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Loire Valley Castles Day Trip with Chenonceau and Chambord from Paris

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Majestic castles and wine tastings make up this unforgettable day trip to the charming Loire Valley. Skip-the-line admission to the chateaux of Chambord (or Amboise) and Chenonceau is included, with your choice of a licensed guide or audio guide. Get an up-close look at the extravagant glamour of the French aristocracy and gain insight into life within these Renaissance residences. Travel by luxury coach from Paris.
  • Day trip to the Loire Valley's most important chateaux
  • Gain skip-the-line access to Chateau de Chambord and Chenonceau, aka the Ladies' Castle
  • Travel round-trip in the comfort of a luxury coach from Paris
  • Choice of licensed guide or audio guide offers flexibility
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Round trip by luxury coach from Paris with licensed guide ( if option selected)
Round trip by luxury coach from Paris with audio guide ( if option selected)
Entrance to 3 Loire Valley castles
Lunch
Hotel Pick-up and Drop off
20 Pl. des Vins de France , 20 Pl. des Vins de France, 75012 Paris, France

Metro Station : Cour Saint Emilion - Line 14 (Exit N°1 - 2) Straight Across the Bercy Village, meet our representative with a Pariscityvision sign BUS : N°24 + 111 + 109 Stop Terroirs de France

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Leave the bustle of Paris for the verdant Loire Valley, traveling by luxury coach from a central location. Those who appreciate French royal history will be captivated by the turreted Chambord Castle, previously home to Francois I—it's an impressive masterpiece and the largest of the Loire chateaux.

Head straight inside with your skip-the-line ticket and discover the richly decorated interiors. Admire the double-helix staircase reputedly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, and listen to live or audio commentary about the French aristocracy.

Next, a picturesque drive leads you to the sumptuous royal residence of Chenonceau, nicknamed the "ladies’ castle" for the prominent women who have lived there throughout history. Skip the ticket line and be enchanted by its picturesque riverside views. 

Your guide will offer recommendations on excellent restaurants and cafes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Rue Jean Rey
Meet our representative bearing a Pariscityvision sign
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chambord
Your wonderful tour begins with a visit to Chambord, one of the most instantly recognizable castles in the world and previously home to François the 1st. Be guided through its majestic interiors, hearing the French aristocracy’s secrets.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Domaine National de Chambord
The famous double helix staircase is such a masterpiece that is it rumored to be the work of Leonardo de Vinci! You will wander around the Domain.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Office de Tourisme Autour de Chenonceaux
Drive through the French countryside before arriving to The Lady Castle spanning the River Cher.
Stop At:  
Chateau de Chenonceau
Nicknamed the ‘ladies’ castle’ thanks to the remarkable women who have lived there.Perfect for those who love the French art of living - royal history, captivating nature and fine wine! 
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe
Back to Paris at the end of the tour!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Mondays and Saturdays include a tour of Amboise instead of Chambord
  • Lunch included in winter ( Nov to March)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Loire Valley Castles Day Trip with Chenonceau and Chambord from Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Loire Valley Castles Day Trip with Chenonceau and Chambord from Paris?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Loire Valley Castles Day Trip with Chenonceau and Chambord from Paris.
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What is the social distancing policy during Loire Valley Castles Day Trip with Chenonceau and Chambord from Paris?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Loire Valley Castles Day Trip with Chenonceau and Chambord from Paris?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Prepare for a long day, but one well worth it." See review
  • "It was a long trip back to Paris but totally worth it." See review
  • "Chanonceau Chateaux is good both from outside and inside, less crowded than Versailles." See review

