Loire Valley Tours are your gateway to a world of architectural beauty, opulent aristocratic estates, wineries, chateaux and stunning sceneries. A short train ride from Paris, the picturesque river valley is known for its outstanding wines (red, white, rose and sparkling) and is the very symbol of artistic creativity. Wondering which Loire Valley castles to visit? One of the most famous castles of the region, Chenonceau literally spans the River Cher and is a riveting mix of late Gothic and early Renaissance architectural styles, best known for being the residence of Queen Catherine de Medici. Château de Villandry with its stunning flower gardens, fruit and vegetable patches, grapevines and a grass court for tennis is another castle you’ll fall in love with. Isango! offers a bouquet of tours to Loire Valley with castle admissions, wine tastings, guided tours and more. For great deals and even greater experiences, book now to discover the best of the valley.
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From the grandiose castle of Chambord to the vineyards, there are reasons aplenty why Loire Valley tours continue to be in demand. Imposing castles, exquisite gardens, charming towns, and unforgettable wine- we have a couple of tips on how to make the best of your visit to the gorgeous valley:
While Loire Valley can be visited round the year, if you wish to make the best of your trip, the best time visit is late spring and summer. The gardens are in full resplendence in mid-May and early June and as it grows warmer, the flowers blossom. If you wish to avoid the crowds, visiting in high season is highly recommended.
If you don’t want to miss out on all the light and fountain shows and festivals, visit between June and early September. This is the time that most people visit the Loire Valley.
You can reach Loire Valley most easily via Nantes Airport. Keeping Chateau Chenonceau as a benchmark, if you’re driving from Paris, it could take you 2-3 hours. However, if you’re short on time, avoid a drive to the valley as the traffic could slow you down. A high speed TGV train to reach the region is a more time-saving and convenient option. Book in advance to get the best prices.
A French vacation can be expensive. But there are always options to keep your expenses in check and enjoy sightseeing without burning a hole in your pocket:
• For starters, keep your eyes peeled for vouchers, discounts, seasonal deals and saver combos.
• Book well-in advance and your wallet will reward you (a no-brainer!).
• If you’re on a budget, you could do some supermarket shopping or prepare picnic lunches instead of eating at restaurants. That way you eat healthy AND save money!
Fascinating Loire Valley trivia to impress fellow travellers!
• The Beauval Zoo in the Centre-Val de Loire region will take you more than 5 hours to explore. There are more than 6000 animals, so if the zoo is on your list, make sure that you’ve set aside at least half a day for the visit.
• After Champagne, the Loire Valley is the biggest producer of sparkling wine.
• Many of the smaller chateaux are still lived in by the actual owners. Chateau de Brissac has been inhabited by the same owners since 1502. Elegantly furnished with invaluable paintings and antiques, a visit to this Loire Valley castle will give you a real insight into the lives of actual chateau owners.
• If you’re passionate about ancient history, do visit the Dolmen de la Bajoulière, a megalithic burial chamber dating back 6000 years.
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