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The Loire Valley: what to do, what to see…

An aerial view of Chenonceau chateau
This region of France does things on the grand scale, 280 kms of natural landscapes of classified UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its constant backdrop and unifying thread is Europe’s longest river, the Loire, which flows past some 20 châteaux to be visited and just as many stories and histories to be rediscovered, fragrant gardens to inhale, forest to explore and wines to taste... Go on a voyage of discovery to the Loire Valley, which is ready and waiting to offer you all its rich diversity of its jewel-like heritage. 
WHAT TO SEE

• The Château de Chenonceau
• The Royal Châteaux of Amboise and Clos-Lucé
• The Château de Villandry and its gardens 
• The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau
• The Château de Chambord 
• Tours city centre and the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien
• Nantes
• The Olivier Debré contemporary arts centre in Tours
• The cellars of Sancerrre
• The Royal Château de Blois

WHAT TO DO

• Conquer the Royal Fortress of Chinon
• Marvel at the technical prowess of the Scénoféerie historical reenactment performances at Semblançay
• Spend an afternoon with a good book in the Parc de la Gloriette in Tours
• Hit the wine trail on your quest for some of the world’s best wines 
• Stroll around the historic heart of Tours
• Follow in the footsteps of Leonardo de Vinci at Amboise
• Cool off in Lake Malagué
• Linger in the Terra Botanica garden in Angers
• Inhale the fragrance of each flower at the Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival 
• Follow the curves of the Loire by bike  

WHAT TO EAT

• Sainte-Maure cheese
• Selles-sur-Cher cheese
• Sancerre
• Rillettes and Rillons de Tours 
• Poires Tapées
• Beuchelle tourangelle rognons
• Cormery macarons
• Crottin de Chavignol
• Fouace
• Vouvray andouillette

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Touraine saffron
• Saumur-Champigny wine
• Crémant de Loire sparkling wine
• Tours nougat
• A medieval sword
• Sloes
• Barley sugar from Tours
• Pralines from Montargis
• Vinegar from Orléans

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