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Morning visits in the Castle of Chenonceau
To begin the day under the sign of the discovery, enjoy the majestic castle of Chenonceau. Its exceptional architecture which extends over the Cher, the flowery gardens, his museums, will not leave you indifferent ! Called « Castle of the Ladies », the castle will enchant you with its wealthy heritage, its beautiful preservation and its decoration. If you like gardens you can also stroll through the flowerbeds of the remarkable gardens of the Castle. You can also get lost in the paths of the small labyrinth, It will amuse the younger ones. The visit will last approximately 1 hour in the Castle and for the complete visit it would last around 2 hours but if you take your time, you can easily stay half of the day !
A peaceful lunch in the Castle or in the village of Chenonceaux
For your lunch break, various restoration awaits you in the castle area. You will find the gastronomic restaurant « L’Orangerie » but also a self-service cafeteria and a tearoom. You will also find restaurants in the village of Chenonceaux such as La Roseraie, L’Auberge du Bon Laboureur, Le Relais Chenonceaux and the Hostel du Roy or Le Gâteau Breton. Here in Chenonceaux, there is something for every taste !
Relaxing afternoon and activities
Enjoy an entertaining afternoon to discover the Cher river, its banks and its beautiful surroundings
First, you can go for a walk and do the pedestrian buckle of 8 km which start at the Tourist Office, so you can get a map and information in order to discover our area Around Chenonceaux. This ideal hike for every walkers lasts approximately 2 hours/2 hours and a half and is well marked. It will take you through the village of Chenonceaux, on the Cher river banks in Chisseaux and then on the GR41 along the Cher and take you back to the starting point. Amazing !
Another possibility is to go on a cruise on the Cher river, there are various departures during the afternoon. You will board on La Gabare in Chisseaux, located at only 2 km away from Chenonceaux, and enjoy a 50min narrated tour on a boat. It’s a relaxing and pleasant moment to spend especially if you make a wish while being under the arches of the castle !
If you are looking for some more sport activity, go on a canoe tour ! You are looking for a free navigation, at your own pace, then rent a canoe for the afternoon and do a more or less long tour on the Cher river !
Finally, to end up this beautiful day, there’s nothing better than discovering the tufa stone and its well kept secrets by visiting one of our troglodytic cellar such as the cellar of Bourré (located at 15 km away from Chenonceaux). You will enjoy this charming small village with a storytelling of the origins/heritage of the tufa stone that led to the incredible architecture of the Renaissance era.
A peacefull evening
For your evening, you will find many events all year long in the area. You can also make a stop in one of the wine cellar to taste a glass of wine or even enjoy the warm and convivial atmosphere of a small guinguette (open-air tavern on the riverside).
2 days :
Unusual visit in the Castle of Montpoupon
The following morning, let’s go to the castle of Montpoupon in Céré-la-Ronde (located at 10km of Chenonceaux). This private castle knew how to go through the ages and kept its charm and its elegance. This very well furnished castle also offers a magnificent frame for walks. You will find also the museum of the Venerie, a very beautiful collection of objects, photos and memories of the hunting with hounds. Let yourselves be taken away by this majestic place, situated in the heart of a green valley. Discover the landscapes and the neighboring foot paths to enjoy the beauty of the countryside, at just 2 hours and a half from Paris. For your lunch, you’ll find delicious traditionnal and gastronomic restaurants.
Take a stroll by bike
You are looking for a short or a long stroll by bike ? Here you can enjoy a stroll through the vineyards, through fiels or along the Cher river. Get a map in our Tourist Office and find your tour (for every level), then enjoy the beautiful landscapes and a nice afternoon by bike ! You can rent any kind of bike : mountain bike, trek bike, electric bike, family bike…
Playful activity for the children
Have fun with your family in one of the amusement park : inflatables, guinguettes (open-air tavern on the riverside), big wheel, ponies… You can have a good time in family in those amusements parks and their numerous activities, only at a few kilometers from Chenonceaux !
After these two days in our beautiful Valley of the Cher, it’s time to hit the road … But don’t hesitate to come back here, there is so much to discover and you are in the heart of the Touraine !
3 days :
For your third and last day, discover the city of Amboise, on the banks of the Loire. With his three castles which are the Royal castle, the Clos Lucé and the Gaillard castle, and his houses made of tufa stone or half-timbered, you will be charmed by the dynamism which result there. And to go faster, why not take the small tourist train !
After having lunch nearby the castle, let yourself be tempted by a stroll in canoe on the Loire and discover in a funny way the last wild river of France.
Finally, to end up your stay in Touraine, taste one of the wines AOC Touraine in one of our numerous cellars in Bléré, Chenonceaux, Saint-martin-le-beau, Amboise, Civray-de-Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire or Vouvray.
See you soon in the Valley of the Cher !