Activities and leisure

« François I, the king chevalier »

Spectators will embark in the chivalrous universe of King François I and be treated to a knightly tournament, stunts, dressage figures, acrobatics and birds of prey. Performance takes place under sheltered bleachers in the one-time stable area which has been thoroughly renovated.

A story in six tableaux with the voice of the French actor, director and scriptwriter Jacques Weber.

 

Practical information

  • Place : In the area of the Maurice de Saxe stables, a few meters from the castle
  • Period: From April 3rd through October 3rd 2021. Performances at 11:45 A.M. and/or 4 P.M. Scheduled performances 2021.
  • And from October 23rd to November 7th (11.45 am and 3.00 pm).
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Seating capacity 500 persons (sheltered bleachers). Specific sanitary measures have been put into place for the show: seat capacity is currently 450 persons and wearing a mask is mandatory for adults and children aged 11 and over.
  • Languages : In French and summary sheets available in English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian and Chinese.
  • Group prices 2021 (from 20 persons) :
    – Adult: € 9 per person (€ 15,50 public rate)
    – Child (5-17 years): € 8, except from July 04th through August 23rd : €9

Free entrance for one driver and one guide per coach.

Special conditions available for tourism professionals, please contact us.

Reservation recommended. Information and reservation : +33 (0)2 54 50 50 40 / reservations@chambord.org

Ticket control is carried out at the entrance to the Écuries du Maréchal de Saxe. Free toilets on site.

 

This show starring the Almeria Parc riders is produced by Frédéric Sanabra of Pégase Production, a specialist in horse stunts for the movies (Marie-Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, Sa Majesté Minor by Jean-Jacques Annaud…).

 

Tasting of regional wines in a private room of the château.

In a room of the chateau reserved for private parties, participants are introduced to the diversity of the vineyard and the richness of the terroir through the discovery of 3 wines from the AOC of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny accompanied by 4 toasts of local products.

New 2021! Chambord red wine (AOC Cheverny) to be tasted!

Tasting of 3 wines:
1 white wine (AOC Cheverny)

1 white wine (AOC Cour-Cheverny).The AOC Cour-Cheverny is produced from a single variety the “Romorantin”, introduced in the Loire Valley by King Francis I and planted about thirty kilometers from Chambord, near the chateau of Romorantin.

1 red wine produced at Chambord (AOC Cheverny)

 

Just two kilometers (a little more than one mile) from the chateau, fourteen hectares (35 acres) of organic vines have been planted. As there exists conclusive evidence that in the 18th century, the chateau possessed a vineyard, Chambord has renewed its wine-growing tradition. Since 2019, Chambord has been producing homemade wine according to the principles of eco-certified agriculture, without cultivated yeasts. The grapes are hand-picked. Three wines are produced: white (Romorantin varietal), with AOC Cour-Cheverny soon to come; white (Sauvignon), with AOC Cheverny soon to come after blending with Orbois; and red AOC Cheverny (Pinot noir and Gamay). They are on sale at the two gift shops and the snack and catering areas of the chateau.

The Loire Valley is the 3rd largest appellation region in France, with a total of 85 appellations and denominations. The area has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status – one of only ten European winegrowing regions distinguished in this way.

 

This service is ideal as an aperitif before a buffet lunch.

  • Place: a privatized room of the chateau
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Period: all year round
  • Group prices 2021 (from 20 persons) : €12 per person. Special rates for tourism professionals, please contact the booking department reservations@chambord.org – tel. +33 (0)2 54 50 50 40.
  • Conditions: from 20 people. Subject to visit of the chateau.

 

An organic garden inspired by the principles of permaculture and dedicated to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables has been set up a few meters from the château on the grounds of the one-time stables.

A 5 000m² plot was created in 2019 and a new 5-hectare (12-acre) parcel designed to extend and diversify production. More than forty varieties of vegetables (comtesse de Chambord beans, squash, cabbage, zucchini, sorrel, tomatoes…) are produced in close proximity to 1400 fruit trees, aromatic and medicinal plants and commercialized via short marketing circuits.

Based on painstaking observation of nature and its setting, respect for the environment and soil health, this system of cultivation enables increased yields in small areas with minimal mechanization.

Conducted by a market gardener, the guided tour is designed to sensitize visitors to the benefits of an ecological farming approach. The cultivators will detail production methods drawn from largely forgotten 19th-century practices, the varieties produced, the tools utilized, the harvesting methods applied and short supply sales circuits. The visits ends with tasting some of the home-grown products.

  • Period: All year round
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Group prices 2021: €150 per guide.  30 people maximum per guide.
  • Languages: French english and spanish.
  • Booking necessary and according to availability
  • From 20 people. Subject to visit of the chateau.

For more information, here the presentation leaflet of the vegetable garden guided tour.

Special rates for tourism professionals, please contact the booking department reservations@chambord.org – tel. +33 (0)2 54 50 50 40reservations@chambord.org

 

  • A 4,2 km organized and signposted route
  • The most scenic vantage points on the château and its surrounding viewed without physical effort (French formal gardens, canal, English gardens, etc.)
  • Observation posts and pedagogical signs to discover the fauna and the flora.

Price: €25 per vehicle

Length: 45 min

4 people maximum per vehicle.

 

Accompanied by a nature guide, the group explores with its own coach the heart of the reserve, usually closed to the public, and discovers the history of the woodlands and the management of plants and animals. Visitors on this tour enjoy a special experience in this unspoiled natural environment with a stop at the trophy room. Around a curve in the path, they may glimpse some of the animals that live in the forest (stags, deer, wild boar, etc.).

The Domaine national de Chambord is enclosed by a 32-kilometer wall. The area covers 13,440 acres – the size of the city of Paris. It is home to an exceptionally rich variety of wildlife and is a shrine to
France’s natural heritage. Deer, wild boars and sheep, salamanders and no less than 150 species of birds or rare species of dragonflies, amphibians, chiropterans and insects cohabit with one another in this
forest showpiece, registered in the NATURA 2000 network.

 

Price: €330 per guide (one guide per coach)

Length: 1 hour 1/2

Booking necessary and according to availability.

Discover Chambord and its environs in all their dimensions: by navigating on the canal in a traditional electric “Loire” punt, by criss-crossing 12 kilometers of totally groomed and clearly marked cycling paths, deep within the forest and all around the chateau.

Prices:

Electric punt hire
5 people max. per punt
30 min • €22 per punt
1h • €30 per punt

Bicycle hire adult
1h • €7 per bike
2h • €12 per bike
4h • €18 per bike

Map of cycling and walking trails available at the reception of the chateau or upon request.

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