Loire upriver from Orleans
In this first day you will visit some chateaux and historic monuments upriver from Orleans. Gien, this little town was built atop a hill overlooking the river. It is well renowned for its earthenware factory founded back in 1820 as well as its red-bricked castle harboring the international hunting museum.....
Castles of Chambord, Cheverny and visit of Blois
True Mecca of the French Renaissance, embodiment of the royal power of François I before Louis XIV, the Chambord castle never ceased fascinating its hosts and visitors, today as much as five centuries ago.........
Chaumont castle and the town of Amboise
Overlooking the Loire River from atop a cliff, the Castle of Chaumont used to be a fortress built during the X century. Demolished by Louis XI in 1465, it was then rebuit and modified several times in the following centuries. The interiors are richly furnished and decorated......
Chenonceau castle and the old town of Tours
Erected on the Cher River, atop an old windmill’s foundation, the Chenonceau castle is a true illustration of the Renaissance era’s architecture. A ladies castle according to French history since they supervised its construction embellished it and saved it from the French Revolution’s damages.....
Castles of Villandry, Langeais, Azay le Rideau and Ussé
You will leave Tours by the riverbanks, first the Loire river’s then the Cher’s, in order to reach Villandry The chateau was erected around 1536 and is the last of the big castles built on the Loire riverbanks during the Renaissance era.....
Let the day start by a quaint visit of Chinon, an ancient medieval city that is home to numerous remains from its rich past. Located atop a hillside overlooking the Vienne River, the castle spreads over 400 meters.......
Saumur, church of Cunault, castles of Brissac, Serrant and Plessis-Bourré
Saumur is a beautiful town with a magnificent chateau overlooking the river Loire. It is one of the rare chateaux that displays 14th century architecture, what came at the end of the Middle Ages and before the Renaissance......
The town spreads on both side of the Maine region and holds a very rich architectural patrimony. The Angers castle is set atop a rocky headland, ancient Gallo-Roman site, overlooking the Maine......