Villandry castle

The Villandry castle is one of the castles in La Loire, situated in the department of Indre-et-Loire, 15km west of Tours and 260km south-west of ParisVillandry is mostly known for its French gardens, rebuilt using old 14th century texts and divided between three levels. First of all is the "Garden of the Sun", then the "Garden of Water", surrounded by lime trees (which collect all of the necessary water for the gardens' irrigation and for their fountains). Finally there is an ornamental garden made up of three parts. The first part contains the "Garden of Love", the "Garden of Music" and the "Modest Garden" full of aromatic and medicinal plants. The second part is a decorative kitchen garden taking up one hectare, which produces biological produce. Finally, the third part is the Floral Labyrinth, very much appreciated by children. Finished around 1536, Villandry is the last of the great Loire valley Castles to have been built in the Renaissance. Villandry was built by Jean le Breton, minister of finances for François I, who ordered the demolition of an old 12th century fortress, the dungeons and the foundations being all that now remain. The current family of owners saved the castle from demolition and restored it, including the gardens, at the start of the 20th century. A "Wimbledon" style tennis court and "La Douce Terrasse" restaurant (which has a menu of regional cuisine and various vegetarian options), were both opened in 2012. The visit of the Villandry Castle is led by's guides during the 4 days excursion of Normandy, Saint Malo, Mont Saint Michel and Chateaux Country.

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2 Day Guided Trip to the Loire Valley Castles from Paris

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2-day sight-seeing tour to discover the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. Guided tours included: Château d'Amboise, Clos Lucé, gardens of Villandry, Château de Chenonceau, Château de Cheverny and Chambord Castle.

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3 Day Guided Trip to Mont Saint-Michel and Loire Valley Chateaux from Paris

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A 3-day sight-seeing tour to discover the Châteaux of the Loire and Mont Saint-Michel, between Normandy and the Loire Valley: the château of Langeais, Clos Lucé, the gardens of Villandry, Tours, the châteaux of Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chambord.

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Helicopter flight over the Castles of Loire

Fly aboard one of our helicopters in order to see with a different point of view some prestigious castles and sumptuous residences which make the renowned of our region.

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