You will leave from Paris with a private car, arrive in the Loire Valley in a couple of hours and start your tour.
The first castle up is the Chateau of Azay-Le-Rideau. This castle was built during the reign of Francis I during the 16th century. Here you will find an exemplary illustration of early French renaissance architecture. The chateau is built in the middle of the Indre River, with towers, turrets, and subtle influences and features of Italian art. Examine also the collection of Flemish and French tapestries which furnish the chateau’s apartments.
Next up you will visit the magnificent Gardens of Villandry. These gardens frame the Chateau of Villandry. These gardens were known for their beauty during the Renaissance. They are constructed on three different levels: the water garden with lime trees, a decorative flower garden, and the kitchen garden. The kitchen garden covers 12,500 square meters.
During the afternoon you will depart for the Chateau of Chenonceau. This castle was built during the 16th century. It was modified by Diane de Poitiers and later by Catherine de Medici. This castle has inspired artists from the Renaissance on. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the French gardens.
The last castle is the Chateau of Chambord. Francois I built this castle in 1519. With 440 rooms this castle is very expansive and yet it was built like a fortress with Gothic roofs, turrets, and strong stone façades.
After your visit you will head back to Paris with your private car.
✓ The best time to visit the Loire valley is in summer, from April to October.
✓ In some castles, guided tours begin at specific times, whih can change troughout the year. For this reason, the order of the visits to the castles could change.
✓ Have a break and try some regional food: Rillettes, pork paté to spread on your baguette, local cheese and delicious cookies in one of the many Biscuiteries.