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Tickets to Loire Valley Châteaux with Audio Guide

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  • Uncover the beauty of Château de Chambord, Château de Chenonceau, and Château de Cheverny on an audio-guided tour with round-trip transfers.
  • Immerse in the splendor of Chambord, a masterpiece built with the help of Da Vinci and step into the resplendent halls of the opulent Chenonceau.
  • Stop for a quick lunch in a local restaurant close to the scenic gardens of the Chenonceau.
  • Conclude your journey at the Cheverny, the stately home adorned with remarkable furnishings and well-preserved interiors from the 17th century.
  • Tip: The Château de Chenonceau houses a gift shop, where you can splurge on a range of ornaments, decorative pieces, and local wines.
  • The audio guide is available in 10 languages.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Guided Tour of Chambord, Chenonceau, & Blois + Wine Tasting

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  • Meet your expert English-speaking tour guide at a central location in Paris and start your journey to Chambord Castle with a small group of 25 guests or fewer.
  • Hear about the strange history of this castle, once intended as a hunting lodge for a king, and climb the staircase that was supposedly designed by Leonardo da Vinci, after which feel free to explore the castle on your own.
  • Stroll around the town of Blois at your own pace, where you can enjoy a delectable lunch or visit the Royal castle of Blois on your own, notable for its unique mix of Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical architecture.
  • Discover a wide range of white and red wines, and even a sweet dessert wine, with tasting notes from a real expert at the Chenonceau Castle.
  • At the end of your tour, choose to partake in the second round of wine tasting in the Caves des Dômes or continue touring the castle.
  • Tip: At the town of Blois, dine in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful Square Louis XII. and visit the Royal Castle of Blois on your own.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Premium Tour of Chambord, Chenonceau & Amboise + Wine Tasting

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  • Immerse yourself in the allure of the French Renaissance on this day-long tour from Paris to the Loire Valley, brimming with majestic castles and lush landscapes.
  • Enjoy a cozy, small-group experience with a well-informed, English-speaking guide, ensuring a personalized tour filled with fascinating tales.
  • Expertly led by an English-speaking guide, you'll uncover historical gems at three castles - Chenonceau's feminine elegance, Chambord's architectural opulence, and Amboise's royal heritage.
  • Delight your senses with a wine-tasting session in the historical cellars of Chenonceau, sampling the region's finest wines (Available April-October).
  • Marvel at Chenonceau's arches over the Cher River, Chambord's grand double-spiraled staircase, and Leonardo Da Vinci's resting place in Amboise – a visual and historical treat!
  • Tip: At Chenonceau Castle, during your free time you can use an audio guide to have more details about each room.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Loire Valley tours from Paris

Paris, the City of Love and Lights is always a great trip – galleries, museums, theater, cafés, and so much more! But, have you considered taking a day trip to the Loire Valley? Located 193 kilometers (120 miles) from Paris, Loire Valley makes for an ideal day trip, even if you just have 24 hours to spare.

The Loire Valley is home to almost 300 beautiful Renaissance castles and chateâux, many of which date from the 15th to 17th centuries when the region was the beloved of French kings and noblemen.

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Tickets to Loire Valley Châteaux with Audio Guide
• Round trip transfer from Paris • Entry to the 3 chateaux (Château de Chambord, Château de Chenonceau, and Château de Cheverny) • Audio guide in 10 languages (optional)
• The audio guide is available in 10 languages
12.5 hours
From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Guided Tour with Wine Tasting
• Round trip transfer from Paris • Entry ticket and reservation fees for all sites (on the itinerary) visited • Expert English-speaking guide • Wine tasting in Chateau de Chenonceau
• Visit to the Chateau de Chambord (wine tasting) and Chateau de Chenonceau • Explore the town of Blois • Group size of 25 or less
13 hours
From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Premium Tour: Chambord, Chenonceau, & Amboise + Wine Tasting
• Round trip transfer from Paris • English-speaking driver guide • Entry to Chambord, Chenonceau, & Amboise castles • Wine-tasting session (from April to October only)
• Knowledgeable English-speaking drive-guide • Group size is limited to 8 people only
12 hours

Starting from the Atlantic Ocean, the Loire Valley runs 174 miles east, along the Loire River and it is broken up into three major sections: the upper region of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé; the middle region of Anjou, Saumur, and Touraine; and the lower region of Pays Nantais.

As a result of this, winemakers across the valley see a major shift in the characteristics of the wines produced, due to a difference in climate and soil.

