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Loire Valley Castles Tours - Day Trip from Paris


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Loire Valley Castles Tours

"Gardens of France", "Castle Valley" – any of these epithets will do for this region. The valley is one of the most poetic places in the world. About 100 castles and palaces are located in this area, it is impossible to visit all of them in one day. Due to the excursion to the castles of the Loire from Paris, you'll get an amazing opportunity to plunge into the epoch of the French Renaissance and see the architectural masterpieces of that time with your own eyes.

Duration: 12 hours.
Tour type: private
The price does not include: entrance fees
The tour is held every day


Our advantages

 Departure and return to your accommodation in Paris

 Provision of an individual minivan with air conditioning and a professional driver-guide

 Free time for a walk

Hours: every day, except 01.01, 25.12
Entrance to the castles: € 11 on the average, up to 18 years free of charge.

Official site of the Loire castles:


Excursion to the Loire castles from Paris in English

Our tour is conducted in English; during the trip we'll visit the castles of Chambord, Cheverny, Chenonceau, the town of Amboise, as well as the castle, which was Leonardo da Vinci’s residence.

Something from history of the castles of the Loire Valley

A lot of people ask how many castles are located in the Loire Valley. The answer to this question depends on how you count, as well as what we consider a castle. There are several hundreds of architectural values in this valley, ​​and each of them can be treated both as a castle and as a fortress of various eras. About 50 buildings are considered to be the castles, significant in the history, they refer to the periods of Renaissance and the Middle Ages, and the majority refers to ruins of medieval fortresses, which almost have disappeared, as well as to suburban castles of the 19th century, which at that time were the property of the bourgeoisie.

In those days, when the reins of government were in hands of the Carolingian dynasty, the fortresses first of all were built in order to protect the country against the Normans. A little later, the main reason for the rapid construction of fortresses was feudal wars. Some of the fortresses built in those glorious times had colossal proportions, for example, the fortress of Chinon has the length of 700 meters, and the famous fortress of Angers can boast of having 17 towers. All these architectural structures are considered to be the quintessence of the medieval architecture.

 In those old times the feudal system began developing in the Loire Valley. The Anjou dynasty rightfully was the oldest of all the feudal families at that time, they possessed the castles of Amboise, Langeais and Loches. Then the first medieval revolution in the construction of castles took place in the castle of Langeais, it is in this architectural structure where for the first time in the history of the construction of fortresses a donjon was built. Donjon is a tall tower with very thick walls, which had square form and later round one. It is this building that was used as a dwelling for the owner of the castle in times of peace, and during a siege served as the last bastion of defense, if the strong walls of the castle succumbed to the assault. Accordingly, the donjon was always located in the central part of the fortress. A little later, in the 12th century, they began constructing improved donjons of round shape; the advantage lay just in a circular design, such a wall is stronger and doesn’t have "dead" corners. In the 15th century, the architects of those times got a new challenge, it was necessary to build such a tower that could withstand artillery fire.

In the 15th century the Loire Valley serves as a field of action of the next revolution in the architecture of construction of castles. Even before the beginning of the Italian wars the style of Renaissance was visible in the architecture of buildings. The castle of Amboise under Charles VIII was subjected to the modernization in the style of Renaissance. The Italian wars, which were begun by Charles VIII, caused even greater influence of the fashion for Renaissance, which at that time was already practiced to the utmost extent in Italy.

Thomas Bohier begins the construction of the most exclusive castle in the Loire Valley in the town of Chenonceau. In 1515, after his return from Italy, he begins constructing a new castle on old remains of an obsolete mill, which was built as early as the Middle Ages. The mill was located on the banks of the river Cher not far from the fortress. Thomas Bohier demolished the old fortress of the medieval period, which before had belonged to the Marques family, only the donjon was not destroyed. On this place he begins a large-scale construction of a castle in the Renaissance style.

Francis I doesn’t fall behind his feudal lords and in 1518 starts realizing the large-scale project of the castle of Chambord. He invited to France the great artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, who drew a plan of the palace in the Italian style, the grandeur of which spellbinds. The main attraction of this large-scale project of those times was two not intersecting screw-type stairs that were built around the same axis.

We guarantee you that the excursion with us to the castles of the Loire will be exciting and spectacular. You yourself will feel that great epoch and will become acquainted with the culture and mode of life of the time.

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