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Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2050CL
Take a day tour from Paris to visit the three most famous chateaux of the Loire Valley: beautiful Chenonceau Castle, privately owned Chateau de Cheverny and, perhaps most magnificent of them all, the Chateau de Chambord. You'll witness the glamour and grandeur of French royalty and aristocracy, and gain insights into "castle life" in these Renaissance riverside castles.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
The largest of the Loire castles, the turreted Chambord Castle was built for King Francois 1st as a hunting lodge. The intricate stone "double helix" staircase leading up to the spires and turrets of the rooftop terrace is thought to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci.

Cheverny Castle is the most beautifully furnished of the Loire Valley castles, with a fine collection of 17th-century furniture. Herge, the Belgian creator of Tintin, based his Marlinspike Hall (Moulinsart) on Cheverny Castle.

Chenonceau Chateau was built over the River Cher in traditional Renaissance style, and is known as the Chateau des Dames (the Ladies' Castle) because of the influence of the famous women who lived there. The chateau was built in 1513 by Catherine Briconnet, embellished by Diance de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and saved from destruction during the Revolution by Madame Dupin.

Guests traveling in Winter (November 1-March 31) also receive a typical lunch and drink. During the summer (April 1 - October 31) lunch is not included but the guide will advise on places to eat.

Please note:

On Saturdays and Mondays from April to October (inclusive) visits change to Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord castles except on October 3 and 12 when Cheverny will replace Chambord Castle and other two visits will be to Amboise and Chenonceau.

On October 5 and October 10 Amboise is visited in place of Chambord Castle.


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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pyramides, central Paris
Departure Time:
7:15am
Duration:
12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 8pm

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Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau

Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau

Inclusions:
  • Entrance fees to three castles
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: dianneemu, July 2015

Another fantastic day, wonderful chateaus and senic views

Reviewed by: europe 2015, United States of America, June 2015

Prior to our family vacation, we held planning meetings to talk about the must see sights and must do things because we wanted to make the most of our 5 days in Paris. Everyone who studied French in high school had learned about Loire Valley castles and put it at the top of their list. Sandwiched between jam-packed days walking Paris, it was a welcome break to relax on an all-day bus trip between the three uniquely different castles.

Although unfurnished, the architecture of Chambord is undeniably unsurpassed by any other chateau. Chenonceau provided the most amazing backdrop for my daughters fairytale proposal, which we were honored to observe and relive during a leisurely lunch in the café on the castle grounds. And we thoroughly enjoyed learning that Chateau de Cheverny is still inhabited by descendants of the original family. An added bonus was the nearby village of Cheverny, so we eagerly zipped through the castle for some local wine tasting and quick shopping.

This trip will definitely remain as one of our most cherished memories!

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Tour code: 2050CL