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Loire Castles from Paris

By Viator, May 2014

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The gentle green landscape of the Loire Valley lies within easy reach of Paris. While not lacking in scenic vistas and historic towns, it is the region’s magnificent concentration of chateaux which make it an irresistible detour from the French capital.  

Just as the Renaissance was ushering in a new age of learning, investigation and artistic excellence, French aristocrats were following the monarch’s lead and building lavish residences on or near the Loire River, commissioning the finest architects and artisans in France and beyond.

Over 300 chateaux were built in the region, but only a handful are open for public visits. Among them is Chateau d’Amboise, which dates back to the 11th century but reached its apogee under King Francois I. He invited Amboise’s most famous non-royal resident, Leonardo da Vinci, to work there and the Italian genius is buried in the chateau’s chapel of Saint-Hubert.

Da Vinci may be responsible for one of the most compelling details of an even more spectacular chateau – Chambord – namely the double-helix staircase, where two sets of stairs interweave without meeting. Chambord’s façade is one of the Loire’s most famous, rising from a solid base and becoming more fanciful the higher it climbs, with a jumble of gable windows and towers jutting from its roof.

Meanwhile, instantly recognizable Chenonceau is one of the great monuments of the French Renaissance, suspended on arches over the river Cher and admiring its own reflection in the calm waters. The chateau’s fascinating history is dominated by powerful women.

While all of these buildings express the aspirations of different epochs, you don’t need to go further than the rambling Chateau de Blois to see a whole range of styles in one spot. Here successive monarchs left their marks without fully erasing traces of their predecessors. Blois also distinguishes itself by its location – not in grand, landscaped gardens like many in the region, but in the middle of a town.

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Loire Valley Castles Day Trip: Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 510 Reviews

Take a day tour from Paris to visit the three most famous chateaux of the Loire Valley: beautiful Chenonceau Castle, privately owned Chateau de Cheverny and, ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $216.87

Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris

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What would a trip to France be without escaping Paris for a day trip in the countryside? Take a break from the city bustle, and discover the magnificent ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Loire Valley Castles Small Group Day Trip from Paris by Minivan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

The day dedicated to "Renaissance" starts with a visit of Amboise Castle, where King Francis 1st welcomed Leonardo Da Vinci at the end of his life. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $339.62

Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris

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Enjoy a full day exploring magnificent castles in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed region in central France. After pickup from your hotel in ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $305.52

2-Day Mont St-Michel and Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

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Discover the regions of Normandy and the Loire Valley on this 2-day tour from Paris. Visit iconic Mont St-Michel and then venture through château country ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $559.22

12-Day Tour of France from Paris: Normandy, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Provence, French Riviera, Monaco and Burgundy

This epic ‘Tour de France’ shows you the country’s highlights over 12 incredible days. Traveling by comfortable coach with an expert guide, venture round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 days (approx.)

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Private Tour: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

See majestic Loire Valley castles on a full-day private tour from Paris! With a whole day to spend in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Loire Valley region with ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $340.99

3-Day Tour from Paris to Poitiers: Normandy, Mont St-Michel, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes and Loire Valley

Starting in Paris and ending in Poitiers, this 3-day tour takes you to the beautiful regions of Normandy, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes and the Loire Valley for ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

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3-Day Mont St Michel and Chateaux Country Tour from Paris

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

On this three day tour to Mont St Michel and Chateaux Country your knowledgeable guide will enthral you with local history of the area.

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $871.56

2-Day Chateaux Country Tour from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

This two day tour of the Chateaux country will take you to some of the most picturesque villages of the Loire Valley.

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $566.04

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