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Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

1. Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

Discover iconic castles on this bus day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley and explore Château de Chambord on a self-guided tour. Have free time in the charming town of Bloise and have the chance to visit Blois Castle on your own. Visit Château de Chenonceau for a self guided tour and wine tasting experience. From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed. Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide before entering the castle. You can then visit the inside at your own pace on a self-guided visit. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds. Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII. Alternatively, grab a bite and visit the royal Blois Castle on your own, notable for its unique mix of medieval Gothic and neoclassical Renaissance architecture. Last but not least is the elegant Château de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms, and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle’s many sweeping stone carvings. Don’t miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici — 2 of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies’ Château." After a your visit, continue exploring or indulge in a wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar. Your tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region. Three uniquely beautiful French castles and a wine tasting, all amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley — this memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses.

From Tours & Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord & Chenonceau

2. From Tours & Amboise: Day Trip to Chambord & Chenonceau

Benefit from pick-up by air-conditioned, 8-seater van and head to the picturesque Château de Chenonceau with magnificent Renaissance gardens. Then, go to Amboise for a wine tour with tastings. Visit Les Caves Ambacia for a wine experience and sample some of the wines of the Loire Valley at a tasting with a sommelier. Lunch at leisure in Amboise. Continue to Chambord for a guided tour of the chateau. Admire the fine details of the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, including a double helix staircase by Da Vinci. Get dropped off in Tours at 5.30 PM or Amboise at 6:00 PM. Admire the fine details of the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, including a double helix staircase by Da Vinci. Get dropped off in Tours at 6 PM or Amboise at 6:45 PM.

Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

3. Nantes: Machines of the Isle of Nantes Guided Segway Tour

Discover the Machines of the Isle of Nantes by Segway, with a guided tour of the island's main attractions. Zoom around and find the courthouse, the mythical elephant, the carousel of the marine worlds, the Maille Breze, the cranes of the Titans, and the project of the Heron Tree. Meet your guide and get acquainted with your self-stabilized, Segway. Perfect for all levels of experience, spend a few minutes to feel confident, then venture into the unforgettable exhibition. Enjoy yourself, as you explore the large space, that offers plenty of fun. Learn about the artists who reclaimed this area for their art exhibition and look way up at the massive installations. Marvel at the machines and ponder their size. Admire the unique setting along La Loire and have a unique experience.

From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

4. From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

Escape the busy city of Paris and immerse yourself in the French countryside on this 2 day trip. The tour departs the city and crosses the western districts of Paris along the Normandy motorway to reach your first destination. At Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy a fascinating guided visit of the abbey’s interior and marvel at the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the building. Spend some free time exploring the rest of the abbey and surrounding village. After the abbey, head towards Château d’Angers for your overnight stay. Check into your 4-star hotel for the night and relax before the second day of the tour. On the second day, wake up to a delicious breakfast and begin your journey to the breathtaking Loire Valley. Upon arrival in the valley, visit the Castle Langeais passing by Cunault and Saumur along the way. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and learn about the rich history of the people who lived here.   Finally, on the return to Paris, marvel at the stunning landscape of the countryside as you travel.

Welcome to Nantes: Private Tour with a Local

5. 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.

Loire Valley: Vouvray Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

6. Loire Valley: Vouvray Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Head to the quaint village of Chançay, at the heart of AOC Vouvray to meet your guide, the wife of the winemaker at the family-owned winery you'll be touring. Hear about the history of a winery owned by your guide's parents-in-laws since 1973 and immerse yourself in life at the winery for a few hours.  Take a guided walk in the vineyard surrounding the winery to learn about the French AOC system and its strict rules, as well as the art of vine-growing throughout the year. Understand the specificities of the terroirs in Vouvray and enjoy the view over the vineyards, the winemaker's houses, and the rock-hewn cellars that are typical of the area. Follow the path taken by the grapes at harvest time from the vineyard to the winery where they're pressed to make wine. Learn about different wine-making techniques and visit the wine cellar dug in the rock by your guide's family. Discover the traditional method used in the area to make the famous sparkling wines of Vouvray. Then taste a range of 6 wines produced at the winery from sparkling white and rosé to dry and sweet white wines. Enjoy local delicacies served with the wines, including Loire fish rillettes, charcuteries, cheeses, and local desserts. At the end of the tour, take advantage of the chance to buy wine at cellar-door prices.

Private Walking Tour of Tours Historical Center

7. 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

8. 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/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

9. From Tours/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

Take a tour of the Chateau of Langeais which is a perfect balance between gardens, architecture, and contemporary art. You will be surprised by this 15th-century fortress, which contrasts with the quirky art exhibition. Its huge garden is inspired by fairy tales and cartoons. A confidential place for an original experience. Then, have a guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.  By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden while discovering the power of thyme and basil on your health. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off in Tours at 5:30 PM or in Amboise at 6:15 PM.

From Tours: Retro Classic Sidecar Ride

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Loire Valley

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 18 reviews

I went with my mother, and we had a wonderful trip! We would have preferred to have more time at each castle (we only had about an hour and 10 minutes of free time at each), but we understood that a significant amount of time had to be set aside for travel. Our tour guide, Rene, is very passionate about what he does, and is knowledgeable about the history of each castle! The wine tasting portion was our favorite :)

Our tour guide, Audrey was amazing. Her wealth of knowledge is astounding. She was very clear on keeping to time constraints. I did not feel herded, rather she quietly led us off to the side to share information. She kept us informed throughout the tour.

our guide Hamish was super nice and super professional. I highly recommend him! He managed to tell us about the history of France in several hours! I enjoyed the trip, the guide and the castles very much!

Our guide Hemie was extremely knowledgeable about France history and very proficient in how he managed / lead the large number of people on the bus throughout the tours !!!

Excellent tour, beautiful castles, and a great wune tasting.