Touraine Evasion

Tour Details - N° 12

AMBOISE – CHENONCEAU –
VILLANDRY – USSE – LANGEAIS

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 east of Tours to Amboise following the river Loire banks.

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.

15 minutes trip to Chenonceau

through the forest of Amboise

The château of Chenonceau( Visit: 1h15 )

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 to Tours

1 pm

Short free lunch break in Tours at your convenience

Leaving at 1.30 pm

for 30 minutes trip to Villandry following the river Cher banks

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 to Ussé

following the river Indre banks

The chateau of Ussé( Visit: 1h )

Sleeping beauty chateau

Overlooking the river Indre and beautiful terrassed gardens designed by Le Notre, this massive chateau is fascinating thanks to the complexity of its architecture. Charles Perrault was so inspired by the enchanting appearance of Ussé that he wrote his famous sleeping beauty tale.

20 minutes trip to Langeais

through a picturesque road winding along the Loire

The château of Langeais( Visit: 1h )

The wedding of Charles the VIIIth and Anne of Brittany

The impressive and military-looking chateau of Langeais was built in only 5 years under Louis XIth.
It is one of the most curious and interesting chateau of the Loire Valley thanks to the cohesion between its inside and outside decoration giving a very vivid impression of the XVth century atmosphere.

30 minutes trip back to Tours

on the north bank of the Loire

Back at 6 pm

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

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