DISCOVER CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE, GAILLARD & VALMER.
A member of our staff can pick you up wherever you want.
Then you will discover the treasure of the Val de Loire Valley on a 9-seat comfy minibus.
You will first visit the prestigious International Garden festival in Chaumont sur Loire.
It has a unique panorama of landscape design all over the world since 1992. Chaumont-sur-Loire is the very embodiment of a mix between Gothic and Renaissance architectures. Catherine de Médicis, Henri II’s widow, requested Chenonceau from Diane de Poitiers in exchange of the Castle in Chaumont-sur-Loire.
You will have lunch at a restaurant where you can taste and eat some typical French and local dishes in the beautiful town of Amboise.
You will visit the Royal Estate of Gaillard, the forgotten paradise of the Renaissance in Loire Valley.
On his return from Italy in 1496, the young King Charles VIII, in love with the Italian cities and palaces, decided to recreate in Amboise the italian style.
To realize this dream, he convinced 22 Italian artists to come with him, including Dom Pacello de Mercoliano, a Neapolitan gardener monk.
He established the first gardens of the French Renaissance at Gaillard Castle and acclimated the first orange trees in France.
After 5 years of Pharaonic restoration carried out by 50 artisans of the Loire Valley, the castle is now open to the public.
The tour will end in the Gardens of Valmer flourish on an exceptional set of Italian style terraces.
The elegance of the Renaissance architecture matches perfectly with the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
It is necessary to get lost in the park of 80 hectares, between the oaks and the wild cherry trees, before discovering the magnificent vegetable garden where there are more than 1000 varieties of plants!
The gardens of the chateau de Valmer combine grandiosity and intimacy. Balustrades, statues, columns, staircases and water jets follow one another creating spaces with varied atmospheres.
At the end of this great experience, the Val de Loire staff will bring you back to the departure place.