2 Days / 1 Night Trip to the Loire Valley Castles from Paris: Take advantage of a two-day tour to discover the finest Châteaux of the Loire Valley, of major importance in the history of France, and visit private homes and royal residences of the Renaissance, revealing the gentle pleasures of life.
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.
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.
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.
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
Duration: 2 days.
Start/opening time: 7:15am.
Languages: English and Spanish every departure, French every Monday, Portuguese every Saturday, Italian every Saturday from July to September).
Others: Opening days/period : Saturday and Monday. For any booking which requires a single room (triple room unavailable), a supplement has to be paid prior to departure.
Included : Entrance tickets to the Loire Valley Castles, transport to and from Paris by air-conditioned coach, dinner on the first day, breakfast and lunch (drinks not included) on the second day.
Not included : Transfers to and from your accommodation in Paris, lunch on the first day, drinks of the lunch of the second day.