This summer Kevin and I spent a few days in Paris after our Viking River Cruise. We took a few day trips out of the city to explore the French countryside. We’d heard about the beautiful castles of the Loire Valley and they were definitely at the top of our list.
We decided to take a tour with Blue Fox Travel. We didn’t really want to drive ourselves, plus I like having a guide to tell us about the places we’re visiting. We didn’t need a private tour, but I also don’t really like big bus tours with 20-30 other people.. What I loved about Blue Fox is all their tours are small group tours. The maximum number of people on any Blue Fox tour is 8. So for the same price as a giant bus tour, you get a more personalized, semi-private tour, in a luxury, air-conditioned mini bus with awesome local guides who are passionate and knowledgable about France and their history. Plus all of our tickets, audio guides, and castle admission were included in the price of the tour. I’d highly recommend them!
Here is a link to the exact tour we took.
Château de Chambord
So excited for our first castle of the day! Château de Chambord was the inspiration for the beautiful castle in Beauty and the Beast!
Inside there is a unique “double helix” spiral staircase, designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself. You can go up one side and someone can be coming down the other and you would never see each other due to its design.
The castle sits on 5,440 acres of land and contains over 440 rooms.
One thing that was really awesome about this tour….
We were able to “skip the line” and get right in the castle..
But what was really amazing…
We were given an audio guide with an iPad.
I’ve never seen anything like this before on any other tour I’ve done.
The iPad had a map of all the rooms in the castle (since there are so many!)
It would tell you where you were in the castle, and it would automatically ...