Loire Valley Chateaux Audio Guided Tour from Paris in a Small Group, Lunch included

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Excursion available in a small group or on private basis

This full day excursion from Paris gives you the chance to discover three of the Loire Valley's most famous châteaux: the sophisticated Château d'Amboise, the charming Château de Chenonceau, built across the River Cher, and the majestic Château de Chambord. 

Immerse yourself in the French Renaissance and experience the Loire Valley, a region of France with a unique density of Renaissance castles and manor houses where the royal court would often stay.

Set off first thing in the morning from your Paris accommodation for a unique day. Take advantage of the minibus journey to relax and listen to the commentary provided by your driver-guide. You will arrive at the Château d'Amboise at around 9:30 am. 

The Château d’Amboise sits on a rocky outcrop surrounded by fortifications. In the late 15th and early 16th Centuries, it was the royal residence during the reigns of Kings Charles VIII and Francis I. Admire its wonderful collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture, explore the royal apartments, and marvel at the chapel that contains the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci. You will also have the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful gardens overlooking the Loire River itself. After a visit of around one hour, we will move on to the Château de Chenonceau.

Chenonceau, also known as the "Ladies' Castle", was built during the 16th Century and has been home to many well-known aristocratic French women, such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. In a unique position spanning the River Cher, it now bears witness to a sophisticated and typically French style of living, with elegantly furnished floral rooms, old master paintings, and antique tapestries. Spend around one hour enjoying a self-guided visit through this magnificent château as well as its grounds and ornamental gardens.

Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chenonceau

Enjoy an included lunch at either the Au Gâteau Breton restaurant (winter) in the village of Chenonceaux or in the Orangerie glasshouse (summer) at the Château de Chenonceau, depending on the time of year.

Menu at "Orangerie" restaurant*:

Goat cheese garden-fresh salad
Main course:
Chicken breast mushroom sauce
Ice omelette "Chenonceau"
Not included

Child Menu*:

Mixed salad or pork pâté
Nuggets of chicken, white fish or minced beef steak served with fries or vegetables
Ice cream or dessert of the day

* Exemple of menu, subject to modification

After lunch, your driver-guide will take you on to the Château de Chambord, the largest of all the Loire Valley châteaux. It was built for King Francis I of France in the 16th Century with the help of none other than the great Leonardo da Vinci. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore this spectacular château. See its extraordinary double helix staircase and panoramic terrace with a sea of monumental chimneys overlooking the château's grounds. Approximately one and a quarter hour's visiting time.

Return to your Paris accommodation is scheduled for approximately 6:45 pm.

Event 2019: 500 years anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death 

On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of the Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci, many events are organized. You may have the chance to attend!

  • The exhibition "The death of Leonardo da Vinci" will discuss about the relationship between Leonardo da Vinci and his patron, King François I. The painting representing "The death of Leonardo da Vinci'" by François-Guillaume Ménageot will be exhibited at Amboise castle, from May 2nd to September 2nd and in collaboration with the French National Library. Some street-art works realized by the Italian graffiti artist Andrea Mattoni will also be exhibited. 
  • Chambord castle celebrates its 500 years and organizes a retrospective on the unique architecture of the building, from May 26th to September 1st. 150 works will help you to better understand the project of the King and his artist. The technical prowess will also be explained in detail .Chambord also launched a contest for the best architecture schools in the world, with the aim of thinking about Chambord in the future. The results of this contest will also be exposed.

Please note:

  • 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 available in French, English, Spanish, Italian,German, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese 
  • On-site visit duration: 7h30

The price includes:

  • Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation
  • Services of our driver-guide
  • Priority admission to the three châteaux 
  • Lunch 

Further information on your confirmation voucher:

You will receive your booking confirmation by email, as well as your voucher. Present it to the driver-guide who will pick you up at your accommodation within 30 minutes which follow the time indicated on the voucher. 

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    • Spend the day visiting three of the Loire Valley's most famous Renaissance châteaux: Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord
    • Transfers from your accommodation in Paris and travel by luxury air-conditioned minibus with one of our driver-guides
    • Priority access and self-guided tours at all attractions
    • Lunch included at a restaurant in Chenonceaux

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    • Customer reviews
    Number of reviews : 15
    Average rating : 4.9 /5
    Great service and tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
    Gorgeous day! Very relaxing drive and just the right amount of time in each location. Our driver was wonderful. He was fluent in several languages and always on time. We had a really nice lunch during the second stop with the group. It was lovely! My favorite was Château de Chenonceau. If you like castles and the countryside, this is a beautiful and relaxing tour!
    The chateaux were beautiful. The driver was about 15 -20 minutes or so late in picking me up. He was very nice, and had a lot of knowledge. I just wish I would have known that "steak" meant ground burger.
    Best tour ever. This is a must
    Pamela was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, accommodating, experienced, friendly, and certainly provided the guests with a wonderful tour.
    Beautiful castles, but the driver was horrible.
    The chateaus were marvelous, each unique in their own way. The driver provided great background information prior to our arrival, escorted us to the proper entry points, provided instructions on meeting points and times. Excellent tour, and excellent lunch! I highly recommend this tour.