Third most popular tourist destination in France after Paris and the Riviera, the Loire Valley offers gorgeous landscapes as well as an exceptional cultural heritage, comprised of historic cities, medieval villages and great architectural monuments.
Longest river in France (630 miles) and the last wild river in Europe, the Loire River is the thread that binds this beautiful region together, popularly referred to as « the Garden of France » and offering a mild climate year-round.
Once embraced by French Royalty as a safe haven away from the political back-stabbing of Paris, this fertile and green river valley has been dotted during the Renaissance period, in the 15th and 16th centuries, with over 100 amazing and world-famous chateaux : from Chenonceau spanning the river Cher, Chambord with its outrageous and unnecessary scale, to Azay-le Rideau seemingly floating on the river Indre and Amboise with its Leonardo de Vinci connection.
Icing on this amazingly beautiful cake, the Loire Valley is also France's 3rd largest wine producer, as vineyards and wine making are rooted in the very heart of its culture and heritage. There are a number of grape varieties used throughout the region which give rise to this vibrant diversity of wines, from its fine red cabernet wines to its amazing white chenin wines.