In the 14th and 15th centuries, when most of France was in English hands, the Loire Valley was still French. The king and his court took up residence on
the banks of the graceful Loire, building some of the most magnificent castles ever erected to Man’s glory.
Many sit surrounded by waters that frame them in their own reflection, such as Azay-le-Rideau, Le Plessis-Bourrť or Sully. Some stand out in splendor against the dark green of a forest, such as Ussy, Chaumont or Chambord. Some nestle in the heart of the city that gave birth to them: Blois, Amboise, Langeais. One, Chenonceau, even stands astride the river, spanning the water and the ages.
Tour this historic region by car, bicycle or even hot-air balloon. Explore caves, picnic along the river, taste the local
wines. No road maps or phrase books to worry about. Just sit back, enjoy the view and listen as your personal guide gives you insight into the region’s history.