VL4 - AZAY - VILLANDRY - LANGEAIS - USSE - 9H - $217.26 per person
Daily departures from Tours at 09.00.
Adult $217.26 / Child -12 y.o. $205.02 / -7 y.o. $122.40
Visit of the CHATEAU of AZAY-LE-RIDEAU. Built in the sixteenth century on an island in the middle of the river Indre in the most beautiful countryside, this château is one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture we have. Punctuated by towers and turrets, the two right-angle wings show the perfect combination of traditional elements and features borrowed from Italian art.
Then, Visit of the CHATEAU and GARDENS OF VILLANDRY, which surround one of the last castle built on the Loire river edge during the Renaissance period (1536). Walk through one of the most beautiful gardens in France, constructed on three levels:
- The highest level, surrounded by lindens, has a large pool, where the water needed for the moat is collected.
- The middle level, at the level of the chateau, is in three parts: "the garden of love", "the music garden" and "the herb garden".
- Finally, at the level of the outbuildings, is the most original of the three gardens: the ornamental vegetable garden that covers 12,500 square meters, that is renewed twice per year.
Lunch in Villandry.
In the afternoon departure for the second part of your tour for a visit of the CHATEAU OF USSE. The Sleeping Beauty's Chateau" located in the green Indre river valley. It inspired Perrault to write his famous stories and it remains a symbol of the medieval fairy-tale castle inhabited by brave lords, beautiful ladies and poets.
I was mainly built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the foundations of an 11th century fortress, but its successive owners, each with their personal touch, brought to it a unique charm.
Then, Visit of the CHATEAU OF LANGEAIS. Built in the early 15th century, this château provides a perfect example of a late mediaeval castle, complete with parapet walk and drawbridge. In 1491, it was the site of the marriage between Louis’ son, Charles VIII, and the young Duchess Anne of Brittany – an event which paved the way for the independent Bretons eventual union with France.
Its originality lies in its furnishings — furniture, woodwork, fabrics, sculptures, and paintings. Admire one of the jewels of the museum, a collection of Gothic and Renaissance tapestries.
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