The Grand Hotel Tours offers program ideas to discover Tours and Castles of the Loire Valley depending on the length of your stay.
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It is often said that it is the most Italian cities of the Loire Valley. The presence of many summer transalpine tourists has also confirmed today that the Renaissance, imported from Italy, had hired here five centuries ago. Enjoy shopping and walks constructed along the banks of the Loire streets: they offer a great view of the river. For sightseeing, the Royal Castle of Amboise
, the Clos-Lucé
(house of Leonard da Vinci
) are essential. Every Friday and Sunday morning, finally settles into its walls one of the largest markets in the region.
Arches spanning the Cher through. Cherished by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, the Château de Chenonceau, remains the most visited in France after Versailles. Beautifully furnished (ah, kitchens!) This century castle can be visited with an iPod. It falls under the spell of gardens planted on either side of the dungeon ... and charming village, whose name is spelled with an "x"!
Gateway to the South Touraine, Loches is a perfect illustration of the architectural transition gradually took place in the Renaissance. Of its medieval past, the city has retained its particular fortifications, its impressive tower (44 meters) and the Saint-Ours. Of the Renaissance, Loches inherited the Logis Royal and its worked more lines. The lower town is full of charm with the City Hall and the Chancellery. Every Wednesday, the old town is hosted by one of the finest markets department.
On the road: the Indre Valley
Tours to rally from Loches, forsake the D943 between Genillé and Cormery to borrow small D17qui follows the course of the Indre. The landscapes are worth visiting and you can explore the villages of Chédigny, Azay-sur-Indre or Reignac-sur-Indre. It is often said that it is the most Italian cities of the Loire Valley. The presence of many summer transalpine tourists has also confirmed today that the Renaissance, imported from Italy, had hired here five centuries ago. Enjoy shopping and walks constructed along the banks of the Loire streets: they offer a great view of the river. For sightseeing, the Royal Castle, the Clos-Lucé d'Amboise are essential.
Tours, capital of the Loire Valley
City of Art and History, entrance of the Val de Loire, in the heart of an exceptional heritage space door ...
Tours is a really good idea to offer a "city break" a few days. Discrete deemed it a city "to live" a strong heritage of the first order and galvanized by the energy of its students. Do not miss the historic districts, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Cathedral and the Basilica which houses the tomb of St. Martin, the treasures of companionship. Stop off at the parks, discover its shopping streets, daily markets flavors and its central market.
History relates that the town would take its name from one of its former lords named Ridel or curtain. Here we discover a beautiful heart of the village and, of course, one of the greatest Renaissance Castle of the Loire Valley : the Castle of Azay le Rideau
. Feel free also to discover the cave of the valley Goupillieres the amazing museum Maurice Dufresne or terraced gardens Chatonnière.
Visit the gardens of Villandry
Purple basil, red peppers, leeks blue ... The exceptional beauty of its decorative vegetable garden is the unique gardens of Villandry, dominated by an elegant castle of the sixteenth century, nicely furnished. This famous mosaic of vegetation was restored in the early twentieth century in the Renaissance style. It is now grown in bio. Ornamental garden, water garden, garden simple, Labyrinth and Jardin du Soleil complete this unique and enchanting.
Chinon ... a name reminds gourmands the memory of a beautiful bottle-savvy faces History of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lion Heart, lovers of letters, finally, the writings of François Rabelais. Yes, that's all Chinon this: vines covering the horizon, a royal fortress that watches over a city center studs, and a zest for life faithful to that of Gargantua. Again, the city unfolds walk. We toasted focaccia here, we stop there in one of the cellars of the city or one of its terraces. In summer, the tavern offers a perspective on the walls and on the course of Vienna.
With its drawbridge working his way round and battlements, the castle built on the orders of Louis XI appears at first a defensive aspect. Place of marriage of Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII, it reveals a fine between Middle Ages and Renaissance residence with an exceptional collection of furniture and tapestries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Its beautiful park, dominated by the tower of Fulk Nerra, overlooking the Loire.
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