Fairy tale castles, towers, turrets, moats, drawbridges and landscaped gardens - the Loire Valley has it all, making it perhaps the most romantic region in France. The entire Loire Valley has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour of the valley is like taking a trip back in time to discover the rich history of France and explore its architecture.
Each castle of the Loire Valley has its own unique style and appeal, as is evident on a tour of the Chambord, Clos Lucé and Chenonceau castles. The Chambord castle has a fascinating double helix staircase while the gardens and forests of Chenonceau are also a beautiful sight to behold.
Get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the French nobility and marvel at the architecture and fascinating history of France in the castles of the Loire Valley.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Paris at 0630h (06:30am). In an air conditioned minivan and accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will travel to the Loire Valley, a picturesque region dotted with Renaissance chateaux and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have expert guide with you throughout the day who will bring to life the history of the Chateaux which you visit.
The day starts with a visit of the Clos Lucé in Amboise. Manor house where Leonardo da Vinci lived and invited by the king of France "Francois 1" in 1516. In these days, the Clos Lucé is a museum that reflects the prestigious history and includes forty models of the various machines designed by Leonardo. Here, you will see all his inventions.
After the lunch (drink included), your next stop is Chenonceau Castle. Known as the Château des Dames or Ladies Castle, Chenonceau is a fairy tale castle with moats, turrets, a drawbridge and towers. Lying on the banks of the river Cher, it has extensive gardens planted by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis. Later, Madame Dupin’s goodwill with the peasantry saved it from the revolutionaries in the 18th century. Spend time exploring the castle at your leisure.
Next, you will visit Chambord Castle. One of the largest of the Loire Valley castles, it was built by François I as a base for hunting game in the Sologne forests. See the double-helix staircase of this Renaissance chateau, attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. Spend time exploring the castle at your leisure.
Return to your hotel in Paris in the minivan, arriving at around 1845h (06:45pm).
Our tour guide was fantastic. He knew so much. The castles were amazing. Thoroughly recommend this tour....LEAH GILBERT
Really enjoyed being in Loire Valley and seeing so much history. We had a wonderful time. It did rain on us but we were prepared with umbrellas. The only complaints I had...John C Kurtz
Amazing experience! This tour is quality in every aspect - Herbert is an excellent guide passionate about his job, the choice of Castles and guided commentary gives an excellent...David R Werda
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
01 Nov - 29 Feb: Monday and Friday
01 Mar - 31 Mar: Monday, Friday and Wednesday
Start time: 0630h (06:30am)
Duration: 12 hours
From your central hotel in Paris. (Please mention your hotel and it’s address at the time of booking. Alternatively, contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the tour to give them these details).
Your hotel in Paris
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
Hotel pickup is only offered in the 20 districts of central Paris (postcodes 75001 – 75020).
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
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