Full-Day Tour of Loire River Valley Castles with Audioguide

Full-Day Tour of Loire River Valley Castles with Audioguide

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      Paris, France
      13 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 201
      • Picturesque history: During the Renaissance, the Loire River Valley was a favorite destination of the French kings and their courtiers to escape the hustle and bustle of court life. The fortunate result of these excursions is the historic, elegant castles and architectural masterpieces that remain. Art and history have combined to create a charming way of life in this region known as the "Garden of France." 
      • Chateau de Chenonceau: Take an audioguided tour of this elegant Renaissance castle famous for its bridge spanning the Cher River. 
      • On your own: Relax and enjoy lunch in Amboise or Chenonceaux. 
      • Chateau de Cheverny: Tour this charming privately owned castle filled with fine furnishings and beautiful, meticulously maintained gardens. 
      • Chateau de Chambord: Visit the royal castle of Chambord, the largest in the region, featuring a unique staircase built by Leonardo de Vinci and lush, beautiful grounds.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to the agency located at 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris.

      Helpful hints

      This tour is unavailable on Jan 1 and Dec 25. Mondays and Saturdays in summer you will visit Amboise instead of Cheverny.

      During the summer you will have free time to enjoy lunch on your own at Chenonceau in the castle park, cafeteria or village.

      Getting around

      Walking is at your own pace in town; the amount is at each person's discretion. Expect steps, inclines and cobblestones. You must be able to get negotiate the travel path without assistance or with the help of a companion.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Scenic, Full Day

      Transportation used

      Coach

      Included amenities

      Return transportation by coach
      Audio guide
      Entrance Tickets
      Lunch with drinks (only during winter months)

      Languages

      English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-FRA-PARI-EN-2132

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Your tour will start in the morning, when a luxury air-conditioned coach takes you through the gorgeous French countryside. You'll arrive in Cheverny first, where you'll visit the beautiful (and currently occupied) Chateau de Cheverny. Audio guides give you the freedom to explore the grounds on your own, at your own pace. Take note of the well-preserved interior decor and 17th century furniture. You'll also have access to the chateau's gardens, where you can take a leisurely stroll.

      From there, the coach will head to the Chateau de Chenonceau, which, aside from the Royal Palace of Versailles, is the most visited chateau in France. This 16th century estate is known as "The Ladies' Castle," due to being designed and run primarily by aristocratic French women like Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. The audio guide will help you learn all about the stunning surroundings and exquisite architecture that is visible from the River Cher. You'll also experience refined floral rooms, paintings, tapestries, and captivating kitchens housed in the piers of the bridge that supports the chateau.

      After Chenonceau, you'll get lunch, then head to the last castle of the day, the remarkable Chateau de Chambord, one of Loire Valley's biggest chateaux. (It's also considered one of the world's most distinctive chateaus, thanks to the French Renaissance architecture that combines traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.) The audio guide will help you learn about how it was built by Francis I in 1519 with help from Leonardo da Vinci. You'll also get to see the famous double-helix staircase, plus take in breathtaking panoramic views from the castle's terrace.

      An explosive celebration

      In 1559, Catherine de Medici took ownership of Chateau de Chenonceau. Catherine spent a fortune on the property, as well as extravagant nighttime parties. In fact, the first-ever fireworks display in France took place at Chateau de Chenonceau. The explosive display celebrated the ascension to the throne of Francis II, Catherine de Medici's son.

      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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