Step back in time to the Renaissance period and see the most famous castles in France.
During the Renaissance period, the Loire valley was the favorite place of the kings of France and their courtiers. They left us many castles of amazing architectural elegance. Art and history mingle with a certain sweetness of life in this country called "The Garden of France."
The tour crosses the southern districts of Paris to the Aquitaine motorways. Upon arriving at the Loire Valley, guests will visit three Renaissance castles. The chateaus visited will vary depending on the season.
The chateaus visited are:
Widely acknowledged as the symbol of the French Renaissance style of architecture, Amboise Castle was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Visitors will be able to view his inventions at Clos Luce, where he used to live.
Chenonceau is also called "Le Château des Dames" or Women's Castle because it is famous for its women. King Henri II built it for his favorite Diane de Poitiers but his widow eventually took hold of the estate after the king died in a tournament.
The Castle of Cheverny was inspired by the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. It is a private property and its collection of 17th century furnishings are intact and well-preserved.
Chambord is an impressive estate, built by King Francois I in collaboration with Leonardo da Vinci. It is a grandiose creation, famous for the inventor's design, 440 rooms, a unique roof terrace and aits double staircase.
The winter tour features guided visits to Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau, and lunch at Cheverny.
- Smoked salmon with chive cream
- Roast poultry with mushrooms, potatoes and French beans
- 2 kinds of cheese
- Fruit pie
Available Languages for the Winter Program
- English, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
- Russian: Every Thursday
- Tuesday: Portuguese
The summer tour includes guided visits to Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chambord. The summer tour has designated free time for lunch (not included).
On Saturday from April to September, tour visits Amboise, Chenonceau and Chambord.
On Saturday in October, the tour visits Amboise, Chenonceau and Cheverny.
Available Languages for the Summer Program
- English: Daily
- Italian: Every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
- Spanish: Every Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- French: Every Wednesdays and Saturdays
- Russian: Every Fridays
- Japanese: Every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
- Transportation in luxury air conditioned coach.
- Entrance tickets for the three castle visits.
- Three course lunch during the winter season only (drinks included).
- Services of our licensed multilingual guide.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
- Meals and drinks unless specified
- The Chambord Castle will be replaced by Blois Castle on 31 January 2013.
- Children below 4 years old can take the tours for free. Any hotel or restaurant expenses must be paid for directly by the parents.
- During winter, we recommend good walking shoes and warm clothing.
- During summer, lunch (at client's own expense) may be at the park of Chenonceau Castle, at the cafeteria, at the restaurant "L'Orangerie, " or in the village. At Amboise Castle, lunch may be held at restaurants or cafe terraces.
- All castles are equipped with excellent shops worth visiting for souvenir shopping.
- Menus are indicative and may be subject to change without notice.