LOIRE VALLEY CHATEAUX SELF-GUIDED (2 DAYS/1 NIGHT)

  • France Tourism
  • France Tourism

Description From $ 359.53

DAY 1

Arrival in Tours in the late morning.

Check in to a two, three or four star hotel in the city centre of Tours.

 

13.30 Set off in an all-comfort, chauffeur-driven minibus for a first trip to the discovery of three prestigious châteaux of the Loire.

You will visit (non-guided tour - you're free to explore): the Château de 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.

A stroll through the French gardens makes a pleasant end to your visit.

 

Then a visit to the Château d'Amboise

This medieval fortress gave way to a royal residence during the reigns of King Charles VIII and François I during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. The Court at Amboise was host to scholars and artists from around Europe, who came to stay at the invitation of the sovereign. One of these was no less than Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb is to be found in the chapel.

 

Next, visit the Leonardo da Vinci park at the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, a pink brick Renaissance mansion where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last years of his life.

In the château you step into the intimacy of Leonardo's life, visiting his room, his study, his kitchen and the beautiful Renaissance rooms in brick and stone. Here you'll find forty fabulous machines reconstructed from the master's drawings.

Back to Tours around 18.45

20.00 Dinner at a restaurant in the city centre of Tours, close to the hotel.

Accommodation in a two, three or four star hotel in Tours city centre.

 

DAY 2

Breakfast.

9.30 Set off in an all-comfort, chauffeur-driven minibus for a second trip to the discovery of two more sites in the Loire valley

Visit the Château 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.

Free visit of the gardens of the Château de Villandry.

The fabulous gardens of Villandry surround the last great châteaux built on the banks of the Loire during the Renaissance (1536) like some vast Renaissance jewellery box. Walk through one of the most beautiful gardens in France, constructed on three levels.

Back to Tours around 12.30

End of our services.

 

Price per person 2* 3* 4*
Twin/Double share $359.53 $406.63 $461.58
Single $423.90 $497.69 $596.60
Child – 10 y.o. sharing room $329.70 $383.08 $438.03

 

This tour is available all year round for groups of two or more, the program may be subject to change. Please contact us for confirmation.

Included:

- Transportation in an air conditioned minibus with driver for 2 half day tours (afternoon day 1, morning day 2)

- Entrances to the chateaux of Chenonceau, Amboise and the Clos Luce day 1

- Entrances to the château of Azay-le-Rideau & the gardens of Villandry, day 2

- Dinner (drinks not included) in a city centre restaurant of Tours, day 1

- Accommodation (depending on your choice) in Tours on the basis of one room for 2 people

- Breakfasts

- Booking charges, local tax

Excluded:

- Lunches

- Transportation to and from Tours.

- Extra nights

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