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Play at being an explorer at Cheverny and Valençay in the company of Tintin, Talleyrand and Napoleon

Château de Cheverny P. Aucante

As soon as you arrive, the white façade of Château de Cheverny takes you back to your childhood.

Ten thousand thundering typhoons! It's Captain Haddock's castle! But where's Tintin?

Open the door to the permanent exhibition "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" and rediscover the universe of the famous reporter created by Hergé.

Continue the visit and admire this remarkably furnished Château: the refined decoration and the 17th and 18th century furniture will delight art-lovers.

Kids and adults - don't miss the boat trip or the drive in an electric car through the large informal landscaped garden. You will also enjoy the charm of the grounds: elegantly laid out and alternating gardens of flowers, rows of vines, vegetables and fruit trees.

Between the Château and the orangery, the very contemporary Ornament Garden shows off all its shapes and colours.
Château de Valencay P. DuriezChange of setting: in Berry, the 16th-century Château de Valençay was a gift from Napoleon to the Prince of Talleyrand.

Using the audio-guide, discover this stately home and its remarkable Empire furniture.

In season, the historic shows put on by actors in costume bring the splendour of the Empire back to life: you are invited to the "conversations galantes", the "Duel de la duchesse" or the preparation of a meal for the prince's feasts.

You can also lose yourself in Napoleon's grand maze. Families can take part in a game with codes and riddles to understand the emperor.

Certain summer evenings, the Château takes on a very special form of lighting: more than 2000 candles illuminate the monument and gardens for an amazing visit.