Châteaux of the Loire Valley
If you like history or visiting beautiful monuments, you are at the right place!
In the Loire Valley, classified World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2000, there are many castles, which represent numerous periods of French History. Each castle possesses a particularity, a history that makes it unique.
Villandry and its Renaissance gardens
At 25min from Tours, the Château of Villandry offers an overview of the Renaissance period. This domain is renowned for its beautiful gardens, harbouring a diversity of flowers and trees, tended by bio-control methods only.
Amboise, Clos Lucé and Leonardo Da Vinci
At 35min from Tours you can visit the Royal Château of Amboise and the Clos Lucé where Leonardo Da Vinci, the famous great artist, lived at the end of his life. He was buried in the castle’s chapel and some replicates of his inventions are exposed in his last abode at the Clos Lucé.
Chenonceau, “Château des Dames”
At 40min from Tours you can visit the Château of Chenonceau. This castle possesses the particularity of crossing the Cher River. Chenonceau is famous because it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who for the most part have marked history such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, to whom gardens have both been dedicated.
Chaumont-sur-Loire and its International Garden Festival
At 45min from Tours you can visit the Château of Chaumont-sur-Loire where each spring, summer and autumn, between April and November, a splendid show of flowers is presented, offering stimulating visual and olfactory cues. In 2016 will be held the 25th edition of the famous International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Ussé and the Sleeping Beauty
At 45min from Tours, enter the fairy tale and come and explore Sleeping Beauty’s castle. In all rooms, stairs, gardens, a character reminds you of the story, where once upon a time a princess was saved by the kiss of a charming prince...
Chambord and the double helix staircase
At one hour from Tours there is the Château of Chambord, the famous French castle visited by millions of tourists from all over the world. Its domain and architecture reminds you that you are in a Royal kingdom during the Renaissance period, when François 1st, King of France decided to build this fantastic place. At the center of the castle, an architectural curiosity can make you perplexe, the double helix staircase allows you to go upstairs without crossing visitors that are in the other helix, it’s a great opportunity to go quickly up to the terraces to see all 365 fireplaces on the roofs.
Cheverny and Tintin’s castle, Marlinspike Hall
At one hour from Tours, the Château of Cheverny will bring you back to childhood. This is where the Chevalier de Hadoque, Tintin's friend lives, you are at Marlinspike Hall. You can visit the castle, gardens, its labyrinth and its 3D Tintin exhibition with your family without any hesitation.