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France tours have become popular for number of reasons, from delicious cuisine to a rich history. While there is a lot to see and do in the country, but it is especially renowned for its many beautiful castles. Some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world resides in France, and there are a few places in particular that stand out from the rest.
The Palace of Versailles is one of the most recognizable structures in France, and with an area of approximately 67,000 square meters and 2,300 rooms, it's easy to see why. It's sheer size is not the only reason you should make visiting the palace part of your tour of France, however, as its elaborate decorations and landscaping are a highlight as well. A walk down one of the of the palace's corridors will offer a glimpse at just how opulent French high society was during the 1600s. Experts estimate that the buildings houses more than 6,000 paintings and 2,000 sculptures.
Though the Palace of Versailles impresses visitors with its immense stature, others are much smaller but no less appealing. For instance, the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau, which is located in the Loire Valley, is often seen as one of the most striking examples of Renaissance architecture in France.
The Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau was completed in 1527 and sits on an island in the middle of the Indre River. Along with its famous facade, the building is highlighted by its grand central staircase, which rises in straight flights and is considered to be the oldest staircase of its kind in France.
Before leaving the country, you should also make a point to visit the Château de Chambord. Also located in the Loire Valley, Chambord is the largest chateau in the region and dates back to the 1540s.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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