Excursion to the Loire Valley
Долина Луары If you are looking for French splendor and style, then the Loire Valley will exceed your expectations, no matter how great they are! Located just a few hours from Paris, this region was once of great strategic importance. Kings, queens, dukes and nobles came here to found feudal castles and then magnificent palaces, which is why this fertile river valley is dotted with hundreds of the richest aristocratic estates of France. Castles with jagged towers, soaring domes and glittering banquet halls, as well as villages and vineyards that surround them, testify to more than a thousand years of rich architectural and artistic activity.
The Loire Valley is also known for its outstanding wines (red, white, rosé and sparkling) and lively, sophisticated cities such as Orleans, Blois, Tours and Angers. Not surprisingly, this entire area is a huge UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Going on a tour, you will visit three famous castle of the Loire Valley: Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise.
Шамбор Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley, one of the most visited castles in France, in its beauty and magnificence it can be compared only with Versailles. Chambord was built as a hunting residence for Francis I, the castle is surrounded by a vast territory with forests and fields. The pomp of the castle are impressive at once, its silhouette is made in the Gothic style, and the interior is decorated in the style of the Early Italian Renaissance. It took 28 years to build such an impressive facility, and up to two thousand workers worked on its construction.
Шенонсо Chenonceau is one of the most elegant French castles. Magnificent furnishings, beautiful gardens, the magic of architecture and the fascinating history of the castle — will not leave anyone indifferent. The interior of Chenonceau is decorated with rare furniture and a collection of works of art, which includes works by Tintoretto, Correggio, Rubens, Murillo, Van Dyck and Ribera (be sure to find an unusual portrait of Louis XIV).
Амбуаз Amboise — the residence of the French kings from the 15th to the 19th century, its fate is inextricably linked with the history of France. Numerous literary figures and artists, such as Leonardo da Vinci, whose grave is now located here, were invited here. Now Amboise is a symbol of true luxury and French style. From the balconies, roofs and terraced gardens of the castle, visitors can admire the scenery of the Loire Valley and enjoy the views that once kings once enjoyed!