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Castles of the Loire Valley

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Discover the delights of the Loire Valley. Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois and Cheverny open their doors and welcome you back to the time of the Kings of France. 

 

Well known for its beautiful landscapes, lovely weather and gentle way of life, the Loire region was greatly enjoyed by the Kings of France from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, who eagerly constructed their castles here.


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Cheverny Castle

Cheverny Castle, built in the seventeenth century, was inspired by the Luxembourg Palace. A perfect example of classical French architecture, it is also the castle which inspired Hergé’s famous Marlinspike (Moulinsart) castle in the Tintin comics.

The splendid interior decoration is a work by a native of Blois – Jean Monier. 34 wooden panels placed on the walls of the dining room, retell the story of Don Quixote (a character of a novel by Cervantes). Upstairs, you can admire sumptuous decoration of the King’s Chamber, particularly its coffered ceiling.


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Blois Castle

Blois Castle is built in four sections surrounding the court, four castles, four eras, four pillars of French architecture:

Eighteenth century Gothic style - the gothic dining room is the oldest of its kind in France;
Flamboyant gothic style – Louis XII introduced the Renaissance style when he made Blois the royal residence and added a wing at the end of the fifteenth century;
Sixteenth century Renaissance style - Francis I incorporated a decorative Italian architecture with the round staircase and the Loges façade;
Seventeenth century classical architecture - the best example is the Francois Mansart dome.

 

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Chenonceau Castle

Chenonceau Castle, the most exquisite of the Loire castles, is the most popular historical monument in France after Versailles. Built on the river Cher, the waters reflect the unique beauty of the Renaissance architecture; Chenonceau Castle is the jewel in the Loire crown. This enchanting place, with its surrounding French gardens and park, has an aura of delicate elegance

 

The gardens of Chenonceau

After your unforgettable visit to the castle, you are free to explore the vast Chenonceau estate with its two famous and outstanding gardens, named after their patrons Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.

Chenonceau is not only remarkable because of its architecture and history but also due to the wealth of its collections, the tour inside the castle will reveal Renaissance furniture, a series of tapestries from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and many revered paintings. Among the most famous being, Le Primatice, le Correge, Rubens, Le Tintoret, Rigaud, Nattier, Van Loo.

 

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Amboise

Build in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, this classically royal castle, introduced an Italian taste to the Loire Valley. The historical setting creates the perfect atmosphere for the exceptional collection of gothic and Renaissance furniture. After a visit to the royal lodgings, a walk in the beautiful panoramic gardens with Mediterranean plants is in order. In the Saint Hubert chapel, the tomb of Leonardo de Vinci has recently been elegantly restored.

 

Gardens of Amboise Castle

The royal gardens of Amboise are original because they are located inside the fortress of the castle itself. Open and over-looking the town and the Loire Valley, they have for some time now been undergoing a thorough landscaping. Created at the end of the fifteenth century by a landscape architect, a monk from Naples, the style is more reminiscent of the warmer Italian peninsular.



Program

Saturday’s program:


  • Meeting at 6:30 am on the stairs of the Opéra Garnier (metro Opéra, lines 3-7-8 and RER A, station Auber)
  • Departure for Cheverny castle
  • Guided tour of Cherverny castle
  • Departure for Blois
  • Time for lunch at Blois
  • Guided tour in Blois castle
  • Free time to walk around and visit the city of Blois
  • Departure for hotel/hostel
  • Diner and an evening out at Blois - Night at the hotel/hostel

Sunday’s program :

  • Breakfast and departure for Chenonceau castle
  • Self-guided tour of Chenonceau castle and its magnificent gardens
  • Departure for Amboise
  • Time for lunch at Amboise
  • Self-guided tour of the city and its monuments : Amboise castle, Clos Lucé (Leonard de Vinci’s house)
  • Departure for Paris
  • Arrival expected around 8.30pm


Tarifs and Dates

Price: starting from €140


Included in price:

  • Travel by Coach (bus)
  • Guided tours and entrance to Chateau de Cheverny - Chenonceau and Blois
  • Accommodation in shared rooms (2 to 3 participants)
  • Breakfast Sunday morning
                  

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