The Best Ways To Visit The Loire Valley From Paris – Chateaux & Wines

Famous for beautiful castles, the Loire Valley is close enough to Paris to spend a full day exploring and be back to the city for a late dinner. A day in the valley will have you visiting the sumptuous and historic castles with names like Chateau de Chambord and Chateau de Chenonceau. It's a glorious way to spend a day out of town and something we highly recommend.

1. Loire Valley Castles & Wine-Tasting Day Trip

Loire Valley Chateaux & Wine-Tasting Day Trip In the Loire Valley – Château de Chambord at sunset

This is the most popular way to see Loire Valley from Paris. It's a small-group, Renaissance-focused day trip that gets you to three of the most magnificent castles in the valley. You meet up with your driver in central Paris and travel in a luxury eurovan to the valley of the French kings.

The chateaux of Chenonceau and Chambord are on your itinerary. You also spend time at Chateau Amboise, which was a royal residence during the reigns of Charles VIII (r. 1483-1498) and Francis I (r. 1515-1547) and is still filled with Gothic and Renaissance furniture. You visit the royal chambers as well as the chapel that contains the tomb of Renaissance master and everyone's favorite genius, Leonardo da Vinci. Afterwards, there's time to explore the town of Amboise and soak up the roayl vibes.

Chateau d'Amboise by David Darrault Chateau d'Amboise and its gardens

With the wonders of three chateaux filling your head, there's still one more stop — a wine tasting in Amboise introducing you to some of the best producers of the Loire Valley. If you didn't know, the Loire Valley produces some of the most delicate French wines that are famous for their fresh, crisp flavors.

Everything's included — transportation from central Paris in a small group, guide, wine tasting, and all entrance fees.

2. A Day Visiting the Loire Valley Castles

Clos Lucé, Chenonceau & Chambord

Clos Luce, Chenonceau & Chambord Château de Chenonceau

This day tour focuses on the castles with in-depth visits to Château de Chenonceau, Clos Lucé, and Château de Chambord. You have the services of an expert, passionate guide who will personally take you through these Renaissance castles and make courtly life come alive.

Your driver/guide takes you to the amazing Château Chenonceau, stretching across the river Cher. This sumptuous royal residence was nicknamed The Ladies' Castle because it was enriched by fascinating female characters over the years. The town of Amboise, Leonardo's Clos Lucé, and Château de Chambord are also on your itinerary during a full and satisfying day trip from Paris.

Once again, everything's included — transportation from central Paris in a small group, the services of an expert guide, and all entrance fees. Available as a small-group tour on Mondays or as a private tour (for just you and your group) every day.

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