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Loire Valley Chateaux

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Visit the Loire Valley!

Enjoy a day in the French countryside exploring three remarkable chateaux in the Loire Valley. Join our small group tour from Paris and discover the beautiful renaissance castles of Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise!

Wander through the lovely flower gardens of Chenonceau and gaze at its delicate arches which cross over the Cher river. Visit Amboise, the castle on a hillside, and admire the fantastic vista views over the valley. Marvel at Chambord and admire its extravagant renaissance architecture said to be the work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

This tour is far from being a humdrum history lesson! You’ll learn about each castle’s history in a fun way as our guide shares little known facts and focuses on making your tour entertaining and memorable.

You’ll appreciate free time to explore inside each castle at your own pace and visit a charming medieval town for the lunch break where you can eat in a local café, bistro, or bakery of your choice.

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195€ per participant

What's Included

  • Small group: 8 participants
  • Transportation by luxury A/C minibus
  • Knowledgeable & friendly guide
  • Chateau de Chambord tickets
  • Chateau de Chenonceau tickets
  • Chateau d'Amboise tickets
  • Great photo opportunities

Duration

All day
Back in Paris around 8PM

Dates & Times

All year round

Tues / Thu / Sat / Sun at 7AM

Meeting point

76 Avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris

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Reservation required

Tour Highlights

Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

Famous for its outstanding architecture, it has hundreds of unique spires and columns on its roof as well as a huge double spiral staircase within.

Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

Known as the Ladies Chateau, this extraordinary site was run by women for most of it’s existence! Learn about the Mistress and Queen who fought over the Castle's future.

Da Vinci

Da Vinci Tomb

Da Vinci’s tomb: Visit the tomb of the great Leonardo Da Vinci and see where he spent the last 3 years of his life in the service of the French King.

Amboise

Chateau d’Amboise

This Château has known the birth of princes, the reign of Kings, and the death of the great Renaissance master, Leonardo DaVinci!

Double Helix

Double Helix Staircase at Chambord

Chambord has a massive forest with the largest hunting grounds in all of Europe.

Learn more about Chateau de Chambord on our Loire Valley Day Trip!

Where do we go?

The Castles of Chambord, Chenonceau and Amboise are in the Loire River Valley, a region of France located about 130 miles Southwest of Paris. Easily accessible from Paris our comfortable, air-conditioned, minibus will take you there in no time!

Recent Reviews on

MsM H
Sydney, Australia
Reviewer
6 reviews
1 helpful vote

Loire‡ wow!

Reviewed January 2017

The Loire Valley Castles: Chambord, Chenonceau & Amboise tour was amazing. Our guide Antoine was so knowledgable and his passion for Paris and France was infectious. Having a small group on the tour was a wonderful experience as we were able to meet some fabulous people from around the world. Amboise was my favourite stop on this tour, and to have seen it and two others was a dream come true. Blue Fox Tours and guides like Antoine make traveling and learning more about the culture of Paris a true joy.

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Cathleen C
Yucaipa, California, USA
Reviewer
15 reviews
9 helpful votes

Great experience!

Reviewed January 2017

We did the Loire Valley Castle tour which was amazing. Our guide was Antoine. He was knowledgeable, personable and very kind. The castles were beautiful, especially Chenonceau and Amboise. We were given time to eat lunch in the village there in Amboise which was nice and the food was good. I sat in the front seat with Antoine on our long travels and thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. He is a very friendly guide.

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tropical_art
San Diego
Reviewer
25 reviews
18 helpful votes

Loire Valley Castle Tour - excellent

Reviewed April 2017

We enjoyed our trip to the Loire Valley castles. We had to get up bright and early for this trip. When you book the tour, you are expected to be at the meeting spot at Porte Maillot at about 6:45am for a 7am departure. You may want to get some coffee/breakfast at your hotel beforehand as there is nothing open at that time in the area. I appreciate how Blue Fox gave specific directions on the meeting spot in the morning. We toured on a Sunday morning which made getting out of Paris very easy. We drove for about an hour or so until our first stop at a service station for snacks/coffee/restrooms. Then we drove off to the first castle at Chambord. It was a very chilly morning, so dress accordingly if you plan to visit in the coming weeks. At Chambord, they provided i-pad audio guides. From Chambord, we drove an hour along the river to Amboise. By the time we arrived in Amboise, it was time for lunch. You essentially have an hour to have lunch or tour the town (or both if you can grab a quick lunch somewhere). The town is very quaint with fun boutiques, patisseries and restaurants. The Amboise castle was just a short walk from the town. You can get some great photos of the Loire valley and the Amboise town from the castle. I also did not know that Leonardo da Vinci was buried there. It was much quicker visiting this castle since it was smaller. After Amboise, it was another 25 minutes or so to Chenonceau. Chenonceau was probably my favorite because of it being built over the river. The landscaping is also beautiful. Antoine made a great guide for the day. He provided important historical information about each castle. With the group being small, he was also very attentive to the needs of the group. The drive back to Paris in the afternoon took almost 3 hours because of traffic as you get closer to Paris. We took another restroom stop on the way back before arriving close to Paris. We arrived around 7:30pm. Antoine was nice in dropping us off at the Arc de Triomphe Metro station which was more accessible than the morning meeting spot. All in all, it was a long day, but didn't feel too tiresome. The van is also very comfortable.

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