Each castle of the Loire Valley has its own unique style and appeal, as is evident on a tour of the Chambord, Clos Lucé and Chenonceau castles. The Chambord castle has a fascinating double helix staircase while the gardens and forests of Chenonceau are also a beautiful sight to behold.
Get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the French nobility and marvel at the architecture and fascinating history of France in the castles of the Loire Valley.
1 Jul - 31 Oct: Daily
1 Nov - 31 Mar: Daily except Wednesday
12 hoursStart time
Good news! You can get picked up from your hotel in Paris, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don’t worry if you have not booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready.
Please mention the complete address of the hotel at the time of booking or atleast 72 hours prior tour departure.
Your hotel in Paris
You will be picked up from your hotel in Paris at 6:30am. In an air conditioned minivan and accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will travel to the Loire Valley, a picturesque region dotted with Renaissance chateaux and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have expert guide with you throughout the day who will bring to life the history of the Chateaux which you visit.
The day starts with a visit of the Clos Lucé in Amboise. Manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived and invited by the king of France "Francois 1" in 1516. In these days, the Clos Lucé is a museum that reflects the prestigious history and includes forty models of the various machines designed by Leonardo. Here, you will see all his inventions.
After the lunch (drink included), your next stop is Chenonceau Castle. Known as the Château des Dames or Ladies Castle, Chenonceau is a fairy tale castle with moats, turrets, a drawbridge and towers. Lying on the banks of the river Cher, it has extensive gardens planted by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. Later, Madame Dupin’s goodwill with the peasantry saved it from the revolutionaries in the 18th century. Spend time exploring the castle at your leisure.
Next, you will visit Chambord Castle. One of the largest of the Loire Valley castles, it was built by François I as a base for hunting game in the Sologne forests. See the double-helix staircase of this Renaissance chateau, attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. Spend time exploring the castle at your leisure.
Return to your hotel in Paris in the minivan, arriving at around 6:45pm.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 72 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this ). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
If the complete pickup address is not communicated at the time of booking or 72 hours prior tour departure, please make your own way to PARISCityVISION Agency at 2 rue des Pyramides 75001 – Paris to start your tour.
Hotel pickup is only offered from 20 districts of central Paris (postcodes 75001 – 75020).
The itinerary and schedule shown are subject to change depending on traffic or variations in opening hours at the attractions.
Audio guides in the castles are available in the following language: French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese.
Menu is subject to change.
This tour, with traffic, was very long- over 13 hours, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Natasha, our guide and driver, was sweet and knowledgeable. The lunch at the...frank mandley, United States, 17/May/2018
Really enjoyed being in Loire Valley and seeing so much history. We had a wonderful time. It did rain on us but we were prepared with umbrellas. The only complaints I had...John C Kurtz, United States, 26/Oct/2015
Our tour guide was fantastic. He knew so much. The castles were amazing. Thoroughly recommend this tour....LEAH GILBERT, Australia, 18/Oct/2015