Luxury Loire Valley Holidays

The Loire Valley is defined by its rich and intriguing history, where chateâux sit amongst pristine vineyards and storybook villages.

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Loire Valley

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Loire Valley France, is a charming region that stretches along the River Loire from Orléans to Angers. The Loire Valley is defined by its glorious history, where the kings of France established their domains, leaving a land dotted with magnificent chateâux.

Found in the central region of France and a short distance by train from Paris, the pretty towns of the Loire are home to fine wines and lush rolling countryside. Visit for a mini break, as part of an itinerary around France’s winelands (Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne), or on a historical tour taking in Paris and Normandy.

Why plan a luxury holiday to the Loire Valley?

With a history dating back 1,000 years, there are treasures and tales to be discovered around every corner on a Loire Valley holiday. There’s the Renaissance masterpiece of Chambord, the enchanting 'Ladies castle' of Chenonceau and the fairytale Azay-le-Rideau. If nature and gardens appeal, the Chateau de Villandry, with its stunning Renaissance-style gardens is worth a visit also.

The region's gentle landscape and relaxed pace make it ideal for days exploring by boat or by cycling the scenic pathways between many of the chateâux, wine tasting along the way comes as part of the territory. Colourful markets grace most towns, with everything from rich, varied charcuterie to the local speciality of goat's cheese. Each of the Loire villages has its own slice of intrigue; Leonardo da Vinci's former home in Amboise, the National School of Horsemanship in Saumur and the half-timbered houses of Tours to name just some of the highlights.

Luxury Loire Valley Tours & Hotels

The entire Loire Valley is decorated with exquisite chateâux-turned-hotels, which make a perfect base from which to explore the area. Here are the best places to stay in the Loire Valley.

Things To Do in the Loire Valley, France

Activities on holiday in the Loire Valley will make you feel like modern-day royalty, as you walk through vineyards, sail down rivers and stroll around castles.

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Loire Valley Holiday FAQs

  • What is the best town to stay in in the Loire Valley?

    The best town to stay in on holiday in the Loire Valley depends on your hotel preference. Tours is known as the gateway to the Loire Valley, with plenty of charming hotels and restaurants. Amboise is a pretty town with a rich history, famous for its royal château and the Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci's final residence, and Blois is another historical town with a stunning château and a picturesque old town. Then there is Saumur, also famous for its impressive château and the Cadre Noir, the French National Riding School.

  • When should I go to Loire Valley?

    The best time to visit the Loire Valley is during late spring (May to June) and early autumn (September to October). You should find that the weather is pleasant, and the crowds are smaller than in the peak summer months. Additionally, the gardens and vineyards are in full bloom, providing beautiful scenery.

  • How many days should I stay in Loire Valley?

    We recommend going to the Loire Valley on holiday for 3 to 5 days to fully explore the main attractions. This gives you enough time to visit several châteaux, enjoy the local restaurants, and perhaps take a leisurely bike ride or boat trip along the Loire River.

  • Is Tours a good base for the Loire Valley?

    Yes, Tours is an excellent base for exploring the Loire Valley. It is very central, has good transport links (including a TGV station), a wide range of accommodation options, and plenty of restaurants and shops. From Tours, you can easily reach many of the major châteaux and attractions either by car, bike, or organised tours of Loire Valley.

  • What is the most beautiful part of the Loire Valley?

    The Loire Valley is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, but some of the most beautiful parts include Château de Chambord and Château de Chenonceau, as well as villages along the Loire River, such as Montsoreau and Candes-Saint-Martin, which are charming. Then there are the vineyards and gardens, particularly around towns like Saumur and Chinon.

  • How long is the train ride from Paris to Loire Valley?

    The fastest train from Paris to Loire Valley is one hour on the TGV to Tours. You can also get trains into Blois (1 hour 30), Amboise (1 hour 40) and Semur (2 hours 40).

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