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Visit 2 of the most emblematic Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Private visits of Château de Chenonceau as well as Château de Chambord are on your program today. Both visits are conducted by a local guide, expert in Loire Valley History.

Highlights

  • Visit 2 of the most emblematic Loire Valley Castles
  • Tour conducted by local guide, expert in Loire Valley Castles
  • Possibility to purchase tickets during booking process or on-line
  • Wine tasting option possible at Chateau de Chenonceau
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Embark on a captivating journey through the Loire Valley Chateaux with our knowledgeable local guide, fluent in English and well-versed in the history of the region. We begin by picking you up from your accommodation in Tours, ensuring your convenience and comfort. Meet our skilled driver/guide, specializing in the captivating tales of the Loire Valley and its renowned castles. Your guide will ...

Discover the Enchanting Loire Valley Chateaux with Our Expert English-Speaking Guide

Embark on a captivating journey through the Loire Valley Chateaux with our knowledgeable local guide, fluent in English and well-versed in the history of the region. We begin by picking you up from your accommodation in Tours, ensuring your convenience and comfort. Meet our skilled driver/guide, specializing in the captivating tales of the Loire Valley and its renowned castles. 

Your guide will present the day's program and itinerary, allowing you to prepare for an unforgettable experience. Get ready to set off in our premium air-conditioned vehicle, providing a luxurious and pleasant journey along the scenic Loire Valley Chateau Route.

Embark on an Unforgettable Exploration, Starting with Château de Chambord

Upon meeting your guide and settling into our small group vehicle, we venture towards the magnificent Château de Chambord, our first stop along the Loire Valley castle trail. Regarded as one of the most breathtaking Chateaux in the region, Chambord is a true gem awaiting your discovery. After a delightful one-hour drive, we arrive at the stunning Château de Chambord, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981. 

This extraordinary castle, nestled in the heart of France's Sologne region, was commissioned by King Francis I (François 1er) during the early 16th century. Originally constructed as a hunting lodge, the Château showcases exquisite Italian Renaissance architecture, serving as a testament to the grandeur and power of the young French king.

Marvel at the Castle's architectural wonders, featuring a central keep encircled by four imposing bastion towers. With over 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases, Chambord is a testament to opulence and scale. Of notable significance is the renowned double helix staircase, believed to be inspired by the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci. Although King Francis I never witnessed the completion of the castle, it was during the reign of King Louis XIV (the Sun King) that Château de Chambord reached its final form. 

Maintaining such a vast estate proved challenging over the years, passing through various ownerships connected to royalty. However, since 1930, the French State has rightfully assumed ownership, ensuring the preservation of this historic treasure.

Upon arrival, our guide will lead you on a comprehensive tour of the Castle, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Explore the main rooms, marvel at the famous double spiral staircase, and ascend to the Castle's terraces, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. 

Following the guided tour, you'll have free time to further immerse yourself in the enchantment of Chambord Castle. If you have included the Château and Gardens visit in your booking, take a leisurely stroll through the splendid French Gardens of Chambord, embracing their natural beauty.

Indulge in a Scenic Lunch Break

After the captivating visit to Chambord Castle, take some time to savor a delectable lunch at your own expense. Numerous dining options are available within close proximity to the Château, allowing you to choose according to your preferences. Our knowledgeable guide will be delighted to provide recommendations based on your culinary desires. Once refreshed and satiated, it's time to continue our journey towards the exquisite Château de Chenonceau.

Immerse Yourself in the Allure of Château de Chenonceau

After lunch, we chauffeur you to the enchanting village of Chenonceaux, home to the remarkable Château de Chenonceau. Originally established in the 13th century, the Château underwent reconstruction and expansion under the patronage of King Francis I, who claimed it as repayment for a debt. 

Subsequently, the Château became the residence of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II, who contributed to its transformation, including the construction of the iconic arched bridge spanning the River Cher. Catherine de Medici later acquired the Château after the death of her husband, Henri II, and expelled Diane de Poitiers from the premises.

Catherine de Medici invested considerable resources into renovating and embellishing the Château, renowned for hosting extravagant nighttime festivities, including the first fireworks display in France in 1560. 

Following Catherine de Medici's era, the Château passed through the hands of various owners, including Louise Dupin, who held illustrious literary salons attended by luminaries such as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Buffon, and Marivaux. The notable philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau served as Louise Dupin's secretary and tutor to her son. 

In more recent times, the castle was acquired by the Menier family, renowned chocolatiers, in 1913. To this day, the Chateau de Chenonceau remains under their ownership.

Upon arrival, embark on a captivating tour of the Château de Chenonceau, home to an extraordinary collection of furniture, tapestries, and paintings, including masterpieces by Rubens, Tintoretto, Van Loo, Murillo, Veronese, Poussin, and Van Dyck. 

Unveil the secrets of Diane de Poitiers' bedroom, explore the elegant Green Study, wander through the Gallery, and discover the fascinating kitchens. Following the guided tour, take some free time to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the castle's captivating gardens.

Return to Tours with Cherished Memories

Concluding the visit to Château de Chenonceau, we begin our return journey to Tours, where our professional services come to an end. As we drop you off, we bid you farewell, knowing you have experienced the mesmerizing beauty of the Loire Valley. For those considering a day trip from Paris, this Loire Valley tour can also be arranged as a remarkable excursion from the capital.

Immerse yourself in the Loire Valley's captivating history and architectural splendor by joining our expertly guided tour. Book your unforgettable adventure now!

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  • Pick up at your accommodation in Tours or surrounding area

  • Visit Château de Chambord

  • Free time for lunch at Chambord or surrounding area (at own expense)

  • Visit of Château de Chenonceau

  • Possible optional wine tasting at Chenonceau

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Tours

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Ophorus Tours - From Tours to Chenonceau & Chambord Castles tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Tours to Chenonceau & Chambord Castles tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Tours to Chenonceau & Chambord Castles tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Tours to Chenonceau & Chambord Castles tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Tours to Chenonceau & Chambord Castles tour private

Know before you book

  • Available all year round, on request
  • Entrance tickets can be purchased during booking process
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Small group option, maximum 8 persons per group
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Price is per group, not per person
  • Currency is in Euros

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Departure

We will come and pick you up directly at the train station, your hotel, AirBnB or accommodation in Tours or the surrounding area.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point unless specified.

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Included

  • Pick up at train station, hotel or accommodation in Tours
  • English speaking local guide, expert in Loire Valley Castles
  • Premium A/C vehicle
  • Reservation and guided visit of Chambord Castle
  • Reservation and guided visit of Chenonceau Castle

Excluded

  • Entrance tickets to the Castles, can be purchase as an extra or on-line during booking process
  • Meals & drinks
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide
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