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Two mythical Châteaux 2hrs far from Paris
Next schedules dates : 26.04 2022
Price : 65€ /pers.
Duration : 1 day (8h – 18h30)
A royal day out taking you back in time and away from Paris! Our driver-guide, one of few in Paris, will introduce you to two outstanding, majestic and legendary châteaux packed with unbelievable and exciting adventure, history and power play!
Highlights of your day trip
- Drive through the Loire Valley: past Chateaudun, Giverny, Chenonceau, Villandry and Chaumont-sur-Loire…
- Visit of Château de Chambord and its French-style grounds
- Visit of Château de Blois and its grounds
Day schedule from Paris:
- Departure: Paris at 8am – (meeting point provided after booking)
- Transport: minibus with guide-driver/approx. 1 hr journey
- Admission to Château de Chambord + Grounds and Château de Blois
- Return in minibus: 6.30pm arrival in Paris (approx.)
The day trip does not include :
- Lunch and other meals
- Purchases, tips and personal expenses
- Admission (unless stated)
Details of your Châteaux de la Loire tour
What will you see on your Loire Châteaux tour?
Are you ready to uncover France’s crowning glories on an exciting tour of the Loire Valley?
It’s a lovely drive along France’s longest river. The change of scene will do you a world of good as you wind through rolling green landscapes, farms, vineyards and villages that sprang up in the Middle Ages.
As we explore the royal countryside peppered with the most famous French châteaux, we’ll stop at Châteaudun, one of the first châteaux in the Loire, and Cheverny which inspired Hergé’s Marlinspike Hall in Tintin. Then you’ll see Château de Chenonceau, nicknamed “château des dames” in memory of its famous female guests Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici; and last but not least, Villandry and Chaumont-sur-Loire with some of the most beautiful gardens in France.
Curious about the next steps of the trip ?
There has to be a first… it’s Chambord!
We singled out Château de Chambord to start our day visiting the Loire Châteaux.
Why Chambord? Because this “monument historique” is simply fascinating and encapsulates the Renaissance and cultural movements set in motion by King François I. You’ll be enthralled by the famous names appearing on its walls, including the ingenious Leonardo da Vinci, the architectural feats such as the magical and majestic double helix staircase and the sheer size of the castle! It’s one of the biggest châteaux in France and the surrounding hunting reserve is one of the biggest enclosed forests in Europe.
A trip to Chambord will bring to mind Jacques Demy’s 1970 film Donkey Skin, you’ll feel like you’re on a film set!
Our guide has stories and surprises galore as you visit the castle and French-style gardens.
Which was the French Kings’ favourite château? Blois!
Next stop is Château de Blois. Famously it was 7 French kings and 10 queens’ favourite residence and it’s bound to make a mark on you too… Our guide will describe the tales and power plays that make a trip to Blois such an exciting experience.
As soon as you step into the Château’s courtyard you’ll be dazzled by its diversity and splendour. It captures the entire history of French architecture: a bit of medieval here, some gothic there, a dash of Renaissance and a sprinkling of classical. Four wings, four periods, four architectural styles. Italian influences are everywhere, just like Chambord! You’ll fall in love with the royal apartments, oriental-style arches, the extraordinary spiral staircase so dear to François I… We’ll spend time visiting the town’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Château with over 35,000 artworks to explore, including some by masters such as Ingres, Rubens, Boucher etc.
Then it’s time to unwind in the royal grounds amongst century-old trees, terraces with shrubs and heirloom flowers… A bit of me-time with the plants before you hit the road back to Paris!
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