A trip along the Loire River and its tributaries is a voyage of discovery of the finest architectural heritage left by the kings of France.Chambord
, a dream truned into reality by François I and a symbol of the French Renaissance, stands in the heart of an immense estate which is almost as big as Paris! This area lends itself particularly well to excursions: walks or bike rides, boat trips
on the Cosson - there is plenty to do. Want to observe stag and boar? Opt for an evening outing in a jeep in the company of a ranger. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, the unusual double revolution staircase will lead you to the terraces.
In summer "Chambord, rêve de lumières", a night-time sound and light fantasy show will be lighting up the façades of the Château.
Château de Chenonceau, the elegant silhouette of which is reflected in the Cher River, was the subject of a dispute between two women.
On the death of Henri II, his mistress Diane de Poitiers was forced to hand over the Château to Queen Catherine de Medici. And yet the two rivals both contributed to the magnificence of the monument, the former by ordering the five-arch bridge, to which the latter added a gallery.
Today, technology is placed at the service of the history of Chenonceau. The video version of the Ipod is ideal for those who love details, and gives people with reduced mobility a view of images, archives and architectural elements.
Another royal residence, Château d'Amboise
offers an exceptional view over the Loire River.
A popular residence for many kings, it was the setting for grand feasts organised by François I, and these can be relived in the summer with a night-time show called "A la cour du Roy François
Visit the Château and give yourself the creeps with a walk through its underground passages
. On certain summer evenings, during a walk in the garden you can hear the echoing laughter of the young princes and princesses who grew up at Amboise... It's like leafing through the pages of the History of France...