Travel to France

Day 7 Sambin - Villandry - Ussé - Chinon - Sambin (208 Km.)

(in 78 Km.) Villandry: We started our last day in the Loire Valley visiting the castle of Villandry. The Chateau de Villandry, 1536, was built by John Breton, Secretary of State Francis I. His neo-Renaissance garden is the most visited in France. In 1906 Joachim Carvallo purchased the castle on the banks of the Cher River, a tributary of the Loire.


Château de Villandry

This time we visit the castle to focus solely on their gardens. We start the route going up to the balcony, located next to the forest, from which we can contemplate the view over the gardens and the village. The gardens of Villandry are now divided into four areas: the ornamental garden (dedicated to the tender love, passionate love, unfaithful love and tragic love), the water garden, the garden of aromatic and medicinal herbs and the vegetable gardens.


Château and gardens of Villandry

The vegetable garden stands out especially for the contrast of colors produced by mixing, for example, beets, squash, lettuce, fruit trees, etc.. The castle building is surrounded by a deep ditch in which they live goldfish. In the farthest corner of the gardens is a play area for children and a maze.


Villandry gardens

(in 21 Km.) Ussé: Ussé Castle highlights by the vision of its fortified towers that give the appearance of a fairy tale castle. It is said that Charles Perrault was inspired by this castle for his famous story of Sleeping Beauty. For this reason one of the towers is decorated with figures in the history of Sleeping Beauty. The castle was declared a Historic in 1931.


Château d´Ussé

(in 13 Km.) Chinon: In this town stands the castle located at the top of a hill overlooking the river Vienne. The castle is divided into three parts: the château du Milieu, Saint-Georges forum and the fort of Coudray, the thirteenth century, 25 meters high by 12 meters in diameter and two beautiful towers, the tower of the Moulin 20 meters high and the Boisy tower 10 meters higher.


Château de Chinon

The Château du Milieu is the central part of the set. The moat that separates the Fort Saint-Georges is crossed by a wooden bridge leading to a drawbridge that was replaced by a stone bridge. You enter the castle by the Clock Tower, a tower particularly flat, 5 meters in width and 35 meters high.

Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

Château d´Azay-le-Rideau

(in 21 Km.) Azay-le-Rideau: Finally we move to this town to visit his castle but it had just closed. It was built between 1518 to 1527, an example being the French Renaissance. Built on a small island in the Indre River, its foundations rise directly from the river. It is a beautiful castle with beautiful gardens.

(in 75 Km.) We come back to Sambin.