Half Day Walking Tour of Chenonceau

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Tour Number

Activity Level

153783


Categories

Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town

Details

Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for children 10 years and above, especially if they have an interest in history.

Friendly: No.
There are stairs in the chateau but the main staircase is not too steep and narrow. There are opportunities to sit in several rooms and in the garden if you wish to. Garden paths are gravel and level.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (conversational)

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.

Itinerary

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

Transportation

This is a walking tour of the chateau and grounds. Please wear closed comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet a lot.

What’s Included

Other: Fully guided tour of the exterior and interior of the chateau and grounds.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

14 euros - The entry to chenonceau is about 14 euros per person.

What’s Extra

Other: - Admission fees to chateau
- Fares to and from Chenonceaux. I will provide instructions for purchasing train tickets prior to your visit. Otherwise you can purchase tickets on the day (but it saves time and money to have pre-purchased).

* If you are looking for a step on guide for a bus tour please message me for a quote.

A Recent Review of this tour

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.
Dana Pepper

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  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    153783


    Categories

    Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town

    Details

    Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for children 10 years and above, especially if they have an interest in history.

    Friendly: No.
    There are stairs in the chateau but the main staircase is not too steep and narrow. There are opportunities to sit in several rooms and in the garden if you wish to. Garden paths are gravel and level.

    Maximum travelers: 6

    Language(s)

    explanation

    English (fluent), French (conversational)

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