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Ophorus Tours - History & Majesty: Private Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

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History & Majesty: Private Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

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Explore the fairy tale Châteaux of the Loire Valley on a private, full-day tour from Paris! Witness the grandeur of Chambord, marvel at the architecture of Chenonceau's double-helix staircase, and delve into French history at Clos Lucé.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a relaxing private tour with an expert guide and comfortable transportation.
  • Explore Chambord's awe-inspiring architecture, including the double-helix staircase.
  • Discover Chenonceau, nicknamed "The Ladies' Castle," known for its rich history with influential women.
  • See the stunning gardens designed by Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers.
  • Visit Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's final residence, and see models based on his inventions.
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Escape the bustle and embark on a captivating journey through history on this exclusive, full-day tour to the enchanting Loire Valley from Paris. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of three iconic Châteaux, each with a story waiting to be unveiled:Chambord: Witness the awe-inspiring Château de Chambord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This architectural marvel boasts a staggering 440 rooms, a 156-meter-long ...

Escape the bustle and embark on a captivating journey through history on this exclusive, full-day tour to the enchanting Loire Valley from Paris. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of three iconic Châteaux, each with a story waiting to be unveiled:

  • Chambord: Witness the awe-inspiring Château de Chambord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This architectural marvel boasts a staggering 440 rooms, a 156-meter-long facade, and a breathtaking double-helix staircase, a design some believe was influenced by Leonardo da Vinci himself.

  • Explore the vast park surrounding the castle and lose yourself in the meticulously renovated French formal gardens, offering a picturesque backdrop for your exploration. Highlights include the iconic double-helix staircase, the richly decorated vaulted rooms on the second floor, and over 60 public rooms showcasing the opulence of French royalty.

  • Amboise: Step into the world of Renaissance genius at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise. This was the final residence of Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his last three years here. Imagine him strolling these halls and gardens as you explore the castle's "intimate" atmosphere. Discover his living quarters, the Renaissance rooms, and a captivating exhibition showcasing models based on his inventions, spanning themes like military engineering, town planning, and even flying machines! Take a stroll through the Park, a landscaped testament to Leonardo's fascination with nature. Here, you'll encounter 20 giant interactive machines modeled after his designs, alongside sound terminals and translucent canvases that bring his visionary ideas to life. Following your castle visit, enjoy some free time for lunch in the charming village of Amboise, where you can savor delicious local cuisine (not included).

  • Chenonceau: Nicknamed "The Ladies' Castle," the captivating Château de Chenonceau boasts a rich history deeply intertwined with influential women. Constructed by Katherine Bohier, adorned by Diane de Poitiers, and protected by Louise of Lorraine and Mme Dupin, Chenonceau showcases a unique tapestry of feminine influence throughout the ages. As you arrive, be struck by the imposing entrance door dating back to King François I, bearing the names of its builders, Thomas and Katherine Bohier. Above the door, the iconic salamander, emblem of King Francis, warmly welcomes visitors.

Within the castle walls, discover hidden gems:

  • The Green Study: Step into Catherine de Medici's study, a room where she once governed France after the death of her husband, Henri II. Adorned with an astonishing collection of paintings by renowned artists including Tintoretto, Ribera, and Veronese, this room exudes grandeur and historical significance.

  • The Grand Gallery: Perched atop the Diane de Poitiers Bridge, this impressive 60-meter-long gallery was once a majestic ballroom. Officially inaugurated in 1577 for Catherine's son, King Henri III, take a moment to admire the magnificent Renaissance fireplaces located at either end of the gallery, adding to its allure.

  • The Gardens: Explore the meticulously designed gardens, some attributed to Diane de Poitiers and others to Catherine de Medici. Wander through the intricate paths adorned with elegant santolina scrolls and admire the meticulously restored water features that bring the gardens back to their former glory. Experience the tranquil beauty of Catherine's gardens, featuring five harmonious lawns surrounding a graceful circular pond, adorned with rounded box hedges.

Book your private tour today and delve into the rich history and captivating beauty of the Loire Valley's crown jewels!

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  • Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Paris

  • Visit Château de Chambord

  • Visit of Clos Lucé

  • Visit Château de Chenonceau

  • Return to Paris, drop off at your accommodation

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Ophorus Tours - History & Majesty: Private Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris
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Ophorus Tours - History & Majesty: Private Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris
Ophorus Tours - History & Majesty: Private Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris
Ophorus Tours - History & Majesty: Private Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

Know before you book

Here are the most important things to know before booking this private Loire Valley tour:

Tour Duration:
  • This is a full-day private tour from Paris, so be prepared for a full day of exploration (typically 8-10 hours).
Walking & Activity Level:
  • While comfortable transportation is provided, there will be walking involved during visits to the Châteaux and their gardens. Moderate physical fitness is recommended.
Optional Considerations:
  • While comfortable for most ages, this tour might be challenging for young children with limited attention spans. Consider their interests before booking.

  • Comfortable shoes are essential for walking on uneven surfaces and navigating the Châteaux grounds.

  • Tipping your guide is appreciated but not mandatory (gratuity at your discretion).

Booking & Availability:

  • Advance booking is highly recommended, especially during peak season.

  • Check for specific availability and pricing with the tour operator before booking.


Additional Notes:

  • The order of visits may be adjusted to optimize the tour experience based on traffic and opening hours.

  • This is a private tour, so you'll have the flexibility to ask questions and personalize the experience to your interests (within the tour structure).

    By knowing these key details, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable private Loire Valley tour experience!

Meeting point

Your Hotel or Accommodation in Paris City Centre

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your hotel in Paris.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point

Included / excluded

Included

  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Visits as mentioned in program
  • Travel in recent & comfortable minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Excluded

  • Entrance fees unless mentioned
  • Personal travel insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • What type of vehicles are used during your Day Trips from Paris?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private day trips from Paris?

    We only employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on. This will be the case for this private tour from Paris to the Loire Valley.
  • Is the price per person or per group on this private day trip from Paris?

    On this private tour to the Loire Valley from Paris, the prices are person. Your small group tour must include at least 2 persons and a maximum of 7 persons can take this private tour.
  • How far from Paris is Château de Chambord?

    From central Paris to reach Château de Chambord, under normal traffic conditions, it will take approximately 2 hours. Because you leave early from Paris, this will allow you to arrive at the opening of Château de Chambord and experience a visit far from the crowds. Château de Chenonceau and Amboise are just a short drive away, so once you have reached the Loire Valley, there will not be extensive time spent in the vehicle. Return to Paris will be of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
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