Stop 1: Château de Chambord. Why not start big? Chateau de Chambord is Loire Valley’s largest chateau. Currently celebrating its 500th anniversary, there is a lot of history, along with architectural marvel, in this chateau and its grounds.
Stop 2: Château de Blois. This impressive chateau was the favorite of many French kings and queens over its history.
Stop 3: Château de Chaumont. This Renaissance-style chateau is also a museum housing works of art in its permanent collection, as well as hosting seasonal exhibitions.
Stop 4: Château de Chenonceau. This chateau has a long history of succession of powerful women since the medieval times, and is considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.
Stop 5: Château d’Amboise. Another favorite residence of French kings, Amboise Chateau Royal was also frequented by Leonardo da Vinci, whose own residence, Clos Lucé, is nearby.
Stay tuned for more on what to do and where to stay in France’s Loire Valley. In the meantime, you’ll want to pin this post to your travel planning boards!
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