Loire Valley Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
The Loire Valley, less than an hour way from Paris via the TGV express train and about 2 hours by road, is a perfect destination on a France vacation. It stretches for around 280 kilometres/170 miles along the River Loire, roughly east to west. It has been described as “The Garden of France” due to the many vineyards and fruit orchards found along the river banks. It is also home to a large number of magnificent and grand chateaux which are a combination of a castle and a stately home. There are around 300 chateaux built during the period from the 10th Century to the 16th Century for French royalty and nobility. Some of the best known are the Chateau de Chenonceaux near Tours with its beautiful formal gardens, the Chateau de Chambord near Blois with 400 rooms, the Chateau Villandry in the town of the same name with its 6 wonderful landscaped gardens, the Chateau d’Amboise in the town of Amboise and where Leonardo da Vinci stayed for some considerable time and the Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau near the town of the same name with its excellent collection of Flemish tapestries.
Tours is the largest city in the Loire Valley and is famous for its medieval district called le Vieux Tour with its preserved half-timbered buildings, its cathedral with its interesting stained-glass windows, its many bridges crossing the River Loire and as the former home of Joan of Arc. Blois, with its medieval architecture, is a very attractive town. It also has an excellent fine arts museum and a 17th Century cathedral. Saumur is a historic town with a weekly Saturday market with hundreds of stalls. Angers has a chateau housing the largest medieval collection of tapestries in the world.
The Loire Valley is not only a large wine producing region with wineries everywhere but it is also responsible for some of the world’s best-known wines, especially white wines such as Pouilly-Fume, Muscadet, Vouvray and Sancerre, all to be enjoyed on trips to France.
So, there you have it - chateaux, medieval towns and visits to wineries on a France vacation. The Loire Valley is definitely the place to visit.
Extend your Stay
Consider an additional stopover to your France Tours on one of Goway's other European tours. You can allso choose from a London vacation, an Amsterdam vacation or a Belgium vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from France.
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