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  • Chambord: Skip-the-Line Château de Chambord Ticket

    1. Chambord: Skip-the-Line Château de Chambord Ticket

    The Chambord Castle was created by François I, but not as a permanent residence, as the king only ever stayed for a few weeks. Chambord is well known because of its unique and sumptuous architecture, which is imbued with the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. The castle is located in a large park of 5,000 hectares. The encircling walls are about 30 kilometers long. Chambord Castle is the most impressive castle in the Loire Valley. It has about 400 rooms, more than 80 staircases, 365 fireplaces, and an exceptional number of towers, high ceilings, pointed domes, and graceful pinnacles. You will be able to discover, among other sights, the renowned double-helix staircase: 2 staircases going around on the same side without crossing. To learn more about the Castle's history and architecture, you will have the possibility to watch a 20-minute film translated into 4 languages (English, Italian, Spa...

    Il serait bien de préciser que les objets métal tels que canif ne sont pas admis dans l’enceinte

  • Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

    2. Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

    Enjoy access to Chenonceau site and its wonderful gardens. This unusual castle was built on a bridge across the Cher River. To learn more about castle history, audio guides are available in 16 languages. The castle is located near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire department. Chenonceau castle, also known as the Chateau des Dames, is famous for the great heroines who lived there, such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. Chenonceau castle was also used as a military hospital during the First World War. Discover the rich history of this incredible fortress.

    The best chateau to see in the Loire it truly is a magical fairytale castle. And the skip the line tickets are fantastic.

  • From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    3. From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

    From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed.

    Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds.

    Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII.

    Alternatively, grab a bite and visit ...

    This was a wonderful day with a lot to see and do - from the magical castles to the wine-tasting and walking. The guide Addie was so informative and interesting, and the driver Eric was excellent. Everything was made easy. The guide gave tips on the best way to view a site so that you can maximise the visit - such as which rooms to see first and then what to do if there is still time. Because of this information, I made sure to fit in some of the things to do "at the end" - such as visiting the flower garden or the horse stables. I loved the little restaurant too in Blois, and had a relaxing lunch.

  • Loire Valley: Château Royal d'Amboise Entrance Ticket

    4. Loire Valley: Château Royal d'Amboise Entrance Ticket

    Ditch the hassle of long lines and start exploring the Château Royal d’Amboise. A place of residence for French royalty from the 15th to 19th centuries, the castle has hosted a long list of famous renaissance figures — most notably, Leonardo da Vinci, whose tomb stands in one of the Château’s chapels.  Experience a classic expression of French luxury as you wander the balconies, terraced gardens, and broad roofs, all providing a panoramic view of the famous Loire River. Explore the grounds and buildings further with the Histopad, a tablet-based experience that grants visitors a look back in time to the château in its heyday. The HistoPad technology offers a spectacular way to enrich your discovery of the royal château of Amboise. It includes 3D recreations of the Loggia, the interior decoration, and recreations of scenes from life at court. 2020 exhibitions...

    The chateau provides a self guide for you so the entry tickets were the way to go - less expensive than a tour and a tour is not required. you go at your own pace. We went early in the morning when it opened and there were no crowds

  • Clos Lucé Castle Ticket: Da Vinci Home & Science Museum

    5. Clos Lucé Castle Ticket: Da Vinci Home & Science Museum

    Learn about the history of Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces (including the Mona Lisa) during his time in France at the Château du Clos Lucé. Invited by King Francis 1st of France, Leonardo da Vinci left Italy and took up residence at the Château du Clos Luce in the autumn of 1516. Appointed "first painter, engineer and architect to the King", Da Vinci served the monarch with his talents, working tirelessly on numerous projects and imagining plans for the "ideal château". With this admission ticket, you will receive access to both the castle and park. The visit will begin in the bedroom of Leonardo da Vinci, the site where Leonardo died in 1519 at the age of 67. From the window, you can see the Saint Hubert Chapel at the Royal Castle of Amboise, which is the burial place of Da Vinci. Whilst in the Leonardo da Vinci Park, you will learn about the artistic creations and major invent...

    YOU RECEIVE A SELF GUIDE WHEN YOU ENTER, SO ENTRY TICKETS ONLY WERE THE SMART WAY TO GO. YOU CAN GO AT YOUR OWN PACE

  • Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket

    6. Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket

    The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built in the heart of Loire Valley during the reign of François I, and offers all the charm of the Renaissance. It is a 16th-century architectural masterpiece, rising up from an island formed by the Indre River, and is situated within a romantic 19th-century park. The château boasts a colorful history. In 1510, Gilles Berthelot acquired the seigneurie and fortress of Azay, rebuilding it in the sumptuous Italian style that was popular at the time. After Berthelot's relative Semblança, who had been aiding Berthelot in building his wealth in the region, was accused of embezzlement and executed, Berthelot fled. The château was then given by François I to his companion-in-arms, Antoine Rafin, and his descendants, who lived there until the 18th century, after which it fell into the possession of the Marquis Charles de Biencourt, responsible for the château's b...

  • Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

    7. Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

    Learn the secrets of the French court by taking a visit to one of the most intriguing emblems of French architecture. A favorite residence of 7 French kings and 10 French queens, the castle occupies a central place in the country's history. Throughout the centuries, dramas, plots, and power games have played out in the Royal Chateau.  With this entry ticket, visit 4 wings, go back in time to 4 different eras, and witness 4 architectural styles.  From the courtyard, a unique and majestic view opens up for you. In turn, your eyes will rest upon the 4 Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical facades. These wings constitute a unique example of French architecture. The Chateau itself is a concentration of French history’s great architectural periods. In 1854, it was classified as a historic monument. Magnificently restored in the 19th century by Felix Duban, the Royal Chateau is beautif...

  • Amboise: Caves Duhard Visit and Wine Tasting

    8. Amboise: Caves Duhard Visit and Wine Tasting

    Discover the original wines and matured vintages on offer at the house Duhard, founded in 1874. Visit their 16th-century troglodyte caves facing the Loire near the historical center of Amboise and enjoy a wine tour experience in 2 parts. First, awaken and stimulate your 5 senses and learn more about wine on the Sensorial tour. Then, travel through 150 years of wine history on the Vintages Odyssey tour of the Duhard Caves wine collection. Follow your tour with a tasting of 3 wines with a sommelier, with an optional food and wine pairing also available. After, enjoy the delicatessen boutique and purchase wines with shipping available worldwide. Tours in English take place at 12 PM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Tours in French take place at 11 AM, 3 PM, and 5 PM.

    What a brilliant tour, we knew nothing about wines and learned so much that now we can appreciate the good "stuff". Our guide was the winery owner and he was great, he had a wonderful sense of humour and was so enthusiastic about his wines and taught us a lot. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone if you want to learn about wines or even if you know a lot about them as the tasting part was fantastic.

  • Angers: Château d'Angers Fast Track Ticket

    9. Angers: Château d'Angers Fast Track Ticket

    With fast-track access, get right into this medieval castle and see the world's biggest and oldest collection of medieval tapestries. Get amazing city views from over the castle walls too! With 17 stunning and looming towers, the Château d'Angers was founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou and expanded in the 13th century. Step back in time to the refined court life in France. Wander through the magnificent traditional gardens and out to the castle moats, walk along the wall for panoramic city views. Don't miss your chance to see the world-famous Apocalypse Tapestry. Woven in 1375 of 14th-century life in France, is one of the world's best tapestries. Spanning 103m in length and housed in its own impressive room, it's the largest woven work in medieval history.

  • From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

    10. From Paris: Loire Valley Castles Full-Day Tour

    Wander through the Loire Valley's gorgeous castles and gardens. Travel along the King's Road to visit the Chambord, Amboise & Chenonceau Chateaux with our friendly driver-guide. Dine at "Au Gateau Breton," a charming 200-year old inn, for lunch. Discover the famous castles and gardens of the Renaissance with an all day tour of the beautiful Loire Valley. Let our friendly driver-guide pick you up from your Paris hotel. Visit the cradle of the Renaissance, Chateau Amboise, one of the first truly royal residences of its kind. Follow in the footsteps of the great kings of France as you view a magnificent example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Next, stop at Chateau de Chenonceau. Admire the wealth of beauty both inside and out, which makes Chenonceau the most popular chateau in France. Learn about its tumultuous history as the castle passed from Lady to Lady. Then, you will have ...

    Rami was a great guide, very creative in negotiating the inherent complexities of travel reopening, and a great resource.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 109 reviews

This was a wonderful day with a lot to see and do - from the magical castles to the wine-tasting and walking. The guide Addie was so informative and interesting, and the driver Eric was excellent. Everything was made easy. The guide gave tips on the best way to view a site so that you can maximise the visit - such as which rooms to see first and then what to do if there is still time. Because of this information, I made sure to fit in some of the things to do "at the end" - such as visiting the flower garden or the horse stables. I loved the little restaurant too in Blois, and had a relaxing lunch.

It was my dream and trip was great. I was very happy that the weather let us fly. The Crue was super they had a lot of job with preparing the balloon but they are very organized so everything was perfect. And in the end there was refreshments with champagne with sunshine in the back so it was AMAZING!!!

Here is a very well maintained Castle, which will satisfy you both inside, and in its large and beautiful gardens intended to be admired as well as to stroll quietly. Note the existence of large parking lots outside and toilets whose cleanliness must be emphasized and which are both free.

טיול יום מקסים לעמק הלואר מדריך מצוין ונופים יפים ביותר ממליץ בחום

The tour was really good and the tour guides were great.