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Key Highlights

  • Step back in time and discover how French aristocrats once lived.
  • The spectacular Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a breathtaking area to visit.
  • Explore the ornate and decadent Chateaux of Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau.
  • Travel in a luxury air-conditioned coach with an English speaking guide.
  • Overview

    Loire Valley- the name itself conjures up images of romantic castles with moats, towers, drawbridges and gardens. The entire Loire Valley has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour of the valley is like taking a trip back in time to discover the rich history of France and explore its architecture.

    Each castle of the Loire Valley has its own unique style and appeal, as is evident on a tour of the Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau castles. The Chambord castle has a fascinating double helix staircase while Cheverny is one of the most beautifully furnished castles of the region, so must so that it inspired the author of Tintin in his drawings of Marlinspike Hall. The gardens and forests of Chenonceau are also a beautiful sight to behold.

    Explore the numerous castles that pandered to every whim and fancy of the French nobility and marvel at the architecture and fascinating history of France in the Loire Valley.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    01 Apr 18 - 31 Oct 18: Daily
    01 Nov 18 - 31 Mar 19:
    Chinese: Thursday & Saturday
    English: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
    French: Saturday
    Spanish: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
    30 Dec 18 - 02 Jan 19: Wednesday & Sunday
    (For Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese)

    Duration

    Approx 12.5 hours

    Start time

    7:15am

    Meeting Point

    The start point for the tour is ParisCityVISION Agency, 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001, Paris.
    The closest metro station is Tuileries (line n°01), Pyramides (line n°14) or Palais Royal (line n°7).
    Please report at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour concludes at the original point of departure

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up in an air conditioned coach to the Loire Valley, a picturesque region dotted with Renaissance chateaux and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will tell you about the history of these castles en-route, and you will be free to explore the chateaux at your leisure.

    The first castle you will visit is Chenonceau Castle, which is 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.

    Continue to Cheverny Castle. One of the most beautifully furnished Loire Valley Castles, it was built between 1625 and 1634 and has well-manicured gardens and a neoclassical facade. The Chambre du Roi and Grand Salon are the most richly furnished rooms and offer a glimpse into the lifestyle of the French nobility. The castle is so beautiful that Hergé (the author of Tintin), used it as a model to draw Marlinspike Hall.

    After visiting Cheverny Castle you have free time for lunch.

    Your first visit of the day is to the 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.

    Return to Paris by coach, arriving at the original departure.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Round trip transportation by luxury, air-conditioned coach
    • English speaking guide
    • Guided visit of Chenonceau and Chambord Castles
    • 3-course lunch during the winter season only (drinks included)
    • Entrance tickets

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
    • Meals (in summer)
  • Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.

    Please note that check-in will close 10 minutes before excursion start time.

    The itinerary varies slightly from summer to winter:

    Summer program: Tour includes guided visits of Chenonceau and Chambord. On Mondays and Saturdays in summer, visit of Amboise instead of Chambord, Free time for lunch. On Saturday, arrival at Paris at 9:00pm.
    Winter program: Tour includes journey through the Aquitaine motorway as far as Chambord. Guided visit of the most imponent castle of the Loire Valley. Guided visit to the furnished castle of Cheverny. Lunch in Cheverny (with drinks included). Guided visit of this famous castle of Chenonceau with its gallery spanning the Cher river. Arrival at Paris at 8:00pm.

    On Saturdays and Mondays, this itinerary changes:
    The Château de Chambord is replaced by the château d’Amboise.
    Lunch will take place at Amboise instead of Chambord.
    For wine tastings, the Chambord wine tasting area is replaced by the Cave des Dômes wine cellar in Chenonceau, without pieces of toast.

    Lunch is not included in summer (from 1 April to 31 October) but included in winter (from 1 November - 31 March).

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Customer Reviews
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      Henry Kwok, Hong Kong, 16/Oct/2017
    • Great Tour

      Very informative. The guides, Vincent and Caroline were excellent....

      Maureen Scott, United States, 13/Jul/2017
    • We liked the guided tour... Thank you...

      Yuehching Tsao, United States, 02/May/2016