Small group tour
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.
The Loire river valley is famous for its beautiful countryside and its high concentration of amazing Renaissance style chateaux. On this tour you’ll visit three of the most stunning and historically interesting castles: Chenonceau, Amboise, and Chambord. We’ll treat you like royalty in our small group tour, and give you the attention you deserve, as we never take more than 8 participants per group.
You’ll meet up with the guide in Paris close to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (exact details will be in your booking confirmation) and head to the Loire Valley in our brand new 2016 Volkswagen Caravelle van. Our vans have big windows, fresh A/C, and comfortable leather seats so you can ride in style. The drive to the Loire valley will be less than 2hrs long and the first castle you’ll visit is Chambord.
There is no castle in the world like Chambord Chateau as every one of its 420 rooms is full of intricate stone carvings and authentic details. You’ll learn about the passion King Francois 1st had for the construction of this very unique castle which became the largest in the Loire Valley. You will have one and a half hours of free time to explore inside it.
Although the official architect of the castle remains a mystery, everyone recognizes the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci in the remarkable double helix staircase and the amazing rooftop terrace adorned with hundreds of ornate chimneys, towers, and pointed spires. You’re sure to be impressed by this massive one of a kind castle.
Only a short scenic drive from Chambord is the charming medieval town of Amboise with its fortress of a castle. Since the 1400s, Amboise Chateau has been perched on a hillside strategically overlooking the Loire river valley. You’ll learn its fascinating history including how it has seen the birth and death of many French kings, and became the final resting place of Leonardo Da Vinci. Unlike other tours that hurry visitors along, you’ll love having a free hour to explore this castle and appreciate the view that it offers you of the valley and town below.
For lunch, you’ll have free time to walk the Medieval town filled with tiny winding streets, wood and plaster homes and unparalleled local charm. The guide will show you a special part of town, only accessible by foot, and there you’ll be able to choose from a dozen little cafés, bistros, and bakeries for your lunch break, which will last an hour.
After lunch you’ll discover to Chenonceau Chateau. Known as the Ladies’ Castle, this Chateau is a favorite for many. Stretching over the Cher river in a seemingly impossible and mystical manner, its appearance is nothing short of breathtaking. Beyond Chenonceau’s architectural wonder, it offers up some of the most striking gardens in the Loire Valley.
Learn about the famous Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers who made this castle their own. You’ll have an hour and a half of free time to roam the castle and stroll through the gardens. The rare history and stunning beauty of this delicate castle is sure to mark your spirit and rest in your memory.
The drive back to Paris takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes and includes a rest stop half way through. The tour will finish back in Paris around 8pm, next to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées Avenue where you can find lots of great dinner options.
Back in Paris around 8PM
Dates & Times
All year round
Tues / Thu / Sat / Sun at 7AM
76 Avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris
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For the Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris you will meet with your driver-guide outside of 76 Avenue de la Grande Armée in Paris
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.
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’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.
This Château has known the birth of princes, the reign of Kings, and the death of the great Renaissance master, Leonardo DaVinci!
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!
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 Tripadvisor
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.Read this review on Tripadvisor
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.Read this review on Tripadvisor
Loire Valley Castle Tour - excellent
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.Read this review on Tripadvisor
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