Popular Viewing Points in Loire Valley Châteaux
Our most recommended Loire Valley Châteaux Viewing Points
1. 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...
2. From Chenonceau: Hot Air Balloon Ride above the Loire Valley
The Châteaux of the Loire Valley never ceases to enchant visitors from around the world. Just imagine drifting slowly over the architectural masterpieces in a hot air balloon guided by the winds. The Loire Valley has become one of the most popular balloon ride bases. Enjoy discovering these amazing landscapes while listening to the guide sharing his knowledge about the region. The total excursion time is 3 hours with a flight time of approximately 1 hour. This includes the balloon preparation and inflation, the flight, the traditional "toast des Aéronautes" at the landing and the return by vehicle to the starting point. Balloon flights take place at sunrise or sunset when the winds are calm, and the air is cool and stable. Join this tour today for an unforgettable experience.
3. 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.
4. Morning Tour to Villandry & Chateau de l'Islette
Meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office in Tours and travel by minivan to the Loire Valley. You will start your day at Chateau de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. Time-travel to life in France back in the 16th century. Your tour-leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau, with plenty of funny anecdotes. After that, discover Villandry's beautiful gardens as your local expert shares all his knowledge of and shows you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to the next stop: Chateau de l'Islette. This family-owned chateau is still inhabited today. Get ready for a very unusual visit, as your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms like the parent's bedroom, the kids’ corner, the family kitchen and even the bathroom! You may even get the chance to meet th...
5. From Tours: Villandry, Wineries & Family Castle
At 9:00 AM, meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office of Tours and hop in your minivan for an amazing day in the Loire Valley. Start your visit at Chateau de Villandry, a must-see château of the Loire Valley. During the tour, you will time travel to life in France back in the 16th century. Your tour leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau with plenty of funny anecdotes. Afterwards, enjoy a complete discovery of the gorgeous gardens of Villandry. Your local expert will share all his knowledge of these gardens 'à la française,' and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. The ornamental kitchen garden, the maze, the classical water garden... you'll see them all. Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to your next stop - Chateau de l'Islette - a family-owned chateau still inhabited today. Your guide will take you t...
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What people are saying about Loire Valley Châteaux
We chose the formula of a personal visit to discover this little wonder on the Cher and we were not disappointed !!! You have to go there yourself, to receive full force, this emotion around the gate of the castle. You can have read all the manuals, do not miss the little anecdotes of which the excellent guide has the secret !! Visit the park at the end of the afternoon, one autumn day (the best season!) To have the sublime images of the reflection of the castle turrets on the moat water and the sunlight on the foliage of the trees centenarians. ESSENTIAL visit. Nadine L
Despite the heat (added to the flamethrower shots to heat the air in the balloon), the ride is very pleasant. We especially regretted that there were not 1 or 2 more castles. The flight time is relatively short (an hour) whereas we believed that a longer flight time allowed to see more. The preparation is long ....
reassuring pros, a moment of happiness for my guest of 70 years
excellent 9/10, for the photo of the cup drunk in the wheat: each of my friends to whom I showed it said: ah yeah, class !!!! I recommend France Montgolfière without hesitation, and I'm ready for a more "sporty" jump now ...
Very comfortable to enter without queuing the tickets and at the same price as at the box office
A wonderful fairy tale experience
More transportation means from Romania and from Tours to this place would be welcome.