Summary of The Day: This full-day trip from Paris is an opportunity to discover three of the Loire Valley's most famous chateaux with an official guide. Visit the majestic Chateau de Chambord, surrounded by one of the largest forest parks in Europe, the charming Chateau de Chenonceau, built across the River Cher, and the private, atmospheric Chateau de Cheverny. Experience what life was like during the Renaissance period in these stunning properties that once accommodated the courts of the Kings of France.
We'll set off from our agency in central Paris at 7:15am for a special day touring the Loire Valley. Relax on a luxury air-conditioned coach as you take in the beautiful French countryside before arriving at Chateau de Chambord at around 9:30am.
Chambord is one of the largest chateaux in the Loire Valley, situated within a sprawling hunting ground. It was built for King Francis I of France in the 16th century with the help of none other than Leonardo da Vinci. See the amazing double helix staircase, which represented the Tree of Life during the Middle Ages, and the chateau's wide panoramic terrace with its sea of chimneys overlooking the grounds.
Chenonceau, also known as the The Ladies' Castle, was built during the 16th Century and has been home to many well-known aristocratic French ladies, such as Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici and the White Queen, Louise de Lorraine. You could almost be dreaming as Chenonceau appears over the River Cher. Its fairytale architecture bears witness to a sophisticated and typically French style of living, with elegantly furnished floral rooms, tapestries, antique paintings and fascinating kitchens housed in the piers of the bridge that supports the chateau.
The final chateau of the day, Cheverny, is a stately home decorated with beautiful furnishings dating from the 17th century, with remarkably well-preserved interiors.
At each chateau you will be taken on a tour lasting between 45 minutes and 1 hour, followed by free time to discover your own secret corners. At the end of the day, we will arrive back in Paris at around 8:00pm.
In Winter (November to March ), lunch is included at the St Hubert Hotel Restaurant in Cour-Cheverny (five minutes from Cheverny). On the menu is homemade salmon terrine with lemon sauce, baby vegetables and eggs; roast turkey with green beans, provencal tomatoes and sauteed potatoes; and warm apple tart (drinks included).
In Summer (April to October) lunch is not included, but your guide will be happy to recommend local restaurants.
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