To join your Loire Châteaux Day Tour from Paris you should make your way to 11 avenue de l'Opéra 75001 Paris. Here, you will board a comfortable air-conditioned coach for the journey to the Loire. A bilingual hostess (English and French-speaking) will accompany you in the coach. Please hand your booking voucher to her on boarding.
The fertile Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its wines and its fabulous architectural heritage. The Valley has more than 300 Châteaux constructed by the great families of France over hundreds of years.
In the 16th century the nobility, vying with each other to create the most beautiful castles, employed the best architects and designers of the time. As a result the cultural monuments of the Loire strongly reflect the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment on west European design.
This tour takes you to visit the three of the most famous Loire Châteaux: Chambord, Chenonceau and Cheverny.
On arrival at each of the Châteaux, your hostess will go to the entrance to collect your admission ticket, allowing you to skip the queues at this popular attraction.
Chambord: The largest Château in the Loire Valley, Chambord is a stunning example of French Renaissance architecture, combining traditional medieval styles with classical Renaissance forms. It was built for King Francois I as a hunting lodge, apparently so that he could be near his mistress Comtesse de Thoury, whose husband’s estate was nearby.
Chambord’s most famous feature is the intricate double helix staircase believed to have been designed by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Cheverny: This lovely Château has belonged to the same family for 600 years and the owners still live there. The Château is renowned for its glorious collection of 17th century furniture. Herge, author of the Tintin books, based his Marlinspike Hall (Moulinsart) on Cheverny.
Chenonceau: Chenonceau Château occupies a magnificent location, being built right out over the River Cher on the site of an old mill. It is known as the Château des Dames (the Ladies' Castle) because of the number of powerful women who influenced the history and development of the building. The Château was built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, embellished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, and rescued from destruction during the Revolution by Madame Dupin.
Meals are not included in your tour package but there will be a stop to enable you to buy lunch during the day.
At the end of the tour you will board your coach for the journey back to Paris. The excursion ends back at 11 Avenue de l'Opéra around 1930h (7:30pm).