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Private Tour: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris
"After pickup from your central Paris hotel in an air-conditioned minivan relax on the scenic drive to the Loire Valley in central France. Below are the two sets of castles you can choose to visit on your private tour. Option one: Amboise Chenonceau and Chambord CastlesWith your private guide explore Château d’Amboise in the heart of the beautiful Touraine region. Learn about this fascinating Gothic-Renaissance castle that was favored by French kings and visit the Chapel of St Hubert where the famous Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci is buried.Your tour continues to Château de Chenonceau noted for its elegant regal décor that has no doubt helped to make it one of the most popular French châteaux. After touring the castle
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Private Tour: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris
"After pickup from your central Paris hotel in an air-conditioned minivan relax on the scenic drive to the Loire Valley in central France. Below are the two sets of castles you can choose to visit on your private tour. Option one: Amboise Chenonceau and Chambord CastlesWith your private guide explore Château d’Amboise in the heart of the beautiful Touraine region. Learn about this fascinating Gothic-Renaissance castle that was favored by French kings and visit the Chapel of St Hubert where the famous Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci is buried.Your tour continues to Château de Chenonceau noted for its elegant regal décor that has no doubt helped to make it one of the most popular French châteaux. After touring the castle
From EUR260.00
 
Private Tour: Loire Valley Castles Day Trip from Paris
"After pickup from your central Paris hotel in an air-conditioned minivan relax on the scenic drive to the Loire Valley in central France. Below are the two sets of castles you can choose to visit on your private tour. Option one: Amboise Chenonceau and Chambord CastlesWith your private guide explore Château d’Amboise in the heart of the beautiful Touraine region. Learn about this fascinating Gothic-Renaissance castle that was favored by French kings and visit the Chapel of St Hubert where the famous Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci is buried.Your tour continues to Château de Chenonceau noted for its elegant regal décor that has no doubt helped to make it one of the most popular French châteaux. After touring the castle
From EUR260.00

More Things to Do in Azay-le-Rideau

The Attic

They allow visitors in the attic where the charpente, or the hand-crafted wooden frame supporting the roof, has been recently restored (2010-2011) and can be viewed alongside an exhibition explaining...
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Aug 28, 2015

Royal Bedroom

The Royal Bedroom was for those rare occasions when the King was in the neighborhood. It was occupied by Louis XIII when in 1619 he visited Francesca Souvré lady of Saint-Gelais of Lansac, future...
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Aug 28, 2015

The Great Hall

As you come out of the stairs on the second floor you enter the Great Hall, where balls and feasts were once given. The salamander of François I is painted on the monumental fireplace and frieze of...
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black_mimi99
Aug 28, 2015

The kitchen

The kitchen has had the floor raised and served as a dining room in the 19th century. The large fireplace, well and stone sink had been covered with plaster and were uncovered during restoration by...
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black_mimi99
Aug 28, 2015

The Biencourt Lounge

The Biencourt Dining Room was located on the first floor. They had this very cool little case with flasks and glasses in a locking case meant to be packed up for travel.In the Biencourt Lounge it has...
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Aug 28, 2015

The Billiards Room

The Billiards Room Is decorated with Flemish tapestries from the mid-sixteenth century, the large and lush borders “crimp” short biblical scenes. All of the entrance rooms on the first floor were...
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black_mimi99
Aug 28, 2015
 
 
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Inside the Chateau

Just inside the doors is an entrance vestibule and stairwell with pendant keystones and initial “B” for Berthelot. The Grand Staircase features ornate decoration, inspired by Italian architecture,...
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black_mimi99
Aug 28, 2015

Entryway Doors of Château D'Azay Le Rideau

The entryway, which resembles a Roman triumphal arch, is decorated with the initials of Gilles Berthelot and his wife, Philippa Lesbahy, while the pediments overhanging each window bay are carved with...
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black_mimi99
Aug 28, 2015

Always visit the church

Saint Symphorien is an ancient church near the chateau, an easy walk. The facade looks very old because much of it is. Some dates back to the ninth century and is in Carolingian style, not much...
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Beausoleil
Aug 24, 2015

You go to Azay-le-Rideau for the Château

Azay-le-Rideau is one of my favorite châteaux. We visited Azay and Villandry on our first trip to France and fell in love with both. They are completely different and equally wonderful. Azay is almost...
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Beausoleil
Aug 24, 2015

Visit Chateau Azay-Le-Rideau

Beautiful inside and outside, the Chateau Azay-Le-Rideau is definitely worth visiting. It has a fairy tale feeling as you approach. You are waiting for people right out of the 16th century to walk out...
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Herkbert
Aug 13, 2011

Walk Through the Interior

The interiors have 16 & 17C furnishings, beds and tapestries. The main fireplaces bear gilded Salamanders (for Francois I).The ballroom mantel was probably carved by Goujon. Not that Francois ever...
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hquittner
Feb 21, 2009

Walk Around the Chateau

The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau is on the Indre River (a tributary of the the Loire). Its construction started in 1518 (architect E. Rousseau), adopting the new Renaissance innovations seen at Blois and...
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hquittner
Feb 21, 2009

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau: Its Exterior

“Because of the beauty of the building itself, the view of Azay-le-Rideau from the side of the Indre opposite the gate of entrance seems to me one of the most beautiful views of a perfect building,...
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von.otter
Feb 07, 2009

Top Hotels in Azay-le-Rideau

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7 Rue Balzac, Azay-le-Rideau, Loire Valley, 37190, France
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3 place de la Republique, , Azay-le-Rideau, Centre
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2 route de Villandry, Les Grandes Coutures, Azay-le-Rideau, 37190, France
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Rue Nationale, 50-52, , Azay-le-Rideau, Centre 371
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La Chapelle Sainte Blaise, , Azay-le-Rideau, Centr
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Rue Nationale,Lieu dit les Coteaux 37190, Azay-le-Rideau, 37190, France
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Top 5 Azay-le-Rideau Writers

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von.otter

"Reflections on a Château’s Reflection"
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Goner

"Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau"
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Segolily

"We loved our visit to this small gem of a chateau"
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Beausoleil

"Azay-le-Rideau, the town and the Chateau"
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hquittner

"Balzac's "Diamond Cut in Facets""
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