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Loire Valley Castles Audio Guided Tour

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Paris, France

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icon12 hours 18 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Discover Chambord and Chenonceau, two châteaux in the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley, on this full-day tour from Paris. Cruise through the undulating landscapes of central France aboard a luxury motorcoach. With transport taken care of, independently explore the châteaux on your own with the option to include audio guides. Take delight in the “Ladies’ Castle” of Chenonceau. Then visit Chambord, a Renaissance retreat for French kings, including wine tastings (lunch is provided November–March).
  • Day trip to UNESCO-listed Loire Valley from Paris, with wine tasting
  • Explore the châteaux of Chenonceau and Chambord (entrance fees included)
  • Upgrade to include audio guides at each chateau
  • Relax with round-trip transportation by luxury coach from Paris
Round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach
During Winter time ( Nov till End March) , Lunch is included
Audio Guide ( if option selected)
Transportation and tickets only ( if option selected)
Tasting of 3 famous Loire wines, alongside four pieces of toast with local food products
Gratuities
Hotel pickup
Hotel drop-off
Lunch in Summer

Departure Point

2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France

Departure Time

7:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
For your full-day Loire Valley châteaux tour, rise early and board an air-conditioned motorcoach from a central location in Paris. Travel through the rolling hills of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed wine region in central France. Your guide drives you to each castle, which you explore on your own with the aid of self-guided audio tours (if option selected)

Begin your tour at the UNESCO-listed Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley, used as a retreat by French kings, especially Louis XIV. Learn about how Francois I, who had the château built, left his mark on the architecture throughout the castle. Snap a photo of the double-helix staircase inspired by Leonard da Vinci.

After the drive to Château de Chenonceau, explore the 16th-century castle spanning the Cher River. Described as the "Ladies' Castle," the regal refuge was used by the likes of Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers. Admire its Renaissance architecture and artwork by the masters of the day, as well as its rare tapestries, fine furniture, and the ornate formal gardens. Discover the Loire's wine heritage through wine tastings. Lunch is provided from November through March.

Please note, on Mondays and Saturdays in summer, you visit Château d'Amboise instead of Chambord.

Your sightseeing tour ends with return transport Paris.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Place des Pyramides
Meet up at our central located agency in Paris
Pass By:  
Palais Garnier
 Leave the bustle of Paris for the charming and green Loire Valley, traveling on a luxury air-conditioned coach.
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Chateau de Chambord
After driving through a gentle French Countryside with undulating hills, you will reach and explore by audio guide the Impressive structure – finest example of Renaissance French Architecture: Chambord, The retreat for French Kings especially Louis XIV! Built by Francois I left his mark on the architectural and cultural achievements of his reign. He placed his symbols, the salamander and the letter F anywhere he could: ceiling, castle-door ways... The Castle has a famous double helix staircase inspired by Leonard da Vinci, a friend of the King.
Pass By:  
Domaine National de Chambord
He placed his symbols, the salamander and the letter F anywhere he could: ceiling, castle-door ways... The Castle has a famous double helix staircase inspired by Leonard da Vinci, a friend of the King.
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Learn about its incredible past and be enchanted by its breathtaking riverside views. In winter, you’ll be served a traditional lunch and drink. Outside of this period, the tour escort will give you some fabulous tips on where to eat. If you choose to travel on Monday or Saturday in summer, you’ll love visiting the equally majestic Amboise castle instead of Chambord and your wine tasting will take place in the delightful Chenonceau wine cellars. 
Pass By:  
Office de Tourisme Autour de Chenonceaux
Drive through the French countryside before arriving to The Lady Castle spanning the River Cher.
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Chateau de Chenonceau
Then you will visit Chenonceau at your leisure. Described as the Ladies Castle; the regal refuge that owes its very existence to a list of powerful ladies such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici (as well as others). You will be fascinated by Its Renaissance architecture and artwork by masters of the day. Its fine furniture, rare tapestries, and the ornate formal gardens will also captivate you.
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe
Back to Paris at the end of the tour!
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1st Arrondissement
You will return at the departure point around 8PM ( approx)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note : the tour will be either with Audio Guide or at your Leisure ( if option selected)
  • Lunch will be included in Winter only
  • Tasting of 3 famous Loire wines, alongside four pieces of toast with local food products
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note on Monday and Saturday only on summer period the visit of Chambord will be replaced by Amboise visit
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Loire Valley Castles Audio Guided Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Great tour and our guide Vincent was...
Janicecutajar
, Dec 2017
Great tour and our guide Vincent was fantastic with great knowledge and stories. Didnt make us feel left out even though we didnt pay for the extra commentary. Just enough time at each Chatteau. Only suggestion: meal preferences would be good - the fish terrine was horrible.
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If you choose the Audio Guided Tour...
Alfred B
, Jul 2017
If you choose the Audio Guided Tour, don't expect any assistance or information from the tour guides.
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Product code: 2050P175

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