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Ophorus Tours - Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris to Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord

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Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris to Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord

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Now is your chance to visit the “Garden of France”. With over 100 chateaux to choose from, the Loire Valley is a rich plethora of Renaissance and Enlightenment architectural Masterpiece.

Highlights

  • Visit the Most Beautiful Loire Valley Castles
  • The Royal Chateau of Amboise serves as the perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance
  • At Chambord, be dazzled by the double helix staircase
  • Enjoy a Wine tasting session during the Tour
  • English speaking Driver Guide

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Now is your chance to visit the “Garden of France”. With over 100 chateaux to choose from, the Loire Valley is a rich plethora of Renaissance and Enlightenment architectural Masterpieces, therefore we have designed this tour to give you a unique view of the best castles that this magical region has to offer: the majestic Chambord; the ethereally beautiful Chenonceau and the powerfully forged Amboise. ...

Now is your chance to visit the “Garden of France”. With over 100 chateaux to choose from, the Loire Valley is a rich plethora of Renaissance and Enlightenment architectural Masterpieces, therefore we have designed this tour to give you a unique view of the best castles that this magical region has to offer: the majestic Chambord; the ethereally beautiful Chenonceau and the powerfully forged Amboise. In the comfort of one of our minibuses your driver-guide will take you to the Loire, regaling you with anecdotes of regional history, architectural features you will see on your castle visits and about the people who had lived in them. Once you arrive at the Châteaux you will be given free time to explore all three at your own pace. Chambord is the most majestic of the Châteaux you will see, boasting massive medieval towers perfectly blended with Renaissance elegance. Set in 13,000 acres of parkland this former royal residence represents the pinnacle of France’s 16th century architectural revolution, and the double helix spiral staircase at the heart of the Château, attributed to Leonardo Di Vinci is simply mind-blowing. Amboise, with its spectacular view over the Loire, is famous for being the last resting place of one of history’s most famous men: Leonardo Da Vinci and with its massive gothic defensive features it evokes that bygone era of knights on horseback. Then you will be given some free time in the Village at the foot of the Castle to wander and enjoy your Lunch break after a wine tasting. Chenonceau, above all stands out as the most beautiful of the Châteaux of the Loire as it extends with infinite grace over the waters of the river Cher. With its ornately carved decoration and history of romance and rivalry, this Château lives up to its passionate reputation and has been seducing visitors for hundreds of years. In the winter why not take advantage of the open wood fires which instantly transport you back to the days when these three castles where inhabited by some of France’s most famous Renaissance Kings and Queens; wander through the myriad of tapestry covered rooms, down corridors lined with royal portraits and up the spiraling staircases which make this architectural period so exciting. Once summer arrives these chateaux really come alive as their beautifully manicured gardens come into bloom which you can stroll around at your leisure. Chenonceau is especially famous for its Renaissance sculptured gardens so prized by Catherine de Medici. Your full-day tour ends with return transport to the Original Departure Point in Paris. Highlights:

  • Day trip to Loire Valley castles from Paris
  • Visit the Loire Valley, a UNESCO-listed region famous for Renaissance castles and gardens
  • Explore the châteaux of Ambroise, Chenonceau, and Chambord
  • Wine Tasting Session
  • Transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan

The price includes:

  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Visit Amboise Castle
  • Visit Chenonceau Castle and Gardens
  • Visit Chambord Castle
  • Wine Tasting Session
  • Driver guide
  • Small-group tour (Max 8 people)

The price does not includes:

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

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  • 06:40 am

    Make your way to the meeting point in Paris

  • 06:50 am

    Departure from Paris

    On this day trip from Paris, enjoy a small group full day tour to visit the most beautiful Loire Valley Castles. Pick up and drop off is from Paris City center. First, we will meet you at a centrally located pick up point before the tour begins. You will then...
    On this day trip from Paris, enjoy a small group full day tour to visit the most beautiful Loire Valley Castles. Pick up and drop off is from Paris City center. First, we will meet you at a centrally located pick up point before the tour begins. You will then meet your tour guide and board your air conditioned vehicle that will take you to the Chambord Castle, Amboise Castle and Chenonceau Castle. Please note that the order of the visits can be modified, your driver-guide will organise the tour in the most pertinent way.
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  • 09:00 am

