Loire Valley Castles

Duration: 12 h 00

Availability: Everyday 6:30 6:45 7:00 7:15 7:30

Category: Licensed guided tour, Full Day, A Day from Paris, TOP

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Your full day private guided Loire tour, with guided visits of three castles.

  • Pick-up
  • Drop-off
  • Guided visit of three castles
  • Tour lasts twelve hours
  • Private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle

The perfect choice! Your Licensed Guide and your driver are one and the same! Whilst an “in-house" Driver-Guide” can give general information about the main monuments or places of interest from the outside, our “Licensed Driver-Guide”, who has an official Guide-Interpreter license, will be able to accompany you all the way; sharing his complete knowledge of French History & Culture. He can accompany you inside numerous famous sites, notably: Versailles, Louvre Museum, Sainte Chapel, Abbey of Mont St Michel, Loire Valley Castles, bringing to life each of these places that have helped shape France’s history and culture.

Your Licensed Driver-Guide will pick you up at your hotel, or your apartment. He will then escort you to the Loire Valley, sharing with you his knowledge & passion for this part of France, driving you in a private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle. It is your Tour, totally custom-made to fit your desires: YOUR way, and nobody else's.

Situated 150 miles south-west of Paris, let us introduce you to the Garden of France, with its abundant vineyards, fruit orchards, artichoke and asparagus fields, lining both banks of the Loire River... Welcome to the natural beauty which is the Loire Valley! As there are over three hundred castles, you will be introduced by your guide to the very best ones, those famous the world over. First of all, you will visit what was the official residence of Charles VIII, the Château d'Amboise! Built on a spur in fabulous scenery by Domenico Da Cortona and Fra Giocondo, this Château overlooks the Loire River...! Learn the secret and incredible stories synonymous with this castle, from King François the First to Leonardo Da Vinci, where the Florentine genius finished his days at the Clos Lucé Manor, and where he created some of his last masterpieces like Saint John the Baptist, The Virgin and Child with Saint-Anne and of course the Mona Lisa!

You will then head to the Château de Chenonceau, and learn why it is also called Le Château des Dames (The Ladies Castle), burned down and rebuilt between 1515 and 1521, it was notably Catherine de Medicis' (The Iron Queen) favorite castle. Last but not least is the Château de Chambord, very distinctive by its unmistakable French architecture, also the largest in the Loire Valley. With a marvelous harmony of shapes and structures, this castle is the accomplishment of a young king's dream, the "architect Prince" François the First. Discover with your guide how unique the Loire Valley actually is.

As it is a full day tour, ask your Driver-Guide where you would like to have lunch, depending on your tastes and budget, he will find a place which will suit you perfectly.

Once your trip through France’s Royal history and your immersion into the enchanting place that is the Loire Valley comes to an end, your Licensed Driver-Guide will drive you back safely to your hotel, or apartment.