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  1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Château de Chambord

From Paris: Da Vinci Tour of the Loire Valley

Product ID: 223128
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Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the life of Leonardo Da Vinci with a tour through the Loire Valley. Follow in the footsteps of the ultimate "Renaissance man" by visiting the sites in the Loire Valley he helped to create.
About this activity
Duration 12 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Embark on a Leonardo Da Vinci-themed tour of Chambord, Amboise, Clos Lucé castles
  • Go back in time with the help of an augmented reality tablet in Amboise and Chambord castles
  • Have lunch in a French restaurant in Amboise
Full description
Set off for the scenic Loire Valley where famous Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci spent the final years of his life over 500 years ago. A master painter, sculptor, mathematician, and architect among other things, Da Vinci was named "Premier Painter, Engineer, and Architect of the King" by French King Francis I in 1516 and invited to stay in the Château de Clos Lucé, located near the king's own residence at Château d’Amboise.

Learn about Da Vinci's imprint on this beautiful agricultural region on a day tour from Paris. Visit the Château de Clos Lucé where Da Vinci spent his last years and check out the models of a number of machines designed by the artist before exploring the nearby Château d’Amboise, which is connected to Clos Lucé by an underground passage. 

Continue on to Château de Chambord, an incomplete but stunning example of French Renaissance architecture built during King Francis I's reign. Speculate about Da Vinci's contributions to a structure which was never attributed to a particular architect but bears the traces of the Italian Renaissance man's genius. Having designed the central staircase and the building's innovative ventilation system, Da Vinci's legacy is felt in the elaborate structure to this day.

Hear about Da Vinci's lesser-known exploits like theatrical productions, which are recorded in personal journals revealing his interest in varied subjects from mechanics and physics to anatomy and architecture. Admire his workable designs for machines like the bicycle, helicopter, and submarine that materialized only centuries later. 
Includes
  • Entry tickets to the castles
  • Use of a HistoPad tablet
  • Lunch in Amboise
  • Knowledgeable driver-guide
  • Round trip transportation by minivan from Paris
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Facing Joan of Arc golden statue on a horse. Nearest metro : Tuileries or Pyramides ( line 1 or 7 or 14)

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure time
• Tour not suitable for persons with reduced mobility
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ParisCityVision

Product ID: 223128