1. From Tours: Half-Day Chambord Castle Guided Trip
Discover one of the most fascinating and beautiful castles in the Loire Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a half-day tour from Tours. Explore the Château de Chambord with a guide to learn about its history, architecture, and more. Admire the surrounding estate from the castle terraces. Meet your guide and be driven to the Château de Chambord. Upon arrival, follow your guide on a tour of the castle. Explore the main rooms, built to impress foreign visitors and ambassadors and demonstrate the power of the young King of France, Francis I (François 1er) in the early 16th century. After discovering some of the 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases the castle is home to, discover the central axis: the famous double helix staircase thought to be inspired by the world of Leonardo da Vinci. Marvel at the unusual design. Learn about the building's Italian Renaissance style. Then, head to the terraces at the top of the castle for a fantastic view of the surrounding area, including the French-style gardens. Next, enjoy some free time to discover Chambord Castle on your own before your guide drives you back to Tours.