Where is the Loire Valley?

The Loire Valley castles are located southwest of Paris, along the river Loire and including the cities of Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Montsoreau, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur.

What is Loire Valley Castles famous for?

The Loire Valley is famous for its beautiful castles, great river landscapes and great wine. Among the most popular castles are Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Villandry, Chateau de Cheverny.

How long does it take to get to Loire Valley from Paris?

It depends on the exact location of the castle. The high speed train takes about an hour to Orleans, while driving takes 1.5 to 2 hours by car. Driving to Blois will take you approximately 2 or 2,5 hours. The fast train from Paris Gare d’Austrelitz will get you to Blois in one hour and 22 minutes. The drive to Amboise is roughly about 3 hours. The train from gare Montparnass in Paris takes you to Tours in less than 1 and 15 minutes. Alternatively from Tours, you can book a biking tour around the Chateaux, which usually takes 4-7 days if you have a little more time to spare in the Loire Valley. If you want to visit the Saumur area from Paris the fastest train ride is 1 hour and 51 minutes, while a driving takes you approximtely 3.5 hours. In general driving a car directly from Paris is not recommended due to the unpleasant traffic jams exiting Paris. A preferable option would be the combination of train ride to the Loire Valley and renting a car there. If your budget allows, take a private day tour to get the best use of your time as train rides will be the fastest and then a car will take you to the best places to see or the castles of your choice without any wasted time or frustration.

How far are Loire Valley Castles from Paris?

The largest city on the area - Tours, is about 240km from Paris and the capital of Loire Valley, Orleans, is about 130 km from Paris. Chateau de Chenoceau is 230 km from Paris. Chateau de Cheverny is 197 km from Paris. Chateau de Chambord is 180 km from Paris. Chateau de Villandry 270 km from Paris.

Can I see Loire Valley Castles in one day?

There are many castles and all cannot be seen in a day but you can make a selection of three castles that you can visit in a day, best using a guided tour that would provide the transportation between the chateaux.

What is the best time to visit Loire Valley Castles?

The best time to see blooming flowers in the gardens, especially Villandry’s gardens is late spring. During the summer and early fall the whether and sceneray is great and it is also a good time to see Loire Valley. On the other hand, the chateaux are charming in December when they are all adorned and decorated for Christmas.

How do I get from Paris to Loire Valley Castles?

You can rent a car and drive to any of the Loire Valley castles. You can also take the high-speed train, which is a quicker option. There is also a direct bus from Paris city center (Bercy Seine) to Tours. The quickest way is by train. If you take the train to Tours there is a tourist office across from the train station with info and buses that start from there to the different castles.