Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town
Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for children 10 years and above, especially if they have an interest in history.
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
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.
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 Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you outside the Chateau of Chenonceau visitor centre (souvenir shop and ticket office) or at Chenonceaux Chisseau railway station if you arrive by train. I'll be carrying a greeting board with your name on it. If you wish to travel to Chenonceau by train I will provide you with instructions for how to purchase tickets and other practical information.
End location: I will leave you in the visitor centre at Chenonceau, from where you can easily make your way back to either the carpark or the train station.
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.
Fully guided tour of the exterior and interior of the chateau and grounds.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
13 euros - The entry to chenonceau is about 13euros per person
Fares to and from Chenonceaux. Admission fees to chateau. 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).
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