The Loire Valley
Traveling with the Royals
For centuries the Loire Valley has been a capital of architecture, culture, fine wine and superb cuisine. In the Middle Ages and especially in the Renaissance, royals built their sumptuous châteaux and gardens along the banks of the Loire Valley's peaceful rivers. We will see these regal dwellings strung out like jewels along the river. That is just the beginning of the treasures, however. Here are a few highlights you can anticipate during your visit to this lovely region:
Gardens of the château de Chenonceau
- Renaissance castles: Chambord, Chenonceaux, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau, and medieval fortresses: Chinon and Angers.
- Villandry's fascinating gardens.
- Centuries-old "maisons troglodytes," cave dwellings still used today as wine cellars, residences, restaurants and more.
- The Abbey of Fontevraud, with the tombs of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lionhearted.
- The Clos Lucé, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years as the guest of King François Premier.
- Animated riverside towns, Saumur, Tours, Blois, each offering special treats-horseback riding, fine art museums, shopping, walking paths.
- Great cuisine and fine wines!
7 DAYS, 6 NIGHTS
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