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Loire Valley: Day Trip with Entry to 2 Castles

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

Start time: 07:30
Duration: 13h
Max group size: 25
Live guide: English
Provider: City Wonders
Registered address: 6-9 Trinity Street, D02 EY47, Dublin 2, IE
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Entrance to the Château de Chambord
Entrance to the Château de Chenonceau
Visit of Quaint town of Blois
Wine Tasting
Professional tour guide
Small group of max. 25 people or fewer
Roundtrip transport from Paris (air-conditioned coach)
Gratuities
Entrance to Blois Castle
Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Lunch
  • 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
  • Enjoy transport to and from Paris, two 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

Two 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 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!

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
  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.

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Marie-Noëlle,  Canada Canada
04 Jul 2024
Excellent
Super excursion, guide sympathique et dynamique. À faire!
Loire Valley Castles: Day Trip from Paris with Wine Tasting
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Anonymous
25 Dec 2023
Excellent
This was a great experience. Did was wonderful. I would recommend.
Loire Valley Castles: Day Trip from Paris with Wine Tasting
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AGUSTIN,  Mexico Mexico
12 Nov 2021
Excellent
¡ESPECTACULAR! Un tour muy difícil de hacer por tu cuenta si eres turista, ya que los Castillos se encuentran algo retirados unos de otros. El tranporte muy cómodo y la guía, ADY muy agradable.
Loire Valley Castles: Day Trip from Paris with Wine Tasting

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