This full-day tour will take you on a visit of Chenonceau, Amboise, Cheverny and Chambord
During this full-day your driver/guide will drive you to the 4 following castles where you will be able to visit the castles on your own:
Built on the river Cher where the unique beauty of its architecture reflects in the water the Chateau de Chenonceau is the Val de Loire s finial. The lovely surroundings the formal garden and the park surrounding it add to the impression of delicate grace emanating from the castle. Chenonceau is not only remarkable for its architecture and history but also for the fine quality of its collections as can be seen from the inside visit : Renaissance furniture a vast ensemble of XVI th and XVII th centuries tapestries and a great number of masterpieces.
This medieval fortress made way for a royal residence during the reigns of King Charles VIII and François I (late 15th – early 16th century). The Court and numerous men and women of letters and European artists stayed at Amboise on the sovereigns invitation as did Leonardo da Vinci for example whose tomb is placed today in the chateau s chapel. This renowned site for French history has an exceptional collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture a reference of the artistic finery in the first French Renaissance. After a visit of the Royal apartments and the imposing horsemen s tower the visit is prolonged by a stroll in the magnificent panoramic gardens overlooking the Loire river.
Unknown to many people Leonardo da Vinci lived out the last years of his life not in Italy but in France at the Clos Luce Manor house near Amboise in the Loire Valley. The park contains many working models & illustrations from Da Vinci s own designs.
The present Chateau de Cheverny is an original jewel among the more famous monuments that stretch along the Loire Valley. In fact Renaissance style did not find its place in Cheverny which is built in the purest Louis XIII classical style distinguished by an extraordinarily symmetrical architecture. Cheverny which was built in the first part of the 17th Century is a prime example of this style.
The royal Chateau de Chambord at Chambord Loir-et-Cher France is one of the most recognizable chateaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture that blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Italian structures. It is the largest castle in the Loire Valley but was built to serve only as a hunting lodge for King François I who maintained his royal residences at Chateau de Blois and Chateau d Amboise.
Price includes transportation and an English-speaking guide who will give you the background history on each castle. You can choose to get an audioguide (not included) at each castle for a more in depth visit.
Price does not include Chateau entrance fees nor lunch.
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