Chateau de Chenonceau Tours

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When approaching the moat entrance to Château de Chenonceau, it may seem at first like it is not that big. But the surprise is in what's behind it – a massive gallery that spans the Cher River. In fact, a bird's-eye view would confirm that the entire castle sits squarely in the river! This 16th-century castle was built on the foundation of an existing water mill and has a history of its chatelaines making their own mark on its interior, exterior and grounds – the largest contribution coming from Catherine de' Medici, who was also responsible for showing the first fireworks in France.

After being used as a hospital during World War I and part of Nazi-occupied France in World War II (and thus bombed), today the castle is beautifully restored and receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. These visitors enjoy not only a full tour of the interior, including the gallery over the river, but also the extensive gardens and a donkey park. At night during the summer months there is also a Night Walk through the beautifully lit grounds–a must for a romantic night out.

Practical Info

Château de Chenonceau is open all year round–useful if traveling over the holidays. It opens at 9:30 am from November through March and 9 a.m. the rest of the year; closing times vary between 5 and 8 p.m. through the year, so check before planning a late visit. The base price is €11, with discounts for children and students and additional fees for audio tours. Children under 7 enter free. There are three restaurants on the grounds, ranging from high-end to cafeteria style.
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Address: Chenonceaux 37150, France
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Hours: Varies by season
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Admission: Adults €11
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Chenonceau Castle Admission Ticket

Enjoy the visit of one of the most prestigious Loire Valley castles: Chateau de Chenonceau. Renaissance masterpiece with architecture unique in the world, the castle holds a rich museum collection. Browse the Renaissance French gardens, the Flower Garden, the Floral workshop and the labyrinth. Your admission ticket will grant you direct access to the castle, the gardens and the gallery where you will be able to observe many masterpieces.
  • Duration: 2 to 6 hrs
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$16.22 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 6 hrs
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Small-Group Tour to Chambord, Chenonceau and lunch at a private chateau from the town of Tours

Visit two of the most renowned castles in the Loire Valley—aka French château country—on a day trip from Tours. Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord are known for their Renaissance architecture and picturesque riverside settings. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy views from little-known panoramic spots, and hear historical details and amusing anecdotes about the French kings and other nobles who have lived here. As a bonus, enjoy a relaxing lunch away from the crowds at a private, family-owned château.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$179.58 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux at Christmas from the town of Tours

The majestic castles, beautiful vineyards, and UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Loire Valley are even more magical at Christmastime. This private full-day tour from Tours visits three of the most popular Loire châteaux — Chambord, Cheverny, and Chenoceau — where you can admire the glittering illuminations and dine on delicious seasonal cuisine.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$231.72 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full Day Small-Group Tour of Loire Valley with Wine Tasting

Discover the UNESCO-listed landscapes of the Loire Valley, sample regional wines and cuisine, and visit two magnificent châteaux on this full-day tour. Traveling in a small group ensures a more personalized experience as you visit Chambord and Chenonceau Castles, sample regional wines and cheeses at a local winery, and enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$179.58 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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