Renaissance Castles and Delicious Wines of the Loire Valley

Explore the Historic Surroundings of a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Discover the historic estates of Chateau de Chenonceau and Chambord

Taste delicious regional wines with the guidance of a sommelier

Bask in the breathtaking landscape of the Loire Valley, the "garden of France"

English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides

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Trip Details

Prices:

Adult: 195€ per person

Children (4-11 years): 159€ per person

Infant (under 4 years): free


When:

Departing Tours: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Departing Amboise: 9:30am to 6:30pm

Daily, from March 1 to December 23, 2020.


Duration:

9 hours


Trip style:

Cultural shared tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8


Meeting point:

9:00am in front of Tours Tourism Office – 78-82 Rue Bernard Palissy, 37000 Tours

9:30am in front of Amboise Tourism Office – Quai du Général de Gaulle, 37400 Amboise


Inclusions:
  • Transportation in a comfortable fully equipped minivan
  • English-speaking drive & guide
  • Entrance tickets and guided tour of Chenonceau and Chambord castles
  • Wine tasting and lunch at Les caves Duhard

Exclusions:
  • Personal expenses and insurance
  • Drinks or meals other than mentioned
  • Entrance fees other than mentioned
  • Gratuities for the driver & guide

Experience the Exquisite Wine and Architecture of the Loire Valley

This full day tour departing from Tours or Amboise combines the visit of the Loire Valley Castles of Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chambord and a wine tasting & wine pairing lunch. We will come and pick you up in either Tours or Amboise. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day. Then, board your air conditioned minivan and begin your tour.

Guided Tour Of the Chateau Of Chenonceau

The unique architecture of the Chateau of Chenonceau makes it one of the most exquisite Chateaux in the Loire Valley. Nicknamed “the ladies chateau”, the castle of Chenonceau is related to important French women such as Diane de Poitiers or Catherine de Medici. The magnificent Renaissance gardens around it make it even more spectacular.

After the visit of the Chateau, admire the french countryside as we Transfer you to Amboise for lunch.

Les Caves Duhard, the Loire Valley Wine Experience! 

Arrive at the Caves Duhard for a Sensorial visite and Vintages’ Odyssey followed by a commented wine tasting with a sommelier. Then it will be time for lunch – drinks included, food and wine pairing. French cheeses, charcuterie and dessert.

Guided tour of the Chateau of Chambord

Drive to Chambord Castle, a national game reserve as large as the town of Paris. The chateau de Chambord (guided tour) 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 and its double spiral staircase, Chambord is a highlight of the Loire Valley. This was a one of King Francois favorite castles. After the visit of the chateau, we will drive you back to Amboise or Tours and the will be the end of our services.

Please note that this tour can be organised as a shared day trip from Paris or a private day tour from Paris as well.

Good to Know

  • Maximum 8 persons per tour
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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