    Visit of Chateau Chambord

    Drive to the Château de Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The château de Chambord is a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. With more than 400 rooms, a 156 meter...
    Drive to the Château de Chambord, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The château de Chambord is a unique monument by its architecture and proportions. Leonardo da Vinci probably took part in the conception of the project. With more than 400 rooms, a 156 meter long facade, 282 chimneys and its stunning double helix (spiral) staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley. The building of Chambord ordered by King Francis 1st is surrounded by a very large park as well as magnificent French formal Gardens that were renovated in 2017. The highlights of your visit at Chambord include the double helix staircase already mentioned, the vaulting of the rooms on the second floor of the keep and more than 60 rooms opened to the public.
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  • 11:00 am

    Visit of the Royal Chateau of Amboise

    Tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and young François d’Angoulème, future King Francis 1st. This very elegant construction located on a rocky spur controlled one of the bridges that crossed the Loire Valley. Royal Castle since 1471, the architecture of Amboise Chateau combines fortifications of the...
    Tour the Royal Castle of Amboise, residence of Charles VIII and young François d’Angoulème, future King Francis 1st. This very elegant construction located on a rocky spur controlled one of the bridges that crossed the Loire Valley. Royal Castle since 1471, the architecture of Amboise Chateau combines fortifications of the medieval era with that of delicate and refined art of the Renaissance. You will discover in this wonderful castle, perfect example of transition from Gothic to Renaissance, the Saint Hubert Chapel which shelters today the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.
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  • 12:30 pm

    Wine tasting session and free time for lunch

    It is now time to enjoy a wine tasting session in a local winery before having some free time for lunch.
    It is now time to enjoy a wine tasting session in a local winery before having some free time for lunch.
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  • 02:30 pm

    Visit of Chateau Chenonceau

    Built by Katherine Bohier, furbished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, preserved by Louise of Lorraine and saved by Mme Dupin, the Château de Chenonceau will forever be associated with women and that is certainly why it obtained its nickname as Chateau des Dames! Upon arrival at the...
    Built by Katherine Bohier, furbished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, preserved by Louise of Lorraine and saved by Mme Dupin, the Château de Chenonceau will forever be associated with women and that is certainly why it obtained its nickname as Chateau des Dames! Upon arrival at the Castle what strikes the visitor strait away is the massive door at the entrance. Dating back to King François 1er, the massive door still bears the name of the builders on each side Thomas & Katherine Bohier. On top of the door, the famous Salamander, emblem of King Francis, welcomes all visitors.

    Highlights of the castle visit include:

    The Green Study: Catherine de Medici governed France from this study after the death of her husband Henri II. On the walls, an amazing collection of paintings include works from Tintoretto, Ribera, Veronese, Poussin and Van Dyck.

    The Grand Gallery: Located on top of Diane de Poitiers Bridge construction, this 60 meter long gallery was in fact a ball room. It was officially opened in 1577 for Catherine’s son King Henri III. You will certainly take some time to admire the magnificent Renaissance fireplaces that are situated at either end of the gallery.

    The Gardens: Diane’s gardens are composed of two perpendicular and two diagonal paths that border eight large, lawned triangles decorated with delicate scrolls of santolina. The original water feature has been reinstated as it was in the time of Diane de Poitiers. Cahterine’s gardens looking out over the water and the park, its paths offer magnificent views of the château’s west façade. Its design centres around five lawns, grouped around an elegant circular pond, and dotted with rounded box hedges.
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  • 03:45 pm

    Departure transfer back to Paris

  • 06:45 pm

    Drop off in Paris

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Ophorus Tours - Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris to Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord

Know before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Signatory of Caring Attitude, the health commitment charter of the city of Paris

Meeting point

116 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris

Departure

Pick up is in front of the Cabaret The Lido, 116 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris.
Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time.
All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

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Included

  • Small-group tour (Max 8 people)
  • Driver guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Visit Amboise Castle
  • Visit Chenonceau Castle and Gardens
  • Visit Chambord Castle
  • Wine Tasting Session

Excluded

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Entrance fees others than mentionned
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities
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