Known as the garden of France, the Loire Valley is a lush green land of undulating countryside, where rich vineyards are interspersed with charming towns and magnificent châteaux.
There are over 300 châteaux in the region. Some of the best include Château de Villandry with its superb Renaissance gardens, romantic Château de Chenonceau and Château de Chambord, the largest and most extravagant of them all.
But there is more to the Loire Valley than châteaux. Explore the lively cities of Tours and Orleans, and the delightful towns of Saumur, Amboise and Blois. The climate is perfect for outdoor activities too. Walk or cycle through beautiful gardens or take to the water for a jaunt down the river. And of course, no visit would be complete without sampling the excellent local wines.Details