A family storyIn 1962, a 10-year-old boy, Louis-Marie CHARDON came to play in a great exploration field.His father André CHARDON had just acquired this property to enlarge the family tree farm. Only the land on the hillside was planted with apple trees, and the area in the valley was abandoned in a jumble of brambles. Thus, little by little, Louis-Marie discovered troglodyte dwellings and the idea of putting all this back into value was born.In 1982, Louis-Marie inherited the place and immediately went to work in his spare time, in addition to his job as an arborist and discovered the 53rd and last underground refuge-Touraine known to date.15 years later, the site comes back to life ...The Troglodyte Valley of Goupillières was born and Louis-Marie CHARDON opened it to the public in 2000
Set amid the beautiful countryside of Touraine, the Château du Rivau is one of the Loire Valley’s most unique castles and a masterpiece of medieval and Renaissance architecture. This admission ticket offers flexible entrance, so you can explore the chateau at time and pace that suits you, and includes access to both the castle interiors and the stunning gardens.
Discover one of the hidden gems of the Loire Valley when you book tickets to the Royal Domain of Château Gaillard. Commissioned by King Charles VIII in the 15th century, this chateau is known for its Italianate inspiration, and for its sprawling gardens, which were planted with the first orange trees in France. Book tickets to secure your admission to the picturesque landmark; entry also includes a free guided tour (offered in French).
Save time in the stunning Loire Valley with pre-booked admission tickets to the Royal Chateau of Amboise. Get guaranteed direct access to the most legendary castle in the Loire Valley region, the palatial estate of French monarchs through the 15th to 19th centuries. Follow the footsteps of once mighty kings through terraced gardens and opulent chambers. Learn about illustrious guests like Anne Boleyn and Leonard da Vinci, whose tomb is onsite.
Get up close and personal with one of the Loire Valley’s most scenic and distinctive castles when you visit the Château de Villandry. Secure your admission before you travel, and choose a departure time that works best for your schedule. Upon arrival, you can admire the Château de Villandry’s Renaissance architecture and explore its opulent interior. You’ll also have access to its gardens, from the elegant ornamental garden to the tranquil water garden. With the Villandry app, available in five languages, you can explore at your leisure.
Cover the standout sights of the Loire Valley on this insider’s guided tour, allowing you to tick off the top attractions on a single action-packed ride. Get exclusive access to a family-owned chateau and enjoy an authentic on-site lunch, then taste your way around the wine-rich region as you learn to identify vintages like a true connoisseur. You’ll listen to fun-filled anecdotes along the way.
Home to almost 8,000 animals, including the new-born panda Yuan Meng, born in August 2017, giant pandas, kangaroos and koalas in France, the ZooParc de Beauval is a must for animal lovers. With your full-day admission ticket, enjoy a close encounter with exotic creatures like white tigers, hippopotamus, snow leopard and manatees, then watch thrilling shows, including adorable sea lions and the spectacular flight of the birds.
Gain access to Chateau du Clos Lucé and Leonardo da Vinci Park for a whole day with this admission ticket. Step back in time as you learn about the history of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s most famous inventors and artists. First explore the Chateau du Clos Lucé, where da Vinci spent the last three years of his life living. Then, move on to the park to admire some of his inventions, including flying machines, bridges, and weapons.
The Chateau d'Azay le Rideau is one of the most beautiful of the Loire Valley castles, but it can get crowded in peak season. Ensure instant access with a pre-paid skip-the-line ticket and enjoy a self-guided tour of the magnificent Renaissance castle, which dates back to the 16th century.