The most iconic of the Touraine Loire Valley chateaux
A morning or afternoon spent at the most famous of the Touraine Loire Valley chateau. The chateau sits in the River Cher, reflected in the slow moving water and surrounded by formal gardens and peaceful parkland. You will learn about its royal occupants, their intrigues and loves, as well as the chateau's earlier humbler history and its role in world events in modern times.
The tour can be done as an easy day trip on the train from Paris.
We will start by approaching the famous chateau by the impressive driveway, just as the visitors of old would have done. I'll tell stories of its history before it was a royal chateau and we will go out on to the terrace of Diane de Poitiers garden to view the exterior in its entirety. This enables you to understand the chronology of the building and the history of its owners.
Then we will go inside to explore the magnificent interior. We can easily spend over an hour inside there is so much to see (especially at Christmas time when the house is decorated even more extravagantly) but finally we will emerge to visit the rest of the formal gardens and the farmyard.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Suggested by Guide: I will meet you outside the Chateau of Chenonceau visitor centre (souvenir shop and ticket office). I'll be carrying a greeting board with your name on it.
Duration: 3 hours
This is a walking tour of the chateau and grounds. Please wear closed comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet a lot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
14 euros - The entry to chenonceau is about 14 euros per person.
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Susan was very knowledgeable and interesting to listened. She brought the chateau to life telling us many intriguing details about the history of both the people who lived there and the times they lived in. I wish we could take another tour with her. The only downside is now I know I am not capturing all there is to know about other places I visit in the Loire valley. I highly recommend taking a tour with Susan.