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PARIS 3-Day tRIP: Loire Valley Tour ~ Castles, Vineyards and Gardens of the Loire Valley


~ PARIS DAY TRIP: LOIRE VALLEY PRIVATE TOURS ~

CASTLES, VINEYARDS & GARDENS

Featuring Châteaux de Chenonceau, Chateaux de Chambord, Royal Châteaux de Blois,

Azay Le Rideau, Chinon and Gardens in Villandry.

A private tour of Loire Valley from Paris sample some of the best of what the region offers -  Castles, vineyards and fantastic gardens.

Paris 3-Day Trip to Loire Valley includes:  Our private tour of Loire Valley from Paris includes private transportation for tours and transfers once in Loire Valley, private tour guide, taxes, toll, parking.

Not Included: hotel cost, train ticket to and from Tours in Loire Valley, cost of wine tasting, entrance ticket to sites you decide to enter.  We will make the hotel reservations and purchase the train tickets for you.

Departure Point:  Paris via train. Easily done with our assistance.  Everything is arranged for you.  Our guide will pick you up from the train station on your arrival in Loire Valley. OPTIONAL: This Loire Valley private tours are available with private transportation starting from Paris until the end of your tour.  INQUIRE.

Day 1 -  Loire Valley Private Tour: Château de Blois, Chateau de Chambord, Le Clos Luce in Amboise, Overnight in Tours 

You will travel by train from Paris to Tours, where our tour guide from Loire Valley will pick you up. Then your expert tour guide in the Loire will first take you on a guided tour of Chateaux de Chambord, the decadent palace of François I featuring a double- spiral staircase designed by Leonardo da Vinci. You’ll tour Chambord's suite of François I, the Chapel, the apartments of Louis XIV, and terraces with a magnificent panorama over the vast estate. Your Loire Valley private tour continues with a drive along the Loire to Amboise, with a glimpse of the Royal Châteaux de Blois. Here you will have a guided tour of Le Clos Lucé, former residence of Leonardo da Vinci. Strolling through the gardens, you will discover replicas of his most spectacular inventions. After lunch in a typical French restaurant, or perhaps a picnic, your Loire Valley tours continues for a guided tour of the Châteaux de Chenonçeau, an elegant castle built on the Cher River.

You will be taken to your hotel in Tours at the end of the day. 

 

Day 2 – Day Trip: Azay Le Rideau, Chinon and Villandry Tour, Overnight in Tours

Today, your Loire Valley private tour will include a guided tour of the Château of Azay le Rideau, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in the Loire Valley. Financier Gilles Berthelot’s castle, built on an island on the Indre River, features mullioned windows, pepper pots, dormers and a graceful staircase. You will also enjoy a stroll around its immaculately landscaped English-style garden.

Loire Valley private tour also takes you to Chinon or Bourgueil, where we may will have a chance to sample some of the fruits of the Loire Valley, with a wine tasting at a vineyard in Chinon or Bourgueil. Afterwards, you will have a rich lunch at a traditional restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will continue your Loire Valley private tour to one of the most picturesque towns of the Loire Valley: Chinon. The medieval streets of Chinon are like an open-air museum of architecture and history. Your guide will take you to the areas of town where the best views of the Castle are to be had. Your Loire Valley tour guide will point out the decadent town houses built by the King’s financers or ministers, and share stories of some of Chinon historic celebrities, from Joan of Arc to Richard the Lionheart.

Also planned in this Loire Valley tour is Villandry chateau, where you will have a guided tour of one of the most stunning gardens in Touraine. This 15-acre, all-organic garden boasts more than a thousand linden trees and a number of theme gardens, to include the Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and Sun Garden. Your guide will unlock the natural wonders of a traditional medieval and Renaissance garden.

You will return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

 

Day 3 – Leisure Morning in Tours, Guided Walking Tour of Tours, Return to Paris.

You will arrive Tours in the Loire Valley from Paris.  You private tour guide will meet you at the train station and take your hotel.  You will then have a guided tour of Tours with some free time after your private tour.  Known as "The Garden of France," Tours has several beautiful parks and gardens. Tours is known for its medieval district, notable for its well-preserved, half-timbered buildings and its bustling Place Plumereau.

After the tour, travel by train back to Paris or if you prefer, by private transfer. Late afternoon arrival in Paris.
 

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