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3 Days in the Loire Valley: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2015

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Beautiful countryside, temperate climates, epic scenery and deep historical roots are just part of what makes a trip to the Loire Valley so unique. And while there are literally hundreds of chateaux to explore amid the hills of France, three days in the Loire Valley will give travelers enough time to sample the diverse beauty that makes this place a destination—and leave enough stones unturned for a return trip. 

Day 1: Check out the chateaux
The Loire Valley is dotted with hundreds of chateaux and history, art and architecture lovers will find plenty of ways to while away the day while exploring these medieval structures. Whether it’s venturing to the top of the three-meter-thick walls of Chateau d’Angers and looking out over the city or wandering the final home of famed Leonardo da Vinci at Chateau du Clos Luce, the Loire Valley Cheateaux offer a wide variety of experiences. Be sure to end the day with a glass of the famous sparkling white from Chateau de Nitray, where a family tradition of French wine making is still alive and well. 

Day 2: Explore on two wheels
It’s possible to wander the chateaux of the Loire Valley on foot and it’s easy enough to get around by car, but travelers looking to take in the sites should spend a day venturing out on two wheels to get the most of their stay. Visitors can spend upwards of 12 hours winding through the countryside along well-kept trails to Chateau de Blois, visiting Renaissance castles and picnicking in the picturesque hillside of this idyllic region.

Day 3: Float along the Loire River
After exploring the valley by land, opt to explore it by water. Spend a day floating along the longest river in France. The famous waterway winds past the country’s largest forest that’s rich with diverse wildlife, flowers and foliage. More of the Loire Valley’s famous chateaux are visible from the river as well, making it the perfect way to survey the scene on a relaxing day boat cruise. 

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