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Castles in the Loire Valley

Castles in the Loire Valley
Starts from

Paris

Duration

4 Days

Transportation

By Car

Length

650 km

Guidance

Self-Guided

Categories

History and CultureUnique Locations
In this 4 days road trip, you will visit the most beautiful and the most famous French castles of the Loire valley. Some of them are listed as Unesco World Heritage sites. You will experience the French culture and learn about French history through the kings and inhabitants of the castles.
You will enjoy the French countryside in the Loire Valley with beautiful landscapes and rivers driving between castles and beautiful towns. You will also try the French gastronomy with local wines. You will stay in unique locations for the night like on the water, in a castle or in a cave style house.
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  • Visit the best Loire Valley castles and Unesco World Heritage sites like Chenonceau and Chambord.
  • Understand French history and culture while driving through the countryside along the Loire.
  • Experiment French gastronomy with local wines and stay in unique locations.

Travel Itinerary

The Favorite Castles of the French Kings
Day 1210 km3 km

The Favorite Castles of the French Kings

On the first day, you will drive from Paris to Chambord and Blois to visit 2 of the most famous French castles of the Loire Valley. Good French restaurants options and a unique place to spend the night on the water.
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Walking in Beautiful Gardens
Day 253 km754 m

Walking in Beautiful Gardens

On the second day of the route, you will enjoy not only the castles of the Loire Valley but especially the gardens. You will visit the castle of Chaumont-sur-Loire and its contemporary art and famous festival gardens. The castle of Cheverny has great gardens as well but it is famous for its best furnished interiors. It is also famous for being the inspiration of Moulinsart castle in Tintin adventures.
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On the Footsteps of Leonardo Da Vinci
Day 365 km1 km

On the Footsteps of Leonardo Da Vinci

On the third day, you will visit the most emblematic castle of the Loire Valley: Chenonceau. Then you will visit the castles of Amboise and Clos-Lucé on the footsteps of Leonardo Da Vinci, that's where he spent the last few years of his life.
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From the Loire River to the Indre River
Day 4323 km4 km

From the Loire River to the Indre River

On the last day in the morning, you will visit the city of Tours on foot along the Loire river. On the afternoon, you will drive to one of the most picturesques castles with its reflection on the water : Azay-le-Rideau, before going back to Paris.
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