The temperate climate along the Loire river valley is due to Atlantic influences and this provides the ideal environment for France’s third largest wine region. The central part of the valley was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 in recognition of its architectural heritage combined with its exceptional landscapes and pristine nature.
The Loire, the longest river in France, is one of the greatest, grandest and most striking rivers anywhere in Europe. In its most characteristic stretch, from the hills of Sancerre to the city of Angers, it flows past an extraordinary parade of châteaux, Renaissance homes and medieval fortresses. It was its popularity with the French Royal Families that left this wonderful legacy in the form of its glorious châteaux, gardens and parks.
The Romans first established major settlements on its shores that would eventually become its now famous historical towns and cities. Places such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Orleans and Tours are steeped in history that can still be appreciated today.
A river cruise is the ultimate way to discover this unspoiled region, its world famous chateaux and stunning wines.