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From Paris: Small-Group Tour of Loire Castles

4.7 / 5

28 reviews

From Paris: Small-Group Tour of Loire Castles

From £220.04 per person

Explore 3 Renaissance Loire castles. Discover da Vinci's inventions at Clos Lucé Castle in Amboise, learn about the women of Chenonceau and explore the royal chambers of Chambord Castle.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Optional audio guide
Portuguese, Spanish
Pickup optional
Pickup from your hotel or accommodation in central Paris (zipcode must start with 75). Only available for bookings made at least 72 hours prior to tour departure (local time).
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy small groups on this day tour in the Loire
  • Discover Leonardo da Vinci's inventions at Clos Lucé Castle
  • Admire the famous double helix staircase at Chambord Castle
  • Learn about the 6 women of Chenonceau
  • Explore the royal chambers of François I and Louis XIV at Chambord Castle
Full description
On this full day tour you’ll discover the beautiful French castles of the Renaissance era. You’ll start with a visit to Clos Lucé Castle in Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci was invited by François I to live and work. During the visit, you’ll have a chance to see all of the artist’s amazing inventions. After enjoying lunch together you’ll drive to Chenonceaux to visit Chenonceau Castle, built on the River Cher. It is also called the "Chateau of the 6 women." Women, including Catherine de Medici, played an important part in the history of the castle, and you’ll learn all about their interesting lives on the tour. After being taken through the castle and its gardens you’ll continue to Chambord Castle, famous for its double helix staircase. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the royal apartments of François I and Louis XIV. At the end of the day you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Paris.
  • Visit to the Chenonceau Castle and its gardens
  • Visit to the Chambord Castle
  • Visit to the Clos Lucé Castle
  • Entrance tickets
  • Departure from locations in Paris center
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in front of the hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel. Hotel is at the corner of Avenue de Suffren and Rue Jean Rey. Public transport: Metro N° 6 - Bir-Hakeim ; RER C - Champ de Mars_Tour Eiffel ; Bus 82 - Champ de Mars.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • Pickup is only included in the private options
    • The local guide reserves the right to change or cancel some of circuits without any advance notice
    • The pickup time indicated on the voucher is approximate and may vary up to 30 minutes according to the traffic in Paris
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 28 reviews

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    Tour was amazing, without a doubt one of the best activities of the trip. The van is very comfortable and a great opportunity to discover the French countryside. Lunch was great and in the best restaurant in the town of Amboise. The guide Mr. Magela was always very attentive. The castles and their gardens are really beautiful. We visited 3 castles with an average visit time of 1 hour at home, one of which was certainly not enough but even so the tour (which is not cheap) is very worthwhile.

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    27 December 2019

    The journey cameup to expectations.

    The journey came true as planned. We visited the three castles in 12,5 hours and had also the lunch at noon. The driver was very good and polite and he told some facts of the castles when driving, but we´d hope that in castles there would be a guide not only the audiodevices.

    11 May 2019

    Our guide was terrific. The only thing that would have made it better for me was a wine tasting experience. There was wine served at lunch but no explanation of he wine or the region.

    5 November 2019

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