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star-5
Castles were Amazing.
Jose_C
, Aug 2021
This was one of our favorite trips. We had a French guide, and she was exceptional. She knew so much about the history and castles, we enjoyed each of the castles. It is some walking and stairs, but some of the persons in our group that struggled were able to sit and enjoy the gardens. This was a wonderful trip, it is expensive, but the price includes entrance fees and a tour guide inside the castle.
star-1
Worst experience ever
Pilar_V
, Jul 2021
The tour was horrible, im a 24 old girl alone and i got lost in the castle for 15 minutes and the guide tour left me!!!! i had to go back to paris alone. I would never ever recommend your tour. Pathetic!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Miss, I understand and agree with you that to be left behind is unaceptable, if you can give us some more details I will see with our guide how and why this happen. Be sure I will go to the bottom of it. Thank you Dear Miss, I have checked and the guide with the rest of the group waited for you 35 minutes at the meeting point, she even went looking for you around but did not found you. The schedule of the tour cannot be extended indefinitely for legal reasons of driving time so the tour had to leave. if you did provide a cell number at moment of booking it would have been very useful to find you. We are very sorry but the tour had to carry on for the benefit of all passengers. thank you for understandig Giovanni
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous
Emma_52
, Feb 2020
So much fun! The tour guides were very friendly and keen to make sure we were all happy. The chateau’s were lovely. The owner of the chateau where we ate tried really hard to make us feel welcome and the food was all locally made. Love that kind of thing. Art, history, food and wine all in one experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Worth It Overall
Kathleen_S
, Jan 2020
I found this trip to be worth it overall to get a stress-free day out of Paris at some beautiful castles. Some downsides were the amount of time spent driving (although it was so early that I slept on the bus, and they do everything they can to stretch the day out), and that I was less impressed with Chambord then Chenonceau. Chambord was freezing cold (it was January, early in the morning, and the castle was not heated) and frankly less impressive than Chenonceau. I also did the audio guide instead of live guide to save money, and found Chambord confusing to navigate by myself. Lunch was good not great but I was grateful they easily accommodated a vegetarian meal request I made day of. The wine tasting was brief and there were not seats for everyone, but the wine was delicious. We tasted three wines and were also offered snacks. The drive also included some pretty views such as a few villages that we drove through.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Loire Valley Day Trip, Chambord and Chenonceau Castles
William_K
, Dec 2019
This was a very enjoyable trip. We saw there were trips which stopped at 3 chateaus but only stopping at two gave more time to view the chateaus. It was our belief that stopping at 3 would be too rushed. Our guide was excellent. We would highly recommend this not only to see the chateaus buy also to view the countryside. It is a drive but well worth it. The lunch was way beyond expectations. Really good food.
star-2
Guide was extremely boring
Rebecca_B
, Dec 2019
While the castles themselves were beautiful, and I'm glad I went - I would have much preferred to travel there myself and do a self guided tour. Here's why: 1. Our guide was really boring, and the information he gave was very surface level -- I think maybe he didn't have a strong enough grasp of the English language to really dive into detail about things. He also would just leave when he was done talking, and didn't allow us to ask any questions. Instead he immediately returned to the bus while we finished wandering around. 2. The wine tasting was really lack-luster. There weren't chairs for people to sit in. It was literally in a cold hallway with a table set up with glasses. They didn't even rinse your glasses out between different wines. It was very strange. The boar pate was good, though...but that was only a bonus. 3. There is hardly anything inside the castles. There are some paintings and furniture, but only in like 2 or 3 rooms - the rest is totally empty. You're really paying to see the outside and take some pictures, so that's another reason why i would have preferred to just drive myself. Would have been cheaper probably.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Worth it if you don’t have the time to drive there yourself!
Loretta_G
, Nov 2019
Loire Valley & the Château‘s are amazingly beautiful!! Because it’s so far from Paris (3 1/2 hour bus ride) the visits to the Château’s are very rushed. However if it’s your only opportunity to go out there I still recommend this tour. The buses are very comfortable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommend
Nancy_F
, Nov 2019
