Day Trip / Out of Town, Museums / Culture
Kid Friendly: No. The tour is suitable for children 10 years and above, especially if they have an interest in history.
Maximum travelers: 6
English (fluent), French (conversational)
The first and favourite of the royal chateaux
The Royal Chateau of Blois is the earliest of the famous Renaissance chateaux of the Loire Valley, and a favourite residence of many of the medieval and renaissance kings. It is like three chateaux in one because each of its wings around the main courtyard is from a different period. It's a great way to get to grips with French medieval and renaissance history.
This tour makes an easy day trip from either Tours or Paris.
The tour begins in the courtyard of the castle and we look at the three main architectural styles visible from there. I'll talk about the history of the building and its royal occupants. The castle was the centre of some very dramatic events in the 16th and 17th century and again in modern times. We will visit the private apartments of Francois I, Catherine de Medici and Henri III as well as the collections of fine and decorative arts held by the museum. Along the way I will talk about changes in heritage restoration and conservation practices and show you examples of past conservation work.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you either at Blois railway station or at the entrance to the chateau. I will be holding a greeting board with your name on it.
End location: I will leave you at the entrance to the chateau or at Blois railway station.
Duration: 3 hours
The tour is designed to fit in with the train schedule, so may vary slightly in length on different days or between mornings and afternoons.
This is a walking tour. Please wear closed comfortable shoes on the tour as you will be on your feet quite a bit.
I will accompany you to and from Blois railway station immediately before and after your tour if necessary. I will provide instructions on how to purchase train tickets online and other practical information.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 euros - Entry fee to the chateau is 10euros per person
Fares to and from Blois.
Entry fee (10euros per adult).
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