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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 travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Loire Valley

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Loire Valley, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them 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.

    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.

    • Châteaux de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau and Cheverny
      Château de Chenonceau, Loire Valley /©ImagesdeMarc

      Châteaux de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau and Cheverny

      Châteaux de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chenonceau and Cheverny

      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.

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    • Loire Valley wine tour
      Vineyard, Loire Valley

      Loire Valley wine tour

      Loire Valley wine tour

      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.

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