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Our most recommended Loire Valley Museums & Exhibitions

Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

1. Chenonceau Castle Admission ticket

Enjoy access to Chenonceau site and its wonderful gardens. This unusual castle was built on a bridge across the Cher River. To learn more about castle history, audio guides are available in 16 languages. The castle is located near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire department. Chenonceau castle, also known as the Chateau des Dames, is famous for the great heroines who lived there, such as Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis, and for the beauty of its Renaissance gardens. Chenonceau castle was also used as a military hospital during the First World War. Discover the rich history of this incredible fortress.

Puy du Fou: Multi-Day Entry Ticket

2. Puy du Fou: Multi-Day Entry Ticket

Pre-book your 2- or 3-day entry ticket and enter the legendary Puy du Fou theme park in Les Epesses where heroes are eternal. Visit with your family, loved ones, or friends and experience unique and immersive shows. Discover a natural park on more than 55 hectares of forest and witness nearly 20 impressive shows with daring staging. From Antiquity to the present day, travel through time to the rhythm of special effects, breathtaking stunts, and meticulous choreography. Tremble at the warriors of the North on their terrible Viking ships, dream in front of the unforgettable aerial ballet of 300 birds of prey, and let yourself be carried away by a moving adventure of cloak and sword. In the heart of strikingly realistic settings, you can even act out your own adventure thanks to the immersive shows. For non-french speakers, benefit from live translations on the park's mobile app. Explore four period-styled villages to admire the ancestral know-how of the craftsmen. At nightfall, extend the dream with the night show "Les Noces de Feu"

Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

3. Amboise: Clos Lucé Castle, Da Vinci Park and Museum Ticket

Learn about the history of Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces (including the Mona Lisa) during his time in France at the Château du Clos Lucé. Invited by King Francis 1st of France, Leonardo da Vinci left Italy and took up residence at the Château du Clos Luce in the autumn of 1516. Appointed "first painter, engineer and architect to the King", Da Vinci served the monarch with his talents, working tirelessly on numerous projects and imagining plans for the "ideal château". With this admission ticket, you will receive access to both the castle and park. The visit will begin in the bedroom of Leonardo da Vinci, the site where Leonardo died in 1519 at the age of 67. From the window, you can see the Saint Hubert Chapel at the Royal Castle of Amboise, which is the burial place of Da Vinci. Whilst in the Leonardo da Vinci Park, you will learn about the artistic creations and major inventions of the artist. You will enter the imaginary world of Da Vinci, seeing the world as he did in these unique grounds.

Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

4. Nantes City Card Pass: 24/48/72 Hours/7 Days Full Access

Nestled neatly on the banks of the Loire River, Nantes is a city with a lot to offer. From a weekend to 7 days, you will have full access to its greatest sites. With the convenient and flexible Nantes Pass, you'll have a chance to experience the best of the city in a fun and easy way. Nantes is a hub for culture and exploration, and with the Nantes Pass, you will have full access to over 40 attractions, museums, monuments, and public transport. Also receive discounts on shopping, entertainment, and leisure. For a taste of what awaits you, perhaps you're interested in seeing the incredible museums. Check out the Galery of the Machines de l'Ile or the Carrousel des Mondes Marins; discover some amazing sculptures based on the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci. Perhaps you'd like to visit the Nantes History Museum in the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany; everything is possible with the Nantes City Pass. If you'd like, you can also enjoy deep discount offers on leisure activities and gift shops around town. You will also have access to guided tours, river cruises, and more. There is so much that awaits you – time will simply fly by! Come and spend some time exploring this beautiful part of the Loire River valley. From the grand castles and chateaux to the splendid food and culture, Nantes can be enjoyed by everyone. Enjoy access to 50 attractions and experiences:Musée d’arts de NantesChâteau des ducs de Bretagne - Musée d’histoire de NantesLe Carrousel des Mondes MarinsLa Galerie des Machines de l’îleJules Verne MuseumMuséum d’Histoire NaturelleMusée-atelier de l’imprimerie de NantesPlanétariumLe ChronographeMusée Naval Maillé BrézéErdre River CruiseLa Toue de Nantes (boat trip and tasting)Bateau Ouch CruiseLoire Cruise: Ile de NantesCruise Estuaire Nantes Saint-Nazaire (From May to October)Tourist Train tourCity Tour BusDétours de Loire bike rentalLa Cantine du VoyagePetits voyages extraordinaires Mini-golfFloating - nautical activities (boat rentals)Ruban vert - nautical activities (March to November)Mauves Balnéaire (May to September)La SablièrePaper mill LiveauChâteau de GoulaineChâteau de La FrémoireMusée du Vignoble NantaisLa Garenne Lemot EstateCafé de la BrancheLittle Atlantique BreweryLa Fraiseraie RestaurantLa Cigale Brasserie La Guinguette Restaurant and BarChâteau de ClissonClisson tourChâteau du CoingSubmarine Espadon and Saint-Nazaire Heritage MuseumStation Nuage / Cloud Station (May to September)Le Caveau du Porte-VueTerre d’EstuaireEscal’ AtlanticEOL Centre éolien Saint-NazaireChâteau de ChâteaubriantLe Voyage à Nantes reception officeAudio-guided routes in Nantes (available in English, French, and Spanish)

Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

5. Blois: Chateau de Blois Entry Ticket

Learn the secrets of the French court by taking a visit to one of the most intriguing emblems of French architecture. A favorite residence of 7 French kings and 10 French queens, the castle occupies a central place in the country's history. Throughout the centuries, dramas, plots, and power games have played out in the Royal Chateau.  With this entry ticket, visit 4 wings, go back in time to 4 different eras, and witness 4 architectural styles.  From the courtyard, a unique and majestic view opens up for you. In turn, your eyes will rest upon the 4 Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, and Classical facades. These wings constitute a unique example of French architecture. The Chateau itself is a concentration of French history’s great architectural periods. In 1854, it was classified as a historic monument. Magnificently restored in the 19th century by Felix Duban, the Royal Chateau is beautifully furnished, decorated, and filled with color. From the tiled floors to the wood panels it is a feast for the eyes. Once inside, enter the Blois Fine Arts Museum, classed as a Museum of France. Perouse a wealth of more than 35,000 works with masterpieces by Ingres, Rubens, and Boucher. Take in an incredible view of the Loire river and the beautiful old town. The Royal Chateau offers a wide choice of original and stunning events throughout the year. From major exhibitions and classical fencing displays in summer, evening events lit by electric torches in the winter to behind-the-doors tours and Renaissance balls.  After your visit, take a few steps and see the shops, bars, and restaurants that liven up Blois in summer and winter. Stroll through the streets, alleys, and remarkable gardens.

La Rochelle: City Attraction and Public Transport Pass

6. La Rochelle: City Attraction and Public Transport Pass

Grab La Rochelle Ocean Pass for your tour around Nouvelle-Aquitaine and access over 30 attractions and the public transport network with one ticket on your phone. Go from the islands of Oleron and Aix to Rochefort, Marais Poitevin, and South Vendée, with La Rochelle in the region's heart. Enter historical landmarks like the Towers of La Rochelle, St. Martin’s Church, Melusine Tower, Rochefort Transport Bridge, Fort Liédot, and La Rochelle’s World War II Bunker. Take a boat trip from Cardinaud pier, a morning catamaran tour, or a cruise to Fort Boyard with island views. Peruse La Rochelle’s famous museums like the New World Museum in an 18th-century private mansion, the Maritime Museum, and the House of the Master of Dikes eco-museum. Venture to nearby towns and visit the Rochefort Hebre Museum or take a guided tour of Brouage and learn about the region’s heritage. Enjoy discounted admission to La Rochelle’s aquarium, Accrobranche, the castles of La Roche Courbon and De Terre Neuve, and a distillery tour at Cognac Normandin-Mercier. Take discounted tours of the towns and villages with or without a guide by bike, canoe, paddle-board, segway, and scooter. Download the app and enter your code to find all these options and more.

Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art Full Access

7. Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art Full Access

Enjoy full access to the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art, a radical, committed, living place in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just 2 hours from Paris. Explore the museum's permanent collection comprised of the world's largest collection of works from the Art & Language movement, a pioneer of conceptual art. Installed in a château of the Loire Valley, the museum has the architecture, collection, and exhibition spaces that place it among the best international institutions dedicated to contemporary art. The cultural program is a mirror of the creative wealth of contemporary artists; Innovative and experimental, it is organized around temporary exhibitions, events, concerts, talks, and performances. Your access to the museum allows you to explore the richness of its permanent collection that includes videos, installations, paintings, and sculptures, and to discover the current temporary exhibition. The ticket also gives you access to the château's terrace that offers a panoramic view of the Loire River.

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What people are saying about Loire Valley

this was a timed entrance and valuable to have the GYG tickets in hand in advance. Lots of walking - to be expected - but well laid out and lots of history provided in the printed guide - a must to have in hand. We toured the gardens and took advantage of a bench with a view to relax and take it all in. A gem not to be missed and GYG tickets really helped make it all smooth.

Very easy to get in line and go right to the "ticketed" line inside. We did have to stand outside for a little bit but once inside, we were directed to a Skip the Line attendant. However, we could not reserve an audio guide because ticket didn't allow this ahead of time. Good self-tour and I was happy we had advance Skip the Line tickets.

My whole family really enjoyed spending the afternoon at Château du Clos Lucé. My two year old daughter loved the VR recording of Davinci and Francis I as well as the kids play area and playing around with Davinci's inventions. The staff everywhere was friendly and helpful which made the day relaxed and enjoyable.

This was a worthwhile stop. No covid protocols in place if you are concerned.

Amazing place, I learned a lot and enjoyed very much