A one day trip from Paris to visit four Loire Valley castles
Visit the majestic Loire castles of Azay-Le-Rideau, Villandry, Langeais, and Usse.
Price: $210 per person ($365 with 2nd Class Rail, $444 with 1st Class Rail).
Tour is available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from February through October. For off-season requests, which usually can be accommodated, please contact us directly. All admissions included.
Villandry and More Tour Itinerary
You’ll depart Paris’ Gare Montparnasse in the morning, headed to the city of Tours via high-speed TGV train. In less than an hour you’ll be over 145 miles away in the heart of the Loire Valley! Upon arrival you’ll proceed to the Tours tourist office (a two minute walk) to meet your guide and begin an enchanting day discovering France’s wonderful château country. You’ll visit the following castles during the day:
Chateau Azay-le-Rideau is dramatically situated on an island in the Indre river, its architecture appearing to rise right out of the water.
The plush interiors are decorated in the Italian Renaissance style popular when the castle was first built in the 16th century.
Villandry features the finest formal gardens in Europe. The gardens and castle were restored to their 16th century glory in the 1900’s by a wealthy American heiress, Ann Coleman, and her French husband Joachim Carvallo.
It takes 8 gardeners working full time to plant, prune and care for the 60,000 vegetable plants and 45,000 other varietals set out each year.
Château de Langeais was built in the mid-1400’s by Jean Bourré, a minister in the government of Louis XI. Famously, Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany were married here in 1491. The occasion marked the moment that the region of Brittany formally became a part of France.
In the 1880’s, a twenty year restoration project began; much of the furniture and art purchased during this time is still on display. The castle accurately portrays 15th century day-to-day life of the well to do in France.
Château d’Usse started as a Norman fortification in the 1100’s before being reborn as a picturesque chateau in the 15th century.
The current Duke of Blacas maintains the property, owned in unbroken succession by his family since just after the French Revolution. Most famously, it is said to have offered the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s beloved tale, “Sleeping Beauty.”
You’ll visit two castles in the morning, lunch in town near Villandry (not included) and then visit two more castles in the afternoon. You’ll return to Paris via rail and be back in time for a late dinner in the lively Montparnasse area.
Loire Valley Day Tour – What’s Included?
Tour Price Includes:
- Transport in a modern air-conditioned minibus
- Entrance fees at each castle
- Round trip transfers from your hotel or apartment in Paris to the Montparnasse train station
- Guided visit in the castles
Occasionally, last minute or high season rail prices will be higher than the prices listed above. We will always contact you before booking if this is the case. If you are not booking your rail through Link Paris, please do not book your train tickets until the correct rail times are confirmed by us. Rail tickets are emailed as a .pdf document for home printing.
|Why we love the Loire Valley – The scale and variety of Loire castles is amazing. I love the gardens at Villandry. You can buy heirloom seeds and cuttings for your home garden there. A little piece of the biggest privately-owned formal gardens in Europe, yay. Some take the bus from Paris, but we recommend Loire Valley tours from Paris by train always. – Laura|