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Loire Valley

Holidaying in the Loire Valley is a wonderful way to explore the stunning landscapes, rich history, and charming towns of this region of France. Visitors can tour the famous chateaux, cycle or hike along the Loire River, sample local wines, and enjoy the region’s natural beauty. Additionally, the Loire Valley is known for its cultural events and festivals, making it a great destination for art, music, and history lovers.

 

What you’ll love most about the Loire Valley

  • Visit the famous chateaux, such as Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chambord, and Château de Blois, to see the magnificent architecture and learn about the history of the region
  • Take a hot air balloon ride over the Loire Valley to see the stunning landscapes from above
  • Cycle or hike along the Loire River, following the many trails and paths that offer breathtaking views of the river and surrounding countryside
  • Visit the many charming towns and villages of the Loire Valley, such as Amboise, Tours, and Saumur, to see their historic architecture, quaint streets, and local markets
  • Sample the local wines, such as Sancerre, Vouvray, and Chinon, at one of the many wineries and vineyards in the region
  • Go kayaking or canoeing on the Loire River or one of its tributaries to experience the region’s natural beauty
  • Explore the underground world of the region’s caves, such as the troglodyte homes in the village of Rochemenier or the cave dwellings at the Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier

Where to Book

  • Retro motorbike and side-car tour - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • View from a hot air balloon - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • Family boating by Chateau de Lislette - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/David Darrault

  • Dusse Castle - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • Canoe adventures on the Loire - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • The gardens of Chateau Villandry - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • Royal Fortress of Chinon - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • The gardens of Villandry - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • Vienne Beach, Chinon - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

  • Hot air balloons over Chateau de Chenonceau - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Paul Rivas

  • Sunrise over Chateau de Langeais - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Renaud Whoisreno Loeuillet

  • Dining in Place Plumereau, Tours - Agence Départementale du Tourisme de Touraine/Jean Christophe Coutand

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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  • 9℃
  • 13℃
  • 17℃
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  • 24℃
  • 27℃
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  • 22℃
  • 17℃
  • 11℃
  • 8℃
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  • 9
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  • 6
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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.

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When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.

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Our Ratings

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Where to book


What better way to discover French rivers and canals than with a French company, passionate and knowledgeable to bring you the very best experiences of their own land? Highly exclusive and revealing places most travellers never see, CroisiEurope’s hand-curated itineraries travel through the most beautiful regions of France.

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“At Expat Explore we are passionate about making travel possible, affordable & fun. We offer jam-packed & fast-paced coach tour itineraries & the services of our expert tour leaders, to ensure you see the most of each destination. We guarantee an adventure of a lifetime!”

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Riviera Travel is the UK’s leading luxury river cruise & tour company with over 38 years’ experience in crafting worldwide tours, luxury river cruises, rail holidays and UK tours. Their commitment to quality & thoughtfulness has earned them a coveted Which? recommendation.

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