Have a "Renaissance" Private day as you visit three of the Loire Valley's most famous châteaux: the sophisticated Château d'Amboise, the charming Château de Chenonceau, built across the River Cher, and the majestic Château de Chambord. Board in a high class minivan for more privacy with your close ones (maximum 8 people per vehicle) escorted by a driver-guide interpreter.
Immerse yourself in the French Renaissance and experience the Loire Valley, a region of France with a unique density of Renaissance castles and manor houses where the royal court would often stay.
Set off first thing in the morning from your Paris accommodation for a unique day. Take advantage of the minibus journey to relax and listen to the commentary provided by your driver-guide. You will arrive at the Château d'Amboise at around 9:30 am.
The Château d'Amboise sits on a rocky outcrop surrounded by fortifications. In the late 15th and early 16th Centuries, it was the royal residence during the reigns of Kings Charles VIII and Francis I. Admire its wonderful collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture, explore the royal apartments, and marvel at the chapel that contains the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci. You will also have the opportunity to stroll through the beautiful gardens overlooking the Loire River itself. After a visit of around one hour, we will move on to the Château de Chenonceau.
Chenonceau, also known as the "Ladies' Castle", was built during the 16th Century and has been home to many well-known aristocratic French women, such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. In a unique position spanning the River Cher, it now bears witness to a sophisticated and typically French style of living, with elegantly furnished floral rooms, old master paintings, and antique tapestries. Spend around one hour enjoying a self-guided visit through this magnificent château as well as its grounds and ornamental gardens.
After lunch, your driver-guide will take you on to the Château de Chambord, the largest of all the Loire Valley châteaux. It was built for King Francis I of France in the 16th Century with the help of none other than the great Leonardo da Vinci. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore this spectacular château. See its extraordinary double helix staircase and panoramic terrace with a sea of monumental chimneys overlooking the château's grounds. Approximately one and a quarter hour's visiting time.
Return to your Paris accommodation is scheduled for approximately 18:45.
Assorted market products (or melon according to the season)
Chicken thigh with crawfish sauce
Iced omelet "Chenonceau"
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Audio-Guided Tour of Amboise Castle
Upon your arrival, explore the Amboise Castle with your comprehensive audio guide. Learn about the history of the famous château where King Charles VIII died in 1498.
Audio-Guided Tour of Chenonceau Castle
This unique French château, known as the "The Ladies’ Castle", sits on the beautiful River Cher and is a pristine example of late Gothic and early Renaissance architecture. Its fairy-tale architecture represents typically French style of living, with elegantly furnished floral rooms and tapestries.
Enjoy a delightful lunch at the Gateau de Breton in Chenonceaux village (winter) or Orangerie Glasshouse at the Château de Chenonceau (summer).
Audio-Guided Tour of Chambord Castle
Enjoy the distinct French Renaissance architecture of one of the most imposing castles in the Loire Valley. See the amazing double helix staircase and the château’s wide panoramic terrace with its sea of chimneys that overlook the grounds.
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The audio guide for the castles is available in the following languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.
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