A Journey Through France’s Cultural Heartland

Exploring the picturesque journey from Paris to the Loire Valley is like stepping into a storybook. This captivating route takes you from the bustling streets of Paris to the serene landscapes and majestic châteaux of the Loire Valley. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a wine connoisseur, or simply a traveler in search of beauty, this route has something for everyone.

Paris to Loire Valley castles and wines

Leaving Paris, you’ll find yourself on a scenic drive through the French countryside. Enjoy the changing landscapes as you venture towards the Loire Valley. This journey offers a glimpse into the authentic French way of life. I offer custom-made tours with or without guides, according to your preferences with private drivers.

  • Castles of the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is renowned for its stunning castles, each with its own unique history and architectural style. The expression Châteaux de la Loire brings together under the same tourist name a set of French castles located in the Loire Valley. The territory known as the county of Tours was fiercely disputed between the 10th century and the 11th century by the feudal house of Blois and the house of Anjou, a conflict which would be followed in the 12th century and 13th century by the First Hundred Years War between France and England and between the fourteenth century and the fifteenth century by the Second Hundred Years’ War, always between France and England; these three wars will be at the origin of most of the castles of the Loire Valley today.

Château de Chambord : With one million visitors a year, the Château de Chambord is today the most visited of the Loire châteaux. The Château de Chambord is a castle located in the town of Chambord, 17 km from Blois in the department of Loir-et-Cher, in the Center-Val de Loire region. Built in the heart of the largest enclosed forest park in Europe, it is the largest of the Loire castles. It is also the most famous monument in the region: it owes much of its worldwide fame to its exceptional architecture. When we understand that the most beautiful architectural achievement of King François 1er was influenced by the philosophy of Leonardo da Vinci, the Château de Chambord takes on a whole new dimension and its visit becomes fascinating.

Château de Chenonceau : The castle of Chenonceau is a castle of the Loire located in Touraine, in the commune of Chenonceaux, in the department of Indre-et-Loire in the Center-Val de Loire region. The enchanting Château de Chenonceau is often referred to as the “Ladies’ Castle” due to its history of being managed and inhabited by remarkable women. This château spans the River Cher and is adorned with beautiful gardens that change with the seasons. Chenonceau with its famous two-storey gallery overlooking the Cher is one of the jewels of Loire Valley architecture. Its incomparable architecture, the richness of its furniture and its history, the beauty of its gardens make Chenonceau one of the most popular castles in France.

Château de Blois : The royal castle of Blois, located in the department of Loir-et-Cher, is one of the castles of the Loire. It was the favorite residence of the kings of France during the Renaissance. In the 1960s, the Château de Blois was the most visited of the Loire châteaux. Today is the meeting place for lovers of French history. It offers visitors an architecture of great beauty and extraordinary diversity ranging from the 13th to the 17th century. Its staircase is as majestic as that of Chambord, so much so that there is a tendency to confuse these two great architectural achievements dating from the beginning of the 16th century. However, the Blois staircase is only a simple “spiral” staircase and not a “double spiral” staircase like its successor.

Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire: The Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is located in Loir-et-Cher, on the banks of the Loire, between Amboise and Blois, in France. It is the subject of classifications as historical monuments by the list of 1840, as well as in 1937 and 1955. It hosts the International Garden Festival every year in its gardens. In Chaumont-sur-Loire, people come most often to visit the gardens, which are among the most beautiful gardens in the region. However, it would be a mistake to overlook the castle, as it has some great surprises in store for lovers of contemporary art and architecture. A well-deserved fourth place for the castle and gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire.

Château du Rivau : The Château du Rivau is a castle-palace in Lémeré (Indre-et-Loire), in the Touraine region, France. In Rabelais’ Gargantua, it was given to captain Tolmere as a reward for his victories in the Picrocholean Wars. In 1429, towards the end of the Hundred Years’ War, Joan of Arc and her followers came to fetch horses at Le Rivau. It was already renowned for the quality of its equipage and war horses that were raised there. The Château du Rivau has been involved for many years in vast campaigns to restore the castle and in the creation of magnificent gardens that will delight young and old alike. A visit is a must for those who like to get off the beaten track and for adults who have kept their child’s soul. This castle reconciles us with contemporary art.

Château d’Ambroise: The Château d’Amboise is a château in Amboise, located in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France. Confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century, it became a favoured royal residence and was extensively rebuilt. King Charles VIII died at the château in 1498 after hitting his head on a door lintel. The Château Royal d’Amboise greets us with its fascinating history, having once been the residence of French kings. The panoramic views from its terraces offer a breathtaking glimpse of the Loire River winding through the valley.

The castles of the Loire have the architectural particularity of having been, for the most part, rebuilt or greatly altered in the 15th century and 16th century at a time when the court of the kings of France was installed in this region or in its immediate surroundings. The Renaissance saw the peak of the role of the Loire Valley within the Kingdom of France, from Charles VII and Louis XI, who made Tours the capital, until Henri IV who brought it back to Paris in 1594. The Valois discovered in Italy towards the end of the 15th century a new art of living, which would be transposed to the Loire Valley, by bringing in many Italian artists and craftsmen, including the most famous of them, Leonardo da Vinci. The notion of Loire castles mainly has been linked to this exceptional density of monuments to visit.

