Experience the opulence of Château de Chantilly, one of France’s grandest Renaissance castles once home to the Prince de Conde, on 6-hour tour from Paris. Visit the equestrian attractions of the estate—the Living Museum of the Horse and the Grand Stables—and enjoy a Renaissance-style meal in a historical French setting. Hotel pickup and round-trip transportation are included.
After hotel pickup, depart Paris for the drive to Château de Chantilly, the family estate of the Prince de Conde.
Surrounded by picturesque forests and lakes, the Renaissance castle is an emerald in the crown of French aristocratic architecture, built in the middle of a reservoir with just once entrance across a bridge. Architects turned the castle into an expensive box of design delights with an endless kaleidoscope of visual reflections by balustrades, columns, exquisite stucco, and stone ornamentation. The grounds are just as impressive, full of sculptures by Italian masters of the Renaissance.
After visiting the castle, spend the second part of your tour at the Great Stables of the Prince de Conde. Horses have always been a big part of life at the castle; since the 17th century, Thoroughbred and draft horses were trained here for court ceremonies and other royal events. Today, the large stable is a modern equestrian center, where mares and stallions are bred, live, and train for international competitions and performances. You can also check out the Living Museum of the Horse.
Finally, enjoy a Renaissance-style meal. You'll be served a starter, main dish, dessert, and glass of wine at one of two beautiful restaurants at the castle, filled with the spirit of French history. Dishes might include French specialties like warm goat cheese salad, coquilles St-Jacques gratinée, and cocottes sucrées.
Your tour the ends with return to Paris for hotel drop-off.