Guided Tour of Blois & Chambord Castles Along the Banks of the Loire
- Loire Valley: Often called the Garden of France becauseof the abundance of orchards, vineyards and vegetable fields along the river banks.
- Chateau de Blois: This castle consists of multiple buildings surrounding a lush central courtyard. Construction spanned between the 13th to 17th centuries, which explains why you’ll see the range of many different architectural styles commissioned by French royalty over several generations.
- Chateau de Chambord: The largest castle in the Loire Valley region, Chambord’s impressive grounds include expansive gardens and a moat. The chateau’s elaborate roof lines are recognizable in marketing as images used to sell such products as liquor, chocolate and porcelain.
About this Paris tour
It’s true that Joan of Arc was blessed by the Archbishop of Reims at Chateau de Blois before leading her army to drive the British from France, but one of the castle’s most famous female residents was no saint. Catherine de Medici called the castle home for much of her time ruling France through her sons, who were “Kings” in name only. Historians have blamed Catherine for some of the most disastrous decisions of the crown and her letters are evidence of her ruthlessness.
You’ll see an example of Catherine’s cruelty in the so-called “poison chamber” at Chateau de Blois. The room is mostly cabinets, wall-to-wall, rumored to be an apothecary cupboard of horror as the place she kept an extensive collection of toxic poisons. Catherine was not to be crossed in her handling of the affairs of state on behalf of her sons, as her enemies would discover – only too late to save them from mysterious death by poisoning.
To be fair, Catherine was probably just a product of her upbringing. After all, she was born into the Medici family and her father was the prince of Machiavelli’s The Prince.
The King’s Sweet Tooth
No, the berry-flavored liquor brand was not first produced at Chambord Castle, but it was inspired by a beverage rumored to be a favorite of King Louis XIV. A concoction fermented from red and black raspberries, vanilla, citrus, honey and cognac was produced in the Loire Valley, and became popular in the late 1600s. Royalty often finished off their dinner with a sweet beverage instead of – or in addition to – dessert. The custom and the liquor were introduced to Louis XIV during one of his hunting excursions to Chambord, perhaps after a meal of roast beast.
Please meet in the reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with GoBe or your name on it.
There are some wonderful photo opportunities on this tour. Please be prepared for weather changes.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. There is a lot of walking and standing involved.
Cultural, Private Tour, Scenic
French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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