Spend two days in the beautiful Loire River Valley taking in the sights of the chateaux the epitome of French Renaissance age architecture.
Your first day will be devoted to the Château d'Amboise, the Château du Clos-Lucé, the gardens of Villandry and the city of Tours.
You will leave our agency, located near the Louvre, at 7:15 am, on an air-conditioned coach accompanied by our qualified guide-interpreter.
After crossing through the southern neighborhoods of Paris, you will take the Aquitaine motorway for an approximately 2 1/2 hour ride until you reach Amboise. Take a guided tour of the Château d'Amboise, a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover the daily, private life of sovereigns and go behind the scenes of the Court. You will have free time to admire the castle's superb gardens, which offer a remarkable panoramic view of the Loire Valley. You can also take advantage of this time to eat lunch, either in the gardens or in one of the snack bars located near the castle.
When you are done, meet up with your guide to head to the Château du Clos-Lucé, just a 10-minute walk from the Château d'Amboise. Discover the residence of Leonardo da Vinci thanks to a guided tour that will immerse you in the private life of this Renaissance genius. He was invited to Clos Lucé by François I and lived there for the last three years of his life.
Château du Clos-Lucé
You will then have a 45-minute drive to the Château de Villandry. In the company of your guide, discover the magnificent avenues of linden trees dividing the gardens into several different levels and plantations. You will be captivated by the various colors of the gardens of Villandry with their peaceful atmosphere.Next, you will continue to Tours (30 minutes from Villandry by coach) and participate in a guided tour of the old city: discover the charm of this historic neighborhood lined with enchanting half-timbered houses.
Château de Villandry
The day will end at a hotel in Tours (Hôtel Mercure Tours Nord or similar) for a dinner with the group and overnight accommodation.
The second day of the tour will be dedicated to visits of the castles of Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chambord.
After breakfast, you will head to the Château de Chenonceau, located approximately 35 kilometers from the city of Tours. Take advantage of a guided tour to discover this castle that played a special role in the history of France. Also called "Château des Dames," Chenonceau was built and embellished by several female French figures such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de' Medici. As you visit the Château de Chenonceau, you will admire the elegance of its flowery furnished rooms and its impressive architecture built on the Cher river.
Château de Chenonceau
The next stop is Cheverny, approximately 45 minutes from the Château de Chenonceau. Your guide will take you on a tour of the Château de Cheverny, a 17th century seigneurial property, with its apartments conveying the French art de vivre with rooms such as the birth chamber and the private dining room. Once you have visited these admirably decorated interiors, you can enjoy an overview of the Château's superb park before eating lunch at the Saint Hubert restaurant in Cour-Cheverny.
Saint Hubert Cour-Cheverny fixed-price menu*
Home-made salmon terrine with lemon sauce or Hard-boiled egg and Mixed vegetables-mayonnaise
Roast turkey, green beans and tomatoes Provençal, sautéed potatoes
Frozen nougat and red-fruit coulis
(drinks not included).
Château de Cheverny
After lunch, you will head to the Château de Chambord, some twenty kilometers from Cheverny. This large Loire Valley château will unveil its fascinating, complex heritage built by François I in the 16th century. Behold its extraordinary architecture with the famous double-helix staircase in the center of the monument, and visit the former lodgings of the king and the château's other rooms on its various stories. The large terrace with its majestic chimneys offers a unique panoramic view of Chambord park.
You will leave Chambord at around 4:30 pm, reaching our agency in Paris at around 7 pm.
Château de Chambord
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