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From Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Bus with Wine Tasting

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Bus with Wine Tasting

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From £150.24 per person

Travel in comfort on an air-conditioned bus to the Loire Valley and live like French royalty for a day. Visit 2 stunning châteaus and the quaint town of Blois, tasting local wine on a guided tour.

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Duration 12.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
6 hours
  • Paris Catacombs

  • 2 hours
  • Château de Chambord

  • 70 minutes
  • Blois (free time)

  • 20 minutes
  • Château de Chenonceau (wine tasting)

  • 3 hours
  • Paris Catacombs

    • Entry not included
Meeting point
Main stop
Highlights
  • See 3 fairytale Loire Valley castles in a day’s round trip from Paris
  • Visit the inspiration for the Beast’s castle in Disney’s animated classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’
  • Learn from your expert tour leader providing entertaining commentary
  • Taste different types of wine at the Château de Chenonceau
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch in the quaint town of Blois, home of the Château de Blois
Full description

Discover iconic castles on this bus day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley. Explore Château de Chambord on a guided tour. Have free time in the charming town of Bloise and have the chance to visit Blois Castle. Visit Château de Chenonceau for a guided tour and wine tasting experience.

From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed.

Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds.

Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII.

Alternatively, grab a bite and visit the royal Blois Castle on your own, notable for its unique mix of medieval Gothic and neoclassical Renaissance architecture.

Last but not least is the elegant Château de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms, and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle’s many sweeping stone carvings.

Don’t miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici — 2 of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies’ Château."

After a guided tour, continue exploring or indulge in a wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar. Your tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region.

Three uniquely beautiful French castles and a wine tasting, all amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley — this memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses.

Includes
  • Guide
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for all sites visited
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
  • Wine tasting in Château de Chenonceau (only available on Thursday and Saturday)
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Entrance to Blois Castle
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • 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 at the entrance to the Catacombes de Paris. They will have a sign with the activity provider's name on it: City Wonders. The closest metro Denfert-Rochereau (Line 4 or 6). Exit “Sortie 1” and the entrance to the Catacombs will be directly across the street.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that due to the pandemic, the wine tasting is only available on Thursday and Saturday
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tips for guides providing excellent service are appreciated but never obligatory
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check and comply with the official COVID-19 travel advice and restrictions on each country's government website. The tour provider will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 221 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Overall it was a reasonable trip. We were in a large and comfortable bus and the driver was competent. Wine tasting at chateau chanomseau was nice. What was disappointing was that upon signing up we were not told that restoration work was going on at chateau de chambord. Perhaps knowing that little piece of info might have helped me make an informed choice as to whether I wanted to visit the place anyway. Our guide was pleasant and nice and spouted info which I could have read off the internet myself. I wish you had a guide who was from the loire valley so that the story telling and sharing of history could have been more authentic. Stopover in Blois was very short; enough to do a sit down lunch and then head back. But that can’t be helped especially since the journey is long and stying too long at any one place would put the schedule out of whack! Be prepared for unexpected traffic on your return to Paris… took us 4 hrs yesterday!

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31 May 2022

For the most part this was a great trip. Bus was very nice. Guide was superb. However, we had to wait 40 minutes for two passengers who didn't come back to the bus at the first castle. I think the company should have a 15 min wait rule then leave whomever isn't coming back. It wasn't fair to the rest of us to add another 40 mins to a very long day. I also would have liked to have more time to explore the town of Blois. The castles were very cool though.

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24 April 2022

This a nice trip covering 2 castles and a small town in a day. The guide gave lot of information about the history of the chateaus and kept us engaged. Given it is a long drive to reach Loire Valley from Paris suggest to remove the town from the itinerary and just focus on the castles ,so that one gets more time , otherwise it feels a bit rushed .

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22 April 2022

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