Château d’Amboise and Château Du Clos Lucé
The royal, Renaissance-style Château d’Amboise was built in the 15th century and was a favorite of French kings. Overlooking both the picturesque town of Amboise and the Loire River, this is the first castle with what we now consider the classic, formal, well-manicured French style garden. Leonardo da Vinci was a frequent guest here (King Francis I gave him a home just a short walk away) and some of his inventions are on display. The iconic artist and inventor is also rumored to have his final resting grounds here.
So close that there is actually a tunnel that connected the two castles, is the Château Du Clos Lucé – where Leonardo da Vinci last made his home before he died in 1519. When he arrived, he brought numerous paintings with him, including the Mona Lisa. Most historians have thought the painting was mainly completed in 1506 but many believe the artist may have continued refining it as late as 1517 here at the castle.
Château de Blois
The Royal Château de Blois was home to seven kings and ten queens of France and features four wings of differing architectural styles, including Classic, Renaissance and Gothic. Built over the course of several centuries, the castle reached the height of its power between the reigns of Louis XII and Francis I. It was built over the site of the former castle which Joan of Arc passed through in 1429 and was blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before driving the English out of Orléans. There are 564 rooms, 100 bedrooms, 75 staircases and hundreds of fireplaces. It is known for its opulent décor, the stunning main spiral staircase and Catherine de’Medici’s supposed poison cabinets.
Why Reserve Our Optional Land Package in the Loire Valley
Add our 3-night Loire Valley land package to your Taste of Bordeaux river cruise! Make the most of your international airfare and indulge your wanderlust with a visit to this royal region. Marvel at magnificent châteaux in Amboise and recharge before your onward flight with a stay in a 4- or 5-star hotel in Paris.
What’s Included in Your Optional Land Package
- 2 nights at the Hotel Novotel Amboise (or similar) and 1 night at Paris Hotel Pont Royal (or similar)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Convenient transfers between your hotel and ship
- Guided tours
- The services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers – unique in the industry
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