Escape to the Loire Valley and explore the truly magnificent Chateau d'Azay le Rideau

Resting on an Island in the River Indre, Chateau d'Azay le Rideau is just a short drive outside of busy Paris. Built in the early 1500's, in the Touraine Region under the reign of Francoise I, this chateau is considered to be one of the most harmonious architectural jewel of Val-de-Loire and the foremost examples of French Renaissance architecture.


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Azay-le-Rideau Castle in Loire valley


Five hundred years of history are scarcely enough to evoke the past of this castle of Azay-le-Rideau.

This famous monument evoked by Honoré de Balzac as a "cut diamond faceted set by the Indre, mounted on stilts, masked flowers" is now a must-see destination in the Loire Valley. This flagship of Renaissance architecture,


Azay-le-Rideau castle


On your private tour, you will view the fully furnished interior with detailed interpretations of each space.

You'll visit the attic where you'll learn about the structure of the building and might catch a glimpse of the mouse bats who still reside in the space above the illustrious chateau.


Inside the Azay-le-Rideau castle


Subtle alliance of French traditions and innovative decorations from Italy, it is an icon of the new art of building the Val-de-Loire in the sixteenth century.

Its landscaped park, designed in the second half of the nineteenth century, offers a real natural setting.


The gardens of Azay-le-Rideau castle


The tour will culminate in the secret garden where historic vegetables are still grown.

The gardens are designed in an English style with rolling hills, trees and natural vegetation which is a stark contrast to the formal gardens which populate the chateaus of this region.

Azay-le-Rideau Castle in Loire valley

Five hundred years of history are scarcely enough to evoke the past of this castle of Azay-le-Rideau.

This famous monument evoked by Honoré de Balzac as a "cut diamond faceted set by the Indre, mounted on stilts, masked flowers" is now a must-see destination in the Loire Valley. This flagship of Renaissance architecture,


Azay-le-Rideau castle

On your private tour, you will view the fully furnished interior with detailed interpretations of each space.

You'll visit the attic where you'll learn about the structure of the building and might catch a glimpse of the mouse bats who still reside in the space above the illustrious chateau.


Inside the Azay-le-Rideau castle

Subtle alliance of French traditions and innovative decorations from Italy, it is an icon of the new art of building the Val-de-Loire in the sixteenth century.

Its landscaped park, designed in the second half of the nineteenth century, offers a real natural setting.


The gardens of Azay-le-Rideau castle

The tour will culminate in the secret garden where historic vegetables are still grown.

The gardens are designed in an English style with rolling hills, trees and natural vegetation which is a stark contrast to the formal gardens which populate the chateaus of this region.

19, Rue Balzac, 37190, Azay-le-Rideau, Loire Valley

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm
The château is open throughout the year, except on 1st January and 25th December

Website : Azay-le-Rideau

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A glass of champagne

(Sample of menu with 5 dishes to choose from the following 6) :

To wait: Marinated Sea bream, beetroot

∝ Pan-fried duck foie gras, parsnip and prune

∝ Macaroni with black truffle, slightly gratinated

∝ Sections of roasted Sole, Salsify and condiment with Sorrel

∝ Volaille jaune en demi-deuil, vegetables of the season, Albufera sauce

∝ Contemporary Vacherin with pineapple and lime

∝ The crunchy chocolate nut of our creation in Paris

Coffee

This video does not represent the actual experience that will be offered. It's purpose is to give an idea of an enjoyable journey as an example.

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