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France Travel Guide

Route for the Loire castles

On this tour you will see the ‘castle life’ and its real splendor from the Renaissance; some of the Castles you can consider during a tour around the Loire Valley are: Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois, Cheverny, Chaumont, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Chinon, Brézé, Saumur, Angers and here you’ll find the necessary information for an unforgettable trip in the Loire Valley. Come and beside the castles discover the nearby towns, villages, museums, parks and other specialties of the Valley.

Chambord Castle:

The largest of the Loire castles with 128 meters of facade, 440 rooms and 365 fireplaces; has all that a castle should have a keep, corner towers, and defended by a moat; and was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I.

Inside the castle you will see and use the famous "double revolution" stairs attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and among other things that make the castle an enduring attraction is the geometrical liveliness of the castle, its proportions, turrets, chimneys and skylights.

Opening hours: Open all day, all year; except 01/01, 11/11, and 25/12.
Admission: free for under 18; Rates 8.50 €; reduction 9. 50 €.

Cheverny Castle:

The castle of the Loire most beautifully furnished with its charming and refined décor is considered as an original jewel among other monuments and attractions that are situated along the Loire Valley. Was build in the purest Louis XIII classical style, that’s why is characteristic its symmetrical architecture.

Opening hours: Open all day, all year. Admission: free for under 7 years of age; Adults Rates from 7.50 € and children from 3.60 €

Chenonceau Castle:

Known as the "Château aux Dames" because much of its appeal is due to women; it was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, decorated on Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and conserved from the rigors of the Revolution by Madame Dupin.

The building is on the Cher River and its waters reflect the unique beauty of its architecture, also you’ll enjoy of the lovely surroundings, but the castle is not only famous for its architecture and history but also the richness of Sesca Collection, Renaissance furniture, a large collection of tapestries from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and a number of masterpieces of Primaticcio, Correggio, Rubens, Tintoretto, Rigaud, Nattier, Van Loo and more.

Opening hours: Open all day, all year.
Admission: Adults 10.50 € ; Children 7 to 18 8.50 €; Students upon presentation of card : 8,50 € (price for groups also)

Chambord Castle:

The largest and more extravagant of the Loire castles, considered as a masterpiece of the French Renaissance also because the great work of Francisco I. Was build to serve as hunting grounds. Terraces are accessed by stairs famous "double revolution" attributed to Leonardo da Vinci in which two people can go up or down without ever meeting.

Opening hours: Open all day, all year (9:00a.m. 19:00p.m.)

Admission: General €9.50; for 18-25 year olds and groups of over 20 people €8.50; Free for under 18s with their family.

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