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Loire Valley chateaux tour from Paris

Go on a reconnaissance of the Loire Valley and engage with three riverside Chateaux from the romantic Renaissance period. HIGHLIGHTS:

* Explore one of the most recognisable chateaux in the world: Chambord

* Admire the lavish interior of Cheverry Chateau

* Take in the breathtaking location of Chenonceau Castle

With guided tours of Chenonceau Castle, Cheverny and Chambord Chateaux, you have a smorgasbord of French style and country chic to engorge on. Built on the site of an old mill, Chenonceau Castle stands on the side of the River Cher. The roots of the Castle lie in the 11th century, and after that tells a chequered story of malicious fire, destruction, rebuilding, repossession, disputed ownership, periods of habitation and abandonment, use as a hospital during World War I, and as an escape route during the Second World War. Now privately owned and faithfully restored to its former glory, Chenonceau displays elements of late Gothic and early Renaissance architecture. Cheverry Chateau is renowned for its lavish interiors and collections of furniture, tapestries and objects d’art. Its ownership charts the rise, fall and restoration of French aristocracy, a reflection of the main historical periods of France. Chambord Chateau is arguably one of the most recognisable chateaux in the world due to its architectural blend of medieval and Renaissance design, giving it a quintessentially French appearance. Chambord is the most typical representation of a castle with a keep, corner towers, and a moat. It is the largest Chateau in the Loire region and boasts 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases. Instead of a tale of two cities, this tour will take you on a tale of three Chateaux! You will be enlightened, entertained and impressed by your day in Chateaux Country. With guided tours of Chenonceau Castle, Cheverny and Chambord Chateaux, you have a smorgasbord of French style and country chic to engorge on. Built on the site of an old mill, Chenonceau Castle stands on the side of the River Cher. The roots of the Castle lie in the 11th century, and after that tells a chequered story of malicious fire, destruction, rebuilding, repossession, disputed ownership, periods of habitation and abandonment, use as a hospital during World War I, and as an escape route during the Second World War. Meeting/ Pick- up point: 2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris. Duration: 12.5 hours Start or opening time: Departure at 7.15 am. Daily from Apr 1 to October 31 except on Fridays. From Nov 1 to Mar 31, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 1. End or closing time: At 7.45 pm. Not available on December 25, and January 1. Languages: Until 31st March 2014: English, French and Spanish at every departure. Japanese: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, Italian: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Russian: Thursday, Portuguese: Tuesday and Sunday, Chinese: Saturday.