Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

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Château d'Azay-le-Rideau: Our most recommended tours and activities

Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket

The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built in the heart of Loire Valley during the reign of François I, and offers all the charm of the Renaissance. It is a 16th-century architectural masterpiece, rising up from an island formed by the Indre River, and is situated within a romantic 19th-century park. The château boasts a colorful history. In 1510, Gilles Berthelot acquired the seigneurie and fortress of Azay, rebuilding it in the sumptuous Italian style that was popular at the time. After Berthelot's relative Semblança, who had been aiding Berthelot in building his wealth in the region, was accused of embezzlement and executed, Berthelot fled. The château was then given by François I to his companion-in-arms, Antoine Rafin, and his descendants, who lived there until the 18th century, after which it fell into the possession of the Marquis Charles de Biencourt, responsible for the château's beautiful gardens. Having undergone an extensive restoration program, the château also offers a new experience: new highlighted collections, a dream-like tour path, mobile tour guide applications, the romantic park and so on. Not to be missed: the living room and dining room of the Marquis of Biencourt (19th century décors), the atmospheric staging of the kitchen, the new interpretation area. The sight is protected by UNESCO, and features gothic motifs, a royal apartment used by Louis XIII in 1619, stunning Renaissance ornamentation and façades that overlook the lakes, with apartments embellished with overhanging corner turrets.

From Tours/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

2. From Tours/Amboise: Azay le Rideau, Langeais & Villandry

Take a tour of the Chateau of Langeais which is a perfect balance between gardens, architecture, and contemporary art. You will be surprised by this 15th-century fortress, which contrasts with the quirky art exhibition. Its huge garden is inspired by fairy tales and cartoons. A confidential place for an original experience. Then, have a guided tour of one of the most spectacular gardens of Touraine, Villandry.  By its diversity and originality (Love Garden, Kitchen Garden, Aromatic and Medicine Plant Garden, Water Garden and the brand new Sun Garden) and by its size (15 acres, 1150 linden trees), Villandry is the Loire Valley garden not to be missed. With your guide, learn to speak the language of a medieval and Renaissance garden while discovering the power of thyme and basil on your health. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off in Tours at 5:30 PM or in Amboise at 6:15 PM.

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What people are saying about Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 43 reviews

We chose the formula of a personal visit to discover this little wonder on the Cher and we were not disappointed !!! You have to go there yourself, to receive full force, this emotion around the gate of the castle. You can have read all the manuals, do not miss the little anecdotes of which the excellent guide has the secret !! Visit the park at the end of the afternoon, one autumn day (the best season!) To have the sublime images of the reflection of the castle turrets on the moat water and the sunlight on the foliage of the trees centenarians. ESSENTIAL visit. Nadine L

Vincent was an excellent guide and source of information. The chateau were beautiful and we were given ample time at each to explore

It was the first castle we saw in the Loire and we loved it, few people and very beautiful both inside and outside

A place full of charm A bewitching castle full of life A must-see among the châteaux of the Loire