Touraine Evasion

Tour Details - N° 12

AZAY LE RIDEAU – VILLANDRY – AMBOISE – CLOS LUCE – CHENONCEAU

Meeting at the tourism office of Tours 15 minutes prior departure where you’ll be welcomed by your driver

LEAVING AT 9.30

for a 30 minutes trip west of Tours to Azay le Rideau.

THE CHÂTEAU OF AZAY LE RIDEAU( visit: 1h )

Jewel of the Renaissance

In 1518, the old castle of Azay le Rideau became the property of Gilles Berthelot, a great financer of the crown. He decided to build a magnificent château there, which, to this day, is considered as one of the most elegant châteaux of the Loire Valley. The style of Azay is a reference of French Renaissance architecture thanks to its purity.

15 MINUTES TRIP TO VILLANDRY

through vineyards and apple orchards.

THE GARDENS OF VILLANDRY( visit: 45 min )

Splendor of the italian style gardens

Villandry is one of the last châteaux of the Loire Valley. It was built on the remains of a former fortress. It is mostly famous for its remarkable gardens which are considered as the most beautiful Renaissance gardens of France, mixing the creative genius of Italian gardeners with the ornamental tradition of French gardeners

30 MINUTES TRIP BACK TO TOURS

following the river Cher banks

12.30

Short free lunch break in Tours at your convenience

LEAVING AT 1 PM

and 30 minutes trip to Amboise following the river Loire and seeing numerous typical Loire Valley troglodyte homes

THE CHÂTEAU OF AMBOISE( visit: 1h )

A royal dwelling

Built on a limestone cliff overlooking the town, a lot of fortifications and defensive fortresses were built there since the gallo-roman era. In the XVIth century, it became the royal dwelling of kings Charles the VIIIth, Louis the XIIth and François the Ist. These three kings made a lot of changes in the architecture, expanding and embellishing the chateau, and making the transition between the gothic period and the beginning of the Renaissance.

5 MINUTES TRIP TO THE CLOS LUCÉ

through the quaint little town of Amboise

THE CLOS LUCÉ( visit: 1h )

The home of Leonardo da Vinci

Magnificient pink brick and limestone Manor where Leonardo Da Vinci lived the last 3 years of his life.
Man of a greater intelligence and multiple talents who was all at once painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, musician poet and scientist.
While visiting the Clos Lucé, we realise that his visionnary eye was 4 centuries ahead of his times.

15 MINUTES TRIP TO CHENONCEAU

through the forest of Amboise

THE CHÂTEAU OF CHENONCEAU( visit: 1h30 )

Chateau of the Ladies

The most famous and visited chateau of the Loire Valley was built on the river Cher in a natural surroundings where water and gardens combine harmoniously. Thanks to Catherine Briçonnet, the builder – Diane de Poitiers, the favorite lady – Catherine de Medici, the queen – and Louise de Lorraine, the widow,the chateau of Chenonceau was the setting of an incredible history full of romance and unexpected developpments.

30 minutes trip back to Tours

BACK AT 6 PM

Your driver will drop you off at the tourism office of Tours

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