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Ophorus Tours - A Loire Valley Half Day Trip from Tours to Chambord Castle

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A Loire Valley Half Day Trip from Tours to Chambord Castle

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Explore the Preserved Heritage of the Loire Valley and visit the magnificent Chateau de Chambord on this small group half day trip for the city of Tours.

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  • Visit Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley Castle
  • Local licensed tour guide, expert of the Loire Valley
  • Small group option
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Program & Itinerary

Join us for a remarkable day as we pick you up in front of the Tourism Office in Tours, ready to explore the enchanting Loire Valley and its renowned castles. Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide, an expert in local history, especially the Loire Valley chateaux. Once acquainted, your guide will provide an overview of the day's program and itinerary. Step into our comfortable, premium ...

Embark on an Unforgettable Journey through Loire Valley Chateaux: Expert Guided Tour

Join us for a remarkable day as we pick you up in front of the Tourism Office in Tours, ready to explore the enchanting Loire Valley and its renowned castles. Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide, an expert in local history, especially the Loire Valley chateaux. Once acquainted, your guide will provide an overview of the day's program and itinerary. Step into our comfortable, premium air-conditioned vehicle and embark on the captivating Loire Valley Chateau Route.

Guided Exploration of Chambord Castle

After meeting your guide and settling into our small group vehicle, we'll venture to Château de Chambord, our first stop on the Loire Valley castle tour. Regarded as one of the most magnificent chateaux in the region, Chambord awaits your discovery. Enjoy a scenic drive of approximately one hour, arriving at the breathtaking Château de Chambord. This UNESCO World Heritage site has captivated visitors for centuries.

Nestled in the heart of the Sologne region, Chateau de Chambord was commissioned by King Francis I (François Ier) in the early 16th century as a hunting lodge. It was never intended as a permanent residence, but rather a grand showcase of the king's power, designed to impress foreign visitors and ambassadors. The castle's architecture exemplifies the Italian Renaissance style favored during that era.

The castle features a central keep with four imposing bastion towers at each corner. With over 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases, Chambord is a testament to architectural grandeur. Its central axis boasts the famous double helix staircase, believed to be inspired by the ingenious mind of Leonardo da Vinci. Ascending three floors, the two helices never intersect, with natural light illuminating their ascent from a lighthouse-like structure atop the castle. Don't miss the ornate roof, a distinctive feature that sets Château de Chambord apart. Take a stroll along the top level, marveling at the meticulous masonry work and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Interestingly, King Francis I never witnessed the completion of the castle. It was under the reign of King Louis XIV (the Sun King) that Château de Chambord reached its full splendor. Maintaining such a colossal structure proved challenging over the years, and after passing through various private hands, the French State became the sole owner in 1930.

Upon arrival, follow your expert guide on a captivating tour of the castle. Lasting approximately 1.5 hours, the tour will lead you through the main rooms, unveil the iconic double spiral staircase, and ascend to the terraces for breathtaking vistas. Afterward, enjoy some free time to further explore the wonders of Château de Chambord at your own pace.

Embark on this extraordinary adventure through Loire Valley chateaux and immerse yourself in the opulence of Chambord Castle. Book your tour now and prepare to be transported to a bygone era of architectural brilliance and regal history.

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  • 08:50 am
    or 01:50 pm

    Meet your guide in front of Tours Tourism Office

  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Depart for Château de Chambord

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    Guided Tour of Chambord Castle

  • 12:00 pm
    or 05:00 pm

    Depart from Chambord Castle

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Drop off in front of Tours Tourism Office

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Ophorus Tours - A Loire Valley Half Day Trip from Tours to Chambord Castle
Ophorus Tours - A Loire Valley Half Day Trip from Tours to Chambord Castle
Ophorus Tours - A Loire Valley Half Day Trip from Tours to Chambord Castle
Ophorus Tours - A Loire Valley Half Day Trip from Tours to Chambord Castle
Ophorus Tours - A Loire Valley Half Day Trip from Tours to Chambord Castle

Know before you book

Please note that in regards to the protection of the environment, we will no longer provide plastic bottles of water during our tours. You are kindly advised to bring your own.
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  • Half day trip Loire Valley from Tours
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Children aged 4 - 12 years get reduced price 
  • Wear good walking shoes
  • Small group Loire Valley tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

Meeting point

Tourism office Tours

Departure

Meet your guide in front of the Tours Tourism office.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

5.0/5 (3 reviews)
  • Cath

    20, Aug 2023

    Ilya was an excellent guide, both interesting and interested. He was friendly and fun, too. Great mini-van, good driving and well-chosen areas to view...
  • Gabrielle

    12, May 2023

    Ilia, was our tour guide he did a wonderful job telling us about the area as well as the rich history. The half day tour was just perfect to see this...
  • Jon Bible

    19, Apr 2023

    Our tours to Chambord castle today and Chenonceau castle yesterday were great. Ilia was our guide both days and he is a terrific person. Not only is he...
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Included

  • Pick up at Tourism Office in Tours
  • English speaking local guide, expert in Loire Valley Castles
  • Tickets and guided visit of Chambord Castle
  • Premium A/C vehicle

Excluded

  • Entrance tickets other than mentioned
  • Meals & drinks
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide
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