• Montlouis-sur-Loire

    Montlouis—like Vouvray, its sister town on the north side of the Loire—is noted for white wines, and you can learn... Read More
  • Amboise

    It is hardly surprising that this hub town is considered a must-see on any Val de Loire itinerary. Crowned by a... Read More
  • Chaumont-sur-Loire

    Once belonging to Catherine de' Medici, this dramatic hilltop château combines Gothic fortifications with Renaissance... Read More
  • Chambord

    The "Versailles" of the 16th century and the largest of the Loire châteaux, the Château de Chambord is the kind... Read More
  • Blois

    Perched on a steep hillside overlooking the Loire, the bustling big town of Blois is a convenient base, well served... Read More
  • Tours

    Home to about 150,000 residents, Tours is the region's largest city and its commercial center. Vacationers concerned... Read More
  • Langeais

    Sometimes unjustly overlooked, the Château de Langeais—a castle in the true sense of the word—will particularly... Read More
  • Saumur

    You'll find putting up with the locals’ legendary snobisme well worth it once you get a gander at Saumur's centre... Read More
  • Angers

    The bustling city of Angers, on the banks of the Maine River, just north of the Loire, has a fine Gothic cathedral,... Read More
  • Azay-le-Rideau

    A largish town surrounding a sylvan dell on the banks of the River Indre, pleasant Azay-le-Rideau is famed for... Read More
  • Chinon

    Chinon—the birthplace of author François Rabelais (1494–1553)—is dominated by a 12th-century castle, perched imposingly... Read More
  • Usse-Rigny

    The Loire Valley is blessed with an abundance of eye-popping châteaux, but the fairest of them all is here. The... Read More
  • Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

    A refreshing break from the worldly grandeur of châteaux, the small village of Fontevraud is crowned with the largest... Read More
  • Orleans

    Surrounded by locales renowned for their beauty, it’s little wonder that Orléans once suffered from an inferiority... Read More
  • Sache

    A crook in the road, a Gothic church, the centuries-old Auberge du XIIe Siècle, an Alexander Calder stabile (the... Read More