Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket
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The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built in the heart of Loire Valley during the reign of François I, and offers all the charm of the Renaissance. It is a 16th-century architectural masterpiece, rising up from an island formed by the Indre River, and is situated within a romantic 19th-century park. The château boasts a colorful history. In 1510, Gilles Berthelot acquired the seigneurie and fortress of Azay, rebuilding it in the sumptuous Italian style that was popular at the time. After Berthelot's relative Semblança, who had been aiding Berthelot in building his wealth in the region, was accused of embezzlement and executed, Berthelot fled. The château was then given by François I to his companion-in-arms, Antoine Rafin, and his descendants, who lived there until the 18th century, after which it fell into the possession of the Marquis Charles de Biencourt, responsible for the château's b...
The Châteaux of the Loire Valley never ceases to enchant visitors from around the world. Just imagine drifting slowly over the architectural masterpieces in a hot air balloon guided by the winds. The Loire Valley has become one of the most popular balloon ride bases. Enjoy discovering these amazing landscapes while listening to the guide sharing his knowledge about the region. The total excursion time is 3 hours with a flight time of approximately 1 hour. This includes the balloon preparation and inflation, the flight, the traditional "toast des Aéronautes" at the landing and the return by vehicle to the starting point. Balloon flights take place at sunrise or sunset when the winds are calm, and the air is cool and stable. Join this tour today for an unforgettable experience.
Meet your guide at the tourist office in Tours and drive in a minivan to Vouvray. Discover this beautiful wine area full of passionate winegrowers. Meet a French winemaker in a charming family run estate. See the vines and visit the traditional vat room and the cellars. During this visit, you will improve your knowledge regarding wine-making and of course wine tasting. Elegant sparkling wines and white wines are produced in this area. After this first visit, explore one of the famous underground caves that were dug during the 10th century in order to extract stones and today used by a famous Loire Valley wine house for producing and storing wines. Throughout the afternoon, your guide will share his knowledge with you, to help you understand the diversity of Loire wines and its specific terroir. You will learn the different steps of wine tasting and train your nose to identify many wine ...
The tour was very well organised and a most interesting experience. We were picked up on time from the Loire Tourist Office in Tour, and taken on a picturesque drive to our first stop at the Alain Robert vineyards. We were met there by the wife of the owner who gave us an interesting insight into the growing and harvesting cycle. We then went up to the higher vineyards and sampled Vouvray wines in the beautiful countryside; wonderful! Next we went on to see the bottling process. Finally we visited the labyrinthine limestone cellars of the Bredif winery; an amazing experience! Our guide from the winery gave us a well informed and entertaining tour, which culminated in a wine tasting accompanied by tasty snacks. The 4 hour tour exceeded expectations and made us feel that we would like to spend more time exploring this region and it's wonderful countryside and viniculture.
A collection of fantastic architectural treasures, this tour takes you into the very heart of the UNESCO-listed Loire Valley. You'll begin by discovering the Cathedral Saint-Gatien, which is famous for its magnificent stained glass windows. From there you will discover other emblematic places of the city such as the Charlemagne Tower and the Horloge Tower, and two vestiges of the Basilica Saint-Martin. You'll then encounter the Place Plumereau, which is one of the most beautiful squares in France. Admire the town's many half-timbered houses, before following the Loire to Vouvray where you can see some of the area's most beautiful vineyards. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll be returned to your tour meeting point.
Meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office in Tours and travel by minivan to the Loire Valley. You will start your day at Chateau de Villandry, a Renaissance jewel ranking high in French heritage. Time-travel to life in France back in the 16th century. Your tour-leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau, with plenty of funny anecdotes. After that, discover Villandry's beautiful gardens as your local expert shares all his knowledge of and shows you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to the next stop: Chateau de l'Islette. This family-owned chateau is still inhabited today. Get ready for a very unusual visit, as your guide will take you to the most intimate rooms like the parent's bedroom, the kids’ corner, the family kitchen and even the bathroom! You may even get the chance to meet th...
At 9:00 AM, meet your guide in front of the Tourist Office of Tours and hop in your minivan for an amazing day in the Loire Valley. Start your visit at Chateau de Villandry, a must-see château of the Loire Valley. During the tour, you will time travel to life in France back in the 16th century. Your tour leader will guide you through all the rooms of the chateau with plenty of funny anecdotes. Afterwards, enjoy a complete discovery of the gorgeous gardens of Villandry. Your local expert will share all his knowledge of these gardens 'à la française,' and will show you hidden corners from where you will get the best views of the château. The ornamental kitchen garden, the maze, the classical water garden... you'll see them all. Then, get back in the minibus for a short drive to your next stop - Chateau de l'Islette - a family-owned chateau still inhabited today. Your guide will take you t...
After meeting with your guide at the meeting point, your tour to step back in time will begin. This tour is a guaranteed gateway to the Loire Valley and its castles, touring a town which is rich in art and history. Your guide will be keen to show you the area's most unusual and unique places. You will discover all the emblematic places of the city, such as the Cathedral Saint-Gatien which is famous for its magnificent stained-glass windows, the Charlemagne Tower, and the Horloge Tower. You will also encounter the two vestiges of the Basilica Saint-Martin and the Place Plumereau, which is one of the most beautiful squares in France. Your entire tour will be conducted from the comfort of a sidecar, and at the conclusion of your experience you will be returned back to your point of origin.
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Our experience on this one day tour of the Chateau region was outstanding. A little pricey as tours go, The guide that took us out for the day, Vincent, was excellent. Our group was English language and Vincent, who grew up in the region, was able to communicate very well and answer our many questions. He was an example of someone who takes his job seriously and has done much studying about French history as it relates to the Castles. This made our experience very interesting and Informative. He has a great personality and knows how to make the day enjoyable. This tour also included a wonderful hot luncheon meal at a local cafe! I highly recommend France Intense and Get your Guide.
The pick up point was in a convenient location to the train and left on time as the day was carefully scheduled to include two major chateaux, lunch and a wine tasting. Our guide, Nicholas, was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. Everything went very smoothly and enjoyably.
Awesome! Super friendly welcome, brilliant walk with all the information you need. Our companion took pictures of us on several occasions. The best of the best we recommend
We appreciated the experience of our tour guide Martine. Our tour to Chenonceau, Chambord, & lunch and wine tasting were delightful!
Marina was our guide and she was wonderful! So full of knowledge and very pleasant. Highly recommend.