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At the heart of court life for centuries, the Loire Valley was the chosen setting for a succession of lavish chateaux where the French nobility once flaunted their wealth, power and architectural prowess. It's a region packed with historic palaces and vineyards following the River Loire’s path, and our France specialists can help you to decide where to go using their extensive local knowledge. Whether you wish to explore the finest palaces and gardens or visit the homes of award-winning wines, they can guide you toward planning your trip to the Loire.

A highlight for many is the graceful Château de Chenonceau, which spans a languid expanse of water on a series of elegant arches. Nearby Amboise has a palace perched on an outcrop, while the Château de Villandry is almost upstaged by its landscaped gardens. For many though, it is Chambord, the largest and grandest of the chateaux, that lingers longest in the memory. Our specialists can guide you to the region's main sights and the lesser-known ones as they carefully plan your vacation individually to match your preferences.

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Places to visit in the Loire Valley

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Loire Valley, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Loire Valley

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Loire Valley, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Loire Valley

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Loire Valley

    Accommodation choices for the Loire Valley

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Loire Valley. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Manoir les Minimes, Amboise

      Manoir les Minimes

      Medium

      Located just a short walk away from the bustle of medieval Amboise, Le Manoir les Minimes is a sophisticated hideaway ideally situated to explore the town and Loire Valley.

    • Le Clos d'Amboise, Amboise

      Le Clos d'Amboise

      First Class

      Le Clos d’Amboise is a sophisticated manor house that feels both intimate and welcoming. It's just a short walk from the heart of town and boasts a large courtyard and terrace ideal for breakfast or an evening drink.

    • Domaine de La Tortinière, Veigne

      Domaine de la Tortinière

      Deluxe

      The elegant, 19th-century Domaine de la Tortinière is a chic heritage property set in an expansive park. It offers first-rate service and is only thirty minutes' drive from Château de Chenonceau.

    • Domaine des Hauts de Loire, Onzain

      Domaine des Hauts de Loire

      Deluxe

      Set in expansive parklands in the heart of the Loire, this 19th-century chateau elegantly blends its traditional setting with a chic and lively atmosphere and friendly service. The restaurant with its two Michelin stars, and the elegant terrace bar, are highlights.

    • Château des Arpentis, Saint-Règle

      Château des Arpentis

      First Class

      Housed within the thick stone walls of an estate dating as far back as the 14th century, Château des Arpentis provides an intimate, independent experience in the peace and quiet of the French countryside.

    • Château de la Bourdaisière, Montlouis-sur-Loire

      Château de la Bourdaisière

      First Class

      A quiet countryside manor surrounded by expansive gardens and woodland, Château de la Bourdaisière is a grand estate with an intimate atmosphere and a passion for good food.

    Ideas for experiencing the Loire Valley

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting the Loire Valley, and which use the best local guides.

    • Vineyard, Loire Valley

      Loire Valley wine tour

      The Loire Valley

      Explore the Loire Valley wine region on a full-day tour that takes in two historic vineyards and a wine merchant's cellars. See the vines, learn about local grapes and vintages, and enjoy guided tastings.

    • Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley /©ImagesdeMarc

      Châteaux de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau and Cheverny

      The Loire Valley

      Explore three of the most impressive and dramatic of the Loire Valley chateaux on this full-day tour that takes in the romantic and politically charged Château de Chenonceau, fairy-tale Chaumont-sur-Loire, and the family-owned hunting lodge at Château de Cheverny.