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Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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Travel in comfort on an air-conditioned bus to the Loire Valley and live like French royalty for a day. Visit two stunning castles and the quaint town of Blois. Taste local wine on a guided tour.

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Duration 12.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
6 hours
  • Paris Catacombs

  • 2 hours
  • Château de Chambord

  • 70 minutes
  • Blois (free time)

  • 20 minutes
  • Château de Chenonceau (wine tasting)

  • 3 hours
  • Paris Catacombs

    • Entry not included
Meeting point
Main stop
Highlights
  • See 3 fairytale Loire Valley castles in a day’s round-trip from Paris
  • Visit the most recognizable Renaissance French Chateau, Chambord
  • Listen as your tour guide provides entertaining commentary
  • Taste local wines at the "Ladies" Chateau of Chenonceau
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in the quaint town of Blois
Full description

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.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide for the whole day
  • Skip-the-line ticket to Château de Chambord
  • Skip-the-line ticket to Château de Chenonceau
  • Wine tasting in Château de Chenonceau
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Free time in Blois
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance to Blois Castle
  • Guided tour inside of the Chambord and Chenonceau castles
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Catacombes de Paris. They will have a sign with the activity provider's name on it: City Wonders. The closest metro Denfert-Rochereau (Line 4 or 6). Exit “Sortie 1” and the entrance to the Catacombs will be directly across the street.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Caves des Dômes is fully closed from January 1st to February 3rd 2023. Therefore, you will visit another cellar allowing you to taste four regional wines
  • Unfortunately, the wine tasting is not available on Sundays during that period
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tips for guides providing excellent service are appreciated but never obligatory
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check and comply with the official COVID-19 travel advice and restrictions on each country's government website
  • The tour provider will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 282 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Unfortunately Chateau Chambord was under construction when we went. Honestly if I had know that I might not have booked the trip. The scaffolding ruined the view which is essentially what you pay for. Chateau Chenonceau was absolutely gorgeous but CROWDED. We wouldn’t even make it to the second floor because we wanted to prioritize seeing the gardens. In all, the trip was positive but very rushed. Our tour guide, however, was a delight! Ami gave a mini history lesson before each castle and provided lunch recommendations in Blois. Worth doing if you want to say you’ve seen the castles but if you want a full Loire Valley experience look at something else.

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September 23, 2022

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 :)

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August 23, 2022

Our tour guides were Hamish and Minnie. Ease of checking in with them was great. Hamish was very knowledgeable in the history of the castles and we enjoyed listening to his Scottish Brogue. We felt a little rushed with the lunchtime allotted. This is a castle tour, not really highlighting wine tasting so travelers need to be aware of this. We were able to sample only 3 wines at end of tour. Overall the castles were beautiful especially the last one.

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August 15, 2022

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