DISCOVERING THE LOIRE VALLEY CHATEAUX BY MINIBUS - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS from 359€/person

From 359 EUR

An all inclusive holiday to discover by minibus (8 people) the most prestigious chateaux of the Loire Valley : Chenonceau, Amboise, Clos Luce, Azay-le-Rideau, gardens of Villandry, Chambord and Cheverny .

DAY 1
Arrival in Tours in the morning. 
Setting up at your 2 or 3 or 4 star hotel in the city centre of Tours. 

Lunch on your own expense in Tours.

1:00 pm
Meeting point at the tourist office.

1:10 pm
Departure with an air conditioned minibus with a driver for a sightseeing of 3 prestigious Loire valley chateaux ( visits on your own).
Visit of the chateau of CHENONCEAU. Built in the XVIth c., it is one of the purest Early French Renaissance style works. 
Visit of the chateau of AMBOISE. Built during the XVth and XVIth centuries by Kings Charles VIIIth, Louis XIIth and François 1st, Amboise was really the first royal residence. You will discover its French Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles. Today, the chateau still owns an exceptional collection of furniture, beautifully preserved. 
Then visit the Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise, a Renaissance style manor house, where Leonardo de Vinci spent the last years of his
life.
Back to Tours around 6:45 pm.

8:00 pm
Dinner in a city centre restaurant of Tours. 
Accommodation in Tours.

DAY 2
Breakfast.
Morning on your own for shopping ( many shops, flowers market, flee market…), or guided tour of the city ( schedule available at the tourist office) visit of the museums of Tours ( a pass for the entrances of the different museums of Tours is available at the tourist office)

Lunch on your own expense in Tours.

1:00 pm
Meeting point at the tourist office.
1:10 pm
Departure with an air conditioned minibus with a driver for a second excursion of 2  prestigious Loire valley chateaux (free visits). 
Visit the chateau of CHAMBORD. More than 4 centuries after it was built, it still mystifies one’s imagination : 156 meters of façade, 56 meters high, 440 rooms… Built as a fortress, with its keep, fortification and massive corner towers, the fantasy of the gothic style roof crowned with chimneys, turrets and dormer windows makes it look like the fantastic palaces met in novels of chivalry. 
Then, the chateau of CHEVERNY. Inhabited all year long by the owners, the estate of Cheverny belongs to the family Hurault well known people and councillors of the Kings Louis XII, François 1st, Henri III and Henri IV. 
Back to Tours around 18h45.

8:00 pm
Dinner in a city centre restaurant of Tours. 
Accommodation in Tours.

DAY 3
Breakfast

9:20 am
Meeting point at the tourist office.
9:30 am
Departure with an air conditioned minibus with a driver for a third excursion to discover 2 other major monuments of the Loire valley chateaux (visits on your own).
Visit the CHATEAU OF AZAY-LE-RIDEAU. The chateau was built on an island in the middle of the Indre river and surrounded by greenery .  
Visit the GARDENS OF VILLANDRY. You will walk through one of the most beautiful gardens in France distributed on three levels : the water garden, surrounded by a cloister made of linden trees , the ornamental garden, displaying its "love", "music" and herb gardens, the kitchen garden. 
Back to Tours around 12:30 am.
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