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Chenonceau Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

1. Chenonceau Castle: Private Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Chenonceau Castle with a local guide who will tailor the excursion to your tastes and introduce you to the castle’s beautiful places. Start at the entrance of the castle and then head to the charming gardens full of flowers. Chenonceau castle has been classified a “Historic Monument” by the French Ministry of Culture and has been home to famous queens as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis. Discover its original design and architecture and immerse yourself in the medieval period during this informative tour.

Private Day Tour to Loire Valley Castles & Wines from Paris

2. 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.

Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

3. Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

Make travel as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Nantes from a local eager to share all the tips to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood and learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and get around. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do in the city, customized to your interests. Feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own, confident that you have all the information you need.

Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

4. Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

Do you know which city was the capital of France in 15th century? Where the famous French novelist Honoré de Balzac was born? Which city is considered to be the Garden of France? Or where you can hear the purest French spoken language? The answer to all of these questions is Tours, a historic city dating back to the Middle Ages located right in the heart of France, just one hour away from Paris. Join our helpful and knowledgeable guides to discover the rich history and wonderful medieval buildings of Tours. Visit the city's beloved Cathédrale Saint-Gatien, which dates back to as early as 1170. The cathedral is a beautiful mix of different architectural styles, with major sections finished between the 13th and 15th centuries. Another point of interest may be the medieval Tour Charlemagne, located in the center of the Old City. Or, feel free to visit the famous museum of Beaux- Arts on your own, admiring its impressive collection including pieces by French, Italian, Flemish and Dutch masters. Then, enjoy a taste of the region's fine wine, considered by many to be among the best in all of France. Let us show you the beautiful city of Tours through the eyes of a local!

Tours: Great Escape Sidecar Tour

5. Tours: Great Escape Sidecar Tour

A collection of fantastic architectural treasures, this tour takes you into the very heart of the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. You'll begin by discovering the Cathedral Saint-Gatien, which is famous for its magnificent stained glass windows. From there you will discover other emblematic places of the city such as the Charlemagne Tower and the Horloge Tower, and two vestiges of the Basilica Saint-Martin. You'll then encounter the Place Plumereau, which is one of the most beautiful squares in France.  Admire the town's many half-timbered houses, before following the Loire to Vouvray where you can see some of the area's most beautiful vineyards. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll be returned to your tour meeting point.

From Tours: Retro Classic Sidecar Ride

6. From Tours: Retro Classic Sidecar Ride

After meeting with your guide at the meeting point, your tour to step back in time will begin. This tour is a guaranteed gateway to the Loire Valley and its castles, touring a town which is rich in art and history. Your guide will be keen to show you the area's most unusual and unique places. You will discover all the emblematic places of the city, such as the Cathedral Saint-Gatien which is famous for its magnificent stained-glass windows, the Charlemagne Tower, and the Horloge Tower. You will also encounter the two vestiges of the Basilica Saint-Martin and the Place Plumereau, which is one of the most beautiful squares in France. Your entire tour will be conducted from the comfort of a sidecar, and at the conclusion of your experience you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Private Tour from Paris to Loire Castles & Michelin Lunch

7. Private Tour from Paris to Loire Castles & Michelin Lunch

Do you want to see splendid Renaissance Castles and taste delicious Loire Valley wines? At the end of this VIP 11-hour wine and culture private 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, 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 wine-making region of Loire and its heritage. Arrive at Chambord Castle in the morning for a private tour with a guide from the castle. He will reveal all the secrets behind this magnificent château , constructed by King Francis I of France five hundred years ago and even show you rooms closed to the general public. Back in your air-conditioned car, drive through the vineyards of Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis sur Loire. Admire the colorful landscapes of local grapes. For lunch, your guide will take you to one of the best restaurants of the region, which is a Michelin-starred restaurant. The chef's creative five-course menu is prepared with local products and will be paired to delicious boutique wines of the region. After lunch, your guide will take you in the vineyard to enjoy a beautiful landscape and give you a vine growing introduction course. Then, visit one of the most emblematic wineries of the region and, depending on availability, taste sparkling white wines, dry and sweet white wines, red and rosé wines. Here, you will get to taste authentic Loire Valley wines largely unavailable in the rest of the world. Your guide will drop you back at your hotel in the early evening.

Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Nantes: City Highlights Walking Tour

Explore the best of Nantes on this walking tour alongside a professional local guide. Learn fascinating facts and legends about the city as you see iconic sights and visit charming spots. Follow your guide to explore the streets, buildings, and corners of the city and discover the stories hidden within them. Learn about the local botanical garden with more than 10,000 species and 5000 flowers that are planted each season, hear about the Château des ducs de Bretagne castle that opened in 1207, and more. This tour is perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most out of their time here.

Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

9. Nantes: Christmas Walking Tour

Enjoy a special walking tour Nantes during Christmas time with a professional local guide. Visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city as you become spellbound with the charming atmosphere. Learn more about the Christmas traditions of Nantes. Hear the story of the city's Christmas tree and who was the first person to decorate it, as well as other local legends. Explore the bustling Christmas market and see what local products are popular during the festive period, with expert knowledge from your guide.

Nantes: Romantic Walking Tour

10. Nantes: Romantic Walking Tour

Together with a professional local guide, visit the most romantic places in Nantes while learning local love stories and legends. This tour is perfect for romantics and couples. Prepare to be spellbound by the city’s charming atmosphere. Get an insider look at the best places to have a date in the city and where to take the loveliest photos. As you explore, hear about historic love stories hidden in the streets, buildings, and parks of the city, from heartbreaking and tragic to the hilarious and spicy. Experience the magical atmosphere at a local park and visit the botanical garden to learn about its connection with a famous and inspiring couple, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. There is much to fall in love with on this tour.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Our guide Matthew was informative , and very accommodating. The two gentlemen in our group needed to sit while Matthew talked to us and he always found a place for them. We walked slowly and he was willing to extend the time of the tour so he could fit everything in. He showed up in costume and so we not only got a history lesson about Tours we had a history lesson about musketeers. A would highly recommend this guide, he is a treasure!!!!!

Guillaume/William an excellent guide and the whole experience was massive fun. Both riding pillion and in the sidecar was wonderful and felt incredibly safe - loads of smiles from us and a lot back from others as we went through the old town and along the Loire. A brilliant way to see Tours and well worth the money. Highly recommended.

What a nice varied trip we made. First through Tours and then around Tours. And what a nice charming driver. Nice click. Above all, we kept it dry. That was also a nice bonus. Thank you

C‘etait tout à ce quoi je m’attendais. Une guide très sympa et j’ai passé un très bon moment à découvrir la ville. Je recommanderais fort cette expérience !

great experience on this sidecar tour. lovely guide and personable service.