The Loire Valley is also known as the garden of France. The last wild river in Europe, the Loire river combines beautiful 16th century castles and great wines. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Loire Valley is one hour from Paris by train and two hours by car. The Loire Valley wine tours from Paris combine the best sightseeing and wine tasting. Paris wine tours.
One hour from Paris by superfast train, the famous TGV, two hours by car, the Loire Valley combines famous renaissance castles such as Chambord, Chenonceaux, Blois, Amboise and Cheverny, with top French wines: Cabernet and Gamay red wines, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon white wines.
There are unique one day tours from Paris that are practical, affordable and provide a full view of France countryside.
It is also possible to spend a cosy and fully organized three day vacation, staying in Tours and discovering the wines, the vineyards and the castles.
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Tours, the capital of the Loire Valley, is only one hour from Paris by superfast train. You will be able to enjoy a full day enjoying the Loire Valley and castles and tasting Loire wines and food. Itinerary of the tour:
9.30am: start Loire Castles and Wine Tour. Visit three Loire Castles and lunch at a wine specialist.
Departure: Tours to Paris Montparnasse 6.32 pm. Train n°8324 Arrival: Paris Montparnasse 7.45 pm. You will be back to Paris just in time for aperitif.
169 euros/person + train (train schedules and tickets)
Every day, tour three major Loire Valley Castles, taste local wines during Lunch in wineries or at traditional restaurants, enjoy the superb location of your hotel in the heart of Tours, capital city of the Loire Valley. See all the greatest castles of the Loire Valley: Azay le Rideau, Langeais, Villandry, Blois, Cheverny, Chambord, Chenonceaux and Amboise.
from 701 euros/person + train (train schedules and tickets)
The Loire Valley wines are distinguished from the wines from south of France by their freshness, fruit and great digestibility. The vineyards of the Loire Valley have no hierarchy of soils, as in Burgundy, nor historical classification as in Bordeaux. It is less easy to identify the best producers. Yet this region is a gold mine for the wine lover due to its three strengths: diversity, quality and price.
The Loire Valley can produce anything from liqueur to dry wine, from the fruity flavor, close to the grape, to the mineral flavor from the terroir. Today, wine production is generally qualitative, with the impact of a new generation of artist winemakers returning to a more careful and less productive viticulture, while respecting the grapes in winemaking.
The Loire Valley is full of good deals, such as these beautiful wines less than 6 euros in Touraine, or these great cabernets of Champigny and Chinon for less than 15 euros.
This tour focuses on Loire Valley Castles and has the convenience of a one day coach tour from Paris. Spend the day visiting three of the Loire Valley's most famous Renaissance castles. Travel by air-conditionned coach from the center of Paris. Learn about the history of these castles with English-speaking guides. See King Francis I's famous staircase at Chambord and the breathtaking architecture of Chenonceaux. Loire Valley castles map.
12 hours 30 minutes tour. From Paris. 149 euros.