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A weekend to see some castles of the Loire ...

"I saw in my life many beautiful buildings, but not any more beautiful or richer ... The interior of this park is filled with forests, lakes, streams, pastures and hunting grounds, and in the middle stands the building with its golden niche, its wings covered with lead, pavilions, terraces and corridors ... We left amazed, or rather, astonished"(Jerome Lippomano, Venetian ambassador, after a visit to Chambord, 1557)

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More than a week would be required to "see the castles of the Loire." But in two days, it is possible to discover some of them with charming and varied interests. We chose those to the east, between Amboise and Blois. In this toour, we have omitted those that overlook the two cities to enjoy longer and quietly those that we selected.

They are: day one
- to give honor where honor, Chambord, François I’s hunting lodge, for its architecture both rational and abundant, yet mysterious. So many kings and princes lived there, up to Henri, Count of Chambord, which aborted the last attempt to restore the monarchy by his refusal of the tricolor flag in 1871.

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Le drapeau de la République flotte sur le château royal de Chambord

- and Cheverny for its furnishings where decoration amateur will always find an idea, even in the bouquets, and for the meal of the pack of hounds at 5 pm

Façade sur jardin du château de Cheverny

the second day
- Chenonceau, the Ladies’ castle, for its outstanding collection of paintings (Primaticcio, Rubens, Van Loo, Nattier ...)

Le château de Chenonceaux vu du jardin de Diane de Poitiers

- the small castle where Leonardo da Vincy spent the last years of his life, the Clos-Luce, opposite the imposing Royal Castle,

L'entrée du Clos-Lucé

- and finally Chaumont-sur-Loire, which until the early twentieth century witnessed the splendor worthy of kings and Maharajas, with whimsical Marie Say and her husband Prince Amédée de Broglie.

La Loire vue de la terrasse du château de Chaumont

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If you can travel one day more, visit:

- Amboise, the royal castle overlooking the Loire,

- in summer, in Chaumont, the International Garden Festival at the foot of the castle,

- finally, in Blois, the castle, scene of wars between Catholics and Protestants in the sixteenth century and the assassination of the Duke of Guise by Henry III in 1588.

- To book a guided tour during which we will guide you and read the text on site, see the booking conditions and prices by clicking here

- Useful links

* To prepare your visit, see websites of National Estate of Chambord, of Château de Cheverny, that of Chenonceau, of Clos-Lucé in Amboise and finally of Castle Chaumont-sur-Loire

* For your accommodation and dinner, try to get a room overlooking the castle in the Hotel du Grand Saint-Michel at Chambord. At the time when the crowds fade away, you’ll have only for you beautiful views of the castle, the forest and could see a deer or the family of a wild boar.

Le château de Chambord vue du premier étage de l'hôtel du Grand Saint-Michel

The next night you can stay at the hotel de la Roseraie at Chenonceau, which has the charm of provincial houses, maintained with great taste and freshness. Ask the master bedroom 15 overlooking the garden.

* If you are greedy, stock up on delicious biscuits from Biscuiterie de Chambord, at Maslives, three km from the castle.

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