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Ophorus Tours - A Half Day Trip from Tours to Chenonceau Castle

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A Half Day Trip from Tours to Chenonceau Castle

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Enjoy a small group half day trip from Tours to the unique Château de Chenonceau in the heart of the Loire Valley. Chenonceau castle is by far one of the most elegant Chateaus of the Loire. Guided visit of the interior

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  • Small group option
  • Guided Visit of Chenonceau Castle in the Loire Valley
  • Local Tour guide, Expert of Loire Valley History
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Arriving in the Loire Valley, your small group half day tour will reach the Chateau de Chenonceau. The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.The original Château dates back to the 13th century but was later torched and rebuilt to be finally taken ...

Guided tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau

Arriving in the Loire Valley, your small group half day tour will reach the Chateau de Chenonceau. The “Chateau des Dames”, bridge built across the Cher, is famous for the great feminine figures who lived in it (Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici) and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens.

The original Château dates back to the 13th century but was later torched and rebuilt to be finally taken by King Francis I as a debt. The next most important owner was Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II, who transformed the building and added the arched bridge that spans over the River Cher. After the kings death, the Chateau became the property of Catherine de Medici who expelled Diane de Poitiers.

During her time at the Château as owner, Catherine de Medici spent large amounts of money for renovation and embellishments and was known to house spectacular night time parties. It is here that in 1560, the first ever fireworks took place in France.

After the death of Catherine de Medici, the Château passed into several hands including that of Louise Dupin famous for hosting a literary salon that was attended by some of the most famous figures of the time including Voltaire, Montesquieu, Buffon or Marivaux. Famous philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau was Louise Dupin's secretary and tutored her son.

In more recent history, the castle was bought in 1913 by Henri Menier whose family was famous as chocolate makers and the Chateau de Chenonceau is still in their possession today.

After your arrival at Chenonceau castle, begin your guided tour. Chenonceau is home to an outstanding collection of furniture, tapestries and paintings that included artworks from Rubens, Tintoretto, Van Loo, Murillo, Veronese, Poussin, Van Dyck and many more.

Also, during your tour, you will visit the highlights of the castle including Diane de Poitiers' bedroom, the Green Study, the Gallery and the kitchens. After the visit, you will have some free time to explore the gardens. We will then head back to Tours. 

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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 CHENONCEAU

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    GUIDED TOUR OF CHENONCEAU CASTLE

  • 12:00 pm
    or 05:00 pm

    DEPART FROM CHENONCEAU CASTLE

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    DROP OFF IN FRONT OF TOURS TOURISM OFFICE

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Ophorus Tours - A Half Day Trip from Tours to Chenonceau Castle
Ophorus Tours - A Half Day Trip from Tours to Chenonceau Castle
Ophorus Tours - A Half Day Trip from Tours to Chenonceau Castle
Ophorus Tours - A Half Day Trip from Tours to Chenonceau Castle

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  • Available From April to end of October
  • Loire Valley Castles half day trip 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

78-82 Rue Bernard Palissy 37000 TOURS

Departure

Meet your guide in front of the Tours Tourism Office.

Return

Tour returns to originial departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

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

Excluded

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