The Fairy-Tale Loire Valley Castles of the French Kings during the Renaissance
Drive towards South to the Loire River valley and visit three of the most beautiful castles of the French Kings, Chenonceau spanning the Cher river, Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci is buried and Chaumont overlooking the Loire river. see the local vineyards and villages, the troglodyte caves of lime stone used to build the castles, today wine cellars, have time for lunch in the small and full-of-charm timeless city of Amboise.
Drive 2h30 towards South to the Loire River valley and visit three of the most beautiful castles of the French Kings, Chenonceau (1 hour time of visit) spanning the Cher river, then to Amboise (a 30 minutes drive) along the Loire river where Leonardo da Vinci is buried, have time for lunch there and continue to Chaumont (40 minutes drive) overlooking the Loire river. See the local vineyards and villages, the troglodyte caves of lime stone used to build the castles, today wine cellars. You can replace a castle by a wine cellar visit and tasting if you want. Be back to Paris at the end of the day after a 2h30 drive.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel if inside Paris.
End location: At your hotel if inside Paris.
Duration: 11 hours
Traffic might extend the tour if any, especially on Sundays.
Full-size luxury sedan with leather and A/C.
The full-size comfortable A/C car, gas and tolls, parkings, the driver/guide, all-day guiding, entrances to the 3 mentioned castles/sites, stop for lunch (meal is not included).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EUR - For souvenirs if any. ATM are available everywhere.
Lunch, an average lunch in the Loire Valley costs 15/20 EUR/person, souvenirs if any.
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Alain is a fountain of knowledge about many different things; his explanation of the history of France and of each castle was thorough. He is 56, and probably learned English decades ago. He has his own peculiar pronunciation of many English words. He knows the words and says them quickly in sentences, but mispronounces them. I was often asking, "What are you trying to say?" It wasn't really a major issue, just an annoyance.