Chateaux Visits

Royal Citadel of Loches: Medieval and Renaissance off the beaten track, €230.
The small town of Loches in the Touraine Loire Valley is packed with history. The medieval kings of France and England lived here, Joan of Arc was here, the sorrowing Anne of Bretagne and the lovely Agnes Sorel. You won't see a modern building in the old centre of town. We will visit the Royal Apartments and the oldest castle keep in France, full of fascinating and unique graffiti and resonating with the sense of past lives.


Loches Market: Fresh local food, artisanal products, great atmosphere, €230.
Wednesday and Saturday mornings only. This popular and lively market showcases local food and lifestyle. Fruit and vegetables, pastries and breads, honey, meat, poultry, flowers, cheese, it's all here. After an hour in the market we can visit either the Royal Apartments or the Castle Keep.


Chenonceau: the most iconic of the Touraine Loire Valley chateaux, €260.
A morning or afternoon spent at the most famous of the Touraine Loire Valley chateaux. The chateau sits in the River Cher, reflected in the slow moving water and surrounded by formal gardens and peaceful parkland. You will learn about its royal occupants, their intrigues and loves, as well as the chateau's earlier humbler history and its role in world events in modern times.


Royal Chateau of Blois: the first and favourite of the Touraine Loire Valley royal chateaux, €320.
The Royal Chateau of Blois is the earliest of the famous Renaissance chateaux of the Loire Valley, and a favourite residence of many of the medieval and renaissance kings. It is like three chateaux in one because each of its wings around the main courtyard is from a different period. It's a great way to get to grips with French medieval and renaissance history.


Royal Chateau of Amboise and Eglise Saint Denis: the residence of kings and the resting place of codebreakers, €320.
This walking tour visits the Royal Chateau of Amboise and the Eglise Saint Denis. The chateau is a well known architectural and historical gem which dominates the small picturesque town. The nearby Saint Denis's Church houses some extraordinary funerary monuments, whose true history is not widely known, even by the locals.


Chinon Fortress and Chapel: those quarrelsome Plantagenets, Joan of Arc, Templars and more besides (coming soon).
Two hour tours of the chateaux of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau, Cheverny, Fougères-sur-Bièvre, Candé and the Abbey of Fontevraud can also be booked. They are 200 euros for groups of up to 6 people.