Region
Climate
Wine Characteristics
Famous Wineries
Famous Wine Varieties
Famous Castles
Upper Loire Valley
Continental climate with warm summers and cold winters
The white wines of the region tend to be sleekly structured with acidity and citrus, mineral, and herb aromatics
Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Domaine Pascal Jolivet
Gamay, Sacy, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc
Château de Chambord, Château de Chenonceau, Château de Villandry
Middle Loire Valley
Semi-maritime climate: Moderate heat and cold weather
Rosés and red wines tend to exhibit aromas of red fruits and flowers; white wines exhibit honeyed floral notes with hints of tropical fruits
Domaine des Roches Neuves, Domaine Filliatreau, Domaine Bernard Baudry
Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Romorantin, Arbois, Grolleau Noir (a red), and Pinot Meunier
Château de Saumur, Château de Brézé, Château de Sully-sur-Loire
Lower Loire Valley
Maritime climate: mild winters and hot & humid summers
Dry and fresh with citrus and mineral notes
Domaine des Baumard, Domaine de la Pépière, Domaine de la Tuffière
Melon de Bourgogne, Folle Blanche, and Pinot Gris
Château de Montsoreau, Château de Montreuil-Bellay, Château de Langeais

Plan your visit

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  • By train
    A train journey from Paris (Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2) to the Loire Valley will take you around 2 hours and 26 minutes, with trains running every hour.
    Closest stop: Saumur-Rive-Droite
  • By car
    A car drive from Paris to the Loire Valley will take you three hours to cover a distance of 213 kilometers. From Paris, drive to A10 in Morand from where it is a straight road for 208 kilometers, to reach the Loire Valley.
  • By bus
    A bus runs from Paris (Bercy Seine station) to Blois and takes three hours. However, this bus service only runs once/day (and sometimes not even that), usually departing at 12:20 pm.
  • Spring (April to June): Spring is a great time to visit the Loire Valley when the chateaux gardens are in full bloom and the air is warm. Since this is shoulder season in the valley, you can also enjoy outdoor activities such as cycling and boating tours to discover different chateaux, without the tourist crowds.
  • Summer (July to September): Summer is the peak tourist season when both, crowds and accommodation rates are high. There are plentiful outdoor activities including hot air balloon rides, wine fairs at Vouvray, and the famous Sound and Light Show at Château Royal de Blois.
  • Autumn (October to December): The valley is at its best during autumn, blanketed in hues of yellow, gold, and deep oranges and pleasant temperatures. Grape harvest season occurs between September and mid-November which allows you to sample delicious wines at the local wineries.
  • Winter (January to March): Visiting the Loire Valley in winter isn’t a great option because the weather is cold and damp and many chateaux are closed this time of the year to carry out restoration and renovation projects.

Weekday vs weekend

Since the Loire Valley is a popular tourist destination, weekdays and weekends are generously crowded. However, the only differentiator is that supermarkets, specialty shops, and small winemakers are closed on Sundays.

Based on your chosen ticket, you’ll be visiting different chateaux. Here are the chateaux timings:

  • Château de Chambord: 9 am–6 pm (or 5 pm), depending on the month of the year. Check this month’s schedule here.
  • Château de Chenonceau: 9 am (or 9:30 am)–4:30 pm (or 5:30/6/7 pm), depending on the month of the year. Check this month’s schedule here.
  • Château de Cheverny: 9:15 am (or 10 am)–5 pm (or 6 pm), depending on the month of the year. Check this month’s schedule here.
  • Château Royal d'Amboise: 9 am–5 pm (or 5:30/6/6:30/7 pm), depending on the month of the year. Check this month’s schedule here.
  • El Cafecito
    Located in the city of Tours, El Cafecito is a cozy cafe serving up delicious healthy meals. It’s a great choice for a leisurely lunch or a quick breakfast fix.
    Must-try dish: Cappuccino with a side of cheesecake
  • The Cheval Rogue Auberge
    A charming restaurant in the village of Chisseaux, The Cheval Rogue serves authentic French cuisine within a rustic setting, surrounded by beautiful countryside.
    Must-try dish: Tender Beef Bourguignon served with a side of creamy mashed potatoes and paired with a local Loire wine
  • But First, Coffee
    A trendy cafe serving artisanal coffee and French pastries, But First, Coffee in Saumur is a great place for a quick caffeine boost or a leisurely breakfast.
    Must-try dish: Pain au Chocolat paired with an espresso
  • La Maison Tourangelle
    A quaint restaurant serving local cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients, La Maison Tourangelle’s cozy ambiance is an instant hit with visitors in Vouvray.
    Must-try dish: Duck confit served with golden pommes sarladaises
  • Le Lift
    A chic bistro serving French cuisine with a creative twist, Le Lift promises an interesting cuisine experience in Orleans.
    Must-try dish: Seafood risotto
  1. Book a vintage bike at Bouvet-Ladubay and ride through 5 kilometers of ancient tunnels, above which the St. Florent Abbey ruins are located.
  2. If the weather permits, book a traditional Loire boat tour (Toue or Fûtreau) during lunchtime. Watch beautiful castles drift by, as you enjoy a wholesome meal prepared from local produce.
  3. Explore troglodytes, caves created from tufa limestone in the 11th century. Previously homes, the caves are now mostly used as wine cellars.
  4. Enjoy a guided forest bathing session in the forest of Loches, a 3.2-kilometer walk called “randocroquis”.
  5. If the weather permits, go on a hike. Most chateaux are surrounded by trails that make breathtaking hikes.
  6. Explore local markets in different parts of the Loire Valley, such as:
  • Loches market: Every Wednesday and Saturday, selling fresh roasted chicken, a variety of goat’s cheese, and handmade jewelry.
  • Nantes flea market: Every Saturday morning, selling old statues, artwork, porcelain figurines, and furniture.
  • Amboise market: Every Sunday, selling everything that you can think of – from clothes and jewelry to sinks and lawnmowers.
  • Blois market: Every Saturday morning, selling fresh produce with live music playing in the background.

