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Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle

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Visit two of the most renowned castles in the Loire Valley—aka French château country—on a day trip from Tours. Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord are known for their Renaissance architecture and picturesque riverside settings. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy views from little-known panoramic spots, and hear historical details and amusing anecdotes about the French kings and other nobles who have lived here. As a bonus, enjoy a relaxing lunch away from the crowds at a private, family-owned château.
  • Loire Valley castles tour from Tours
  • Visit Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau, two of the most popular in the region
  • Marvel at the ornate Renaissance architecture and French gardens
  • Enjoy a relaxing lunch at an off-the-beaten-path family-owned château
  • Hear insider tips and information from a guide
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  • Tourist Office Tours Loire Valley , 78-82 Rue Bernard Palissy, 37000 Tours, France

    Your tour guide will meet you at 9.00AM in front of the Tourist Office in the city of Tours. He/She will be wearing a hat! Please be there 10 minutes before departure time.

  • Office de Tourisme Amboise Val de Loire , Quai du Général de Gaulle, 37400 Amboise, France

    Your tour guide will meet you at 9.30AM in front of the Tourist Office in the town of Amboise. He/She will be wearing a hat! Please be there 10 minutes before departure time.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • You must respect the selected meeting point during your order
    • Please be there 5/10 minutes before the departure time
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • OPERATED BY BORDOVINO
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle.
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle.
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    What is the social distancing policy during Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle.
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle.

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    • "Not only do you get to see two amazing chateaus on most tourist’s wish list, but you also get an amazing lunch served at a private Chateau only available to this company’s clients." See review
    • "I found this your to be very worthwhile despite the long day as we travelled from Paris." See review
    • "This day trip was well planned out and break for lunch was needed after all of the walking!" See review

