Magnificent châteaux and charming villages on the banks of the Loire
Majestic châteaux, steeped in history and overflowing with treasures, vividly illustrate the long and colourful past of the Loire. These splendid buildings, frequented by France’s nobility for centuries, are set beside the mighty River Loire and provided the inspiration for the fairytale castles in Sleeping Beauty and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Known as the Garden of France, the region is fertile, characterised by soft green valleys and lush vineyards producing Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc among other varietals.
But there’s much more to the Loire than castles and wine – Romanesque churches, Gothic abbeys and troglodyte caves are among the region’s other attractions. The exploring can be tempered by leisurely breaks in local cafés, where an hour over coffee or a light lunch can fly by; indeed, a visit here is incomplete without a taste of Fromage de Chèvre Fermier, the exquisite, locally produced goats cheese, or a refreshing glass of Sancerre.
The undemanding landscape and array of sights and sounds make the Loire a fabulous place to walk or cycle through. Its many attractions mean visitors can take each day at their own pace with plenty of time to soak up the surroundings.
7 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.
Châteaux, Gardens & Abbeys
Walk along the splendid River Loire from Tours to Saumur
A moderate walk from the regional capital of Tours to the fascinating riverside town of Saumur taking in some of the best loved châteaux and gardens. Visit the Royal Abbey, set in the heart of the beautiful forest of...
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. There is ample opportunity for tasting some of the local wines.
Loire Family Discovery
Gentle cycling and activities to suit all the family
The Loire is the perfect region for a family activity holiday: quiet country lanes and shady woodland routes make for gentle cycling for all ages and abilities. We've allowed plenty of time to visit the suggested family attractions and still make it...