VL5 - AMBOISE - CHENONCEAU - CHEVERNY - CHAMBORD - 9H - $244.20 per person
Depart from Tours centre at 9.00
Adult $244.20 / Child -12 y.o. $229.35 / -7 y.o. $151.80
Visit of the CHATEAU of AMBOISE, built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries on the orders of Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I, the Château D'Amboise was one of the first truly "royal" residences. It is a prestigious example of combined Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Today, the château houses an exceptional collection of beautifully preserved furniture.
Leonardo da Vinci is buried in the chapel of Saint-Hubert, an elegant building in the fifteenth century Gothic style.
Overlooking the town of Amboise, the château gardens offer one of the very best views of the Loire Valley.
Then, visit of the CHATEAU of CHENONCEAU. Built in the sixteenth century, this is one of the purest early French Renaissance style works.
Constructed on the foundations of an ancient fortified water mill in the river bed itself, the square main building forms the original château. On the “Pont de Diane” bridge stands the two-level gallery of Catherine de Medici.
You will discover the guardroom, the chapel, and a beautiful gallery, sixty meters long, spanning the river Cher. The chambers of Diane de Poitiers and king François I are also open to the public.
A stroll through the French gardens makes a pleasant end to your visit.
Lunch in Chenonceau.
In the afternoon departure for the second part of your tour for the visit of the CHATEAU of CHEVERNY. This château, which became the model for Marlinspike Hall in Hergé's Adventures of Tintin will surprise you with the richness and diversity of its furniture, and the authentic charm and refined decoration of its rooms.
Inhabited all year by its owners, the Huraults, Cheverny has been home for centuries to this grand family of courtiers and counsellors to kings Louis XII, François I, Henry III and Henry IV.
The traditions of hunting with hounds are perpetuated and respected. The kennels are home to a pack of seventy Anglo-French hounds and feeding time, “La Soupe” is an extraordinary spectacle.
Then, visit of the CHATEAU of CHAMBORD. More than four centuries after its construction, Chambord still defies the imagination: 156 metres of stone façades, 56 metres high, and 440 rooms.
Built like a fortress with its castle keep and curtain wall, its Gothic roofs bristling with chimneys, turrets and dormers, it looks like something straight out of the great tales of chivalry.
Around 18.15 Return to Tours.
- Transportation in an air conditioned minibus with driver
- Entrances to the chateaux
- Lunch (drinks not included)
- Transportation to and from Tours.
- Guide in the chateaux