Discover the fairy-tale castles of the Loire Valley, cradle of the French Renaissance.
More than 300 beautiful Châteaux are found in this lush and lovely part of France. Visit three of the finest on this enchanting day tour from Paris.
View the magnificent turreted castle of Chambord, the largest in the Loire. Find out how this picture-perfect château was originally built for the purposes of royal romance. Admire the intricate helical staircase thought to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Château of Cheverny is not only a stunning piece of heritage, it is also a family home and has been in the possession of the same family for six centuries. Marvel at the glorious furnishings – the finest to be found in any Loire château.
Gasp when you see the magnificent location of the Château Chenonceau on the River Cher. Learn why this lovely building is known as the Château des Dames.
You will be accompanied on your day tour by a helpful hostess who will ensure that you enjoy fast track entry to each of these popular attractions.
To join your Loire Châteaux Day Tour from Paris you should make your way to 11 avenue de l'Opéra 75001 Paris. Here, you will board a comfortable air-conditioned coach for the journey to the Loire. A bilingual hostess (English and French-speaking) will accompany you in the coach. Please hand your booking voucher to her on boarding.
The fertile Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its wines and its fabulous architectural heritage. The Valley has more than 300 Châteaux constructed by the great families of France over hundreds of years.
In the 16th century the nobility, vying with each other to create the most beautiful castles, employed the best architects and designers of the time. As a result the cultural monuments of the Loire strongly reflect the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment on west European design.
This tour takes you to visit the three of the most famous Loire Châteaux: Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny.
On arrival at each of the Châteaux, your hostess will go to the entrance to collect your admission ticket, allowing you to skip the queues at this popular attraction.
Chambord: The largest Château in the Loire Valley, Chambord is a stunning example of French Renaissance architecture, combining traditional medieval styles with classical Renaissance forms. It was built for King Francois I as a hunting lodge, apparently so that he could be near his mistress Comtesse de Thoury, whose husband’s estate was nearby.
Chambord’s most famous feature is the intricate double helix staircase believed to have been designed by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Cheverny: This lovely Château has belonged to the same family for 600 years and the owners still live there. The Château is renowned for its glorious collection of 17th century furniture. Herge, author of the Tintin books, based his Marlinspike Hall (Moulinsart) on Cheverny.
Chenonceau: Chenonceau Château occupies a magnificent location, being built right out over the River Cher on the site of an old mill. It is known as the Château des Dames (the Ladies' Castle) because of the number of powerful women who influenced the history and development of the building. The Château was built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, and rescued from destruction during the Revolution by Madame Dupin.
Meals are not included in your tour package but there will be a stop to enable you to buy lunch during the day.
At the end of the tour you will board your coach for the journey back to Paris. The excursion ends back at 11 Avenue de l'Opéra around 1930h (7:30pm).
our day trip to loire was a very enjoyable day and the chateauxs were out of this world.... Beth May
Whole day was perfectly organised and a lot of fun! Our guide Lisa was very knowledgeable about the Chateaux and the Loire Valley and gave her commentary in English, French and... CM King
17 Mar - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
01 Nov - 16 Mar: Friday
Approx 12 hours
Start time: 0730h (7:30am)
Duration: Approx 12 hours
The start point for the tour is 11 Avenue De L'Opéra 75001 Paris. the nearest metro station is Pyramides (line n°14 and 7).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point
Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Dress for the weather and don’t forget the camera to capture the glorious photo opportunities!
Upon arrival in Paris, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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