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The Loire Valley Travel Guide

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Plan Your Loire Valley Vacation

A fairy-tale realm par excellence, the Loire Valley is studded with storybook villages, time-burnished towns, and—bien sûr—the famous châteaux de la Loire. These postcard staples, like Chenonceau and Chambord, seem to be strung like a strand of pearls across a countryside so serene it could win the Nobel peace prize. With magic at every curve in the road, Cinderella's glass

coach might be the optimal way to get around. If that is not available, buses and trains can carry you to the main towns of the three Loire provinces—Anjou (to the west), Orléans (to the east), and the center ring of the show, Touraine.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Step into a fairy tale at Sleeping Beauty's castle Play once-upon-a-time at Ussé—gleaming white against an emerald forest backcloth, it's so beautiful it inspired Perrault's immortal tale.
  2. Marvel at mighty Chambord The world's most impressive rooftop, with a forest of chimneys to match the game-rich woodlands extending in all directions, marks the Loire's grandest château.
  3. Find splendor in the grass at Villandry The Renaissance reblooms in these geometric gardens that have been lovingly restored to floricultural magnificence.
  4. Indulge in a bit of romance at Chenonceau Half bridge, half pleasure palace, this epitome of picturesque France extends across the Cher River, so why not row a boat under its arches?
  5. Revel in medieval magic at Fontevraud The majestic abbey is the resting place of English kings... and a queen.

When To Go

When to Go

The Loire Valley divides France in two, both geographically and climatically: to the north is the moist, temperate climate of northern Europe; southw...

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