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Château de Chenonceau
Château de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau

Chenonceaux, France, 37150

The Basics

Visit the Château de Chenonceau to admire the building’s beautiful design and see its furnished rooms. The interiors are decorated with the original, lavish furnishings and Flemish tapestries. Don’t miss the stained-glass chapel, the royal chambers, the library, the 196-foot (60-meter) gallery, and the gardens, which were designed by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici.

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Loire Valley Day Tour: Chambord & Chenonceau including lunch at a private castle
Loire Valley Day Tour: Chambord & Chenonceau including lunch at a private castle
$195.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect day in France
Simon our tour guide made the whole trip wonderful. He was a character,; funny, smart and accommodating. The Chateau were beautiful and the lunch was perfect.
Thomas_D, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Loire Valley

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Lovely tour, excellent guide!
sameyck, Oct 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
This tour is great for anyone who doesn't have their own transportation while in the area. Our guide for the day was Lara and she was lovely and very knowledgeable about everything we saw. Even though it was a rainy day we had a great time and were thankful for the thoughtful little touches Lara brought to our day, including the umbrellas! Thank-you again Lara, we had a wonderful time.
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Great day
Peter N, Sep 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
Everythung was perfect about the day and the guide. We did feel a bit cramped though....four couples is a bit more than the van needs. But well worth it. Daphne is a fun, high energy guide!
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Best tour in quite a long time
Cheryl K, Jul 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
The small group tour is definitely the way to go if you’re interested in a quality tour. Our guide was extremely personable, knowledgeable and was able to navigate the large summer tourist crowds quite well. The tour included a stop at a small chateau for a fabulous French lunch—Pate, quiche, salad, cheese and dessert as well as wine The total group only numbered five so there was a lot of interaction. A very special day—am so glad I had reserved the small group tour with lunch!
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Chambord and Chenonceau
Margaret_G, Jul 2018
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
We had a wonderful time! Vincent was a marvelous guide, the small group tour was informative and fun, and lunch at the private chateau was fabulous! Highly recommend.
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Great day in the Chateaux!!
PEDRO_A, Sep 2019
Loire Valley Day Tour : Chambord, Chenonceau and a Family-Owned Chateau
We found this tour on internet and we chose it because it was a small group tour. We were 5 person in the group. We’ve been picked up in Amboise a little late, but they give us the corresponding apologies (2 person never arrived at Tours). After 15 minutes driving we get to the Beautiful Château de Chenonceau. Then we have lunch in a private Château in Villesavin. The owner cooked for us an amazing french lunch!! Then we go to the stunning chateau De Chambord. After we leave, we take a petit picnic in the area. Agate was our Guide, and she was incredible!! She made the visit memorable and take care of everything that we needed. We totally recommend this trip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The château charges an entry fee; there are discounts for children and students.

  • You can opt for an audio tour narrated by an actress playing Madame Pelouze, the last woman to refurbish the castle.

  • The château has three on-site restaurants, ranging in price and style; you can also bring a picnic to enjoy by the river.

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How to Get There

The Château de Chenonceau is located in Touraine, in the Loire Valley, near the commune of Chenonceaux. You can reach Tours from Paris by train (the ride takes about 1 hour), then take the TER train from Tours to Chenonceaux. You can also drive from Paris via the A10 “Aquitaine” autoroute and exit at Blois or Amboise; the drive takes about 2 hours. There is free parking at the château.

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When to Get There

The château is open all year round from morning until the late afternoon or evening. Hours vary slightly depending on the season, so check the schedule before visiting. During the summer, visitors can enjoy nighttime walks around the illuminated grounds.

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The Women of Chenonceau

After the castle was constructed, Henry II gifted it to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who added the romantic arched bridge and the gardens. When Henry died, his widow, Catherine de’ Medici, forced Diane out, then added the gallery atop the bridge and her own gardens. The next woman to own (and alter) the castle was Louise de Lorraine, wife of Henry III. She was followed by Madame Dupin, who entertained Voltaire and Rousseau.

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Château de Chenonceau