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

Loire Castles and Wine Day Trip from Paris
Loire Castles and Wine Day Trip from Paris

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.

Days of Service

Tuesday and Saturday

Meeting Time

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

Additional Info

  • 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
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure/Exchange Point

Central Paris


13 hours

Return Details

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.

7:30 AMTour
$ 182.61

Customer Reviews

Cynthia C

January 2016

I am so glad that I booked this tour. I discovered a whole new part of France...........the history and architecture of the Chateaus. The ride on the bus was very comfortable and I was able to either sleep or enjoy the views of the countryside. My guides were very knowledgeable and personable as I was constantly peppering them with questions. The chateauxs themselves were wonderful and grand, much as I expected, but it was the personal stories of the histories of these wonderful homes that made everything more special. I highly recommend this tour and I am looking forward to taking several more with Viator. It was a very high quality tour by guides who love their work.


November 2015

Awesome tour! Violet and Tina were amazing! Lots of interesting facts and they went above and beyond to recommend lots of places to eat and drink in Paris. Highly recommend!

Dezhang Z

November 2015

The tour is well organized with good history stories about the chateaux. The late lunch and wine tasting at Chateaux Nitray was very delicious! A wonderful trip to the Loire Valley!

Robert L

November 2015

Excellent overall experience. Tour guide was very competent and informative.

Sandra T

November 2015

Another wonderful trip. The guide, Adam, was excellent. He really filled in the blanks and pointed out lots of interesting places and times to us as we journeyed to the three Chateaus. The winery Nitray, was great. The meal was good and the wine also. Loved the winemaker. Totally worth the price!

Darryl K

November 2015

I enjoyed the excursion very much. Excellent guide, very nice day.


November 2015

Great tour of a this beautiful region of France. The wine was not my favorite of France but the lunch provided was absolutely delicious! Our tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable and the bus was comfortable. The castles we visited were gorgeous but I had hoped we would see more castles from the bus. Only a couple were visible even though there are several dozen in the region. We were able to spend ample time at each stop to enjoy the estates.

A Lorraine E

November 2015

It was a great day! Beautiful Chateaux --- with great wine!

Steve H

November 2015

I wasn't sure the cost was worth it, but I was really suprised afterwards! This was a great tour and the guides were exceptional!

patricia s

November 2015

Felt like I stepped into a Disney movie at these sites...incredible. Would have liked more time at Chenonceau.


November 2015

Daniel and Violetta were experienced and knowledgeable tour guides. My husband, daughter and I enjoyed the day and call it one of our best days in France!

Ralph F

November 2015

Excellent! Loire Valley is beautiful and good way to see French countryside.

Gayla B

October 2015

Excellent tour. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and personable.


October 2015

I was SO looking forward to this part of my trip to Paris, and it did NOT disappoint! The day began at our meeting point entrance to the Catacombs near the Place Denfert-Rochereau. Our guides, Violet and Lillia, were absolutely WONDERFUL.....very friendly, very knowledgeable, and very engaging. The ride was long but I was enthralled by the history lessons and stories from our guides, as well as taking in the views of the countryside. Each castle was stunning in its own way, the stories different from the other, and luckily, the weather behaved so that we could meander through the grounds.

Chateau de Nitray was our stop for lunch and wine tasting. It was much smaller....quaint and homey...and I loved it. Lunch was taken in a huge room next to the gift shop at family-style tables. This gave us a chance to chat with and get to know others on the tour. The lunch was fantastic, hearty...wines, delicious...and there was dessert and coffee at the end, along with time to walk around the grounds.

I could go on and on about Chateaux de Chambord and Chenonceau but that would take up WAY too much space. I'll just say that they appeared to have jumped off the pages of a book....they were beyond beautiful and beyond my expectations. If you get a chance to take this tour while visiting Paris, I would jump at it. Just do it! You will not regret it.

Sebastien L

October 2015

Amazing tour with 2 great guides. Really worth it.

Jade Hazel C

October 2015

We loved our tour guide, Adam! He was a great treat to this amazing tour -- Very knowledgeable about French history, food and wine! Team Champagne all the way! ...

The ride to and from Loire Valley is a bit long and exhausting but you get to see amazing castles and know more of France's nobility and history. The cheateaus we visited were amazing -- each one got better and better and tastings were great!


October 2015

An amazing step back in time and fantastic and knowledgeable guides! The wine was delicious and the lunch was outstanding. Highly recommend this tour!!

William M

October 2015

The tour was very good. Daniel and Tina were very interesting and very knowledgeable. The driver was very proficient.

Jeanne M

October 2015

Loved this tour. Interesting and fun. Love the French countryside. Our Tour Guides were great.


October 2015

Outstanding! Very non stressful trip. Everything was as scheduled! Great tour guide, Adam and Lillia!

Lisa L

October 2015

Lovely tour, and our guide Violette was amazing. She kept everyone so engaged and enthralled. We were lucky to have gorgeous weather. Both castles are spectacular, but the lunch stop at Chateau de Nitray really made this trip. To see a working castle with a winery, and enjoy their lunch was lovely. And Hubert, the patron of this chateau was a hoot. After walking all over Paris for a few days, this break was perfect, and the Loire Valley hold such amazing history.

Cynthia H

October 2015

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!

Robert C

October 2015

Entertaining, good food, a perfect break from the long lines and endless crowds of Paris. A nice break for a day.


October 2015

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!