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Loire Valley Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences

  • Medieval Chateau de Chenonceau (1514 - 1522), River Cher, Loire Valley in France
  • Tours, France
  • Montsoreau, Pays-de-la-Loire, France

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.

The Loire Valley

  • Highlights of Loire Valley & Bordeaux

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Embark on a 10-day tour of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux and discover France’s celebrated history and main sites of interest. Starting in Paris, cruise the Seine, climb the Eiffel Tower, and Skip the Line at the Louvre. In Tours and Bordeaux, visit wineries, see chateaux, and enjoy local delicacies.
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,866
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    France See Trip Details
  • La Belle France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany & Loire Valley

    FIRST CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Explore the intriguing provinces of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley while enjoying splendid medieval towns and cities, magnificent chateaux, ancient monasteries and abbeys; sample excellent wines and local cider and appreciate fine food. Also experience major highlights – Mont St. Michel, The Normandy Beaches and the Bayeux Tapestries.
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,185
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
    France See Trip Details
  • The Loire, A Royal River Cruise

    Discover western France in style and comfort as you cruise down the Loire. This Europe cruise embarks in Nantes, taking you through historic medieval towns in some of France’s most beautiful countryside.
    6 Days
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    France See Trip Details
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