Touraine Evasion

Tour Details - N° 9

AZAY LE RIDEAU – VILLANDRY –
CHEVERNY – CHAMBORD

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

Leaving at 9.30 am

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 1 hour trip to Cheverny through little backroads

The château of Cheverny( Visit: 50 min )

The "Grand Siècle" style

Built in one go between 1604 and 1634, the classical white stone facade of Cheverny stands in the middle of an outstanding English Style garden. Still lived in by the same family, this chateau is an exception in the Loire Valley thanks to the unity of both its architecture and its rich inner decoration.

20 minutes trip to Chambord

through the immense forest of Boulogne

The château of Chambord( Visit: 1h30 )

The dream of a King

Chambord is the biggest of the Loire Valley Chateaux, it has 440 rooms, 365 chimneys, one monumental double helix staircase and 76 secondary staircases. In the midst of a 13000 acres parc surrounded by a 32 kilometers wall, this majestic 156 meters long building is a symbol of the climax of the Renaissance.

1hour and 15 minutes trip back to Tours

following the river Loire banks and seeing the chateaux of Blois & Chaumont sur Loire along the way

Back at 6.30pm

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

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