Château de Chenonceau

THE CASTLES AND GARDENS

The Loire Valley remained the residence of the kings of France for almost a century (15th to 16th century), leaving behind exceptional castle scattered near Tours: medieval fortresses like Chinon (recently restored), Langeais and Loches, Renaissance masterpieces like Chenonceau (the only one built with a gallery-deck on the Cher), Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise, architectural wonders like Chambord, but also Blois, Rigny-Ussé, Montpoupon, Le Rivau and more.

Immerse yourself in the history of France and its kings, Charles VII, Louis XI, Charles VIII, François I, Henry III; and its queens, Anne de Bretagne and Catherine de Medicis, its famous and at times ill-fated courtesans Agnès Sorel, Diane de Poitiers and Gabrielle d’Estrées. Visit these beautifully restored castles and saunter through some of their magnificent gardens. Regular evening entertainment during the summer.

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Allow at least half a day for each castle.

 

The birthplace of the Renaissance, the Loire Valley has some gems when it comes to plant art born from the presence of kings and sustained over the 19th century by the bourgeois who had their own castles built. These are the famous Gardens of Villandry, of course, of extraordinary beauty and complexity, attracting tourists from around the world, the Gardens of Chenonceau, so dear to Catherine de Médicis and Diane de Poitiers, Valmer, Amboise, Saint Cosme, recently renovated, not to mention the amazing Festival des Jardins of Chaumont-sur-Loire, which showcases the creativity of architects, designers and landscapers alike…

 

Allow at least half a day for each castle.