One day circuit

The Châteaux de la Loire

One day circuit

Manoir Les Minimes is perfectly located at the heart of the city: spend a day discovering the beauties of Amboise and the Château de Chenonceau 16km away.

On the programme: the Château Royal d’Amboise, built in the 15th and 16th centuries by Charles VIII, Louis XII and François I, the Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci’s home, with an exhibition on his extraordinary machines, and the Château de Chenonceau, closest to Amboise and the most elegant of the chateaux of the Loire, known as the Château des Dames (Chateau of the Ladies) because it was home to Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Médicis, Louise de Lorraine…

(Transportation and site entrance tickets are your responsibility)

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Detail of the course

1. Royal Castle of Amboise

Built on the ruins of an old feudal fortress which dominated the city and the Loire.
At the start of the Renaissance, this was one of the first royal residences.
An exceptional collection of furniture and one of the finest panoramas in Val de Loire.

2. Château du Clos Lucé "Parc Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci lived out the last three years of his life in the Clos Lucé. This Manoir houses a collection of most of his inventions, made by IBM with materials from his time.

3. Château de Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau, also known as Château des Dames was built on the Cher whose waters reflect the beauty of its unique Renaissance architecture. From 1547, Chenonceau was one of the preferred retreats of Diane de Poitiers, King Henry II of France’s mistress.

4. Optional visit, Château Gaillard

Near the Château d'Amboise and the Clos Lucé, Château Gaillard was a royal property, it is one of the first Renaissance châteaux in France. 

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