  • Culinary Delights and wine

No journey through the Loire Valley is complete without savoring its delectable gastronomy and wines. Indulge in the gastronomic wonders of the region. The Loire Valley is known for its delectable cuisine, featuring dishes like rillettes, goat cheese, and the world-famous Tarte Tatin. Pair your meals with local wines for an unforgettable dining experience. Wine enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise. The Loire Valley is a renowned wine-producing region, offering a variety of wines, including crisp Sauvignon Blanc and elegant Chenin Blanc.


Wine in the Loire Valley

Rosés, reds, whites, dry, semi-dry, sweet or syrupy, fruity, gourmet, round, full-bodied… The vast wine-growing region of the Loire Valley is united by the so-called royal river and its tributaries, the vines being never far from the water and the Renaissance castles. Also called the Loire Valley vineyard, the Loire Valley is very famous for its excellent wine. This valley is a vast area of French wine production, bringing together several wine regions. The main white grape varieties used to make Loire whites are Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne and Chardonnay.

Sauvignon Blanc: Originating in Bordeaux and usually blended with Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc travels the world thanks to its easily accessible fragrance; simple and bursting with flavors rarely hidden in the background, wines made from Sauvignon Blanc are ideal for anyone about to start their first tasting lessons!

Chenin Blanc: Also known as “Pineau de la Loire”, Chenin Blanc is the primary grape used in making white wines. Cultivated in France for almost 1300 years, this grape went out of fashion at the beginning of the 20th century, but regained its status as a noble and traditional grape variety in the 1980s. The best expressions of Chenin Blanc from the Loire are undoubtedly the wines sweet and from botrytised harvests of Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux, where the autumn mists in the cold Loire valleys deliver the necessary conditions to the grapes, thus bringing to the wines their flavors of cooked apples, peach, blackberry and of quince.

Melon de Bourgogne: Melon de Bourgogne is the grape variety synonymous with the Muscadet appellation in the western Loire Valley. Within the vineyards, the Melon de Bourgogne buds open relatively early, to the point where even in the event of a late spring frost, its secondary buds would be able to produce reasonable yields. The best wines made from this grape have aromas of apple and citrus, with underlying mineral notes. A salinity can sometimes be identified and reminds us of the maritime geography of the region.

Chardonnay: Although the most appreciated expressions of the variety are those of Burgundy, Chardonnay manages to unfold its aromas of tropical fruits, citrus fruits, apples and stone fruits on the terroirs of the Loire. This one goes perfectly with a butternut squash risotto or even a Japanese pork belly.

The flagship red grape of the Loire is unquestionably Cabernet Franc. This one hides behind the reds of Chinon, Saumur and Bourgueil. It is most often found in blended wines, where it adds herbaceous accents of tobacco and dark spices. Third largest wine region in France, it is the leading producer of AOC sparkling wines, and the second region of AOC rosés. This region is also a very large producer of dry white wines. Many events take place in the region, to highlight the wines produced, we can have tastings and exchanges. Indeed, the wines produced in the Loire Valley are of exceptional quality.

As with most vineyards in France, we can thank the Romans for getting things started! During their conquest of Gaul in the 1st century AD, they not only noticed that the climate and the soil were favorable for vines, but also that the Loire river could serve as a convenient route for them. transportation of goods across the Empire. Halfway between the Latin south and the Germanic north, the Loire was also in the center of France during the Middle Ages; it is here that culture, language and royalty met. Today, the UNESCO-listed valley continues to draw crowds – and not just royalty! The “Garden of France” attracts green-fingered travelers as well as gourmets who find their paradise in the heart of the vineyards and flourishing gastronomic markets…

Discover wines of Loire Valley, the village of Mézières-lez-Cléry is nestled between the Loire Valley and Sologne. It is “a piece of land in Sologne at the gates of Orléans”. Most of the wines of Orléans and Orléans-Cléry are made in the town, by independent winegrowers. This town offers a true mosaic of colors and landscapes, over the seasons. The castle of Mézières-lez-Cléry, built in the 17th century, was restored in 1883 in the neo-Louis XIII style. This very remarkable Gallic tumulus, erected in the year 300 BC and also called the mound of Renaud-tombant. 12 meters high and 70 meters in diameter, the site has been classified since 1924. The Butte des Élus is crowned by a statue of the Virgin, which would have been erected in gratitude for the protection of the village during the war of 1870.

Paris to Loire Valley Journey

The journey from Paris to the Loire Valley is an unforgettable expedition through France’s cultural heartland. It’s a captivating blend of history, castle, art, cuisine, wine and natural beauty that leaves travelers with cherished memories. We offer tailor-made private tour guide according to your interests with a private driver.


  1. How far is the Loire Valley from Paris?

The Loire Valley is approximately a two-hour drive from Paris, making it an ideal destination for a day trip.

  1. Are the châteaux open to the public?

Yes, many of the châteaux in the Loire Valley are open to the public, allowing visitors to explore their grandeur and history.

  1. What is the best time to visit the Loire Valley?

The spring and summer months offer pleasant weather and vibrant landscapes, making it an ideal time to visit.

  1. Can I go wine tasting in the Loire Valley?

Absolutely! The Loire Valley is renowned for its wines, and many vineyards offer wine tasting tours.

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