Loire Valley Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Chateau de Villandry

This picturesque castle was once an impressive fortress known as Colobier back in the 17th century. And while the towering white façade definitely says ...  Read more

Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany)

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With its dramatic bridged moat, looming stone-brick watchtowers and gleaming white tufa, the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) is ...  Read more

Jules Verne Museum (Musee Jules Verne de Nantes)

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Devoted to the life and works of surrealist writer Jules Verne, who was born in Nantes in 1828, the Musée Jules Verne opened its doors on the 150th ...  Read more

Le Musee du Vignoble Nantais (Vineyard Museum)

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It may not be as famed a wine region as the rest of the Loire Valley, but the vineyards around Nantes still produce some of France’s finest Muscadet wines, ...  Read more

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

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Inaugurated in 1900 and currently undergoing a thorough renovation and extension by the Stanton Williams architect group, the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nantes ...  Read more

Chartres Cathedral

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The Chartres Cathedral, known in French as the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, is an incredibly well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral ...  Read more

Chateau de Chenonceau

When approaching the moat entrance to Château de Chenonceau, it may seem at first like it is not that big. But the surprise is in what's behind it – a ...  Read more

Chateau de Nitray

This tiny chateau may be one of France’s smallest, but its charm and character are unmatched. Built in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, the castle is ...  Read more


Those looking for a base from which to visit the castles of the Loire Valley can head to Amboise. Located on the Loire River, Amboise is a pedestrian-friendly ...  Read more


The northern gateway to the Loire Valley and a popular day trip from Paris, the historic town of Chartres is quintessentially French – a storybook town of ...  Read more

Chateau de Blois

With 100 bedrooms, three architectural styles and almost 800 years of history, the Château de Blois is a favorite of travelers to the Loire Valley. ...  Read more

Château de Chambord

Château de Chambord is perhaps the most iconic of the Loire Valley castles, with its multi-gabled roof, palatial grounds and opulent interior. The ...  Read more

Chateau de Cheverny

The Château de Cheverny is an excellent choice for those looking to spend a full day at one of the castles of the Loire Valley. With extensive grounds, a ...  Read more

Chateau de Langeais

Château de Langeais is one of the Loire Valley's most interactive castles. Far from being just a remnant of the past, the interior features faithful ...  Read more

Château de Saumur

Peering down over the Loire riverside from its hilltop perch and framed by the cobblestone lanes and half-timbered houses of Saumur’s atmospheric Old Town, ...  Read more

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