Thanks to its emblematic and romantic castles, renowned wine-tasting route, cultural riches and natural wonders, the Loire Valley is one of the most popular– and luxury-drenched– destinations in France. That’s why our bespoke Loire Valley tours are designed to help you encounter the region in ways that are both entirely personal and extraordinary.
Endowed with ancient villages and fairytale châteaux long envied by the Gauls, Romans, Visigoths and even Attila le Hun, the Loire Valley has had a magical air about it for many centuries. Before its Renaissance-era châteaux appeared, the Valley was known for its medieval dungeons and fortresses, regarded by enemies as being impenetrable.
Strong architectural development in the region was encouraged by its mild climate, fertile lands and the presence of rivers perfect for irrigation and agriculture. The Loire River also served to facilitate communication and trade with the Mediterranean, Burgundy, Lyon and more distant provinces To discover all the secrets of the river, including its spectacular wildlife, you should consider embarking on a luxurious and nature-filled river tour of the Loire.
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Often referred to as the Garden of France for its lush character, the Valley is an enchanted land populated with vineyards, floral gardens and rolling green hills, on which loom more than a thousand magnificent Châteaux. For centuries it has been a coveted place for poets and writers, who composed some of France’s treasured works of literature there.
If you are looking for a French getaway filled with luxury, serenity and nature, the Loire is an ideal destination. Read on to find out why– and how we can help you experience the region in an extraordinary way.
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The Valley is recognised and cherished around the world for its iconic Châteaux. Lanterns, turrets, gables, dormer windows and elaborate spiral staircases: these distinctive features prompted UNESCO to name all the chateaux of the Valley as World Heritage sites. Our private Loire Valley tours will take you back in time, allowing you to explore the heritage of these remarkable chateaux in ways that are both opulent and authentic. The list of beautiful sites to visit seems endless– from Chenonceau and Chambord to Villandry and Amboise. Pick two or three to concentrate on during your next visit: this will ensure you take in all their historical riches and beauty.
Abundant flora and fauna along the Loire River:
The Loire river is an extraordinary observatory for birdwatching. It will regale nature lovers with endless opportunities for observing wild fowl. You can climb aboard a traditional flat-bottomed wooden Loire river cruise boat, fitted for total comfort and luxury. Floating gently along the Loire river, you will discover its fascinating flora and fauna. On a summer day, and especially around dusk, get ready for an amazing natural concert composed of birdcalls, and admire their flight formations against the backdrop of a breathtaking sunset.
Gastronomy and wine:
Loire valley wines tend to be light and fruity, but still have plenty of distinctive qualities. It is in this region that you can embark on the longest wine route in France, encountering a remarkable diversity of altitudes and microclimates. As a result, the wines on offer are incredibly diverse, each with their own character. Whites and sparkling whites that rival those of Champagne are among the treasures to discover. Below many of the vineyards that grace the Loire, troglodytic cellars store not only maturing wines, but also harbour edible mushrooms.
Culture & art:
For those interested in heritage and the arts, our private Loire Valley culture tours will be a major draw card. Artists and writers from Chateaubriand to Balzac favoured the area, inhabiting its castles and composing inspiring works here. What’s more, the area’s architecture and garden landscaping techniques draw from numerous influences– Italian, Flemish, and French, notably– that reflect in a rich artistic and architectural heritage. No wonder the area is often referred to as “The Garden of France”!
Exploring the great outdoors is an immense joy in the Loire. In the air, on the water, by bike or even in a horse drawn carriage, the sky’s the limit for a holiday that’s at once luxurious and adventurous. Why not take a long bike ride along the Loire, Europe’s only remaining wild river? It, too, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site….
Inspired to embark on your own luxury tour of the Loire Valley? Get in touch with us so we can start creating your dream getaway.