Loire Valley Wine and Castle Tour

Visit two historic Loire Valley castles plus a local wine cave tour

The gardens and castle at Chenonceau.
The gardens and castle at Chenonceau.

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Loire Castle Tour from Paris

See the French castles of Chenonceau and Chambord, coupled with a wine experience at a great Loire wine house!

Loire Wine and Historic Castle Tour

Price: $255 per person ($386 with 2nd Class Rail, $461 with 1st Class Rail).

Departure Time: Before 8:00 a.m.

Duration: 16 Hours

Meeting Point: The tourist office in the city of Tours.

Group Size: 8 person maximum

Availability: Tour is available seven days a week from February through the end of October.

For off-season requests, which usually can be accommodated, please contact us directly.

Tour Includes

  • Transport in a modern air-conditioned minibus
  • Entrance fees and guiding at both Chenonceau and Chambord castle
  • Caves Ambacia tour and sommelier-guided tasting

Tour Price Does Not Include

  • Round trip transfers from your hotel or apartment in Paris to the Montparnasse train station
  • Rail
  • lunch, time for lunch set aside.

Any tour can be made private. Contact us for pricing and details.

Chambord, Chenonceau and Wine Cave Itinerary

Depart Paris in the morning via high-speed TGV rail. An hour later you’ll be in the heart of the Loire Valley. You’ll meet our guide at the nearby Tours tourist office and begin an exciting day discovering France’s historic château country. You’ll visit two of the most popular castles (Chenonceau and Chambord) and visit a small wine cellar.

The interior of magical Chenonceau castle in the Loire Valley
The interior of magical Chenonceau castle in the Loire Valley

Dating from the 1100’s, Chenonceau has the most Gothic feel of all the Loire castles.  An architectural refresh in 1513 gave it a new look; the castle’s age is dated from then, making it more than 500 years old.  There is a much-photographed arched bridge at its base that joins the château to the river Cher’s opposite bank.

Besides the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most-visited château in France.  Chenonceau played a key role in both World Wars, serving as a hospital in World War I and a means of escaping Nazis in World War II. Anyone on the run could escape from Nazi territory to free France on the other side of the river, using the castle’s bridge and secret passageways.

Chenonceau from the river Cher
Chenonceau from the river Cher

You will then enjoy a late morning tour of the underground limestone rock cellars of Caves Ambacia .   You’ll taste Vouvray, Sancerre and more, tasting light reds and whites, with 5 tastes toal plus a glass of vintage Vouvray The on site restaurant is recommended, or you can enjoy a local bistro lunch in Amboise. We like Chez Bruno.

After lunch you’ll go to Chambord.

Chambord may or may not have been partially designed by Leonardo da Vinci.  This is the grandest of castles, dating to King Francois I.  The castle’s double spiral staircases were considered an architectural wonder in their time. 

Two Loire Castles plus Wine Cave Tour: Visitors approach the historic Chambord castle in the Loire Valley.
Visitors approach the historic Chambord castle in the Loire Valley.

Meant as a royal hunting lodge and idyllic escape from the pressures of Paris, there are stables that can house 1200 horses, and a 13,000 acre game preserve where the distinctive red deer of France still roam. An on-site tour of about 90 minutes is part of your day, then you end up in the beautiful town of Amboise. 

More Information About Our Loire Valley Tours

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 or a download on your phone.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Due to the small group aspect of all of our tours, our cancellation policy is as follows: more than 7 days before tour date – 100% refundable; from 7 to 3 days before tour date – 50% refundable; less than 3 days – non-refundable. If cancelling please contact us as soon as possible to insure we can credit you properly.

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