Full-Day Tour of Loire River Valley Castles with Audioguide
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.
Lunch with drinks (only during winter months)
Tour Participation Requirements
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