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Ophorus Tours - From Tours to Chenonceau Castle half-day tour

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From Tours to Chenonceau Castle half-day tour

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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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Embark on a captivating half-day small group tour to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau, nestled in the breathtaking Loire Valley. Known as the "Chateau des Dames," this iconic bridge spanning the Cher River enchants visitors with its rich history and Renaissance gardens, once graced by remarkable female figures such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.Originally dating back to the 13th ...

Uncover the Splendors of Chateau de Chenonceau: Expert Guided Tour

Embark on a captivating half-day small group tour to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau, nestled in the breathtaking Loire Valley. Known as the "Chateau des Dames," this iconic bridge spanning the Cher River enchants visitors with its rich history and Renaissance gardens, once graced by remarkable female figures such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici.

Originally dating back to the 13th century, the Chateau suffered destruction by fire before being rebuilt and eventually acquired by King Francis I to settle a debt. Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II, made her mark on the Chateau, transforming it and adding the arched bridge that gracefully traverses the River Cher. However, upon the king's demise, ownership shifted to Catherine de Medici, who expelled Diane de Poitiers.

During Catherine de Medici's tenure, the Chateau underwent extensive renovations and embellishments, and became renowned for hosting lavish nighttime festivities. In 1560, the first fireworks display in France dazzled the skies above this very site.

Following Catherine de Medici's passing, the Chateau changed hands multiple times, including ownership by Louise Dupin, famed for hosting a prominent literary salon frequented by luminaries like Voltaire, Montesquieu, Buffon, and Marivaux. The esteemed philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau served as Louise Dupin's secretary and tutored her son.

In more recent history, the castle was acquired in 1913 by the Menier family, renowned chocolatiers, who continue to cherish and preserve the Chateau de Chenonceau to this day.

Upon your arrival at Chenonceau castle, immerse yourself in a guided tour that unveils a captivating collection of furniture, tapestries, and paintings, including masterpieces by Rubens, Tintoretto, Van Loo, Murillo, Veronese, Poussin, Van Dyck, and more. Explore the castle's highlights, such as Diane de Poitiers' bedroom, the Green Study, the Gallery, and the kitchens. After the guided visit, you'll have free time to wander through the enchanting gardens.

As the tour concludes, we'll return to Tours, leaving you with lasting memories of the remarkable Chateau de Chenonceau and its storied past.

Don't miss the opportunity to delve into the allure of Chateau de Chenonceau on our expert-guided tour. Book now and immerse yourself in the splendors of this captivating Loire Valley gem.

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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 - From Tours to Chenonceau Castle half-day tour
Ophorus Tours - From Tours to Chenonceau Castle half-day tour

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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  • 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.

Reviews

5.0/5 (4 reviews)
  • Monica

    17, Aug 2023

    La visita al castillo Chenanceau nos gustó mucho y el guía(Ilien o un nombre parecido) también, nos lo hizo muy ameno y se esforzó mucho porque lo entenderíamos....
  • Victoria

    11, Jul 2023

    10/10 Wonderful tour-fantastic guide, the right mix of a guided tour with time to also wander and see areas of interest. Chenonceau has such rich history...
  • Reinhard Drexel

    21, Jun 2023

    Eine gute Möglichkeit für eine Schlossbesichtigung wenn man kein Auto zur Verfügung hat (Tours ist gut mit der Bahn erreichbar) oder wenn man nicht selbst...
  • Jon Bible

    20, 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 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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