Loire Valley Castles Small-Group Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France
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From $325.69

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spend a day away from Paris and discover three châteaux—Amboise, Chenonceau, and Chambord—in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After enjoying the scenic drive to central France by air-conditioned minivan, independently explore the châteaux. Find out which castle the royals favored, where Leonardo da Vinci’s remains are buried, and which castle is so stunning that it boasts its own UNESCO status. Round-trip transportation and a wine tasting session are included in this day trip.
  • Full-day trip to Loire Valley castles from Paris
  • Visit the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed region famous for Renaissance castles and gardens
  • Explore the châteaux of Ambroise, Chenonceau, and Chambord
  • Wine Tasting Session
  • Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan
  • Small-group tour for a more intimate experience

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Visit 3 Castles including (Chambord, Amboise and Chenonceau)
  • Driver/Guide
  • Small-group tour (Max 8 people)
  • Wine Tasting until March 31st 2023
  • Lunch (From April 1st 2023)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick Up

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

06:50 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Rise early and leave Paris for your full-day Loire Valley châteaux tour, in an air-conditioned minivan, right from central Paris.

Travel through the rolling hills of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed wine region in central France. Your guide drives you to each castle, which you explore on your own without being tethered to the rest of your group.

Kick off your tour at the largest castle in the Loire Valley, the UNESCO-listed Château de Chambord. Learn about its astounding Renaissance architecture—legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci contributed to the design of its double-helix staircase.

Continue to the Château d’Amboise, which began as a defensive castle in the 11th century for its strategic position overlooking the Loire River before being converted in the 15th century to a residence for royals. Step inside the Chapel of St. Hubert, where the remains of Leonardo da Vinci are buried.

Then, enjoy free time in the village at the foot of the Castle to wander and enjoy your lunch break after a wine tasting.

Once revitalized, head to Château de Chenonceau, a 16-century castle spanning the Cher River, and one of the most popular châteaux in France for its elaborate interior and exterior. Your full-day tour ends with return transport to the original departure point in Paris.

Chateau de Chambord

1 hour 10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Chateau Royal d'Amboise

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Chateau de Chenonceau

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Operated by Paris TRIP

Cancellation Policy

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 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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Traveler Tips

It was a fantastic trip, one of the first times we've ventured outside of Paris, and well worth the time.
We will not recommend this tour to our friends and families.


