You will be picked up in an air conditioned coach to the Loire Valley, a picturesque region dotted with Renaissance chateaux and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will tell you about the history of these castles en-route, and you will be free to explore the chateaux at your leisure.
The first castle you will visit is Chenonceau Castle, which is 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.
Continue to Cheverny Castle. One of the most beautifully furnished Loire Valley Castles, it was built between 1625 and 1634 and has well-manicured gardens and a neoclassical facade. The Chambre du Roi and Grand Salon are the most richly furnished rooms and offer a glimpse into the lifestyle of the French nobility. The castle is so beautiful that Hergé (the author of Tintin), used it as a model to draw Marlinspike Hall.
After visiting Cheverny Castle you have free time for lunch.
Your first visit of the day is to the 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.
Return to Paris by coach, arriving at the original departure.