tour LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES

VALLÉE DE LA LOIRE

During the tour you will discover Loire Valley (Vallée de la Loire) which is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language.


Chambord Chateau is the largest and most dramatic of the numerous chateaus in France's Loire Valley. It has 440 rooms and hundreds of fireplaces and chimneys. The building costs nearly bankrupted King Francis I. The main interior attraction is the twin, spiralling staircases, which are intertwined, double-helix style. People ascending do not encounter those descending.






Chenonceau Chateau is unquestionably the most beautiful of France's many Loire Valley chateaus. It has two connected sections. On the left is the original structure. On the right is the 16th century extension built on an arched bridge spanning the Cher River. You can take a tour through the furnished Chenonceau Chateau rooms. You see the Louis XIV sitting room, the Francois I bedroom, and the kitchens. Beyond the building are the Marques Tower, two gardens, and a wax museum. During the evening, you can enjoy a Son et Lumiere light show.

Chartres Cathedral is a magnificent medieval Gothic cathedral. It has nearly 200 bright-hued stained glass windows dating back to the 12th and 13th Centuries. The huge roseate windows above the cathedral's main entrances are particularly spectacular and justifiably world famous. The extensive windowing would have been impossible were it not for the newfound flying buttress construction method. It lowered the load-bearing responsibilities of the Chartres Cathedral walls, allowing them to be taller and full of sizeable holes for the windows. The outdoor sculptures of Chartres are almost as famous as the stained glass windows. They adorn the edifice's exterior around the doorways.

Duration:          app. 12 hours

Price:                740,- EUR

Optionals:         transport by luxury Maserati 1 300,- EUR