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Chateau de Chenonceau

37150 Chenonceaux, France
00 33 02 47 23 90 07
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Gardens, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Beautiful country villa surrounded by a moat and inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
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los angeles
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If only we could've seen this gem without the crowds. The first two rooms on the tour was so crowded, it as almost as bad as the crowds at Versailles. Hardly any room to breathe, much less see the furnishings. Once we got through the tour, we went outside, where we very much enjoyed the grounds and the view of... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Cycled here from Amboise and left the bikes at the bike racks.. Everything is so well organised and clean and easy to understand. The castle is spectacular and the booklet absolutely brilliant. The castle is in excellent condition along with the gardens so much is open to the public and staff very helpful and polite. We hired a boat to... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

During our tour of the Loire have to put these gardens below Villandry but they are still very nice. For us we found the chateau and inside much more interesting than Villandry and surprising larger than it appears from outside. History very interesting right up to WW2, our next stop was Blois then really appreciated the link between people and... More

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Ontario Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Chenoneau is a lovely chateau and well worth a visit. It is beautiful both inside and out. We chose not to get the audio guide and found the printed booklet that was provided free of charge was very good. Once inside the chateau the guide and flow of the tour was easy to follow and you are provided with enough... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

With limited time Chenonceau was our chateau of choice and we are very glad that this was the choice we made The gardens including the maze are stunning The interior has been elegantly maintained and restored and is highly evocative of the eras of the people who lived, strategised, meditated, fought and created there The historical displays are fascinating and... More

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Sydney Australia
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our last stop for the day on a mini van tour from Tours was at the Chateau de Chenonceau, one the the most beautiful and popular chateau in the region. We arrived at 5.30pm, after the crowds had left for the day which was perfect! It gets very busy here. This is a 16th century palace that arches gracefully over... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
19 reviews 19 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was our last chateau of the day, the audio guide was a must for us. There is so much history here. Our trip continued on to Italy and this particular castle has a family history to families in Florence which as very interesting to see direct connections. We planned our arrival late afternoon to eat and tour at dusk... More

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Huntington Beach
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76 reviews 76 reviews
27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Chateau Chenonceau is (IMHO) the number one Chateau in the Loire Valley. You cannot miss this magnificent work of architecture, it's setting, plus the added value of the intrigue that is the history of this fabulous edifice. We spent several days visiting other areas of the Loire Valley and there is no question that once you have seen Chenonceau, the... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Busier than some of the other chateaus we visited the chateau is indeed impressive. Set amidst beautiful gardens in a seemingly endless forest visitors are greeted by 2 sentry sphinxes at the end of the leafy lane. Personally I would save this chateau for last if you planning on visiting others to avoid being slightly disappointed. There is a strict... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We loved this visit, it had a cosy, understated charm to it. The interior was also nicely and not turned into a tacky museum. There was something really peaceful about this place, and its halls and passages seemed to tell a story. For a more detailed account with photos, check out my blog entry: http://fatboo.com/2014/07/loire-dordogne-valley-midi-pyrenees-france.html

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