Rendez-vous in the Loire Valley

  • Blois - Loire Valley

    Blois - Loire Valley

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  • Loire Valley France tourism

    Loire Valley France tourism

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  • Montsoreau - Loire Valley

    Montsoreau - Loire Valley

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  • Heritage France vacation tours travel in Orleans

    Heritage France vacation tours travel in Orleans

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    France travel heritage tours destination Loire
    Valley is the biggest area in France ever to be included in UNESCO’s world
    heritage list.

    Discover the France vacation travel and
    tourism haven Loire Valley and its châteaux, from Sully-sur-Loire as far
    as Nantes: Renaissance châteaux, medieval fortresses, remarkable gardens, etc.
    Kings, artists and famous authors have fallen under the spell of the Loire and
    taken up residence on its banks in their droves. Here the local stone and slate
    are reflected in the water of the river.

    Traveling to France on foot, by bicycle or onboard
    a barge… enjoy the harmonious landscape at the heart of the unspoiled natural
    world. The various kinds of artisanal
    French wine of the France
    tourism region Loire and the renowned gastronomy can be savored in a
    troglodytic cave dug out of the rock, at the table of a restaurant or at a
    gourmet village market.


    The Loire Valley is also the Loire Châteaux and La Loire à Vélo.

    At the heart of the France travel vacation
    and artisanal French wine
    haven Loire Valley and neighboring areas, there are other France vacation packages travel
    destinations rich in natural beauty as well as having great cultural
    significance:  TouraineBerry and Eure-et-Loir: the gateway to the Loire Valley.

    The Châteaux of Loire Valley, an extraordinary heritage

    Be enchanted by the largest of
    all the heritage France
    châteaux of the Loire, the Château de Chambord. Discover the Château de Cheverny,
    inspired by Hergé to create the Tintin’s fictional Château de Moulinsart.
    Overhanging the Loire, the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire and its domain offer
    one of the most beautiful panorama over the royal river. Every year, the
    Gardens Festival propose amazing gardens around a different theme to France travel enthusiasts.
    At Azay-le-Rideau, watch the reflections ripple in the water and at the Park of
    the Château de Valençay, lose yourself in the largest maze in France! Travel this
    region and be amazed by the astounding light show.

    A very musical region

    The Loire Valley France vacation travel
    region moves to the beat of its many music festivals, the most popular being
    the Printemps de Bourges. Jazz plays an important role in this heritage France tourism area,
    which is showcased in the Jazz en Touraine festival and the Jazz en Val de Cher

    In BourgesChartresOrléans and Tours you can see some of the most beautiful religious heritage Gothic cathedrals in France.
    The refined elegance of these religious spiritual heritage cathedrals in France and the
    châteaux of the Loire makes for an ideal atmosphere to enjoy classical music.
    Several heritage France
    travel tourism festivals are held at these venues, such as the
    Renaissance Music Festival at Clos Lucé, the Festival de Sully and Loiret and
    the Chartres International Organ Festival.

    Enjoy Loire Valley specialties

    Celebrated by Rabelais, venerated
    by Gargantua, the cuisine of the Loire Valley region, and more precisely of
    Touraine and Berry, is an institution in itself. Among the numerous specialties
    of the France vacation
    packages tourism region, you must taste the andouillettes (sausage) from
    Jargeau, Orléans poultry, game from Sologne, freshwater fish from the Loire and
    green lentils from Berry.

    Fans of cheese will be in heaven in
    this France travel tourism
    site, with the crottin de Chavignol, chèvre from Selles-sur-Cher, and the
    Valençay pyramide. To finish this feast, those with a sweet tooth can choose
    between a tarte tatin or a slice of pithiviers (an almond pastry).

    Bourgueil, Chinon, Vouvray, Cheverny, Sancerre ... are these names
    familiar to you? These are just some of the many types of Loire Valley’s artisanal French wine.
    From Touraine to Sancerre, Loire French vineyards are rich with various kinds of exceptional artisanal French wine
    that are distinguished by their variety and authenticity.

    French wines to be discovered through 1000 km of
    Tourist Road Vineyards which will lead you to discover the different varieties,
    hallmarks of the Loire Valley’s artisanal French wines.

    The winemakers open their doors
    and invite you to taste these famous artisanal French wines. They also are very keen to share with
    you their passion for their wines and their terroir skills coming from a long
    viticultural tradition which makes these French wines renowned.

    The Wine House of Toursthe Wine House of Cheverny and the House of Sancerre  offer original formulas to discover
    and enjoy those wines. Deep red and fruity colors, white with subtle and
    intense flavors, fresh and light pink and not to mention sparkling, French wines won’t have
    any more secrets for you!

    A region at the heart of the natural world

    Embark on a France vacation travel tours
    with your children to discover the marvels of the animal kingdom at the
    Beauval Zoo and the Haute-Touche Nature Reserve.

    Even more, make the most of this
    natural scenery with the Loire à Vélo (Loire By Bicycle), a unique route which
    allows you to discover the area according to your own interests, at your own
    pace, as a couple or with children.

    This France travel tourism route consists of
    800km of signposted and secure tracks, running from the village of Cuffy near
    Nevers, to St. Brévin-les-Pins on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Created for
    easy usage, this France
    vacation cycling trail is equipped with services specially adapted for
    the needs of cyclists.

    There are no less than three natural
    parks: the Brenne, the Loire-Anjou-Touraine and the Perche, that are punctuated
    by rivers and rolling green valleys, such as the many lakes and forests of
    Sologne. And don’t miss the troglodytic caves dug out from rocks.

    The Loire Valley France vacation travel
    destination conjures up a dreamlike landscape of sumptuous chateaux and
    cathedrals along the Loire, a wild river which can also be explored
    by boat.

Things to see

Point of interest

  • Chaumont - Loire Valley

    Chaumont - Loire Valley

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