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Loir Valley - 3 castles by Paris Trip
Sue_R, May 2023
A lovely day-trip . Travelled in a very clean, modern van with a friendly driver who was able to share his knowledge regarding the history of each castle. We really enjoyed seeing some of the French countryside, south of Paris. Would highly recommend Paris Trip as the organisers of this excursion.
Beautiful visit of top Castles in Loire Valley
Stephanie_S, Dec 2022
Beautiful escape from the City. An Expert guide provided history of the castles and area. Plenty of time to explore the sites and visit gift shops.
Worth It!!
Mary_H, Nov 2022
A very full day, but Pascale took good care of his travelers. He gave us a good balance of historical background at the start of the tour, on our way to the chateaux and in each chateau, but also gave us time to explore on our own. Thanks for a memorable experience!
Beautiful Day
Donald_S, Nov 2022
The three castles we viewed were impressive and beautiful. Different in style each was uniquely stunning. Marcil our guide was experienced and knowledgeable
Fast paced enjoyable tour
Linda_M, Oct 2022
It was definitely a full day, long drive each way, but enjoyable countryside views out of Paris traffic. All three destinations were fabulous each in their own way. There’s no time for tarrying around if you want to see everything - could’ve used more time in Chambord and Amboise. In Amboise had to do wine tasting, see chateau and grab lunch on the run) Very disappointed the chapel was closed for renovation, not able to see where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. (this was a selling factor and should be made clear when you confirm your reservation). Lucille was our driver/guide, she did not go into any of the locations with us, Gave us in-depth information/history about each location before we got there, got our tickets and then waited for us in the van. So you are on your own with a brochure that’s self-explanatory, which was fine. Lucille was an excellent driver and very friendly. I would recommend this tour if you want it quick fast pace overview of the three locations. From what I learned, I would go back and spend more time especially spend the night in Ambrose.
Loved it!
kjb457, Oct 2022
The chateaux were beautiful! Our guide,Lucille, was very informative and nice! It was great to have it be a small group.
Fantastic Tour Loire Valley Castles
Wayne M, Oct 2019
We toured the Loire Valley castles (Chenoceaux, Amboise and Chambord) with our tour guide Marius. It was a fantastic trip, one of the first times we've ventured outside of Paris, and well worth the time. Marius was informative, friendly and we enjoyed the day with him. The sights were beautiful and the wine tasting delicious.
Loire Castles
yurib, Sep 2019
Timewise the trip was organized good but in the small group of 7 people this so called English speaking tour has 3 different groups-beside 4 of us who speak English there were 2 persons who spoke only Spanish and one more person who spoke only French. The guide has to repeat the same information in 3 languages. We think i is unacceptable. We purchased the tour that was advertised as English speaking tour. We will not recommend this tour to our friends and families.
Good one day country side trip
Joydeep_K, Sep 2019
It was good to be away from hustle & bustle of Paris, especially after a yellow vest protest the previous day. Sebastian was a great guide.
Castle Day Trip review
BamaGirl2019, Jul 2019
This was a wonderful trip! Our guide made so much of French history more understandable and it seemed to come alive as we walked through the three Chateaus. I loved the small group design for this tour.
Girls with a microphone
Patty_R, Jul 2019
Mareus was very informative and knew to get us there early to get a head start on the crowds for a Sunday. Kept us on time so we got to view the whole trip without feeling rushed. Was able to add stories and flavor to make it interesting. We happened to go on the last day of Tour de France which added some travel hiccups getting back into Paris, but Mareus was right in there making the best of it with us and got us through it like a champ. Thank you!
Amazing Tour!
klvoigt, Jun 2019
I loved this tour because it gave us the freedom to explore on our own. Three gorgeous French castles and a wine tasting? How could you go wrong! Great itinerary and I never felt rushed even when we covered so much ground. This tour was a great option for us and I thought it was well done. One thing I would say is that our driver was not really a guide. If you're thinking you will learn a lot about the castles, you won't unless you get the audioguides or have a book. The guide gave a minor introduction to each place but mostly left us to ourselves. That was fine with us. Our guide was also a little off - since the majority of his job was to be a driver, I felt like he wasn't a very good driver. In the morning he was going super slow and over-cautious (even telling another woman in the front that he needed to focus on the empty three-lane highway) and then in the afternoon traffic driving like a crazy person without a blinker and lots of honking. I am from a place with terrible drivers (Boston) and I know one when I see one...which was like his whole job!
Castles Amazing Transapotation Unacceptable
Sergio_G, May 2019
My wife enjoyed all three castle tours but we were subjected to uncomfortable transportation. the tour was approximately 12 hours long, 5 hours were spent at the Chateaus, lunch and wine tasting. The remaining 7 hours were in the mini van. We were required to sit in the front seat with the driver/tour guide. It was a bench seat with very little leg room on the passenger side. We were both surprised that this was acceptable.
Great tour. Getting out of Paris for a...
Boris N, Sep 2018
Great tour. Getting out of Paris for a nice was very nice and seeing all the castles in the Loire Valley was great. We got to see a different side of France, which was beautiful.
The driver was on time and friendly...
Hanh P, Jul 2018
The driver was on time and friendly and lunch was served at a nice restaurant. However for this price I would have expected the guide to be more of a guide. He only gave us a small preview of the castle then we were left to explore on our own.
Excellent tour, operated by Paris Tour...
Silvia_C, Apr 2018
Excellent tour, operated by Paris Tour better than Pariscity Vision
Terrific experience. Our tour guide...
Jonathan B, Apr 2018
Terrific experience. Our tour guide Philipe arrived at our hotel and the three of us and another guest headed off to the Loire valley. He was terrific. He is from Normandy and was a wealth of information about this region as well. The castles were great and we had ample time to see. The lunch was ok. All in all one of the best days we had on our trip to Paris. Next time on to Normandy!
Great tour, we were a group of 4, so...
Anna_K, Feb 2018
Great tour, we were a group of 4, so it was very cozy. The guide was great and the sights were amazing. The lunch ok. It was the most expensive day tour I have taken so far... so hard to say in terms of value for money...
Fabulous tour! Vehicle changed by...
Maureen C, Nov 2017
Fabulous tour! Vehicle changed by tour operator to a small car, as there were only two of us. However, each of us has very long legs and the ride was, therefore, uncomfortable. Guide walked way too quickly for one of us, who is awaiting knee surgery in the near term.
This was our favorite tour. It was...
This was our favorite tour. It was a beautiful sunny day and these chateaus are magnificent. There were only 8 of us with a great guide who was multi-lingual. We were picked up at our hotel and it was a comfortable trip out with a break for us halfway out. Our guide took us up to the entrances of the houses and met us afterwards. The chateau in the picture had two full time florists and the floral displays throughout it were some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We got a great overview of chateau life and really enjoyed the tour. The pace was great - my husband is a little slower than some and we got to see everything without pushing it. We would recommend this tour highly.

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