the countryside of France in an air conditioned coach. Our visit to Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau was beautiful, and our lunch very enjoyable.
My friend and I really enjoyed this tour. It was a long day, but well worth it to see a few castles and taste some local wines. Our guide gave us lots of interesting information about the castles and the history. Lunch was good, though I felt like that stop could've been shortened a little bit to give more time at the other two castles. I felt rushed at Chenonceau especially, and even another 30 minutes there would've been nice, even if it meant getting back to Paris 30 minutes later. But overall, this was a really enjoyable tour and I'd definitely recommend it.
This tour was everything I had expected. It was thoroughly delightful and informative. Our guide, Tina, was very personable and added to the tour with her knowledge of French history and the chateaux.
Our visits to the different chateaux were brief but we had a guided tour and then a little bit of time to explore on our own. The chateaux themselves were outstanding with their history, architecture and gardens.
The lunch at Chateau Nitray was a delight. The food and wine were excellent and the owner was very fun. I
I definitely recommend this tour for someone who would like to get a taste of the Loire Valley.
We greatly enjoyed the beautiful architecture of Castle Chambord, and the lovely Chateau Chenonceau. This was my husband's favourite thing we did in Europe. I am glad we went on the tour, although, personally I did not think much of the wine. The best of those we tasted was, I thought, the sparkling white, a bit like champagne, but I found even that one had an after taste I did not like. This tour is also something that would be fairly complex and expensive to do on your own, so offers a way to see these castles that is comfortable and easy and is pretty good value for money. Chambord was a lovely surprise- I thought I was going because I wanted to see Chenonceau.
Lovely tour guides. The lunch and wine tasting were a highlight!
This tour was a lot of fun! The chateaux's are just spectacular and lunch was nice. We also bought some beautiful wine from Chateau de Nitray and Chenonceau. Our guide Tina was lovely and very knowledgable. The only downside is we would have loved more time in each of the chateaux's to explore
It was an awesome day! Violet and Lilia, our tour guides were very interesting, knowledgeable, and easy to understand. Information given just added to the whole experience. We would highly recommend to anyone!
This tour was amazing!
This was by far one of our favorite days while in France. Our guide, Violet, was very knowledgeable and added a nice, personal touch to the tour. We enjoyed her stories of the history of both of the chateaux. Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau were both absolutely stunning. However, our favorite part of the day was our visit to Chateau de Nitray for lunch and wine tasting. The food was great, the wine was amazing and the owner was entertaining. Overall, a very nice opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris and enjoy the French countryside. We highly recommend this day trip!
A lovely break from the big city Paris experience!
Violet and Ben were very knowledgable and made the tour a lot of fun!
We took a day out of our Paris stay to visit the Loire Valley the tour, booked thru Viatour, is run locally by the tour company and they do an excellent job. Our tour guide, Violette, was simply extraordinary extremely knowledgeable, very personable and quite adept at dealing with groups. Theyve structured the tour quite well to hit the true highlights: Chambord Castle is truly impressive, and they give you head sets to ensure you can hear your guide Violette did a wonderful walking tour. An authentic French country lunch accompanies the wine tasting with some amazing wine values and the stop at Chenonceau Castle is a good way to end a perfect day. This tour was an ideal combination of sightseeing, history lessons and wonderful food and wine.
Excellent experience and guides.
Excellent trip, beautiful castles, great tour guide, and the lunch with wine tasting was a neat experience! Chenonceau was easily the most beautiful of the 3 castles, Chambord had the Da Vinci staircase, and Nitray had the great wine at a cheap price under 5 Euros!.
A very enjoyable day touring the picturesque Loire Valley. Chateau Chenonceau and it's surrounding grounds was particularly beautiful. Really glad we took this tour!
I absolutely loved it. We had 2 great guides. This was much better than going to the overcrowded Versaille. The Chateaux's are beautiful and the wine tasting/meal was tasty and fun.
Perfect!! Two guides who were very knowledgable and fun to be around, fantastic chateaus, good food, good wine and made some new friends.
I loved all the stories and folklore on this tour as well!
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip! The chateaus were beautiful, lunch was delicious, and Violet (our tour guide) was extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this trip!
The best tour ever!!! What made it so perfect was our guide Violet!! The tour was with the best tour company ever! We were only 20 or so people on tour, so it made it more intimate then going with double deck bus with 70 people! those were our other tours. Violet was so knowledgeable and interesting, she told us so many interesting stories. We stopped at private little castle - winery for an amazing home made lunch roasted chicken, potatoes, salad, cheese, apple pie and wine tasting. It was such an awesome experience! Violet showed us two beautiful castles - Chambord and Chenonceau, she knew so many stories about them, and the castles were just breathtakingly beautiful!!! Once again - amazing tour and the most amazing guide! Highly recommend!
It was really great. I absolutely loved the two guides Pascal and Violet who made the trip fly by, They we're both full of information about the history of the castle and the times.
The lunch was wonderful, the whole day which was a long one, was very special.
Note: It helps to enjoy walking.
Patrice and a Violet were fantastic guides we had a lovely day thank you.
Two beautiful, informative, friendly, women guided us and the castles were amazing especially Chenonceau. The lunch/wine tasting was terrific.
Tour guide to as superb!