Loire Valley

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Introduction

Along the Loire River Valley in western France, leading towards the Atlantic are dozens of beautiful Chateaus and fortresses. One can spend several days traveling along the river valley enjoying the different homes and sights. Remember that many of the Chateaus are private residences and are not open to the public. Luckily many of them are open to the public and some have even been converted to hotels and guest houses. The Loire Valley is a truly great place to spend a few days and is now UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Getting There

By Train

TGV railway stations at Tours, Nantes, Angers, Saumur, Le Mans. Regional stations all through the Pays de la Loire d├ępartements.

By Boat

Cross-channel ferries from the UK to Caen (3-4 hours), Cherbourg (4-5 hours), Le Havre (3-4 hours), Calais (6-7hours). Good road links into the Maine et Loire d├ępartement and beyond.

By Air

Airports at Tours, Nantes and Angers. Rail links to Tours, Angers, Saumur & Le Mans from Paris and Charles de Gaulle.

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Getting Around

By Bike

The Loire Valley is a popular destination for cyclists. The Eurovelo Route 6 follows the Loire from Digion to St. Nazaire.

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Sleep

Mid-Range

Other than hotels, the Loire valley offers plenty of alternative acommodation, often at very good rates. Here you can find a choice of gites and holiday cottages in the Loire valley and also a few bed & breakfasts.

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Loire Valley Travel Helpers

  • Beausoleil

    We've visited the Loire Valley from Sully-sur-Loire in the east clear to the western end of the Loire in the region Pays-de-la-Loire at Saint-Nazaire. Several trips with several bases and with friends near Amboise to answer questions. We've visited all the major chateaux and many not-so-famous ones. There is a chateau in nearly every larger and many smaller towns in the area. My favorite chateaux are Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry but we love the garden festival at Chaumont and any living history exhibits we happen upon.

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