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Tickets for Loire Valley Castles: Day Trip from Paris with Wine Tasting

French castles, rolling hills, beautiful meals, and wine!

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Duration: 12h
Live guide: English
Max group size: 25
Smartphone tickets accepted

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What's included

Day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley castles (Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Chenonceau, Quaint town of Blois)
Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Small group of max. 25 people or fewer
Entrance tickets and reservation fees for all sites visited
Transfer in an air-conditioned coach
Wine tasting at Château de Chenonceau - suspended until further notice due to the pandemic

What's not included

Gratuities
Entrance to Blois Castle
Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Lunch
  • Enjoy transport to and from Paris, three French châteaux, a wine tasting and a lunch at your own expense in the gorgeous Loire Valley
  • Climb a staircase that was supposedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci, see a pigeon house, and enjoy rural French dishes
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at Château de Chenonceau, a stunning 16th-century castle with an enviable wine cellar

Three French castles, each uniquely beautiful and a wine tasting with more than a splash of good French wine. All amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley. This memorable day trip from Paris is a fairy-tale feast for the senses!

Explore the heart and soul of the French countryside, starting at Château de Chambord, the largest castle in the valley. If you think it looks familiar, you might be thinking of Disney's ‘Beauty and the Beast’, which was inspired by this very place. Climb the staircase that was supposedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci, and don't miss the spectacular views from the turrets, where you can look for the wild deer that roam the grounds.

Having worked up an appetite, it's on to your next stop: the quaint town of Blois, where you’ll get some free time to enjoy lunch at your own expense in one of the restaurants around the vibrant Square Louis XII. After that, head to the Royal castle of Blois, known for its unique mix of Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical architecture... and some pretty tragic history - gulp.

From here, it's on to the so-called 'Ladies’ Château', Château de Chenonceau. This elegant 16th-century castle was designed and owned solely by women. It has all the storybook trimmings, from painted wooden doors and a smooth stone exterior to stone carvings, huge tapestries, and beautiful period furniture. Not an IKEA sofa in sight.

Downstairs, you'll see the impressive vaulted kitchens and pantry, a butcher's room and the staff dining room. There is even a landing platform for the servants to bring supplies up the river! These women really thought of everything!

Don’t miss the spectacular and beautiful bridge that spans the river Cher. Originally used to hold balls and parties, it served as a hospital in WWI and was in use again in WWII, this time helping people escape from occupied France, crossing over the bridge and into free France on the other side.

Explore the gardens and the rest of the castle, then quench your thirst with a wine tasting (three wines from the château's vineyard) led by your guide in the Cave des Dômes. This vaulted cellar full of barrels is every wine lover's dream!

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Starting point
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014, Paris
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Château de Chenonceau
Chenonceaux, 37150, Chenonceaux
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  • Show your smartphone ticket to the guide at the meeting point, Place Denfert-Rochereau, in front of the entrance of the Catacombs
  • City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the starting time of the tour

Wines:

  • Wine tasting: you will taste a Brut méthode traditionnelle, a Sauvignon Blanc sec, a Rosé Les Meuriers, a Cabernet Rouge Les Meuriers, and a Le Côt, Chenin Blanc (Moelleux 2009). Please note that the selection of wines may differ on the day of your visit, depending on the vineyard's availability
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket

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