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The Secrets of the Loire Valley

Visit three of the Loire Valley’s most iconic attractions on this day trip by high-speed train from Paris. First, you’ll visit the Chateau Chenonceau and enjoy a full tour and wine. Then head over to the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, the Clos Lucé, where you’ll visit the museum. Finally, you’ll visit the monumental Chateau d’Amboise, favourite royal residence of the old French Kings.

The Loire Valley is the spiritual heart of France and home to some of its finest vineyards, most opulent castles, and most beautiful scenery. This easy day trip is a fantastic way to visit three of its top attractions.

Your day starts in the Gare Montparnasse, where you’ll meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 people. Traveling by high-speed train, you’ll arrive in the Loire in just over an hour and jump into a private, air-conditioned transport for the short drive to Chateau Chenonceau.

This improbable building, which spans the Cher river, is one of France’s most beautiful chateaux and the second most-visited in France (after Versailles). You’ll tour the inside with your guide, soaking in sumptuous interiors and art by Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyk, and Ribera, as you learn the improbable story of how a series of powerful women created all this splendor. After your tour, you’ll enjoy a tasting of three of the world-class wines produced in the region.

After the chateaux, you’ll hop back in your private transport and head over to the lovely town of Amboise, where you’ll have free time for lunch. Your guide will recommend some of their favorite restaurants for the world-famous regional cuisine of the Loire Valley.

After lunch you head over to the Chateau du Clos Lucé. Leonardo da Vinci came to this house in 1516 while working on a commission for the king of France and died here three years later. You’ll learn about the last days of the original renaissance man as you tour the museum inside the chateau and then explore the gardens to see some his original designs made real in the form of life-sized, working prototypes.

Your final stop is the neighbour’s house, i.e., the old residence of the King of France. The Chateau d’Amboise was a favorite royal residence of the Valois kings who made it into one of the most impressive chateaus in the region. Inside you’ll walk the castle walls and tour royal apartments as you learn the tumultuous history of this royal stronghold. After your tour, you’ll drive back to the train station and catch another train back to Paris. You’ll arrive at Austerlitz, just in time to head out for dinner on the town.

Experience Includes

  • Small group tour with a maximum of 15 people.
  • Tickets to Chateau Chenonceau
  • Tickets to Chateau Clos Lucé
  • Tickets to Chateau d’Amboise
  • Wine tasting at the Chateau Chenonceau

Experience Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel tranfers
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenirs

Departs

17 April - 31 October Tuesdays and Saturdays

Departure location

In front of the cafe Le Paris Montparnasse at 43 Avenue du Maine 75014 Paris

Start times

7.00am

Duration

12 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID. This is particularly important for guests who qualify for a student or child discount.
  • As with all religious sites, appropriate attire is required for entering the various chapels on the tour. Shoulders and knees must be covered.
  • As with many attractions, some sections of the chateaux may be closed without prior notice. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution.
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
  • To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to all attractions. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.
  • Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments,wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.