Visit 4 historic Loire castles in one day via high speed TGV train.
See the majestic châteaux Chenonceau, Amboise, Chambord and Cheverny.
Price: $165 ($286 with 2nd Class Rail, $361 with 1st Class Rail)
Depart Paris Montparnasse rail station in the morning via high speed TGV. An hour later you'll be over 145 miles away in the Loire Valley!
Upon arrival at the Tours rail station you'll meet our guide and begin an enchanting day discovering France's wonderful château country.
You'll visit two castles in the morning, have lunch at Chenonceau (not included) and then off to visit Chambord and Cheverny in the afternoon.
Return to Paris via the Tours rail station and be back in Paris in time for a late dinner in the lively Montparnasse area.
This tour is available everyday from April through October and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the off-season.
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Occasionally, last minute or high season rail prices will be higher than the prices listed above. We will always contact you before booking if this is the case.
CHENONCEAU - Built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher, Chenonceau was disassembled, torched, demolished and rebuilt successively from the 11th century until 1513. It's most known for the arched bridge at its base joining the château to the river's opposite bank.
A couple of centuries of crumbling disrepair was finally addressed right after World War II by the current owners (the family Menier, heirs to a chocolate-making fortune). Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited château in France.
AMBOISE - The village of Amboise is anchored by the grand Château Amboise, along the river Loire, just 20 minutes from Tours.
In recent times, the château Amboise has been partially restored and preserved, but has never returned to its 16th century glory, when Leonardo Da Vinci and Italian craftsmen lived on the grounds, building to the specifications of then King Francis I.
It's the only castle still owned by heirs to the French throne.
Chambord is the biggest Loire castle, yet was only built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I. It's been suggested, but not proven, Da Vinci had a hand in its design, but it's attributed to Phillipe Delorme.
Unique architectural features such as the minaret-like spires and grand double helix staircase add to its distinction. Onsite is the Museum of Nature and Hunting, and an especially rare collection of tapestries.
Designed by the same architect who created Blois, Cheverny has stayed in the Count of Cheverny's family almost continually since it was built in the 16th century.
Intact interiors and priceless antiques are a must-see, but the famed hunting dog kennels on the grounds are the biggest draw, open for public viewing right next to the extensive kitchen gardens.