Souvenirs from your trip to the Loire Valley:

  • A bottle of local wine
    Depending on your liking and the regions of the valley that you’re visiting, a bottle of wine will make a great souvenir.
    Recommendations: Muscadet from Nantes and Sancerre from Orleans make for great choices.
  • A box of pralines
    Pralines, sugary almond bites, are said to be originally from the region of Montargis. A box of pralines, especially for your family and friends with a sweet tooth, makes for a great souvenir from the Loire Valley.
  • A box of macarons
    Yet another dessert unique to France, macarons are an easy 3-ingredient baked good prepared in only one village in France – Cormery, located southeast of Tours.
  • Pottery from Faience
    The town of Gien is famous for its pottery. Each object requires the knowledge of 30 people, collectively, and it takes 14 different types of earth to create.

Getting to Loire Valley from Paris

Paris To Loire Valley Tours

By Car

The 213-kilometer drive from Paris to the Loire Valley is the most preferred transportation option by tourists. The drive time is around 2.5 hours and it is scenic and comfortable.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Pro-tip: The traffic in Paris can get pretty nasty so keep an additional few hours of travel time to avoid feeling rushed.

Paris To Loire Valley Tours Bus

By train

Boarding a TGV train from Paris is a quick and economical way to travel to the Loire Valley. An advantage with train travel is that it connects Paris to important cities in the Loire Valley such as Tours, Blois, Orleans, and Amboise, where you can book your stay.

Duration: 75 minutes

Pro-tip: Book your tickets in advance to get the best prices. (Prices can vary between €10 - €90)

Paris To Loire Valley Tours Train

By guided tour

This option is super easy on your mind and your wallet. A guided tour comes with a round-trip transfer and a planned itinerary, which means you only need to book it and have fun – zero planning stress. If you have limited time, a guided tour is the best way to explore the Loire Valley.

Duration: 12-13 hours

Pro-tip: The best-guided tour of the Loire Valley can be chosen based on your time availability and the experiences you wish to have.

Paris To Loire Valley Guided Tours

By bus

There is no direct bus service that runs from Paris to the Loire Valley. However, there is a bus from Paris (Bercy Seine station) to Blois, and takes three hours. However, this bus service only runs once/day (and sometimes not even that), usually departing at 12:20 pm.

Duration: 3 hours

Frequently Asked Questions about Paris to Loire Valley tours

What is the best way to explore Loire Valley if you are visiting from Paris for the first time?

 For first-time visitors, Paris to Loire Valley guided tours are the best option to explore the Loire Valley, as you do not have to worry about things like transport and itinerary. This also is helpful for non-first-time visitors as well as they can enjoy a hassle-free trip.

How long does the Paris to Loire Valley tour take?

We currently have three guided tour packages available for Paris to Loire Valley tours and the duration range is between 12 to 13 hours. This includes travel time from and to Paris as well.

Is round-trip transportation available with my Paris To Loire Valley tour tickets?

Yes, round-trip transportation is available with Paris to Loire Valley tour tickets.

Does my Paris to Loire Valley tickets include wine-tasting?

There are three options for Paris to Loire Valley tickets, of which two allow wine tasting. The tickets which include wine tasting are: From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Guided Tour with Wine Tasting and From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Premium Tour: Chambord, Chenonceau, & Amboise + Wine Tasting

How far is Loire Valley from Paris?

The Loire Valley is located 213 kilometers from Paris and this trip can be covered either by car, train, bus, or guided tours. Choose the option most suitable for you.

Do I need to bring my passport to the tour?

No, your passport is not required. You will only need your e-ticket of Paris to Loire Valley ticket. For identification purposes, it’s advisable to carry any form of official identification on you (photocopy of your passport or your driver’s license).

Are Paris to Loire Valley tour tickets expensive?

Paris to Loire Valley tickets start from €139 and go up to €210. The cost of the ticket depends on the experiences that are included in it.

Is food included in the tickets?

No, food is not included in any of the Paris to Loire Valley tickets. However, you can explore local cuisine during lunch time, depending on the city/town which you are visiting.