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A tour of the backdrop of the French Renaissance: from Napoleon’s throne at Fontainebleau to the 440 rooms of Chambord Castle, the brainchild of Leonardo da Vinci. From the Château de Blois, where the powerful Catherine de’ Medici lived to the towers of Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years as a guest of Francis I at the Manoir du Clos Lucé, to the Château de Chenonceau, inhabited by the great rivals in love Catherine de’ Medici and Diana of Poitiers.

In cooperation with Caldana Europe Travel Tour Operator.


  • Departures: September 27.
  • Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 8 people from all over Italy
  • If the minimum number is not reached within 21 days prior to departure, the trip will be cancelled and the paid fee will be refunded
  • To reach the city of departure, as an alternative to arriving on your own, you can use the shuttle service, which operates extensively in more than 190 locations in Italy. This is a collective transportation service on vehicles such as buses, minibuses, or passenger cars (depending on the number of participants) with stops along the way for other customers to get on, according to the reservations received. On board the shuttle, seat assignment is free. It is possible to request to depart from the nearest highway exit along the scheduled line (always subject to reconfirmation based on reservations)


Meet with tour leader in Milan and begin tour by G.T. coach to Switzerland and France. Free lunch along the way. In the evening arrival at hotel located in Fontainebleau/ Nemours/ Troyes according to hotel availability. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. Dinner at hotel or restaurant. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit with guide or audio guide the Château de Fontainebleau, a grand Renaissance-style royal residence surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Château de Fontainebleau, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a favorite residence of the kings of France, the perfect setting for the festivities of the Renaissance court of Francis I. Time at leisure and free lunch in Fontainebleau. Depart for the Loire Valley, a place of great charm, where the beauty of nature, the magic of art and historical events are harmoniously intertwined. The cities and castles of the Loire Valley are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue to Blois Castle, a synthesis of the architecture and history of the Loire castles. The residence of seven kings and ten queens, it is a place evocative of the power and daily life of Renaissance courts. Here lived and died Catherine de' Medici, the "Black Queen," the mother of three kings of France and herself a queen, who was born in Florence in 1519 and married the young King Henry II. Hotel accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, visit theCastle ofAmboise, cuitorres and slate roofs dominate the Loire and the narrow streets of the old town. Here the young King Francis I moved the splendid and animated court life and surrounded himself with the greatest artists of theRenaissance. Leonardo daVinci arrived in Amboise in 1516, at the age of 64, bringing with him the Mona Lisa, Saint JohnBaptist and Saint Anne. King Francis I placed at his disposal the Manoir du Clos Lucé, just outsideAmboise, where Leonardo stayed for three years until his death on May 2, 1519. Leonardo was appointed "the King's first painter, engineer and architect." The remains of the visionary genius are enshrined in the Saint-Hubert Chapel in the chateau ofAmboise. In the afternoon, visit theClos-Lucé. In the beautiful mansion of pink brick and tuff stone, the intimacy of the genius is revealed: the room, the kitchen, the Sala delConsiglio, the chapel with frescoes painted by his disciples. Next is a visit to Leonardo Park where models of his futuristic inventions are on display. Free lunch. In the afternoon excursion to Tours, the heart of the Loire Valley. Time at leisure in the city center. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Chenonceau Castle erected in the 16th century on the Cher River and surrounded by beautiful gardens and vegetable gardens. Chenonceau owes its unique architecture to Catherine de Medici, who had the two galleries built over the river much like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Known as "the Castle of the Ladies," because it was the home of Queen Catherine de' Medici and her rival the beautiful and intriguing Diana of Poitiers, respectively wife and favorite of King Henry II. The Renaissance-style castle has a very refined and elegant style. Free lunch. In the afternoon, continue on to Chambord Castle, a true fairy-tale site. It was built at the behest of King Francis I and, probably, following some of the instructions of Leonardo da Vinci, a guest of the king at the nearby Château d'Amboise. The laying of the foundation stone in 1519 is ideally made to coincide with the beginning of the Renaissance in France. Tour of the exterior of the castle. Continuation to Fontainebleau. Arrive in the evening and settle in the hotel. Dinner at hotel or restaurant. Overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Italy via Dijon, Besançon and Switzerland. Free lunch along the way. Continue to Milan and in the evening return to the place of departure.

The fee includes / The fee does not include

  • Roundtrip travel by GT coach
  • Accommodation in three/four-star hotels in double rooms with private facilities
  • HALF BOARD treatment from dinner on the 1st day to breakfast on the last day
  • Guided tours as scheduled
  • Companion for the duration of the trip
  • Registration fee
  • Shuttle service to the starting location. Shuttle service is available at more than 190 departure locations; contact the agency if you wish to take advantage of this service for availability and cost. From Eur 39.00 to Eur 79.00 per person
  • Meals not explicitly stated in the program
  • Drinks with meals
  • Entrance fees to exhibitions, museums and sites (entrance fees for Fontainbleu Castle, Blois Castle, Amboise Castle, Clos Lucé Castle and Chenonceau Castle: €71.00 per person. Indicative fee and subject to reconfirmation)
  • Extras in general and anything not specifically mentioned under "The fees include"

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