This was a really nice trip albeit long. Our guide was excellent. She did a great job of doing English and Spanish. It was a long trip back to Paris but totally worth it. Lunch was ok.
star-5
Worth the Bus Ride!
qbishop
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide, Martina, was amazingly knowledgable! She gave excellent background information on the chateaux and their history. While we were hesitant about the length of the bus ride from Paris, the coach was very comfortable and the views were well worth it. The French countryside and medieval villages we passed through were gorgeous. Highly recommended!
star-3
Too long of a day on a bus with no legroom
krista_b
, Oct 2019
Too large of a tour group. Feels like being herded along. Too long of a day. Would never do it again
star-5
A Wonderful Experience
TMangne
, Oct 2019
Prepare for a long day, but one well worth it. Most of the time is spent travelling on a very comfortable bus, the the two chateaux are remarkable. Chenonceau is a jewel and Chambord, the largest of all of the chateaux in the Lorie Valley, is breathtaking in it size and design. It was quite eerie as there is virtually no furniture in it, and your footsteps echo throughout.
star-5
Astonishing
795nadaa
, Oct 2019
The road was a little long but comfortable. The guides were very kind, helpful and instructive. The visit to Chenonceau was the best. Chambord is less impressive but the wine tasting was excellent
star-5
Relaxing day strolling around Loire Valley castles
DRMariusSuta
, Sep 2019
Went on the tour a bit upset after finding out that morning that instead of seeing Chambord and Chenonceau like on the ticket we went to Amboise and Chenonceau. only monday and fridays they go to Amboise , all the other days to Chambord didnt know that before. Anyway, even though it is smaller than Chambord, Amboise its nice and relaxing while Chenonceau is beautiful . All in all its a great way to spend your time at Loire Valley.
star-4
Trip
Allen_N
, Sep 2019
Castles were beautiful. Wine tasting was good. Bus trip...1st food/drink stop too short as another tour stopped for the same 20 minutes. Trip home was very long
star-4
Good tour
Kristine L
, Jul 2019
Tour was good. Lots of information, group was slow. We had fun but was too slow for our liking. Food and wine was good and the castles were gorgeous.
star-4
July 13 Chambord and Chenonceau
Curious49837023773
, Jul 2019
My husband and I enjoyed the 2 castles and wine tasting. The guide was very good and informative. The bus was a little disappointing due to stains on most of the seats and looked like it hadn't been cleaned recently. Overall though the trip was very nice.
star-1
Do Not Waste Your Money on this tour
Diane M
, Jul 2019
We were on a bus for six hours for this tour and during that time period there was no commentary by the guides on what we were seeing in the countryside on the long bus ride. We saw two castles that were beautiful but not worth the 6 hours on the bus. The tour guide walked very quickly through the castles without checking to see if we were able to follow her or see her in the crowds. On walk to the second castle we were almost overrun by a golf cart and she just kept walking paying no attention to her clients. There was one stop on the way to the first castle and time to purchase food at the first castle. My daughter said they could have at least given us water and not asked us to buy it from the bus driver! I paid $195 each for 5 members of my family. We were all extremely disappointed and felt cheated. The wine tasting was minimal-- in a room in the second castle.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent tour with an excellent guide!
Rylee_W
, Jul 2019
I really enjoyed this tour! My tour guide, Vincent, was absolutely excellent. He made the tour very interesting and enjoyable, including intriguing facts about the histories of the castles and the people who lived there. He really seemed to enjoy explaining these stories to us and I would 100% recommend him as a guide!
star-1
Ordered a hotel pickup - did not show
Meander00570291661
, Jun 2019
I was very excited to try this tour. Ordered a hotel pickup - got up really early to go outside and wait. Waited and waited. No one showed. They denied my request for a refund (still trying to work on this). I am really disappointed and will never book with them again, and probably not with Viator either.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
THELMA AND LOUISE IN FRANCE
BARBARA_H
, Jun 2019
Our trip to the Loire Valley was excellent value. We were a small group and had a luxury mini bus which was great. Our tour guide Nicholas was an outstanding, a wonderful sense of humour and a multi linguist who accommodated everyone on the excursion in their home language without any issues. he was a superb tour guide, his knowledge of the two castles was brilliant, and while we enjoyed hearing about the 17th and 18th century history, it was a long drive and it would have been far more interesting to hear relevant details and some history of the areas we drove through. I would highly recommend this tour.

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