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Top Castles in the Loire Valley

By Viator, March 2018

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France’s Loire Valley is littered with fairy-tale châteaux, a legacy of the many noble families who settled here because of its strategic riverside setting and proximity to Paris. See below for the most show-stopping castles in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Loire Valley.

Chambord Castle (Château de Chambord)
Constructed by François I in the early 16th century on the site of a much more modest hunting lodge, this 440-room château is one of the biggest and most spectacular in France, offering curious visitors a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of French aristocrats of old. 

Blois Castle (Château de Blois)
This riverside castle showcases the progression of architectural trends through different epochs in its four distinct wings, which span the 13th to 17th centuries. Having played host to seven French kings, it has a storied history, as well as as an impressive on-site fine arts museum. 

Chenonceau Castle (Château de Chenonceau)
This iconic château is immediately recognizable by its arched bridge, which crosses the Cher River. Some of Europe’s most famous royal faces, including Diane de Poitiers, Mary Queen of Scots, and Catherine de Médici, have connections to the site. 

Cheverny Castle (Château de Cheverny)
While many Loire Valley châteaux have been dramatically altered and redecorated over the years, this elegant classical-style mansion has barely changed since its early 17th-century construction. The Hurault family, who have owned it for centuries, have preserved a sumptuous style of the interior, which still features original period furnishings.

Clos Lucé Castle (Château de Clos Lucé)
This 15th-century mansion is famous for having played host to Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, who resided here from 1516 until his death in 1519. See where da Vinci worked, ate, and slept, and examine models of his groundbreaking inventions.

Amboise Castle (Château d’Amboise)
Connected to Château de Clos Lucé by an underground tunnel, this royal retreat is said to house Leonardo da Vinci’s remains. Its elevated position affords wonderful views of the town and the river. 

Azay-le-Rideau Castle (Château d’Azay-le-Rideau)
Though it’s not the biggest or grandest in the valley, this Renaissance-style gray stone castle is certainly eye-catching, set on an island on the Indre River. From a distance, it almost appears to float on the water. A favorite of occasional guest Honoré de Balzac, it is also known for its grand central staircase and its collection of 16th- and 17th-century Flemish tapestries.

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Skip the Line: Chateaux de Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris, ... 
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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: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $201.72
Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris with Chambord, Chenonceau and Wine tastings, Paris, Day Trips
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Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris with Chambord, Chenonceau and Wine tastings

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Take a day tour from Paris to visit the three most famous chateaux of the Loire Valley: beautiful Chenonceau Castle and perhaps most magnificent of them all, ...  Read more

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

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Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Wine Tasting and Lunch plus St-Emilion Wine Tour, Bordeaux, Day ... 
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Wine Tasting and Lunch plus St-Emilion Wine Tour

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Enjoy wine tastings galore with this Bordeaux Super Saver, which combines two best-selling wine tours for a discounted price. In Bordeaux, taste and learn ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris, Paris, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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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.)

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Small-Group Tour to Chambord, Chenonceau and lunch at a private chateau from the town of Tours, ... 
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Small-Group Tour to Chambord, Chenonceau and lunch at a private chateau from the town of Tours

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Jump into the heart of French history by visiting the 2 most prestigious châteaux of the Loire Valley . Feel the intimacy of a lesser known private ...  Read more

Location: Tours, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Tour to Chambord, Chenonceau and lunch at a private chateau from Amboise, Loire Valley, ... 
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Small-Group Tour to Chambord, Chenonceau and lunch at a private chateau from Amboise

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Jump into the heart of French history by visiting the 2 most prestigious châteaux of the Loire Valley . Let yourself be guided by your local expert ...  Read more

Location: Amboise, France
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Small-Group Day Tour of Loire Valley: Chenonceau Amboise and Clos Lucé with Wine Tasting from ... 
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Enjoy a small group day tour in the heart of the Royal Valley: tour three of the major chateaux of the region and taste some of the excellent local wines. ...  Read more

Location: Tours, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Day Tour of Blois, Cheverny, and Chambord with Loire Valley Wine-Tasting from Tours, ... 
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Small-Group Day Tour of Blois, Cheverny, and Chambord with Loire Valley Wine-Tasting from Tours

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Explore the historic castles of the Loire Valley on this small-group day tour to Blois, Cheverny, and Chambord from Tours, France. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to ...  Read more

Location: Tours, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Chateau d'Azay le Rideau Ticket, Loire Valley, Day Trips
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The Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau was built on an island in the Indre River during the reign of Francis I. It does represent a very subtle blend of French ...  Read more

Location: Azay-le-Rideau, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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Loire Valley Day Trip to Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry with Wine Tasting from Tours, ... 
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Loire Valley Day Trip to Azay Le Rideau, Langeais and Villandry with Wine Tasting from Tours

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Enjoy a full-day tour in the heart of the Royal Valley where you will visit three of the major chateaux of the region and taste some of the excellent local ...  Read more

Location: Tours, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $201.72

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