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From Amboise: Chambord and Chenonceau Tour with Lunch

1. From Amboise: Chambord and Chenonceau Tour with Lunch

Travel back to the days of the French Renaissance on a full-day tour of the châteaux of the Loire Valley. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in a family-owned, and still occupied, chateau. Meet your guide in Amboise and travel to Chateau Chenonceau. Stroll through the manicured gardens named after Catherine de Médicis and Diane de Poitiers, the chateau's former residents. Appreciate the refined architecture and feminine influence in each room and see precious antiques and flower arrangements. For lunch, enjoy a meal served at an off-the-beaten-path location, hosted by the French Countess who lives there. Taste local food in one of the smallest of all the Loire Valley castles. Then, continue to Chateau Chambord. Discover a glorious work of art and architecture as your guide selects the most emblematic rooms to visit. Hear memorable anecdotes as they point out hidden details. Get breathtaking views of the castle during a coffee break in Chambord Park before returning to Amboise in the evening.

From Tours/Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord, Blois & Cheverny

2. From Tours/Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord, Blois & Cheverny

Depart Tours or Amboise to journey into the Loire Valley and discover some of its famous châteaux. Stop at the Château de Blois, notable for its unique mix of Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Classical architecture. The former home of kings Louis XII and François I, its history is steeped in tragedy and is notable as the place where Joan of Arc went to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before departing with her army to drive the English from Orléans. Pause for a wine tasting and sample some of the organic wines of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny. The Cheverny appellation produces elegant reds from the pinot noir and gamay grapes, as well as fruity whites from the chardonnay and sauvignon grapes. Sample a stunning organic white wine made from the romorantin grape, imported into the Loire Valley by King François I. Take a guided tour of the Château de Cheverny, owned by the same family since the days of Louis XIII. See some of the most beautiful furniture in the Loire Valley, and learn the château's rich history, such as its connection to Tintin comic books and the impressive hunts on horseback that used to take place with a pack of 100 dogs. You may even get to see the spectacular daily event of “the dogs’ soup!” Move on to the Château de Chambord, one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world for its distinctive French Renaissance architecture. Discover the vast national game reserve of the largest château in the Loire Valley, and learn the monument's fascinating history, including the unverified tale of Leonardo da Vinci's involvement in its construction. Return to your original departure town, with drop off in Tours at 18:00 or Amboise at 18:45.

Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

3. Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

Do you want to see splendid Renaissance castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this private 11-hour wine and culture day tour, you will have fallen in love with Chambord's impressive architecture and with the diversity of Loire Valley wines. After an early morning hotel pick-up in Paris, you will travel with your knowledgeable guide about two hours south of the city towards Chambord Castle. En route, bite into flaky croissants and pastries while hearing about the history of the region and its heritage of wine-making. Arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for an audio-guided tour. Come away knowing the secrets behind this magnificent Château, constructed by King Francis I of France 500 years ago. Back in your air-conditioned minivan, pass through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc grapes. Settle in at a family-run Vouvray wine estate, where you’ll meet the winemaker and enjoy a delicious meal of traditional food, paired with a wine tasting. After lunch, discover a boutique but world-famous winery and taste sparkling white wines, dry and sweet white wines, red and rosé wines (depending on availability). Taste authentic Loire Valley wines largely unavailable in the rest of the world. You will be dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

4. Exclusive Wine Day Trip Loire Valley from Paris

From Paris, set off directly for the Royal Castle of Amboise - open every day (except on 1 January and 25 December). When you arrive, take a walk in the town of the Amboise and see the beautiful castle from the outside and stroll around this historic city. This symbolic monument and its landscaped gardens offer wonderful panoramas of the Loire Valley, which rightly deserves the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the castle of Amboise with an audio guide (if the castle is closed, visits to similar castles such as Chambord or Cheverny are available). Get acquainted with French history from different angles in an exceptional location of political and artistic importance within Europe during the Renaissance. Discover what would have been the intimate moments in a sovereign's life, learn about daily life in the court, and get the chance to peek behind the scenes.  Finally, discover local gastronomy at a local restaurant. Savor a 3-course lunch which includes a starter, main, and dessert. This final stop will also give you an opportunity to learn about some emblematic French wines. Visit 2 different wineries in unique locations and explore the caves and taste up to 5 different glasses of wine. Meet the people who produce delicious bottles as you follow them to the caves and hear their stories.

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What people are saying about Centre-Val de Loire

Fantastic Day

The day was spent visiting the Châteaux and was simply awesome. Travelling in a small group of 8 allowed us to get to know each other a little and move around more easily. The pace of the day was perfect with just the right amount of information from our guide Agate who was both knowledgeable and friendly. A highlight of the day was sitting together enjoying a lovely lunch with great wine in a small family Château- fabulous. Of course the two main attractions - Chenonceau and Chambord were amazing!

Absolutely brilliant day from start to finish. I often find guided tours hard work but this was fascinating, entertaining and perfectly pitched. The lunch was delicious and locations wonderful. Can't recommend it enough!

Audrey was a fantastic guide!

She was very knowledgeable about all three chateaux. She answered our questions and was pleasant too. Would highly recommend this tour!

Lovely visit of the two chateaus plus a lunch prepared by a local. Very nice trip through a beautiful area.

Very good tour. The excellent guide Simon, Congratulations