Imposing chateaux, dormant volcanoes and the City of Light
Central France may not boast fine beaches or share its borders with other European nations, but some of the country’s richest landscapes and attractions are located here: the châteaux of the Loire Valley, the extensive vineyards of Burgundy, the lakes and moors of Limousin and the volcanoes of the Auvergne. It also holds the shining jewel in France’s crown – Paris.
The capital needs little introduction. Many of its various museums, monuments, gardens, restaurants and architectural marvels are of legendary renown, and in combination they make every step through the city completely beguiling. The enchantment continues in the Loire, where some of the world’s most spectacular châteaux lie. Once royal residences, each has its own story to tell and all remain integral to the country’s identity. East of here the picturesque villages of Burgundy sit among row upon row of leafy vines, from whose grapes the elegant Burgundian wines are made.
Limousin and Auvergne are lesser known regions that have maintained a wild, unspoilt beauty that it’s a pleasure to behold. Vast, glittering lakes, volcanic scenery, honey coloured hamlets and medieval castles make these regions the perfect place to escape and feel the freedom of the outdoors.
A visit to central France is a chance to discover some of its less frequented areas, to delve further into its magnificent history and culture, and to sample some of its greatest produce.
5 Matching Holidays
Château to Château à Pied
Famous names and hidden gems
This easy walk through the Garden of France follows the limestone banks of the Loire. Turn inland through vineyards and flower-decked villages to take in some of the region’s most enchanting châteaux and their gardens.
Loire Prestige à Pied
Enchanting châteaux and picturesque villages
Live like a king on this luxurious holiday, which takes you through scenic countryside to some of the Loire’s most prestigious châteaux. The easy walk follows pathways alongside the river and through vineyards, to luxury hotels...
Loire Prestige en Vélo
Tranquil rivers and regal architecture
Explore quiet back roads and visit the fascinating old towns of Amboise and Blois with time to discover the classic wines of the region. Visit world famous châteaux and stay in luxury accommodation each night.
Along the Leisurely Loire
Historic Blois to charming Saumur
A moderate cycle following the majestic River Loire from Blois to Saumur. Visit several of the grand châteaux via the bustling city of Tours with its enchanting old quarter. The hotels offer genuine French charm and wonderful regional fare.
Château to Château en Vélo
Pretty villages and enchanting châteaux
This easy cycling holiday takes you past princely mansions standing next to picturesque farm houses, and fields of sunflowers merging with uniform rows of vineyards. Explore the biggest and the best of the Loire Valley châteaux and discover the...