The Loire Valley Travel Guide
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To the west of Tours, breathtaking châteaux dot the Indre Valley between the regional capital and the historic town of Chinon on the River Vienne. This is the most glamorous part of the Val de Loire, and the beauty pageant begins with the fabled gardens of the Château de Villandry. Your journey then continues on to the fairy-tale châteaux of Azay-le-Rideaux, Ussé, and Montreuil-Bellay. Farther on, no one will want to miss the towns of Chinon, Saumur, Fontevraud, and Langeais, which contain sights that remain the quintessence of romantic medievalism. Along the way, you can savor such storybook delights as Saché—perhaps the Loire's prettiest village—and the historic fortress of Angers.
Even before the age of the railway, the Loire Valley drew vacationers from far afield, so there are hundreds of hotels of... read more
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Finesse rather than fireworks marks the gastronomy of this gentle, lovely region, known for exceptional white wines, delicate fish, and... Read more
Step into a fairy tale at Sleeping Beauty's castle: Play once-upon-a-time at Ussé—gleaming white against an emerald forest... Read more
With its nearly flat terrain, the Loire Valley is custom-built for traveling by bike, and the newly created Loire à Vélo signposted bike... Read more
We admit it—there are almost too many châteaux in this part of France. It's nearly impossible to see all of them, so we've noted the... Read more
Fewer regions of France repay leisurely exploration more than the Val de Loire. And perhaps the best way to gently meander through the... Read more
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