The Chateaux de la Loire are the most beautiful renaissance castles in the world. Set in Loire Valley, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, theses royal castles are one hour from Paris by train, two hours by car. Great castles near Paris. Visit France.
The Loire valley combines lovely landscapes, the best castles near Paris, great wines and restaurants.
You have one day to spend in France. Go there. You have more days. Take your time, stay in a hotel near Chateaux de la Loire, visit top castles, enjoy french food and countryside.
It takes two hours from Paris to Loire Castles by A10. By train, Tours, the heart of Loire Valley, is one hour from Paris (buy tickets and rent a car).
If you have just one day, it will be easier to go on a one day tour from Paris to Loire Castles with visits of Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceaux. Information.
On the two day tour, you will also visit Amboise, Villandry and Clos Luce (not available in winter). Information.
The Loire Valley counts around 3000 chateaux, most of them interesting. The seven most beautiful chateaux are:
Amboise, a royam castle with Da Vinci grave
Azay le Rideau, an intimate castle surrouned by a pond
Blois, where France history was made
Chambord, the most prestigious castle
Chenonceaux, a bridge over the Cher river
Cheverny built in 18th century
Villandry and its beautiful gardens
The Loire Valley combines great french castles with top french wines: Cabernet and Gamay red wines, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon white wines.
Loire Valley Tours, a premium Loire Castles and Wine Tours agency, has unique one day and three days Loire Castles and Wine Tours from Paris.
In the 16th century, French kings Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francois I fought and for a short time ruled in Northern Italy.
They were greatly influenced by the Italian arts. Coming back to France, they revived French architecture, abandonning the fortresses of the past. This is called the Renaissance.
French kings and nobility also relocated to the Loire Valley, its climate and peace, where they build magnificent castles.
Shortly after his Italian patron died in 1516, Leonardo de Vinci, the painter of Mona Lisa, was enticed here by the arts loving Francois I, with the promise of a pension and comfortable residence. His and other Italian influences have left their mark in the form of the chateaux and gardens of the Loire Valley. All their energies were not however devoted to the pursuit of the arts and as many of the chateaux stories and legends will testify, they set aside much time for seductions and rendez-vous of an amorous nature.