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    star-5
    Awesome!
    Josh_D
    , Jul 2022
    Great experience. Our guide Dimitry was the perfect combination of being informative and giving us time to roam around on our own. His sense of humor was a bonus! Only issue with the description of the tour is to be more clear that it’s a group tour (not private). Otherwise amazing.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Thank you for your excellent comments! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the A la Française experience with our guide Dimitri ! Thank you for this comment, we will make the necessary changes to be clearer. Sincelery, Loire Team
    star-5
    Exceptional day!
    Amanda_E
    , Jul 2022
    Marion was an incredible guide. Worth very moment! The private château lunch was such a wonderful bonus to the day!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thank you very much for visiting us in Bordeaux and thank you for your excellent comments! We are delighted that Marion advice met your expectations. Sincerely, Loire Team
    star-5
    Totally would do this again and again
    Lisa_L
    , Jul 2022
    It was such a small group that it felt as if I had a private one on one tour. I especially loved the homemade French lunch. I wish I had pictures but I was enjoying that moment so much that I forgot. Our guide Alex was sooooo nice and shared a lot of great information about the château’s and the towns.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thank you for your excellent comments! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the A la Française experience with our guide Alex Do not hesitate to contact us the next time you come to France, to visit Loire Valley again or another "A la Française" region Team Bordeaux
    star-5
    What a great tour!
    Francisco_S
    , Jul 2022
    What an amazing tour. Our guide was absolutely amazing. On time, organized, full of knowledge. The castles were so beautiful and the lunch was absolutely delicious. We had a wonderful time and would absolutely recommend it to anyone.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Francis, Thank you very much for visiting us in Bordeaux and thank you for your excellent comments! Sincerely, Bordeaux Team
    star-5
    Good overview of chateaux.
    Donna_F
    , Jul 2022
    Alex provided great background information. Can and other guests were very nice. Good lunch. A little time on our own in each chateau.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Donna_F, Thank you very much for your comments! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour! It was a great pleasure to welcome you Sincerely, Loire Valley Team
    star-5
    Great guide, great day!
    Dean_K
    , Jul 2022
    Our guide Nicholas was outstanding! He was friendly, funny, casual and made us feel like long lost friends right away. Weather was not great but the castles were wonderful.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thank you for your excellent comments! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the A la Française experience with our guide Nicolas ! Do not hesitate to contact us the next time you come to France, to visit Loire Valley again or another "A la Française" region: Provence, Bordeaux, Champagne. Sincerely, Loire Valley Team
    star-5
    A great experience with a lovely and very knowledgeable tour guide.
    Aaltje_H
    , Jun 2022
    This was the first time we used Viator and did not quite know what to expect. We were all (5 of us) impressed with the guide Marianne who picked us up at the Tourist Office. She was one of the best guides we ever had not just with her historical knowledge about the castles we visited but also about privat bits of information about the area. Obviously we enjoyed the visit to the castles and Marianne made the history come to life with bits of gossip about life in the various centuries. We also appreciated the lunch at Chateau de Villesavin away from the crowds of tourists. We would certainly book a tour with Viator again.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    - Thank you for your excellent comments! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the A la Française experience with our guide Marion Do not hesitate to contact us the next time you come to France, to visit Loire Valley again or another "A la Française" region: Bordeaux Provence, Champagne. Sincerely, Bordeaux Team
    star-5
    Wonderful guided tour with a delicious lunch
    Linda_J
    , May 2022
    Marion was a wonderful guide. Very informative, made for a great experience! Lunch was delicious and a lovely setting in the private château.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your excellent comments! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the A la Française experience with our guide Marion Do not hesitate to contact us the next time you come to France, to visit Bordeaux again or another "A la Française" region: Provence, Loire Valley, Champagne. Sincerely, Loire Valley Team
    star-5
    Beautiful castles, well...
    Ronald_M
    , May 2022
    Beautiful castles, well organized tour, the lunch at a chateau was delicious, our guide Marion was extraordinary , it was an amazing day.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you for your excellent comments! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the A la Française experience with our guide Marion Do not hesitate to contact us the next time you come to France, to visit Loire again or another "A la Française" region: Provence, Loire Valley, Champagne. Sincerely, Bordeaux Team
    star-5
    A day a seeing beautiful chateaus in the Loire Valley
    John_M
    , May 2022
    The tour guide, Marion was terrific. She was punctual, was an excellent driver, knew the area very well and gave our a group terrific local insights into everything we saw. Seeing both Chenonceaux and Chambord and having lunch at a local chateau while driving through the countryside was a spectacular way to spend the day in the area. I highly recommend it.
    star-5
    Our Guide Demetri!
    Artie_R
    , Apr 2022
    The Château’s are amazing, but it would not have been the same without our guide. Demetri. He was 5 star. I highly recommend this tour. Great lunch, great champagne and the Chateau’s are beautiful. Don’t hesitate, book it now!
    star-5
    Perfect day in France
    Thomas_D
    , Oct 2021
    Simon our tour guide made the whole trip wonderful. He was a character,; funny, smart and accommodating. The Chateau were beautiful and the lunch was perfect.
    star-5
    Veronique!!!
    Mike_R
    , Sep 2021
    Excellent long day trip from Paris. Our tour guide Veronique was simply put incredible! She is well experienced and loved hearing her stories about the Chateaus. Highly recommend
    star-4
    Great way to see the chateaux of the Loire Valley - with good food and wine
    Tim_B
    , Sep 2021
    We truly enjoyed the all-day tour of the chateaux of the Loire Valley - the castles were wonders to behold, our tour guide (Simon) was fun and funny (and knew many English idioms!), and we had a wonderful lunch. Highly recommended!
    star-5
    A Day in the Loire Valley
    Matt_H
    , Sep 2021
    Full day touring three chateaus of the Loire. Claire was amazing and knew so much about the history of the region and not just what we were visiting. The lunch at the private estate was very memorable but wish some of that time was allocated to our visits of the two main chateaus.
    star-5
    Great experience
    Paul_G
    , Sep 2021
    The tour was fantastic. Our guides were great and so kind. Our Special lunch was perfect in a beautiful chateau. At our last stop. They prepared a nice celebration. I’d go again
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Just Perfect
    Leanne_F
    , Nov 2019
    From the moment our tour guide Agathe picked us up in Tours until the moment she dropped us back several hours later, everything was just perfect; from the little touches like coffee to start the day, to Agathe's enjoyable imparting on the chateaux visited, and finally wine and chocolate to end the day. To say nothing of the delightful lunch at Chateau de Villesavin, what a special treat indeed. Chateau Chenonceau and Chateau Chambord left us speechless; one for its beauty and the other for its sheer scale of unbelievable architecture. An unforgettable day, thank you to Agathe.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Superb day
    Caroline_M
    , Oct 2019
    The tour with Agethe was wonderful. She was a great tour guide who showed us around the three castles visited. She was able to answer any question posed. The lunch at the private castle was tasty and the wine very nice to try. I found this your to be very worthwhile despite the long day as we travelled from Paris.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Small-Group Tour to Chambord, Chenonceau and lunch at a private chateau from the town of Tours
    Carol_L
    , Oct 2019
    Lara did fine job of leading us on this journey into the Loire Valley from Tours. The van was nice and comfy and clean. She knew her away around these locations and I think made the most of the time we had there. I was glad I had read about them in advance though, as she could have shared a bit more information as we were driving there. In addition to being WOWED by the beautiful Chateaus, the lunch provided was very nice and I loved that we ate in the actual chateau. Take the trip!
    star-4
    Everything stellar except the van
    Patrick M
    , Sep 2019
    Lara was great! She was very knowledgeable. Overall, the company does a good job with extra touches like coffee and breakfast pastry, then a snack at the day’s end. The lunch was at a smaller, private chateau - absolutely delicious. Home cooked with local produce and wine. The main châteaux were very worthwhile, and our tour guide was able to navigate the large crowds easily. About the van… Poor suspension, dirty windows which seems an odd with a tour group, and a lack of a microphone when the company seems to have primarily older clients she was very knowledgeable. Overall, the company does a good job batches of having breakfast pastry today. The lunch I had a private smaller Shanto absolutely delicious. Hand cooked with local produce. About the van: poor suspension, dirty windows which seem at odds with a tour group, and a lack of a microphone when the company seems to have primarily older clients. Made it difficult to hear the narration on the roadways.

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