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From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip With Wine Tasting

1. From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip 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 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. 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.

Tours/Amboise: Private day trip Chambord, Blois & Cheverny

2. Tours/Amboise: Private day trip Chambord, Blois & Cheverny

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Tours at 9.00 AM or Amboise. Greet your guide, then set off into the sprawling countryside of Loire Valley. 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. Free time for lunch. Our guide will recommend a nice place. 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 accommodation at 6.00 PM.

Blois: Private Tour of Blois Castle with Entry Tickets

3. Blois: Private Tour of Blois Castle with Entry Tickets

Take a walk back in time while visiting the charming Château Blois, the favorite residence of 7 kings and 10 queens of France! Learn about the history of the castle combining 4 architectural styles. Discover the unique art collection, including the masterpieces of the famous artists "Ingres", "Rubens", and "Boucher". Visit the royal apartments, decorated with wonderful pieces of Renaissance furniture. Stop at the King's room, where François the First ate his meals. Admire the huge fireplaces and amazing tapestries! The Studiolo (from the italian "study") is the only royal cabinet of the French Renaissance to have been conserved. Enjoy a private, 2-hour tour with a local licensed tour guide who is ready to answer all your questions and personalize the visit according to your own needs!

2-day Private Top 6 Loire Valley Castles from Paris Mercedes

4. 2-day Private Top 6 Loire Valley Castles from Paris Mercedes

Day 1: 07:30 Pick-up from Your hotel. There are 180 km to drive on highway. It takes about 2,5 hours. Day 1: 10:00 - 11:45 Arrival at the Loire Valley at Château de Chambord. The Guide will tell You the history of the Castle and its construction. The Château de Chambord is one of the most popular castles because of its French Renaissance architecture. 12:45 to 13:30 Wine Tasting at a local family vinery existing since many centuries. You will learn a lot about wine making and have afterwords the wine tasting with explanations. 13:30 Departure to Amboise city 13:45 - 15:00 Free time for Lunch in Amboise city where You'll find many restaurants and cafes. We can help You as well with the table reservation. 15:00 to 16:30 Skip-the-line access with Guide to Chateau d’Amboise with Histopad explaining to You the history of this Castle and of each room. Amboise is the grand 15th-century residence of King Charles VIII. Day 1: 16:30 - 18:00 Visit at Leonardo da Vinci Chateau Clos Luce with Parc. In this castle Leonardo da Vince spent last three years of his life. The Château du Clos Lucé is a castle located just 400 meters away from Château Royal d'Amboise. Clos Luce is of top 100 extraordinary destinations to explore 2021 by time magazine. Free time in Amboise city. 18:30 Hotel accommodation. Day 2: 08:30 Departure from Your hotel to Chenonceau castle. It takes max. half an hour drive. Day 2: 09:00 - 11:00 Arrival at the Chenonceau castle. Visit of Chateau de Chenonceau. Time to enjoy the Castle and walking around the Castle taking pictures. Chenonceau is nicknamed the "ladies’ castle", remarkable for its feminine history as well as for its stunning architecture as well as unique aches over the River Cher. 11:00 Departure from the Chenonceau castle destination Chaumont Castle. It takes about 45 min (40 km) Day 2: 11:30 - 13:00 Arrival at Chateau de Chaumont Sur Loire. The castle was founded in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 15th century by Charles I d'Amboise. Catherine de Medici forced in 1559 Diane de Poitiers, to accept the Château de Chaumont in exchange for the Château de Chenonceau. Diane de Poitiers spent here last 3 years of her life. 13:00 Departure to Blois city. Day 2: 13:30 - 17:00 Arrival in Blois city. Lunch time. Chateau de Blois visit 13:30 - 14:45 Arrival in Blois city. Free time for Lunch. We can make for You the reservation at a good restaurant. 15:00 - 17:00 Blois castle visit. The Royal Château of Blois is located in the center of Blois city. It was a residence of some French Kings, Joan of Arc also went there by 1429 to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before battling against the English. 17:00 Departure to Paris. It takes about 2,5 hours drive. 20:30 to 21:00 Coming back to Paris. Drop off at Your hotel. P.S. 10 more multi-day trips from Paris to Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel and D-Day Landing Beaches by Clewel Travel in Small groups and as Private Experiences at GetYouGuide.

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My wife and I really appreciated the transportation to and from the castles and the inclusion of a wine tasting. Ifi our guide was also very knowledgeable of the sites we visited and did a good job of providing historical context for our stops! Ifi was helpful in our choice lunch as well! Overall this was a great experience for us!

We really liked the explanations provided by guides Raymond and Goran. The tours were great, we preferred Chateau Chenonceau, as it had period decor in the rooms, in addition to the most beautiful landscape. It was worth it, I believe that if there were 3 castles it would be very tiring.

This truly was a trip that I will always cherish and remember for ever. Raymond was an amazing guide who shared his knowledge, history and humour, making this one outstanding adventure. His ability to communicate and connect with people is outstanding. Well done you guys.

Thelma is simply unique, truly wonderful. She can speak very entertainingly, the whole trip was really fun. Thank you

Ifi was a wonderful guide. The whole day was so interesting and well planned.