Spend your day exploring the Loire Valley, also known as the Garden of France!
Once known for its immense strategic importance in France, leading to a rise in numerous chateaus or castles, Loire Valley is known for its scenic beauty, style, grandeur, and wineries. While at one point in history, the northern and southern side of France -the Loire Valley, was preferred by the nobles, dukes, and kings to build their feudal castles, which were soon followed by a trend of converting and building aristocratic estates and pleasure castles. This is why the fertile banks of river Loire flaunt a vast green landscape with centuries of artistic work and creativity along with flourishing gardens and vineyards.
All these attractions and highlights make the visit to Loire Valley from Paris more than just an entertaining tour, making it perfect for a quick getaway from the city. Below you can find all the information you need to plan your tour from Paris to Loire Valley.
Loire Valley is a vast vibrant landscape of green towns and villages along the river Loire. It has numerous gardens and vineyards, built around castles. The scenic beauty of Loire Valley is one of the key attractions as it is significantly different from the urban landscape of Paris, its rush and lifestyle. Most tourists prefer to visit Loire valley from Paris as they consider it as a nice romantic getaway, providing them a much-needed change from the city life.
Paris to Loire Valley guided tours allow you to visit the attractions of the palace with an expert local guide. You get to know historical facts and information about the place from an expert. The Paris to Loire Valley guided tours include round transportation in an airconditioned bus, making it easier for you.
Duration: 2hr 52 min
The 282km comfortable car ride to the Loire Valley castle is preferable for most tourists. With the rides taking over 2 and a half hours via A10, it can be a nice romantic getaway to the vibrant countryside and a prestigious location with a rich historical background. Car rental services are also available from Paris.
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: Around €10
Direct bus services are temporarily suspended from Paris to Loire Valley. But Paris does have a bus service to Blois that only happens to run once a day. It can be a good option if you are planning to visit multiple Loire Valley Castles by using the bus shuttle to nearby castles by staying at Blois overnight.
Duration: 1 hour 14min
Cost: €10 - €90
Traveling by TGV trains is the quickest and the most efficient way to travel from Paris to the Loire Valley. Most tourists choose this option when they see one or two chateaus in a day as more than that won’t be a realistic option since only a handful of them are located close to a train station.
Duration: 12 hrs
A guided tour is probably the best option if you are planning to tour the Loire Valley from Paris. If you want to make the most of your trip to Loire Valley, this is the most convenient option. Along with the guided tour of the Loire Valley Chateaux, you get free round-trip transportation from Paris to the Loire Valley in an air-conditioned coach along with lunch.
If time is an issue, choose train: Train is the quickest mode of transport to the Loire Valley from Paris. You can take a shuttle from the train station and then go to your destination easily.
If you want a hassle-free trip, choose a guided tour: A guided tour is the best option for those who truly want to enjoy the trip. Relax and enjoy the trip as everything gets arranged for you, including your itinerary and transportation.
Loire Valley has a continental climate. If you want to avoid the peak season in the summers and the chilly winds that the area receives in the winter season, the best time to visit Loire Valley would be during spring and autumn. Spring in Loire Valley lasts from April to June, and Autumn lasts from September to October, making it the perfect time to visit.
Crêperie La Dentelle: It is a small restaurant in the heart of Tours with an outdoor seating option.
La Balade Gourmande - Epicerie Fine: A charming eating option with exceptional tasting local food made from regional produce with several options on drinks.
Restaurant Les Hauts de Loire: An elegant restaurant flaunting two Michelin Stars with French classics on the menu.
Le Chai at Manoir de Restigné: A town-favorite dining option with a vibrant menu and an organic wine selection.
There are lots of things Loire Valley is famous for. Make sure to bring an empty suitcase for these:
Wine: Save your money for Domaine de Bellevue, Domaine Michel Brégeon, and Domaine de la Pépière wine collection.
Craft beer: As Loire Valley flourishes with vineyards and wineries, this is a must buy.
Pâté/rillettes: Grab a few jars of the Loire Valley famous country-style pâté, rillettes, and other preserved meats.
Poires tapées: A local delicacy of pounded, baked, and preserved pears that comes with a delightful natural sweetness.
Loire Valley can be divided into three main sections, loosely on their production of wine and vineyards:
Upper Section Of Loire Valley: Located closest to the center of France, it consists of most of the famous wineries of Loire Valley along with their signature wines like Sauvignon Blanc.
Middle Section Of Loire Valley: This region is mostly famous for its earthy, peppery, and red-fruited wine.
Lower Section Of Loire Valley: This region uses its signature ‘sur lie’ aging tactic to make delicious white wine in its vineyards, which is worthy enough for you to take them back home
The Loire Valley has a temperate climate. It is because of the oceanic influences in the Nantes and Anjou regions. Although towards Touraine, it has a continental influence making Centre-Loire Valley experience a semi-continental climate.
Loire Valley receives mild rainfall throughout the year and experiences mild temperatures during the summer and winter seasons. It is because of this consistency in weather conditions and fertile soil, Loire Valley has such a wide range of flourishing vineyards.
Visit Loire Valley Castles: Loire Valley has many historic castles or chateaux that were built or remodeled during the French Renaissance period. These prestigious royal castles are home to several works of art, period furniture, and beautiful gardens while offering a marvelous view of the Loire Valley.
Loire Valley Balloon Tour: Loire Valley is beautiful, but wait till you see the region from the sky. This Balloon tour lets you take a look at the lush green, vibrant side of Loire Valley from a different perspective, i.e., from the skies.
Loire Valley Gardens: This region has beautifully maintained vibrant gardens. With most castles showing off vibrant gardens, castles like Domaine du Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire host the International Garden Festival, which attracts tourists worldwide.
Wine Tasting: Loire Valley wines are famous for their rich taste. With the region flourishing with amazing vineyards, Loire Valley has its own wine collections to offer.
Famous for its historic towns, marvelous architecture, and wines, Loire Valley’s cultural landscape is different from that of a rural lifestyle. You can expect a royal feel in the ambiance, thanks to the numerous castles made by the kings and the nobles, and a relaxed atmosphere because of the lush green surroundings and vibrant gardens.
There is a lot to explore at Loire Valley. With the idea of exploring more than 2 or 3 castles in a day being almost non-fulfilling, Loire Valley can be a destination where you visit multiple times to enjoy a different experience every time.
We offer different types of tours for our customers. You can choose from the list of individual castle tours or from the full-day guided tours with fast-track entry. Tickets can be bought directly from Tickets-paris.fr. You will get an e-ticket which you can show during departure.
A. For first-time visitors, Paris To Loire Valley guided tours are the best option to explore 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.
A. There are multiple options for Paris to Loire Valley tickets, some of which allow wine-tasting. Make sure to check the ticket information before you purchase.
A. Loire Valley is located over 200 kms away from Paris.
A. Tickets of Paris to Loire valley start from €169. You can check the tickets section for more information.
A. Inclusion of food depends on the kind of tickets you purchase.
A. Yes, guided tours are available with the Paris to Loire Valley tickets.