Travel to the Loire Valley, the bourgeoisie capital of the French Renaissance Royals. Visit the royal castles built in the 16th Century and enjoy cycling along the river to quaint towns where gastronomic restaurants await.
Immersing yourself in the Loire Valley is like stepping back in time to the Renaissance, when the Kings of France built magnificent chateaux along the Loire River. Turn back a page of French history and meander from chateaux dotted throughout the Loire Valley in an ultimate travel journey. Our favorite chateau in Loire Valley is Chateau de Blois, which is located in the town of Blois. Home to only 45,000 people, the relaxed atmosphere of country French village life surrounds you as the overwhelming size of Château de Blois ingrains itself in your memory. Learn why Joan of Arc visited this royal château, see where King Louis XII was born in Blois in 1462, and discover what made him choose Blois as the royal capital during his reign 17 year reign until 1515! You will be enthralled at the recreations of daily lives of French nobility while touring these 564 rooms!
Admire the intricacy of French landscaping
The gardens of the French Châteaux were designed in an expansive layout that are beautiful to walk through. Take some time to sit on the benches and just admire the workmanship of France’s best landscape architects. Learn how the Renaissance influenced the designs of both architecture and gardens.
Taste traditional French duck pates and cheese fondue
The Loire Valley is located on 120 miles south of Paris. Our guided tours of Loire Valley will have you staying at hotels with pools and fully catered restaurants, so you can enjoy a refreshing swim after your day of touring, followed by a 3 course meal complete with local wines. Delight in the small village cafes serving home-cooked French delights. Be sure to stay close to Amboise as well so you can enjoy visiting the Château d'Amboise, another royal castle overlooking the Loire River in the picturesque town of Amboise.
Along the Loire Valley, the cobblestone towns of Blois and Amboise have kept their charm, dating back hundreds of years when the monarchs of the French Golden Era reigned. These towns do not have the trappings of tourism and are very authentic. Wander the streets, and enjoy freshly baked croissants and Café au lait, or sweet crêpes, with local jams or even warm chocolate Nutella!
As you complete your travel to Loire Valley, a popular next destination is Normandy to visit the beaches where Allied troops landed on D-Day (6 June 1944) to liberate France. Located 150 miles north west of the Loire Valley, you can visit Normandy and surrounding town of Caen where William the Conqueror was born, and the incredible Le Mont Saint Michel, a breathtaking island Abbey and Castle.